The mission of University of Washington Medicine is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates the following: Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center (UWMC), a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated, or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Children's. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. As an employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.The objective of UW Medicine Supply Chain Management is to ensure our patient care experience is enhanced by delivering a robust foundation of services, operational and technical support, and the sharing of comprehensive, relevant, and highly specialized supply chain management expertise. UW Medicine Supply Chain Management has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time professional staff SYSTEM DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC SOURCING. The System Director of Strategic Sourcing, UW Medicine, is accountable to the Chief Supply Chain Officer, Clinical Operations of UW Medicine with oversight of the Acquisitions, Contracting, and Value Analysis functions related to: Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, and Airlift Northwest. The System Director of Strategic Sourcing is responsible for continuously improving the Acquisition, Contracting, and Value Analysis activities of UW Medicine and leading all procurement and contracting life cycle strategic and operational activities within the department. The System Director develops and maintains department policies, procedures, and processes to ensure effective and efficient procurement operations. The System Director also ensures resolution of problems between Suppliers, Accounts Payable, and Receiving as they relate to purchase orders, invoice pricing and receipt, and cost savings initiatives that are identified through Supply Chain Value Analysis.This position is responsible for partnering with UW Medicine senior management to pursue opportunities for contractual negotiations with vendors and of expenses in equipment, supplies, and service areas for all aspects of the supply chain for UW Medicine Clinical Operations. The System Director of Strategic Sourcing functions as a member of the UW Medicine Supply Chain leadership team, participating in the development of operating and capital budgets, programs, policies, and plans for the effective operation of the health system. This position has oversight of all contracting and vendor negotiations, and leadership of the Value Analysis work throughout UW Medicine Clinical Operations.Duties & Responsibilities:Leadership:Provide leadership and guidance to ensure that strategic sourcing activities are cost effective and meet customers' expectations.Demonstrate the ability within a team assignment to take a lead role in interpreting and applying resolution techniques; manage diversity in the workplace; effectively communicate, and practice active listening skills, consensus-building, and problem resolution practices in order to achieve team goals.Participate as a member of the varied hospital and medical center committees; make public presentations and represent UW Medicine on boards, commissions, associations, and committees as requested and approved by the Chief Supply Chain Officer of UW Medicine.To create strategic alliances with suppliers to leverage volume and optimize price and spend. Fiscal Management:Function as a member of the UW Medicine Supply Chain leadership team, participating in the development of operating and capital budgets, programs, policies, and plans for the effective operation of the health system.Responsible for partnering with UW Medicine management to pursue opportunities for reduction of expenses in equipment, supplies, and service areas.Deliver cost savings and value maximization to the total cost of ownership of equipment, supplies, and services while fulfilling the mission of the organization.Ensure appropriate Internal Control processes are in place across the procurement and contracting cycle functions and are promulgated throughout the enterprise. Process, Quality, and Service Improvement:Responsible for UW Medicine's compliance with all governing rules, including local, University of Washington, state, and federal procedures related to procurement.Consult and collaborate with other UW Medicine administrators and managers to coordinate and implement interdepartmental operating procedures that improve procurement cycle activities.Create a culture within supply chain of commitment to impeccable customer service, responding to and handling patient or public concerns related to all aspects of supply chain activities.Implement and employ relevant performance and quality metrics for procurement cycle activities with a focus on process improvement, service enhancement, and improved automation.Demonstrate creativity, imagination, initiative, and good judgment in developing, organizing, and implementing ideas and programs.Develop and lead the standardization and consolidation of the contracting process for UW Medicine.Develop and maintain departmental policies and procedures that ensure an effective and efficient purchasing operation. Provide recommendations to improve Procurement to Payment (P2P) process.Resolve problems between Suppliers, Accounts Payable, and Receiving as they relate to purchase orders, invoice pricing, and receipt. Human Resources/Personnel Management:Provide professional leadership and direction to an appropriately prepared staff by actively and timely recruiting and hiring exceptional staff; plan, assign and evaluate the work of that staff; and provide creative instruction and feedback to that staff on contemporary methods and procedures.Lead, direct, and motivate diverse workers within a team-based assignment; effectively manage change in the workplace.Demonstrate the ability to work in a high-volume environment where great emphasis is placed on customer service and creative problem-solving skills.Interview, hire, conduct performance evaluations, train, and attend to personnel issues with staff under his/her area of responsibility.Directly supervise Strategic Sourcing leadership.Information Management:Develop and implement effective monitoring systems to ensure that standards and performance objectives are met, and laws, rules, regulations, and policies are followed in meeting the goals of UW Medicine.Establish well-defined metrics for departmental activities; work with all applicable UW Medicine and hospital databases.Ensure the dissemination of accurate Supply Chain data by producing clear, concise, and appropriate reports.Monitor markets to understand changes and product introductions to ensure contract portfolio remains relevant to market conditions.Respond to internal audit questions related to purchasing operation. Lead responsibilities:Lead and/or direct system-wide purchase orders for capital equipment, products, and purchased services for UW Medicine.Have oversight of the UW Medicine Supply Chain Value Analysis Team to ensure identification and proper vetting of the potential cost saving and/or improvement of quality of care initiatives.Lead, direct, and manage non-labor contracting for UW Medicine Clinical Operations.To ensure that the contract portfolio is effective, efficient, meets the requirements of the hospital, and is optimized between Vizient and local contracts and agreements.Work closely with other members of the UW Medicine Supply Chain leadership team to ensure that contracts are created in the best overall interests of the enterprise.
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