Procurement Specialist III
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 3,049 reviews - Chattanooga, TN

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This position is responsible for the planning and procurement of significant dollar items or major programs within the Procurement department. These areas include but are not limited to: IT Hardware, IT Software, Print, Labor, Food/Facilities, (temporary/contractor/consultant) or major programs such as P-Card. Analyzing periodic and annual expenditure forecasts, performing market research for supplier identification, project management - including defining requirements with cross-functional teams, developing RFI/RFP’s, developing contracts, developing negotiation plans, negotiating with suppliers for substantial savings, creating associated contracts and/or purchase orders. This position will interface with and support all business units.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

Deliver cost savings from negotiations and operational improvements

Actively manages the specific area of responsibility assigned, including proactively engaging key stakeholders

Works with internal key stakeholders to develop strategy and process/process improvements as well as future purchase forecasts

Negotiates, purchases, and maintains information for assigned area of responsibility

Actively seeks qualified diverse suppliers

Builds relationships with key internal stakeholders and suppliers

Drives special projects or assists management with special projects

Complies with policies such as: Procurement, Compliance, Conflict of Interest, HIPAA, ISO 9001 and other corporate and departmental policies

Interacts with Accounts Payable on vendor/supplier payment inquiries

Educates, mentors, coaches subordinates



High School diploma or GED required

Bachelors Degree preferred, Majors in Accounting, Finance, Business or Information Systems preferred


C.P.M. or CPSM from the Institute of Supply Management is preferred

Five (5) or more years experience in a traditional planning / buying role required

Federal or state government procurement knowledge preferred

Two (2) years or more project management experience preferred


Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in area of responsibility

Demonstrated knowledge of contracting principles

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing procurement/supply chain education

Procurement experience with ERP systems such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP

Ability to travel local, regionally, nationally as needed not expected to be > 10% of time

Proficient with MS Office – Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point and Internet

Ability to perform financial analysis on spend, suppliers, etc.

Excellent written, oral, interpersonal communication, customer service, problem solving, and time-management skills.

Ability to recognize and use discretion in dealing with confidential information

About this company
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Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) is a licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The mutually owned company consists of...