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Inventory Specialist CDH Centralized Sterilization Full-time Days

Location Winfield, Illinois Business Unit Central DuPage Hospital Job REQID 134721 Job Function Materials Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $10,000 Student Loan Repayment ($5,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Annual Employee Salary Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay

Pay Starting at: $22.58+ per hour based on experience

Northwestern Medicine is powered by a community of colleagues who are purpose-driven and committed to our mission to deliver world-class care. Here, you'll work alongside some of the best clinical talent in the nation leading the way in medical innovation and breakthrough research with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

We recognize where you've been, and we support where you're headed. We celebrate diverse perspectives and experiences, which fuel our commitment to equity and culture of service.

Grow your career with comprehensive training and development opportunities, mentorship programs, educational support and student loan repayment.

  • Create the life you envision for yourself with flexible work options, a Reimbursable Well-Being Fund and a Total Rewards package that support your physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being.
  • Make a difference through volunteer opportunities we offer in local communities and drive inclusive change through our workforce-led resource groups.

From discovery to delivery, come help us shape the future of medicine.


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

The Inventory Specialist under the direction of the Central Sterile Manager works both independently and in collaboration with the OR, SPD, and Vendor(s). This is a highly visible job and requires communication and follow-through by in-person (one on one meetings), phone and/or emails. This position requires daily flexibility with the ability to multitask, ensuring that assignments are completed in a timely basis.


  • Manage and maintain accurate inventory levels including but not limited to instrumentation, special orders, and office supplies.
  • Utilize Censitrac inventory management system reports for missing instrumentation and conducting a physical inventory of tray verifying that list is accurate before ordering. Updates tray lists in Censitrac as needed.
  • Collaborate with OR/SPD and Vendor teams to develop and execute a plan to reduce missing instrumentation from trays.
  • Assist in financial modeling and forecasting for instrumentation inventory management.
  • Responsible for receiving, unpacking, verifying all shipments received, and replenishing instrumentation into correct trays ensuring that missing instrumentation has been removed from Missing Instrument List in Censitrac.
  • Conducts in-services to staff of new instrumentation as needed.
  • Prepares excel spread sheet of instrumentation ordered specifying the reason ordered, what was ordered, quantity ordered and when received. Distributes list to team on a weekly basis.
  • Communicates with the OR and SPD teams of any issues with back orders or obsolete instrumentation. Removing any such items from tray lists as necessary.
  • Follows up on back orders and recommends substitutions or alternate instrument vendor, communicates ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of instrumentation with the OR and SPD teams.
  • Works with repair vendor and note instrumentation that is being sent out for repair and tags tray accordingly. Informs OR and SPD accordingly. Follows through with unrepairable instruments reorders if needed.
  • Monitors and organizes the back-up instrumentation cabinets ensuring that par levels are attained on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Assists in the return of extra instruments to their respective cabinets daily.
  • Works with OR/SPD teams in streamlining trays to reduce unused instruments or combine instruments to reduce peel pack usage.
  • Monitor and organize peel pack instruments ensuring par levels are met.
  • Returns instruments mis-ordered ensuring proper credit issued.
  • Based on the demand of the department will assist in tray assembly as needed
  • Attending weekly CST Leadership Meeting to report out and keep team abreast of any instrumentation issues / concerns.
  • Flexibility to perform responsibilities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • IAHCSMM or CBSPD Certification
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • 10+ years’ experience in OR instrumentation


  • Knowledge of aseptic techniques and procedures, sterilization techniques and procedures, infection control and workflow principles and requirements, instrument and supply processing
  • Demonstrates and exercises responsible judgment to provide necessary supplies and instruments for the patient care areas.
  • Previous Inventory Management Experience in a hospital setting

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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