Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Buyer, Material Management

    Job Title
    Buyer, Material Management
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.

    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Full-time Buyer who will embrace our rich and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 

    This is a full time position. Hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. 

    The Buyer:

    • Ensures workflow support and timely processing of Requester Requisitions through the MMIS
    • Canvasses all available sources for the best price through present and future purchasing of medical supplies and services including Veterans Administration (VA), Government Services Administration (GSA), Group Purchasing Organization, etc.
    • Confirms price, quantity, packaging, product information, delivery date, shipping, and terms while placing orders to ensure Purchase orders accuracy.
    • Assists in sourcing viable substitute products as needed when ordered items are confirmed to be on backorder or discontinued; requests substitute product information, pictures, specs, and/or coordinates for vendor of substitute product to speak with end user for end user to make decision if substitute is acceptable.
    • Evaluates vendor quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers. Validates new vendors credentials, request Certificate of Insurance and BAA as required.
    • Communicates with departmental representatives, and suppliers as it relates to over-shipments, delivery shortages, and changes in quantity, delivery dates, and price discrepancies.  Report such changes and adjust purchase orders accordingly in a timely manner as required.
    • Works with Accounts Payable to reconcile any differences as it relates to the purchase order and invoice presented for payment. Assists with bid evaluations for capital purchases, and the ability of the vendor to deliver products, equipment and services. Tracks documents as required by Finance Department to meet audit requirements.
    • Maintains a general knowledge of the purchasing module in an MMIS
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.

    Qualified candidates will possess:​​​​

    • Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain or Related Field 
    • Minimum of two (2) years’ work experience in purchasing or related environment.  

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering: 

    • Work life balance 
    • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation and sick leave and 403B retirement plan) 

    COVID-19 Vaccination 

    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 


    Required Skills

    - Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain or Related Field
    - Minimum of two (2) years’ work experience in purchasing or related environment.

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