The Category Manager works collaboratively in a team based environment to optimize the selection, standardization and utilization of supplies and services for the Geisinger Health System organization. This position along with the Director of Clinical Integration, works closely with health system platform operations leaders, clinicians, and finance personnel to identify, implement, and monitor optimal product utilization.
In addition, this position has operational responsibility in collaboration with Supply Chain Logistics and Supply Chain Information Systems to ensure that supplies are priced accurately, available timely, carried in the appropriate quantities and locations, and delivered in the most efficient manner to meet patient care needs. This position has direct oversight of purchasing staff and sourcing staff and matrixed oversight of support services for the area including contract management, analytics, inventory, and customer service.
The Category Manager utilizes analytics and benchmarking tools and keeps abreast of new technologies to provide strategic direction, leadership and accountability for efficient and effective total cost of ownership management of non-labor expenditures across the Geisinger Health System. This includes development and maintenance of supplier and end-user relationships to jointly drive cost savings, confirm compliance to current contracts, explore product change and/or standardization opportunities with the assigned category, and to ensure procurement of quality products and services.
Skills include advanced data analytics, strategic sourcing techniques, strong project management, advanced problem solving, global market analysis, competitive bidding, negotiation, and ability to communicate appropriately with all levels of the organization. Is required to execute Geisinger standards in the supply market and interface with business leadership to ensure that effective supply management of the spend portfolio occurs at all levels of the organization and that business requirements and needs are met. Is responsible for portfolios of spend typically in excess of $50 Million dollars. Provides leadership and/or support to sourcing teams and other staff as needed.
Performs duties in a manner that supports the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System in its efforts to provide quality, cost-effective patient care and patient satisfaction.
Works under the direction of the Director, Procurement.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
Demonstrates excellent organizational skills and the ability to be self-motivated with good time-management skills. Must be able to multitask and manage simultaneous projects to meet deadlines with a strong attention to detail.
Demonstrates both hard and soft management, analytical, project management and relationship skills.
Demonstrates advanced facilitation skills, including team building, problem identification, analysis and resolution.
Demonstrates ability to be intuitive, personable and problem solving.
Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of advanced purchasing and procurement techniques including electronic ordering and multi-facility product purchasing.
Demonstrates advanced negotiation skills and techniques, including competitive bidding.
Demonstrates excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Demonstrates advanced working knowledge of basic and advanced PC software, including Word, Access and Excel and the ability to manipulate data and files for analysis and presentation.
Demonstrates excellent customer service skills.
Demonstrates advanced analytical skills, including data organization, summation and presentation.
Demonstrates ability to manage and direct assigned purchasing team.
Demonstrates advanced contract (legal) knowledge.
Demonstrates advanced project management skills.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree required. Business and/or clinical background/education preferred.
Advanced degree (MBA) is preferred.
Professional certification (CPM, CMRP, APICS) preferred.
Minimum of five years sourcing and purchasing related experience required. Experience in a multi-facility healthcare setting with demonstration of progressive responsibility preferred.
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