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UnityPoint Health Buyer in Grimes, Iowa

Buyer is responsible for purchasing supplies, capital equipment and services requested throughout UnityPoint Health System. This position works within their service lines assigned to ensure orders flow through the system smoothly, support contract compliance, standardization, EDI automation and follow up with delivery and returns of product. The scope of this role includes levels of involvement with the Supply Chain processes; requester customer service and education, procurement processes, invoice accuracy, capital equipment and capital project collaboration with requesters and Finance, data management, data analytics and contracting. This position will support the strategic objectives of UnityPoint Health and collaborate with customers, supply chain, finance, clinical and non-clinical leaders and staff across the entire system.


  • Reviews unreleased Purchase Orders to ensure all items have assigned Lawson numbers and contract pricing; validates vendor and ship to information; reassigns special item requests to Buyer II.

  • Releases Purchase Orders to be transmitted to vendors for processing utilizing the most efficient issue method.

  • Reviews purchase requisitions from PO Worksheet for accuracy and best practice; clarity, detail, contract compliance, inclusion in the item master, vendor listed the best source, and Owens & Minor distribution opportunities. Uses tools and resources to identify what and how the request can best be managed.

  • Communicates with and educates requesters on the central procurement process.

  • Responsible for placing purchase orders and the overall management of the purchase order.

  • Expedites product delivery; utilizes tools and resources to ensure timely resolution on confirmations and open orders to ensure accurate placement and estimated delivery dates of all orders.

  • Processes vendor returns, obtains RMA from vendor and collaborates with Receiving personnel to ensure product is returned to the vendor in a timely fashion.

  • Interacts with appropriate department representative to determine specific requirements for various supplies and equipment, recommend cost reductions, and understand departmental operations/services provided

  • Runs reports and queries to manage daily operations; pull and manage data- open orders, confirmations, productivity, vendor performance, order transmission, EDI, contract compliance, utilization and distribution opportunities.

Process Improvement/Process Changes

  • Adheres to Standard of Work and works closely with internal and external resources to optimize processes.

  • Identifies issues and works with supply chain staff across UnityPoint Health on process improvement projects to develop service solutions.


  • Associate Degree or 2 years of related experience may be substituted

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred


  • Experience in excess of years may be substituted for education


  • Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English

  • Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint

  • Healthcare procurement knowledge and experience working with a GPO (Group Purchasing Operation)

  • Advanced knowledge of lookup functions, queries, uploads, pivot tables and proficiency in navigating web-based software and solutions desirable

Requisition ID: 2021-101616

Street: 1601 SE Gateway Dr

Name: 9010 UnityPoint Health System Services

Name: Central Procurement

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: 8a - 5p

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