• Sourcing Category Leader (Supply Chain Logistics)

    Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(10/1/2018 6:04 PM)
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  • Job Description

    Bring Your Passion to the Forefront:

    Sourcing Category Leader


    Join one of the nation’s most comprehensive academic medical centers, UChicago Medicine. The Supply Chain Department is currently seeking a Sourcing Category Leader to develop sourcing strategy for specified key spending categories to achieve key organizational and departmental goals.


    Job Summary


    In this role, the Category Sourcing Leader develops sourcing strategy for specified key spend categories to achieve key organizational and departmental goals.  

    • Reviews and selects appropriate suppliers
    • Works with Materials Admin team to negotiate contracts and ensure that terms of established contracts are maintained and properly executed 

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities

    • SOURCING: Leads Sourcing Teams and Value Analysis Teams (VAT) under direction of Assistant Director, Strategic Sourcing. Independently secures data from suppliers and internal sources, and performs effective analysis of findings to DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT and MONITOR supplier strategies and relationships in all aspects of cost, quality, delivery, technology and service
    • PROCUREMENT: Conducts industry and product research, and leads supplier meetings. Assists in the solicitation of Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Quote (RFQs) and Requests for Proposal (RFPs) as required by Assistant Director. Gathers and compiles information from a variety of sources to contribute to analyses
    • CONTRACT SUPPORT: Executes contract renewals, service and maintenance agreements, and unique sourcing activities for assigned categories. Prepares negotiation plan and executes under direction of Assistant Director
    • LEAN: Supports Lean process initiatives through use of 5S, Value Stream Maps, and Kaizen improvement events. Recognizes opportunities to maximize savings and increase efficiencies through shorter cycle times, first time quality measures, and process mapping, and drives changes accordingly
    • COMMUNICATION: Provides effective communication to management, co-workers, and suppliers to establish collaborative communication, especially as related to activity status of supply chain initiatives. Serves as a professional and knowledgeable representative of organization to outside suppliers
    • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Actively engages in professional development to maintain current skills and knowledge of business trends and best practices


    You'll thrive in this position if you: 

    • Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence – you identify issues, problems and opportunities; proactively recognize the need for improvement. You work with others to develop a sense of common purpose; understand different perspectives on issues; gathers and examines information available. You generate alternatives - Create relevant options, including financial and resource implications, for addressing problems and opportunities. You select appropriate action - Formulate clear decision criteria; evaluates options by considering implications and consequences; chooses an effective option. You commit to implementation and work with a sense of urgency and a bias for action to implement the decision.
    • Embrace Change – you treat change and new situations as opportunities for learning or growth; identifies the benefits and risks of change. You quickly modify behavior to deal effectively with changes; remains effective during times of ambiguity and uncertainty. You honor the need in others to ask questions; helps others overcome resistance.
    • Act with Courage & Conviction – you look at interactions, activities and processes to maximize the patient, customer and employee experience; speaks up for point of view with confidence even when the topic is controversial; shares point of view in a manner that builds support. You alert the right person when expectations or standards are not met or when UCMC’s values are at risk. You ensure proper resolution is achieved and an explanation is received; escalates appropriately if needed. 
    • Communicate with Impact – you focus on the message of others, provide undivided attention, and defer judgment. You convey messages logically, simply, and with confidence. You check for understanding by asking questions, seeking clarity and responding accordingly.  


    • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree; required in Business, Supply Chain, Purchasing
    • Requires one (1) to three (3) years of previous job-related experience
    • Requires strong analytical abilities including high aptitude for Microsoft Excel, Access, Visio, Project, PowerPoint, and Word. Strategic Sourcing and Total Cost of Ownership improvement process experience 

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree; preferred
    • 3-5 years of previous job-related experience

    • Lean/Process Improvement, process mapping, and Six Sigma experience strongly preferred.
    • Healthcare experience NOT REQUIRED
    • Materials - Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP)


    Why Join Us

    We’ve been at the forefront of medicine since 1899. We provide superior healthcare with compassion, always mindful that each patient is a person, an individual. To accomplish this, we need employees with passion, talent and commitment… with patients and with each other. We’re in this together: working to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and move our collective knowledge forward. If you’d like to add enriching human life to your profile, The University of Chicago Medicine is for you. Here at the forefront, we’re doing work that really matters. Join us. Bring your passion.


    Bring your career to the next level at a hospital that is thriving; from patient satisfaction to employee engagement, we are at the Forefront of Medicine. Take advantage of all we have to offer and #BringYourPassiontotheForefront


    University of Chicago Medicine is growing; discover how you can be a part of this pursuit of excellence at: www.uchospitals.edu/jobs


    The University of Chicago Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.


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