University of Utah Health Buyer, Sr. in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position independently reviews, coordinates and determines the appropriate course of action for high-level procurement of supplies, services and equipment. The incumbent analyzes contracts and ensures that all actions are in accordance with organizational policies and the Utah State procurement code.

This position has no responsibilty for providing care to patients.


  • Performs all the Essential Functions of job code 7904, "Buyer.

  • Provides analysis, procurement, and authorized return of supplies, services and equipment.

  • Creates purchase orders, as necessary, and ensures the cost-effective procurement and timely receipt of supplies, services and equipment.

  • Researches and reconciles purchases, receipt issues, payment problems, irregularities, billing errors and disputes.

  • Analyzes available state, Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), and local purchasing contracts to ensure that the organization is in compliance and maximizing savings opportunities.

  • Monitors the performance of suppliers and requisitioners and works on continuous quality improvement.

  • Identifies and implements cost saving opportunities, and develops new supply sources as needed.

  • Acts as a liaison between vendors and departments and makes recommendations for cost effective alternatives, contract compliance, and requisitioning process improvements.

  • Reconciles discrepancies with vendors and monitors purchase trends for assigned hospital accounts.

  • Provides procurement information and purchase history data, as requested.

  • May provide indirect oversight, training and guidance for other buyers, as assigned.

  • Develops Requests for Proposal (RFP) and facilitates the process for departments requiring products and services warranting an RFP.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Excel, Bidsync, State Procurement Code, and University Purchasing Policies and Procedures.

  • Ability to analyze information and draw correct conclusions by creating cost analyses and successfully negotiating with others.

  • Demonstrated human relations and excellent communications skills.

  • Knowledge of shipping and receiving laws from foreign countries as well as within the United States.

  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects that are large in scope.

  • Ability to resolve problems such as bid disputes and vendor protests regarding contract law.

  • Ability to interface with a myriad of internal and external customers and ensure that interested parties are following relevant federal and state laws.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, related field, or equivalency.

  • Four years of direct purchasing experience.

Qualifications (Preferred):


  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) certification or working toward its completion may be required in some areas.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This is a sedentary position in an office setting that may exert up to 10 pounds and may lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. This position involves sitting most of the time and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Physical Requirements:

Listening, Manual Dexterity, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

Requisition Number 25515

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule 8AM - 5PM

Location Name Business Services Building

Patient Care? ..


State UT


Category Business / Administration

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.