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Director, Procurement



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Join us as we work to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

Director, Procurement

The Director of Procurement will report to and be responsible for assisting the Chief Procurement Officer in setting strategy, driving strategic cost transformation across the enterprise, leading senior stakeholder interaction and driving tactical execution of Category Plans for the centralized Procurement team at athenahealth. athenahealth is a leader in healthcare technology, and is a dynamic, privately owned company with excellent senior leadership support and understanding of the significant value strategic procurement teams can deliver. The Director of Procurement role will be instrumental in driving procurement excellence across the enterprise, including a focus on reducing third-party cost and associated risk. The Director of Procurement role is responsible for leading a team of 2-5 Category Managers, leading the development of category strategic sourcing strategies across the enterprise, as well as being directly responsible for the execution of these strategies, including day-to-day interaction with internal stakeholders and suppliers to ensure an uninterrupted supply of quality goods and services at optimum cost. The Director of Procurement will develop and implement supply chain strategies that are continuously improving and aligned with global strategic goals and stakeholder needs. This individual will have responsibility for owning and leveraging supplier relationships, negotiating supplier contracts, managing and reporting defined procurement metrics across their assigned category areas, identifying opportunities to reduce total supply chain cost, evaluating market conditions and the effects on pricing, and communicating with the Company's supplier partners. The Director of Procurement will also have significant input into and ownership of key enabling processes and technology supporting the central Procurement team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities to aggregate and leverage global Company spending with a focus on improving bottom line performance. Perform ongoing spend analysis to collect, categorize and analyze spend data to develop the foundation for ongoing value generation and ROI optimization.

  • Develop annual procurement budgets and objectives in conjunction with leadership and FP&A; create specific short-term tactics and long-term category strategies to support the Company’s long-range goals.

  • Set negotiation strategies for the most complex, high value and strategically important third-party relationships to secure terms that are in the organization's best interest. Negotiate superior contracts while improving operational efficiencies and service levels. Identify and reduce/eliminate non-compliant or rogue spending.

  • Establish and maintain strategic supplier partnerships and alliances that promote greater efficiency and value generation in the procurement process and facilitate constructive communications. Develop a performance measurement and management program for key suppliers.

  • Define key metrics and necessary systems to track and report on procurement activity. Provide updates to both leadership and the business on cost savings, supplier negotiations, spend under management, operational efficiencies and future initiatives.

  • Develop processes and drive periodic reviews and evaluations of commodities and services usage, price trends, and market conditions to develop, as appropriate, lower-cost substitutes and alternative sources of supply.

  • Proactively identify, evaluate, and capitalize on opportunities to reduce sourcing and purchasing costs by establishing contracts that improve the organization's buying patterns and enhance Athena’s end to end supply processes.

  • Drive discussion with senior management stakeholders related to new contracts or supplier programs, tools, technology and group achievements.

  • Provide input into and ownership of key enabling processes and technology supporting the central Procurement team (Spend Analysis, P2P, Process and Policy ownership and improvement opportunities).

  • Work with the Chief Procurement Officer, Finance, Internal Audit, Legal and others to develop policies and procedures in the following areas; Source-to-pay, qualifying new suppliers, competitive bidding, contract review and approval, ongoing supplier risk management, etc.

  • Provide significant input into and subsequent ownership of key enabling processes and technologies supporting the central procurement team and covering the entire vendor lifecycle, including but not limited to Spend Analysis, Source-to-Pay, Risk, Contract and Performance Management

  • Identify, train, coach, and develop key subordinates and track performance to ensure that the highest professional and ethical purchasing standards are achieved and maintained and established performance goals are consistently met.

Typical Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Finance and/or related Science or Business degree required; MBA, JD or graduate degree in related field preferred.

  • 5-10 years of relevant experience in and with Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Source-to-pay processes and technologies.

  • Experience leading procurement category or operational teams in a similar sized company.

  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in negotiating complex contracts and supplier execution.

  • Demonstrated record of procurement process and policy implementation and improvement

About athenahealth

Here’s our vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

What’s unique about our locations?
From an historic, 19th century arsenal to a converted, landmark power plant, all of athenahealth’s offices were carefully chosen to represent our innovative spirit and promote the most positive and productive work environment for our teams. Our 10 offices across the United States and India — plus numerous remote employees — all work to modernize the healthcare experience, together.

Our company culture might be our best feature.
We don't take ourselves too seriously. But our work? That’s another story. athenahealth develops and implements products and services that support US healthcare: It’s our chance to create healthier futures for ourselves, for our family and friends, for everyone.

Our vibrant and talented employees — or athenistas, as we call ourselves — spark the innovation and passion needed to accomplish our goal. We continue to expand our workforce with amazing people who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives at every level, and foster an environment where every athenista feels comfortable bringing their best selves to work.

Our size makes a difference, too: We are small enough that your individual contributions will stand out — but large enough to grow your career with our resources and established business stability.

Giving back is integral to our culture. Our athenaGives platform strives to support food security, expand access to high-quality healthcare for all, and support STEM education to develop providers and technologists who will provide access to high-quality healthcare for all in the future. As part of the evolution of athenahealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, we’ve selected nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and let us foster long-term partnerships for charitable giving, employee volunteerism, insight sharing, collaboration, and cross-team engagement.

What can we do for you?
Along with health and financial benefits, athenistas enjoy perks specific to each location, including commuter support, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance, employee resource groups, and collaborative workspaces — some offices even welcome dogs.

In addition to our traditional benefits and perks, we sponsor events throughout the year, including book clubs, external speakers, and hackathons. And we provide athenistas with a company culture based on learning, the support of an engaged team, and an inclusive environment where all employees are valued.

We also encourage a better work-life balance for athenistas with our flexibility. While we know in-office collaboration is critical to our vision, we recognize that not all work needs to be done within an office environment, full-time. With consistent communication and digital collaboration tools, athenahealth enables employees to find a balance that feels fulfilling and productive for each individual situation.

athenahealth is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity—that’s why we recruit and hire applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor prohibited by law. We’re happy to provide a reasonable accommodation, for those with a disability, to complete any part of the application process. If you are unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, please contact us at taoperations@athenahealth.com for assistance.