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MercyOne Des Moines Med CtrDes Moines, Iowa

Requisition ID 2022-238675 Employment Type Full Time Department Supply & Service Resource Management Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Monday - Friday (7:00am - 3:30pm) Remote No Category Purchasing and Supply Chain


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit Catholic medical centers in Des Moines West Des Moines Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care pediatric internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893 MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state with more than 7000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.

MercyOne also provides you with the quality care you provide to others. We care about our employees well-being and offer benefits that complement work/life balance.

We offer the following benefits to support you and your family:

  • Care@Work program supporting any child care, pet care, or adult dependent needs

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identity Theft

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development

  • Matching Retirement Programs

  • Wellness Program


Job Summary / Purpose

Responsible for working with all end users on the purchasing of products to place orders and ensure contractual and standardization goals are met. Researches any discrepancies due to receipts and/or pricing. Verifies and tries to find alternative products if the vendor or manufacturers have a back order.

Essential Key Job Responsibilities

  1. Processes special requisitions

  2. Ensures all orders placed are compliant with appropriate local or national contracts and are consistent with product standardization and value analysis decisions

  3. Researches problems with back orders and substitute items when manufacturers and/or distributors are out of product

  4. Coordinates returns to vendors

  5. Handles hospital procedures for recalled products

  6. Clears on-hold invoices and returns to Finance

  7. Distributes product information to department heads and maintains updated reference and quote files, catalogs, etc

Non-essential Job Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned by management


Bachelor’s Degree in Business or a related field. May substitute 4 years of relevant experience for education.

A minimum of 2 years of progressive experience and responsibilities in purchasing

Good communications skills

Strong analytical skills

Ability to manipulate large files in Excel and use functionality such as sorting, pivot tables

Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Project, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint

Knowledge of automated ERP systems and processes

Ability to research data for pricing, order dates, receiving inquiries spend in relevant supply chain applications (e.g., Lawson)

Good knowledge of hospital products

Must also be able to do creative problem solving and have the ability to work both independently and in a team situation

Three years of health care experience preferred. Incumbents in his job will be grandfathered into educational requirements

Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to

a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender

identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status,

ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected

by law. For more information about your EEO rights as an applicant,

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CommonSpirit Health™ will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

External hires must pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CommonSpirit Health™ participates in E-Verify.