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  • Job ID: 340515722
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Health Center Pharmacy Central Inc
  • Department: Pharmacy
  • Location: 3175 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $20.97 to $34.97 / hour


Here at UPMC, our employees are devoted to making a profound impact within the communities they serve. We focus on service excellence to provide top care to our patients, health plan members, and employees. We are looking for a person who shares this passion as well to join our team as a Buyer at the UPMC South Side Distribution Center in Pittsburgh. This position works between the hours of 9am-6pm Monday-Friday with the potential for working remotely based on business needs. The Buyer may travel to other local facilities on a minimal basis.

A successful employee at UPMC is compassionate, determined, committed, and ambitious. Are you eager to be a part of health care excellence? If so, apply today! UPMC also offers one of the best benefits packages in the nation, PTO, retirement plans, and a rewarding career ladder across all departments!

The Buyer reports to the Procurement Manager and is responsible for the procurement of assigned goods and services. This position will serve as the Client's 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 the use and compliance of preferred vendors and programs. This position 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.


  • Timely processing of incorrect/damaged goods to the supplier.
  • Actively participate in and complete all required training
  • 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
  • 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/acknowledgments, increasing purchase order & invoice matching, as well as timely resolution of match exceptions.
  • Learn to develop/draft Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) by proactively engaging with Sourcing Agents and Supply Chain Analysts.
  • Responsible for the procurement of complex purchase orders and purchase orders that require buy decisions or sourcing engagement
  • Support sourcing initiatives by proactively engaging with sourcing team members. Compile and organize data to support sourcing initiatives.
  • Complete weekly SOX testing to include correcting and re-testing of 100% of assigned purchase orders.
  • Purchase power and signing authority for purchases up to $100,000. Ensure compliance 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
  • Serves as the purchasing category subject matter expert and supports purchase orders escalated from the APS (Associate Purchasing Specialist)
  • 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.


  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum 1-year UPMC supply chain experience OR minimum 2 years of previous supply chain experience, OR High School diploma or equivalent and 5 years' previous supply chain experience.
  • 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.

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