• Associate Buyer

    Job Number
    237401
    Facility
    BH Corporate Office
    Department
    Purchasing-Corp
    Address : Street
    7300 West Detroit St
    Address : Location
    US-AZ-Chandler
    Work Schedule
    Day
    Position Type
    FT: Full-Time
    Posting Category
    Purchasing / Supply Chain
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    Operating a hospital is more than IV bags and trauma rooms. One might be surprised by the number of people – and the hats they wear – who work behind the scenes to make sure a hospital runs smoothly and safely for our patients, visitors and staff. Each one plays a critical role and is part of a team to ensure the best care for our patients.

     

    The Corporate Supply Chain Services Purchasing Department is responsible for the timely and accurate purchasing of supplies, services, and non-capital equipment for all Banner Health facilities. The centralized team purchases goods in accordance with contract terms from specified vendors. Using specialized knowledge of procurement contracts and products ordered, the Purchasing Department maximizes purchases made under contract terms by providing counsel to end-users.

     

    As an Associate Buyer, you will provide a high level of service to internal customers, maintain good vendor relations, and find new opportunities to reduce supply cost.  You will also have the opportunity to manage Accounts Receivable and reconcile invoice discrepancies, while working closely with Accounts Payable, the end-using department and vendors to ensure timely payment of invoices. This position is located in Chandler, AZ.

     

    Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life.

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    About Banner Health Corporate
    Within Banner Health Corporate, you will have the opportunity to apply your unique experience and expertise in support of a nationally-recognized healthcare leader. We offer stimulating and rewarding careers in a wide array of disciplines. Whether your background is in Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Managed Care Programs or Public Relations, you'll find many options for contributing to our award-winning patient care.

     



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    About Banner Health
    Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country and the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities we serve. Throughout our network of hospitals, primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and more, our skilled and compassionate professionals use the latest technology to make health care easier, so life can be better. The many locations, career opportunities, and benefits offered at Banner Health help to make the Banner Journey unique and fulfilling for every employee.

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    Job Summary

    This position is responsible for the timely and accurate ordering and purchasing of supplies, services, and equipment as assigned for any assigned areas of responsibility. The incumbent works as a member of a centralized team to purchase goods and services in accordance with contract terms from specified suppliers, to provide a high level of service to customers, to maintain good supplier relations, and to find new opportunities to reduce supply cost. Using specialized knowledge of procurement contracts and products ordered, the Associate Buyer maximizes purchases made under contract terms by providing counsel to facility requisitioners.


    Essential Functions

  • Receives and analyzes facility purchase requests for routine and specialty supplies, services, and equipment as assigned. Provides quick solutions for order errors and makes sourcing decisions to support Banner Health Contracting under pressing deadlines. Manages supplier purchase orders via Electronic Data Interface (EDI), telephone, internet, email and fax.

  • Receives special requests from across system to purchase non-po goods and services via p-card. Reviews and makes recommendations for special requests to ensure contract compliance and promote standardization and manages p-card spend in accordance to Purchasing Card Policy.

  • Manages and expedites open orders addressing any logistical concerns while employing freight best practices, provides customer service, and works closely with departments to understand and meet their needs. Facilitates product substitutions on back ordered products and sources alternate products as suggested by clinical or contracting teams.

  • Coordinates and performs appropriate actions to provide timely resolution to invoice discrepancies. Works closely with Accounts Payable, requesting departments, receiving and suppliers to problem solve and provide timely payment of invoices.

  • Approves and releases invoices for payment.

  • Acts to assure conformance with Banner Health Contracting and Purchasing standards for products and suppliers. Acts as a liaison between end using departments and Corporate Supply Chain to understand and meet their needs. The Associate Buyer can provide guidance on supply chain information system order placement requirements and assist to resolve daily purchasing issues.

  • Minimum Qualifications

    High school diploma/GED or equivalent working knowledge. Requires the math, verbal and written communications and business skills. Additional training in medical products procurement.

    Requires three or more years of related experience in procurement and/or working with similar medical products supply.The work of the Associate Buyer requires the ability to work under strict time constrains and to manage multiple priorities. The ability to solve problems and the teamwork skills to obtain assistance to resolve those more complex in nature are necessary. Effective interpersonal skills are required to interface with the broad range of customers and suppliers. Must be able to interpret verbal, written, and data driven information and instructions. The incumbent must have the ability to learn and comprehend basic contract language and legal issues of procurement, with the ability to formulate calculations and analyze results.

    Must have intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and/or database software skills, with a basic working knowledge of Supply Chain Management Information System(s) and the ability to adapt quickly to new software.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Bachelors degree and a broad knowledge of medical products is preferred.

    Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

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