Procurement Services Manager

Procurement Services Manager in NASHVILLE, TN

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: 19 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 Procurement Services Manager.

The Procurement Services Manager is an exempt position, based in Nashville, TN, and reports to the Vice President, Supply Chain. The Manager will be responsible for driving process improvements for the purchasing function and managing a team of 5 buyers. This position is a working Manager with day to day purchasing duties.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Management of the Ardent Health Services centralized purchasing team.
  • Management of all purchasing functions in support of obtaining materials, goods and services to meet the needs of Ardent Health Services facilities.
  • Participate in collaborative efforts across the organization to reduce costs through contracts, vendor relationships and appropriate provider utilization.
  • Preparation of underlying assumptions for certain expense and capital budget items
  • Work to implement purchasing agreements with vendors that are beneficial to Ardent Health Services
  • Ensure pricing and formularies on invoices are in agreement with committed contracts
  • Negotiate solutions with vendors and distributors on issues around discrepancies in products or invoices
  • Provide support to other departments (AP, Reimbursement, Accounting) as needed regarding accruals, accounting treatment and other administrative matters
  • Assist facilities in developing scope, implementation and tracking of expenses for major products.
  • Communicate organizational strategies and results where appropriate.



  • Bachelor's degree in related field and/or 5-7 years' experience in Materials Management/Purchasing; healthcare purchasing experience preferred

Work Experience

  • Previous budgeting and group purchasing experience
  • Proven ability to analyze, manipulate and forecast data
  • Strong clinical or healthcare operations background
  • Strong technical background for negotiating contracts
  • Proven ability to negotiate, facilitate and mediate
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills and ability to work within deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills a must
  • Proficiency in basic computer skills Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in healthcare supply chain materials management information systems (Paragon, Lawson)
  • Proficiency in Electronic Data Exchange (ie. GHX)
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations in a calm and productive manner
  • Excellent customer service skills and understanding of the urgency & operational tempo of healthcare procurement