St. Mary's Good Samaritan Strategic Sourcing Manager - Clinical in St. Louis, Missouri


Role Purpose:

The Strategic Sourcing Manager – Clinical is responsible for the development of medical and non-medical product related supply contracts and the enhancement of GPO contracts which includes: identifying a need, researching the category, completing requests for proposals (RFPs), collecting and analyzing data, managing vendor discussions and negotiations, contract development, award, communications to stakeholders and implementation.

The Strategic Sourcing Manager – Clinical employs SSM Self Contracting strategies, Catholic Contracting Group projects, Premier Strategic Performance Group (SPG) offerings, Premier standard GPO contracts, select external consulting partners or other methods involving key stakeholders and suppliers in the process; managing the project to completion.

Participates in evaluation and approval of New Technology Requests or substitutions for products being discontinued or in short supply.

Participates in product implementation or conversions and post implementation issues, including product pricing, vendor representation and associated vendor performance issues. In some cases, product implementation/conversions will be a shared responsibility with Supply Chain Operations


  • Develop and execute sourcing strategies by leading cross-functional teams of clinicians and/or physicians, analyzing data, supplier capabilities and business needs, assembling and presenting concise business cases, and oversee the implementation of team decisions.
  • Develops business case for key strategies and initiatives
  • Develops high level as well as detailed analytical tools and performance metrics to use in value analysis / RFP documents and discussions
  • Craft negotiation strategies and close contracts with optimal terms.
  • Attend clinical committee meetings and other ad hoc meetings with clinicians and physicians as necessary to assess needs, communicate progress on specific projects and develop relationships
  • Maintain an acceptable knowledge of all product and service needs and industry developments related to assigned spend categories.
  • Establish and manage category projects, involving key stakeholders and suppliers, through the process of discovery, analysis, negotiation, and finalization of contracts.
  • Build effective working relationships with suppliers and customers, incorporate the appropriate feedback/perspectives to improve outcomes, resolve issues, and enhance processes.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with SSM CES for related repair costs, parts, training, and diagnostic software needs if equipment is related to a project. Insure that CES related biomedical (equipment) repair costs are included in life cycle projections and decisions.
  • Participate in Premier, CCG, SPG or other ad hoc committees as needed to better create and manage the strategic sourcing of medical and related products
  • Coordinate and cooperate with SSM IHT for their required technology reviews and related interface costs, timelines and recommendations, should computer software or hardware be related to any supply projects. Insure interface IT technology costs are included in life cycle cost projections and decisions.
  • Coordinates Legal and OIG / Excluded Provider reviews per SSM Legal and CRP guidelines
  • Identify and develop cost reduction ideas and initiatives, including alternative strategies for implementation consideration.
  • Evaluates internal and external benchmarking with the use of either outside consultants or through the use of valid and credible internal/external analytical tools (including cost, quality, safety, user / patient satisfaction and performance) data to identify value beyond acquisition costs.
  • Creates effective relationships and timely communications with supply chain colleagues in Operations, System Leadership, Campus leadership, physicians, and clinical staff in the daily completion of duties.
  • Develop and maintain supplier relationships and serves as the primary point of contact for a designated group of suppliers.
  • Monitors compliance with system contracts. Reports unfavorable variances and works with end users to resolve issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 5 years of experience working in Supply Chain Contacting or Strategic Sourcing.
  • At least 3 years of experience leading projects in a collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • RN credentials (BSN or other)
  • Previous experience in healthcare, preferably in an acute care setting.
  • 5 years of experience in leading projects in a collaborative environment.
  • CMRP certification

Organization: SSM Health - System Office

Primary Location: Missouri-St. Louis-SSM Health System Office - Westview

Work Locations: SSM Health System Office - Westview (0033.6) 12312 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, 63141

Job: Professional Services

Req ID: 18012614