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.
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.
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.
Bachelors degree and a broad knowledge of medical products is preferred.
Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
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