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Company: Sparrow Health System
Location: East Lansing
Posted on: November 14, 2022

Job Description:

Job Opportunity

Job ID:35636 Positions Location: East Lansing, MI Job Description General Purpose of Job: The

Positions Location: East Lansing, MI

Job Description

General Purpose of Job:
The Buyer works in collaboration with Sparrow departments and Supply Chain Management personnel to achieve cost savings by focusing on contract compliance, appropriate supply utilization, standardization, elimination of waste, process improvements and reduction of supply consumption.
Essential Duties:
This job description is intended to cover the minimum essential duties assigned on a regular basis. Associates may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by their leader. Leadership has the right to alter or modify the duties of the position.

  • Prepare and Execute Purchase Orders
  • Identify and research opportunities to create a cost management process which supports best pricing and best outcomes.
  • Conduct price negotiations with vendors. Conduct cost comparisons with product lines to evaluate for best practice, added value and quality.
  • Identify appropriate manufacturer and source to the appropriate vendors to ensure contract compliance and appropriate lead times
  • Ensure that open Purchase Orders are routinely monitored and closed as appropriate
  • Interface with Accounting and Receiving to resolve invoice and receiving problems
  • Participate in Value Analysis Team Committee

    Job Requirements

    General Requirements

    Work Experience
    See education section.

    Bachelor's Degree in Business or healthcare-related field or a High School diploma and a minimum of 3 years experience in supply utilization, inventory control, and other materials management functions.

    Specialized Knowledge and Skills
    Strong written and oral communication skills and demonstrated problem solving skills. Demonstrated hands-on working knowledge of ERP and materials management information systems and software. Must be able to round on Caregivers throughout regional campuses. Demonstrated strong commitment to customer service. Ability to travel throughout Sparrow Health System. Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to interact with all health system Caregivers. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and work through complex processes. Demonstrated ability to organize and direct the activities of cross-functional teams. Demonstrated process improvement skills. Demonstrated understanding of service needs of a diverse Caregiver population. Demonstrated ability to use a keyboard as may be required to perform the essential duties of the job. Demonstrated analytical and mathematical ability to analyze products, prepare spreadsheets, and make recommendations for cost effectiveness preferred. Verbal ability to communicate with all levels of Health System personnel and business partners preferred. Experience with MMIS systems and solid understanding and functionality of business software, i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint preferred. Experience in a health care setting preferred.

    Sparrow Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

    Job Family


    Degree Type / Education Level


    Sparrow Hospital

    Experience Level
    Under 4 Years

Keywords: Sparrow Health System, East Lansing , SHS-BUYER - SUPPLY CHAIN, Professions , East Lansing, Michigan

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