Contract & Sourcing Specialist

Silver Spring, Maryland-Silver Spring
Oct 07, 2021
Nov 11, 2021
The Contracts and Sourcing Specialist will have oversight for the creation, negotiation and upkeep of system-wide contracts for supplies, commodities and/or similar services, targeted to their specific area(s) of responsibility . The individual in this role will manage existing agreements, lead request for proposals (RFP), conduct cost/benefit analyses to assess other possibilities for contracts, products and services, orchestrate the arrangement of business reviews, monitor vendor performance and compliance and oversee rebate management and contractual customer service with vendors. The Contract Specialist will work in concert with multiple departments in the Children's National Health System network and will report directly to the Contracts & Sourcing Manager.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree (Required)
Master's Degree Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Healthcare Management or related field (Preferred)

Minimum Work Experience
5 years Relevant work experience in contracting, materials management, or a purchasing function (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Must have demonstrated skills and abilities in negotiations, problem solving, analytics, written and verbal communication, interpersonal skills, participation and team leadership, ability to management multiple initiatives and Microsoft Office, with particular strengths around Excel.
Knowledge in medical/surgical supplies & equipment is desired.

Functional Accountabilities
Contract Management and Requests for Proposals (RFP's)
  • Proactively analyzes spend data to develop areas for enhancement/new contracting/bidding within their respective area(s)
  • Manages RFP process from bid development to award and post award review of vendor performance under the direction of the Contracts & Sourcing Manager.
  • Manages GPO and local contracts for reviews, renewals, activations, etc., within their respective area(s).
  • Collaboratively works with departments to centralize and negotiate contracting within Supply Chain.
  • Contributes to centralized contract database, for agreements within specified area(s).
Cost Savings/Sourcing/Negotiations
  • Under direction of Contracts & Sourcing Manager, collaboratively develops high level sourcing and negotiation strategies via analysis of key cost drivers (price, product, and process), supplier, market, technology profiles, rationalization, and contract optimization.
  • Align with Legal department to assure contractual terms mitigate exposure and risk and comply with CNHS Legal policies and procedures.
  • Utilizes price benchmarking tools to negotiate and achieve market best pricing (Price Performance, Spend Management, etc.)
Capital Procurement
  • Supports and negotiates any capital equipment within their respective area(s).
  • Supports Contracts & Sourcing Manager and Director of Supply Chain under the Capital Allocation process.
Value Analysis and Purchasing
  • Collaborates with Value Analysis Clinical Program Coordinator translating customer needs into sourcing, bidding and negotiation strategies.
  • Identifies and presents opportunities for savings based on contract analysis, pricing and market benchmarks.
  • Communicates details and terms of new contracts to facilitate implementation in coordination with clinical impact.
  • Collaborates with Purchasing Buyers in contract negotiations over a defined purchasing dollar threshold.
Supplier Management
  • Establishes performance metrics/dashboard and reviews with suppliers on a regular basis to ensure suppliers are meeting contract obligations.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met

  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  • Use resources efficiently
  • Search for less costly ways of doing things

  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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