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The Procurement Specialist is a position in the Procurement Department under the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. The employee reports to the Director of Procurement and provides fundamental advice to the Office of Procurement and other business owners. The Procurement Specialist will work with the Procurement Manager to perform cradle to grave procurement activities. The Procurement Manager will manage the work of the Procurement Specialist.
The position requires challenging demands on time and performance and the personal management of internal customers and leadership expectations. The employee uses strong analytical skills and has broad operational knowledge and experience, including working with demanding business owners while accomplishing assignments without minimal oversight or guidance.
Duties and Responsibilities
Procurement Operations & Contract Management
Acts as a strategic business partner that provides expertise and works with the business owners on their requirements to requirements to lead and negotiate complex professional services contracts/agreements in support healthcare/life sciences-related research.
Conducts procurement planning, recommends procurement strategies for consideration and creates robust statements of work including the use of appropriate contract types.
Executes the full procurement lifecycle process to include the pre-award and post-award acquisition activities, strategies, dependent upon the size, risk and complexity of the procurement; performs pre-award and post-award administration activities
Follows the established procurement policies, programs, and procedures that enhance operational efficiencies and promote cost effectiveness with standardization, where possible, to assure and maintain a smooth and efficient procurement process from initial request through invoice payment and contract close-out
Executes a planned negotiation strategy, including coordinating said strategy with other technical experts involved and participating in negotiations conducted with vendors to develop the contract price and terms
Uses internal templates in support of the procurement life cycle that assists with the internal operations and coordinates with the Business owners to provide guidance and oversight to procurement lifecycle process
Reviews procurement requests to determine that proper specifications or descriptions are included in RFI/RFQ/RFP documentation
Evaluates offeror’s cost/price proposals, conducts price/cost analysis to determine price reasonableness and prepares recommendations for award
Conducts offeror and contractor responsibility/risk compliance analysis which includes, but is not limited to reviewing indirect cost rate support documentation, D&B or other industry reports, analyzing business integrity/ethics, performing suspension/debarment checks
Performs and completes contract closeouts
Working with the Procurement Manager
Supports the Procurement Manager in the negotiations of high-risk, complex, and potentially long-term contracts and amendments to the mutual satisfaction of all parties Reviews requirements and determines appropriate methods of procurement, i.e., formal advertising or negotiation, based on the application of commonly used contracting methods and recommends the approach to the Procurement
Supports the Procurement Manager and performs detailed analysis of the quote or proposals received to determine responsiveness to the RFP/RFQ and responsibility of the offeror. Ensures strict compliance with specifications on advertised procurements and recommends best value awards to the offeror(s).
On competitive procurements, identifies cost/prices which appear either excessive or underestimated, and alone or in conjunction with the Procurement Manager, negotiates prices with the offeror; also reviews and/or clarifies other unclear terms of the offers received including changing delivery dates or otherwise obtaining close conformance to specifications or similar matters
Supports the Procurement Manager in working with internal customers to develop evaluation criteria to use in determining proposal evaluation and best value criterion for competitive procurements
Advises and supports internal customers on issues/developments relative to new requirements, current procurements and/or issues/problems with current contracts
Work with internal customers to conduct market research on qualified vendors, particularly involving service providers in support of healthcare/life sciences-related research
Works with internal customers to develop evaluation criteria to use in determining proposal evaluation and best value criterion
Recommends alternative methods of procuring complex procurements based on the internal customer’s needs
Responds to internal/external inquiries regarding PCORI’s procurements and contracts
Strong interpersonal, consultative, influencing, presentation and communication skills, works well in a team environment, able to work in diverse environments and adhere to highest ethical standards
Possesses strong business acumen, analytical, logical, organizational and decision-making skills
Solid understanding of conducting acquisition planning, market research, strategy development, negotiations, contract administration, pricing analysis, and related functional assignments in the execution of procurement related requirements
Demonstrated ability to understand, draft and negotiate contracts while working in close coordination with the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and the business owner(s) to review, negotiate and resolve all legal matters
Excellent creative thinking skills with emphasis on developing innovative solutions to solve complex problems that may not have one clear answer
Possesses high energy and enthusiasm for continuous process improvements
Demonstrated ability to present and propose options and identify solutions to complex contracting issues and problems
Ability to present facts, findings, logical conclusions and persuasive arguments to make decisions based on objective analysis of the situation
Strong technical writing skills
Experienced in using e-procurement systems and financial applications
4+ years of directly related experience
2+ years of strategic sourcing experience with a focus in the sourcing of professional services
Life Sciences and/or Health care-related research sourcing/procurement experience, a plus
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college and/or university in Business, Procurement, Contracting or Finance. Master’s degree or relevant certifications (CPCM, CPSM, CPM, IACCM, NPI, ISM CIPS, NIGP NCMA, FAC-C, NAPM) are preferred
Demonstrated experience in negotiating complex professional services and supply-related contracts/agreements and contract types - fixed price, time & materials/labor hour, and cost reimbursable type contracts
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products and can competently use them (especially Excel and Word)
Knowledgeable in conducting indirect procurements complex services and/or
Experienced in articulating and proposing alternative methods for procuring complex procurements based on the internal customer’s needs
Intellectual curiosity and a professional commitment to excellence
About Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
he Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 2010.
Our mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.
The goal of our work is to determine which of the many healthcare options available to patients and those who care for them work best in particular circumstances. We do this by taking a particular approach to CER called Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, or PCOR, research that addresses the questions and concerns most relevant to patients, and we involve patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, along with researchers, throughout the process.