Job Description

Job Title: Buyer - Pharmacy
Job ID: 750850
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: H.C. Pharmacy Central, Inc.
Department: Pharmacy
Location: 3175 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203


Reports to the Procurement Manager and is responsible for the procurement of assigned goods and services. This position will serve as the Clients day-to-day operational liaison between end users, commodity management and associated vendors(s). The Buyer will identify and enact initiatives to reduce the cost of goods and services and increase use and compliance of preferred vendors and programs. This Buyer serves as the purchasing category subject matter expert and is responsible for the procurement of complex purchase orders and purchase orders that require buy decisions or sourcing engagement. The Buyer performs all procurement responsibilities timely and accurately and according to defined service level agreements (SLA). Additionally, this person communicates and coordinates the status of orders with end users/requestors and procurement management.

  • Actively participate in and complete all required training
  • Complete weekly SOX testing to include correcting and re-testing of 100% of assigned purchase orders.
  • Learn to develop/draft Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) by proactively engaging with Sourcing Agents and Supply Chain Analysts.
  • Purchase power and signing authority for purchases up to $100,000. Ensure compliant with system contracts and that purchase orders are dispatched according to established policies and procedures.
  • Respect and maintain the confidentiality of all patient, physician, and hospital related information
  • Responsible for the procurement of complex purchase orders and purchase orders that require buy decisions or sourcing engagement
  • Responsible for the quality of purchase order composition, ensuring all data elements are correct, i.e. category code, pricing, etc. Item descriptions are to be complete and clearly identifying the product, good and/or service procured.
  • Routine focus on process improvement opportunities throughout the entire procurement management life cycle, such as reducing PO processing cycle times, improved accuracy in vendor confirmations/acknowledgements, increasing purchase order & invoice matching, as well as timely resolution of match exceptions.
  • Serves as the purchasing category subject matter expert and supports purchase orders escalated from the APS (Associate Purchasing Specialist)
  • Support sourcing initiatives by proactively engaging with sourcing team members. Compile and organize data to support sourcing initiatives.
  • Support sourcing initiatives by proactively engaging with sourcing team members. Identify, track and report cost savings and cost avoidance during sourcing initiatives. Perform audits to validate pricing using various decision support tools with the department
  • Timely processing of incorrect/damaged goods to the supplier.


  • Bachelors degree with a minimum one year UPMC supply chain experience is required.
    • OR minimum two years of previous supply chain experience,
    • OR High School diploma or equivalent and five years previous supply chain experience is required.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft and Microsoft Office or an equivalent ERP system is required. 
  • Healthcare Purchasing experience is preferred.
  • Must demonstrate strong organization and communication skills, ability to provide exceptional customer service and work well as a member of a team in a fast paced environment. 
  • Ability to work well independently Must have a professional and positive attitude

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $19.70 to $32.88 / hour

Union Position: No

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