Manager of Purchasing and Contract Management Job Summary
The Manager of Purchasing and Contract Management is responsible for the strategic direction, as well as the tactical execution of all aspects of purchasing operations, contract management and capital acquisition for AU Health System, under the direction of the Director Supply Chain Mgt. This includes, but is not limited to customer service, procurement, contracting, capital acquisition, vendor management and accounts payable liaison. In addition, this position supervises and has administrative responsibility, authority, and accountability for human and material resources in support of all aspects of the department.
Provide management and support for the day-to-day direction, as well as the tactical execution of all aspects of purchasing and contract operations on a daily basis including but not limited to: customer service, procurement, contracting, capital, lease financing, vendor management, value and accounts payable/invoice processing. This would include selecting, training, developing and evaluating subordinates and initiate personnel actions in accordance with Human Resources policies.
Responsible for the strategic direction and execution of contracts for medical and surgical supplies, non-medical supplies, services, patient care agreements and equipment. This includes aggressive negotiations, cost savings strategies, contract bids, GPO and ECRI utilization. Includes developing and writing contract language favorable to the institution as needed. Ensure all contracts are kept current, in compliance with Joint Commission Standards, and are updated and documented in our contract management databases.
Provide leadership and oversight for the daily procurement process utilizing the fundamentals of purchasing in all activity. Ensure products and services are produced at the best overall value, that the correct product is ordered and delivered as needed, and the total cost of ownership is kept to a minimum. Ensure all request for supplies and services are handled professionally, courteously and arrive ready for use as required.
Under the direction of the CFO and Director of Supply Chain Management, manage all lease-financing arrangements for the Institution. Negotiate and execute capital and/or operating leases as directed ensurint the most effective lease term and competitive interest rates are maintained. Ensure operating leases pass the FASB analysis. Maintain a database of all leases and keep current.
Establish, develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external customers. This would include project teams, assigned committees and value teams. It would also include vendors and related organizations.
Autonomy and Supervision
This position operates with a fair degree of autonomy, escalating high-level issues, projects and priorities to the Director of Supply Chain Mgt. This position is required to make essential and critical decisions daily with minimal supervision.
This position provides direct supervision for seven purchasing professionals. This includes establishing each positions strategic direction, direct day-to-day management, performance evaluations, etc.
Experience and Skill Requirements
Bachelor’s degree or greater, prefer business related degree
At least 5 years of mid to senior level management experience in the healthcare industry
At least 5 years of progressive experience in the field of purchasing and contract management
Proven contract management skills including negotiating, writing and editing contract as needed
Solid purchasing skills and ability to execute and teach the fundamentals of purchasing
Excellent computer and analytical skills
Solid negotiating skills with a proven record of establishing and executing cost savings initiatives
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to work well and multitask in a fast paced environment
About AU Health System
About Augusta University Health
Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University Health is a world-class health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the region. Augusta University Health provides skilled, compassionate care to its patients conducts leading-edge clinical research and fosters the medical education and training of tomorrow’s health care practitioners. Augusta University Health is a not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical operations associated with Augusta University.
The health system in numbers
• 478-bed Augusta University Medical Center at Augusta University
• 154-bed Children's Hospital of Georgia including the region's only Level IV NICU
• More than 80 outpatient practice sites in one convenient setting (Medical Office Building)
• Critical Care Center, housing a 13-county regional Level I trauma center