The Buyer, under the direction of the Director of Materials Management, performs a variety of duties to purchase material, supplies and services in support of hospital operations. Assists the Director of Materials Management in administering a coordinated supply support system that operates according to hospital guidelines for cost, quality and delivery. These duties include processing, expediting and maintaining requisitions, purchase orders, shipping notices, contract documents and other information utilized by the Purchasing department.
Processes all incoming requisitions for medical surgical supplies, equipment, forms, office supplies and services within established departmental timeframes.
Prepares material and supply purchase orders, analyzes quotations and expedites deliveries and shipments. Select the most expeditious method to place and confirm orders with suppliers via mail, telephone, fax or Internet.
Utilizes the Online Materials Management System for procurement of supplies. Maintains the Item Master catalog file to include addition of new products, catalog number and price changes. Accesses and utilizes the Internet for both product procurement and product research.
Interfaces with vendors regarding product delivery, pricing and product research. Provides feedback to hospital departments regarding order status and delivery schedules. When necessary, researches and recommends product alternatives and substitute sources of supply.
Primarily hospital contact for service and support contracts to include copiers, office supplies, equipment repairs, forms and pagers. As hospital representative, facilitates and validates that vendor obligations are met. Ensures that hospital objectives are met within operational and budgetary parameters. Provides timely feedback to hospital departments.
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in business related field, preferred
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
• Computer skills to include Microsoft Office applications
• Previous purchasing experience in a hospital setting