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Director of Procurement Services

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Medicine Corporate Job REQID 100217 Job Function Management-Business Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $6,000 Student Loan Repayment ($3,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Annual Employee Merit Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay


The Director, Procurement Services reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethicsand Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

Responsible for the coordination of procurement services the hospital with regards to procurement, processing and distribution of materials and services.This system should meet or exceed the requirements of the hospital and be accomplished at the mostfavorable cost.


  • Directs the procurement for all NM functions for a select portfolio.
  • Identifies opportunities for new business growth and development, expansion of current services for procurement services.
  • Practices fiscal accountability. Encourages staff and team accountability by involving them in budget preparation, identifying ideas for increasing efficiency, cost savings, developing and growing the business and existing services.
  • Measures and monitors budget and business development plans; provides ongoing updates to employees and leadership.
  • Achieves or exceeds budget and business growth and profitability targets.
  • Guides strategy, direction, planning, and implementation for programs and accountabilities of Supply Chain Management.
  • Develops policies and procedures in the areas of procurement, contracting, inventory control, receiving and storage, and distribution.
  • Coordinates the maintenance of supplies in the health system in emergency situations and maintains sources of emergency supply items from other health facilities and vendors.
  • Collaborates with Supply Chain management team in development of comprehensive Supply Chain strategy, services and processes.
  • Communicates and collaborates with all levels of management to determine specific procurement and contracting needs and to sponsor effective Supply Chain solutions to meet those needs.
  • Partners with vendor community and other resources in obtaining and executing the highest quality and most cost-effective contracts for NM.
  • Participates on committees and sponsors departmental and cross-functional performance and quality improvement activities and projects.
  • Assists all department leaders in the budgeting process, which includes operating and capital budget preparation and maintenance.
  • Leads system-wide initiatives and committees supporting culture of high quality cost effective product selection and efficient utilization.
  • Provides consultation, direction and oversight with regards to materials that have been requested to ascertain appropriate specifications and need.
  • Through the effective use of Supply Chain forecasting tools provides essential data to all departments for use in departmental level decision making for cost utilization, product standardization and budget preparation.
  • Serves as internal consultant to all levels of leadership regarding product market trend studies, product technology assessment and contract assessment.
  • Provides legal advice, interpretation, and guidance to senior management regarding procurement contracts.
  • Coordinates and reviews the work of internal legal staff, including managing a staff of attorneys.



  • Masters degree in business administration and/or a JD.
  • At least 10 years of experience as a leader in supply chain.
  • Ability to work with physicians in a collaborative manner.


  • Ability to work as part of a leadership team in a highly visible role;
  • Strong negotiation skills with the ability to direct others and negotiate for desired results; A thorough understandingof business contracting principles;
  • Meticulous organizational and time management skills with the inherent ability to prioritize according to deadlinesand flexibility to manage multiple objectives;
  • Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills able to communicate to a diverse audience rangingfrom senior executives, physicians, legal counsel, department managers, and all levels of management amongstsuppliers;
  • Project management experience in large organizations working on complex initiatives with an emphasis on programdevelopment and documented results;
  • Highly developed analytic ability with an understanding of financial activity and associated implications;
  • Includes demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access;
  • Ability to work independently with various internal and external personnel at various levels of responsibility

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.
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