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Health Care & Medicine
Pharmacy Purchasing Lead
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Minimum Work Experience
5 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
3-5 years experience as a Pharmacy Technician in an acute care hospital or two years Pharmacy Technician experience in a pediatric hospital setting.Two years supervisory experience preferred.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Requires a minimum of seven years experience in Hospital Purchasing, of related goods and services, with a minimum of two (2) years management/supervisory experience preferred.

Requires basic knowledge of Materials Management Systems and ability to use personal computer, utilizing spreadsheets and other commonly used software programs.

Requires excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Requires proven ability to work effectively with peers, superiors, and subordinates.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Certified Pharmacy Technician in the District of Columbia

Functional Accountabilities

Program and Service Administration / Implementation 

  1. Review and maintain inventory supply levels as required.
  2. Process orders for pharmaceuticals via the hospital PeopleSoft purchasing system.
  3. Identify appropriate order levels, place orders, and monitor accuracy of ordered inventory shipments received.
  4. Ensure that inventory is properly and economically replenished to the appropriate dispensing areas within the pharmacy.
  5. Oversee received and stocked product.
  6. Check returned products for expiration dates.
  7. Works with Director of Operations to manage shortages, recalls, and returned products and develop procedural plans to sustain safe, effective operations.
  8. Ensure products are disposed of according to expiration dates and required handling procedures.
  9. Maintain Purchase Order record log. Review and approve invoices for payment; provide reports for and track all Credits (wholesaler and other) and inventory transfers, as required.
  10. Identifying new product lines and cost saving plans across existing product lines, as required.
  11. Maintain current knowledge of products and sources related to assigned portfolio.
  12. Ensure orders interface correctly between hospital systems and vendor systems.
  13. Provide supervisory oversight for 1-2 purchasing assistants.
  14. Work with a variety of suppliers to efficiently procure safe, approved national and international pharmaceuticals as necessary; able to negotiate and interact with vendors, suppliers, and peer hospitals at all levels.
  15. Monitor all ordering and maintain proper audit controls at all times.

Financial / Contractual Compliance & Reporting

  1. Maintain current knowledge of pharmaceutical contracts and assures compliance, as required.
  2. Seek most cost effective way of procuring medications and supplies via brand/generic options, specialty vs standard, volume pricing, etc taking into account contractual and GPO obligations.
  3. Prepare or supervises preparation of Request for Quotations or Proposals, solicits responses, prepare spreadsheet comparisons and makeawards/recommendations accordingly.
  4. Participate on Councils related to portfolio and act as System liaison for related products and services.
  5. Maintain appropriate records of all related purchasing documents.
  6. Adhere to all Children's National Medical Center policies, procedures, and standards, within budgetary specifications, including time management, supply management, productivity, and accuracy of practice.
  7. Process returns, resolving credit eligibility, and manage restocking of inventory.
  8. Maintain utmost credibility with vendors, peers, suppliers, and creditors.
  9. Responsible for the maintenance and reporting of purchasing data and analytics to and across various committees.
  10. Oversees annual inventory process.

Customer Service

  1. Communicates with staff and promotes staff ownership in problem solving and participation in operational decision-making.
  2. Serves as a positive role model to staff, ensuring that customer service is a priority.
  3. Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences.
  4. Display a positive attitude within the department and across departmental lines in support of the hospital's programs and mission.
  5. Promote effective working relations and works effectively as part of a department/unit team to facilitate goals and objectives.
  6. Maintain confidentiality of all hospital and patient information.
  7. Present neat appearance in proper attire and identification as required by position and hospital policy.
  8. Foster mature professional relationships with fellow employees.
  9. Perform duties under the auspices of CNMC values 3 C's (Commitment, Connection, and Compassion.
  10. Establish and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and members of the general public.

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.