Category Manager – 24 months fixed term contract

Published: 11 Feb 2021

Closing date for applications: 12 Mar 2021 17:00

Location: Homeworking - HQIP is a homeworking organisation with excellent IT support. Travel into central London is required on an occasional basis (c. once a month) for scheduled corporate activity

Salary: £49,250 to £51,750

Details: Two years fixed term contract - full time 1.0 WTE (37.5 hours per week)

Seeking a new challenge to help drive improvement in patient outcomes?

Would you value an opportunity to develop your skills in a project-based role?

Then, we would love to hear from you!

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) is an independent organisation established to promote quality in healthcare and in particular, to increase the impact that clinical audit has on health care improvement. We manage NHS clinical work programmes on behalf of NHS England and other devolved nations. This includes the National Clinical Audit & Patient Outcome Programme (NCAPOP), which consists of over forty National Clinical Audits and clinical outcome review programmes.  We are supported by three parent organisations:  the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, The Royal College of Nursing and National Voices.

We are a small, friendly team working in a fast paced environment and are seeking a Category Manager to join us. You will deliver an efficient, effective and customer focused procurement and contracting service for HQIP.

If you have had previous experience in a category management role, or are seeking a new challenge and have the relevant experience and skills, we would love to hear from you.

Our work focuses on the following key strategic areas:

  • Utilising best procurement, contracts and wider management practice, we commission, manage, support and promote national and local programmes of quality improvement. This includes National clinical audit programmes, the Clinical Outcome Review Programmes and the National Joint Registry, on behalf of NHS England and other healthcare departments and organisations
  • We encourage extensive use of robust data for quality improvement of care, offering patient choice, promoting patient safety, supporting revalidation and service accreditation, commissioning, service redesign, and research
  • We inform and influence national healthcare policy by effectively communicating our work and that of our partners
  • We support healthcare professionals to review and improve by providing opportunities to share best practice
  • We ensure that patients and carers are at the heart of our work through continued, strategic involvement in all relevant processes and projects.

Category Manager

Key requirements of this position

This is a category management role and you will:

Work closely with the Associate Director of Procurement to develop agile planning and commissioning of HQIP procurement activity. You will also support the Associate Director of Procurement with the development and continuous improvement of policies, procedures and processes in line with HQIP’s regulatory, commercial and contractual obligations, organisational strategy and residual EU and current UK law.

Manage the procurement and contracting life cycle process for new commissions, contracts being renewed and contract variations to agree standards. You will also support Associate Directors in achieving value for money throughout contract development and negotiation.

Manage internal and external client expectations effectively, be able to motivate and represent procurement as a customer focused business partner. This will require you to have a strong understanding of client needs and respond to internal and external client enquires within acceptable timescales.

Present a positive image of HQIP at all times as well as maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, external partners and other stakeholders. You will remain pro-active and positive at all times.

Qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS), or working towards being a member (or an appropriate alternative qualification) you will offer:

  • Significant relevant experience (3-5 years), with at least three years of category management experience
  • Experience running OJEU procurements end to end, including requirements analysis and documentation, tender pack drafting, supplier/market engagement, contract drafting, negotiation, finalisation and award
  • Experience of drafting public sector tender documentation
  • Experience of drafting Contracts of Appointment, Contracts of Variation and Contractual Agreements ensuring close attention to detail
  • Knowledge and use of e-procurement systems
  • Ability to create and build good working relationships
  • Ability to engender trust and confidence in a professional and empathetic manner
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with the ability to work sensitively with a diverse group of stakeholders from different professional disciplines and organisations across a high profile service.

How to apply                                            

To apply, please submit the completed application form, together with the Declaration of Interest and Personal Information Form to [email protected].  CVs sent without a completed application form will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 12 March 2021

Interviews are planned for: Monday 22 March 2021

Due to the high volume of applications, feedback is only given to shortlisted applicants.

Further information

For further information about the post, please contact JULIA ZHANG on [email protected]