The Buyer is responsible for negotiating contractual arrangements and purchasing specific supplies and equipment at the most favorable prices consistent with ARH purchasing guidelines.
Negotiates contracts with vendors.
Provides information to hospitals concerning sources of products, quality of available items, proper documentation needed to secure purchase, and ARH policies on standards.
Obtains from vendor representatives, information about product price, ability of vendor to provide products, and delivery date.
Evaluates competitive quotes and bids considering cost of items, delivery time, and reliability of vendors.
Determines most advantageous method of purchasing and most economical quantity of items to be purchased.
Purchases specified categories of supplies and/or equipment in accordance with ARH guidelines.
Issues Buyer’s Purchasing orders and Contracts for routine items.
Responds to Accounts Payable follow-ups.
Contact vendors to resolve discrepancies in shipments, invoices, and purchase orders, and issues change orders when necessary.
Issues Stock Orders for shipment from the warehouse or between hospitals.
May inspect hospital storeroom files of open orders and open requisitions to determine whether these are current.
Reviews purchasing literature to gather information about products, suppliers, and trends in purchasing.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High School graduate with four (4) year’s experience in the purchasing field.
Related degree preferred.