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
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) is the oldest and largest not-for-profit managed care provider in the state of Tennessee....