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Strategic Category Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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Full-time plus London weighting
NHS AfC: Band 8b
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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London, Leicester, Reading or Runcorn.
London, Leicester, Reading or Runcorn.
£49,242 - £59,964 per annum
27/01/2019 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

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As Category Lead you will work as part of a dynamic team in strategically managing allocated categories of therapies (including medicines) within Specialised Commissioning, developing and executing category management plans that includes building a clear understanding of the organisation’s key value objectives for each category and then developing a set of executable strategies that meet those objectives, and deliver procurements as necessary.

  • To work closely with stakeholders such as the Clinical Reference Groups within NHS England and Commercial Medicines Unit, reviewing both commercial and clinical interventions and/or levers to achieve best value such as:
  • Horizon scanning of new market entrants;
  • Market intelligence about patent expiries;
  • Contractual mechanisms with suppliers and Trusts;
  • NICE re-appraisals;
  • Clinical policy reviews.
  • To develop relationships and work closely with stakeholders and partners in identifying priority categories for intervention and deliverables to inform work plans.
  • To provide comprehensive, relevant and high value insight into all commercial aspects of specific categories, gathering and analysing comprehensive data and market intelligence to support category and supplier analysis.
  • To understand the supply chain, the commercial environment, the nature of demand and the cultural and political forces which influence it.
  • To lead the development of high value relationships with suppliers to enable the NHS to maximise the value it extracts from its commercial partnerships.
  • To support delivery of value for money, identifying cost savings and other efficiencies/initiatives including innovative solutions.


  • To develop, implement, monitor and review procurement strategies for allocated categories.
  • Deliver the procurement when this is the right commercial intervention, from tender design through to award. Work closely with existing procurement systems and comply with NHS England procurement standards and SFIs.
  • Work closely with the different teams within NHS England such as Finance, Legal, and BI.

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