Ardent Health Services (AHS) is a national healthcare company headquartered in Nashville, TN. Our subsidiaries own and operate hospitals and multispecialty physician practices in six states. Ardent includes: 20 hospitals, 3,200 patient beds, 18,000+ employees, and 475 employed physicians. Within the industry, we are noted for recognizing that every hospital is as unique as the community it serves. This in-depth understanding of how health care works at the local level is one of our great strengths.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Buyer.

The overall responsibility of the Buyer is in direct support of the Procurement Services Manager. Supporting best practices in the requisition to payment processes for Ardent including all purchasing functions as assigned.

These functions include:

  • Processing requisitions for equipment, supplies and services
  • Reviewing requisitions for accuracy and ordering authority
  • Placing orders with constant attention to appropriate item master usage as well as correct contracts and pricing
  • Processing and confirming credits
  • Invoice reconciliation with company A/P Dept and Vendor
  • Maximizing use of Financial/Materials Management systems and monitoring of suppliers performance to assure compliance with prices and deliveries as promised


E ducation

  • Associate's Degree or High School Diploma along with relevant work experience or post high school courses in purchasing related subject

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of two years Materials Management experience in Healthcare setting
  • Clinical experience a plus but not required
  • Paragon/Lawson procurement experience preferred
  • Knowledge of various system integration points affected by invoice matching (i.e., Purchasing, Inventory and Accounts Payable systems integration from Procure to Pay)
  • Knowledge of PO pricing, contract and GL interaction
  • Familiarity with facility warehouse practices and procedures
  • Retrieve, review and process incoming requisitions for equipment, supplies and services reviewing for completeness, accuracy and ordering authority while being alert of order priorities
  • Closely monitor for correct item master usage avoiding "X Items" on POs
  • Work with facility department personnel to insure use of best practices in regard to expedited orders, keeping patient's well-being as top priority, shipping cost effectiveness a close second
  • Constantly reviews the item/vendor masters in the interest of streamlining spend to leverage existing vendors
  • Consult with departments in order to obtain technical information, specifications, etc as needed
  • Utilize EDI, monitor and react to GHX exceptions, relating information to Supply Chain Systems personnel as necessary
  • In a timely manner, relate item, price, contract or any other issues to supervisory personnel per guidelinesDevelop and maintain professional relationships with key vendors (Cardinal, Medline, GHX, HPG) to aid in issue resolution and support ongoing business development
  • Take ownership of assignments; other duties as assigned