Assistant Category Tower Manager

Job Posted: 29 September 2021
Job Updated: 7 October 2021

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Job Title – Assistant Category Tower Manager

Function – Supply Chain

Location – Nottingham City Centre (with working from home options)

Type – 14 month fixed term contract (full time, 37.5 hours per week)

Salary – £30,000 – £35,000 per annum

Closing Date – 19 October 2021


NHS Supply Chain is a £2.1bn turnover healthcare / supply chain business which has ambitious growth plans in place and is set to increase its market share from c. 50% to 80% over the next 2-3 years.


We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Category Tower Manager to join us on a fixed term basis for up to 14 months. Working with our Category Tower Service Providers (CTSPs), this is a role where you make can make a difference to the NHS, using your skills to be part of a journey as we release £2.4bn back to the NHS so it can be used in front line patient care. If you’re looking for a challenging role with purpose in a supportive team, this is the role for you.


This is your chance to move / start off a career in procurement / category management in healthcare, with lots of scope for development.


What does an Assistant Category Tower Manager do at NHS Supply Chain?


Day to day, you will support the Category Tower Managers (CTMs) in the day to day contract and performance management of the Category Tower Service Provider (CTSP), covering Office Solutions, Food and Hotel Services, which includes administrative support in the development and delivery of the category management strategy activities. You will be responsible for overall spend for the Category Tower, which is set to grow in-line with growth in market share.


  • Supports the contract and performance management of the CTSPs in scope
  • Provides support to ensure category management strategies are developed with the requirements of the customer at their core
  • Supports CTSP monthly management governance meetings, being responsible for capturing and issuing actions, minutes and ownership of the monthly meeting schedule, aligning with the CTSP and internal SCCL stakeholders.
  • Provides support to the SCTM and CTMs to ensure that all procurement activity by the in scope CTSPs is delivered effectively. This includes compliance with public sector requirements in relation to this type of activity
  • Supports with monitoring the performance of the CTSPs in scope, effectively resolving or escalating issues and concerns further as needed to prevent crises
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities as required.



What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?


  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Excellent communicator, able to manage stakeholders
  • Previous experience within data analytics and reporting
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Highly organised
  • By no means essential it would be preferable if you had an awareness of the NHS environment and key challenges, or; Category Management, or; Strategic Sourcing


In return for your passion, enthusiasm and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:


  • A competitive salary
  • Performance led bonus scheme,
  • 35 days holiday (including bank holidays) and you can purchase additional days through a purchase scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Flexible benefits scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits that suit you
  • High street discounts
  • National Annual season ticket purchase scheme
  • Eye Care vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


We are part of the NHS family, managing more than 8 million orders per year across 94,000 order points and 17,465 locations. We deliver over 28 million lines of picked goods to the NHS annually and our systems consolidate orders from over 930 suppliers. We proudly deliver supply chain excellence and best value to NHS customers and patients through innovation, service and clinical expertise.


Our customers are at the centre of everything we do, we will ensure we continue to deliver the products and services needed by the NHS, both now and in the future. Our priorities for 2021/2022 focuses on the following areas:


  • Customer: we will anchor our business on the needs of the NHS by supporting NHS trusts to deliver safe and excellent patient care and through continuing to build the services the NHS needs.
  • Resilient: we will further strengthen the resilience of our supply chain by continuing to invest in key tools and capacity that build resilience and performance, across the end to end supply chain.
  • Safe: we will deliver clinically assured, safe products that support improved outcomes for patients and users.
  • Sustainable: we are committed to supporting the NHS objective of becoming the world’s first net carbon zero national health system through reducing single use plastics, supporting the circular economy, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and improving human rights and labour standards.
  • Efficient: we will ensure we have a high performing workforce and highly efficient organisation.


Supply Chain Coordination Limited acts as the management function for the NHS Supply Chain. By 2023/2024, we aim to save the NHS £2.4bn by leveraging the scale of the NHS to drive savings and provide a standardised range of quality assured clinical products.


Other Information

  • SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions.
  • For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain please visit:
  • For an informal no-obligation discussion in confidence about this role, please contact our recruitment team on


NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer



SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

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