Manager Purchasing & Materials
Nashville General Hospital
 Nashville, TN

Plan, organize, and coordinate all Purchasing activities in support of the Hospital Authority goals and objectives. This position will perform various assigned tasks and fill in for the Director of Material Management as directed. Recommend objectives and initiate appropriate actions for their area of responsibility to meet the department goals. Formulate budgets, goals, strategies, and tactics to accomplish the Department’s objectives. Hires, trains, motivate and lead their staff in the performance of their duties. Responsible for developing optimal sourcing strategies and key relationships with vendors. Leads pursuit of total cost of ownership analysis, savings initiatives, and contract negotiations Coordinates installation, conducts training and auditing of the computerized MMIS. Primary contact for Supply Chain Management regarding the MMIS. The position will interact at all levels of management including all Hospital Authority employees. This position analyzes, reviews, and finalizes buyer sourcing decisions, conducts major negotiations including planning and development of strategy and tactics. Organize the workloads of assigned staff, delegate responsibilities, and supervise day-to-day operations to reach objectives, and negotiates long-term contracts as appropriate. The individual is responsible for meeting the cost avoidance and reduction objectives of the Purchasing Department. Participates in cross-functional teams (i.e. Off-site Clinics, other departments, Finance, AP, Operations, etc.) to improve processes with regard to assigned responsibilities and commodities to determine the most favorable strategy and procedures for procurement of needed goods or services. Writes and evaluates specifications and request for proposals and bids. Keep informed of market conditions and developments in assigned commodities and keep interested departments advised with respect to same.


-HS Diploma; Bachelor's Degree in business or related field preferred or four years experience may be substituted for business requirements.

-5 Years of Operations-Procurement-Buyer Experience

Additional Experience Requirements:

-Five years of purchasing experience mandatory preferably in a healthcare setting.

-Knowledge in Microsoft Office and Allscripts Materials Management program.

-Minimum of four years of progressively responsible purchasing and contracting experience in a progressive and complex environment.

-Must have a thorough understanding of purchasing and contract management methods and procedures, techniques of specification and contract writing, purchasing and contracting law, purchasing ethics and healthcare regulations.

-Must possess demonstrative knowledge of healthcare materials management operations and materials management information systems (MMIS), statistical and financial analysis, budget preparation, value and cost analysis, reimbursement, and productivity measurement.

-Demonstrate a sound understanding of all related, external supply chain factors; including Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) relationships and services and supplier capabilities.

-Must possess knowledge of Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Information (RFI) development, contract analysis, negotiation and process administration and product knowledge; and demonstrate a proven ability to accomplish goals through committee/group decision dynamics.

-Must be highly proficient in the use of spreadsheets, databases, word processing and presentation software tools to interpret, communicate and present information in clear, concise and understandable manner.

-Possesses personal and professional values consistent with those of required by the system.