Manager-Category Management (1.0 FTE, Days)

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Job Type: 

General/ Environmental Service

1.0 FTE, 8-Hour Day Shifts

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.



This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.


This position's scope of responsibilities includes SHC and LPCH. The Mgr-Category Management is responsible for providing category management to drive category specific contract coverage and compliance as well as oversight for the Value Based Selection (VBS) program which supports VBS and Value Driven Care. Value Driven Care is an organizational effort to engage the clinical enterprise in variation reduction including supplies, drugs, tests, LOS, etc.. Category Management includes contract management responsibility for medical supplies, non-medical supplies, and purchased services with a focus on best value and Total Cost of Ownership. The Category Team Manager will provide leadership to the Category Management team to ensure unparalleled value is provided to internal and external stakeholders. Responsibilities include creation and deployment of 1) a Category Management strategy that positions the Category Management team as the trusted advisor to stakeholders and 2) the Value Based Selection program, which supports clinically engaged value analysis. The manager will provide leadership to the Category Management team to develop the relationships with their internal and external stakeholders, being responsible for conveying and receiving information relevant to each program. This manager will work proactively with the Category Management team and stakeholders to deliver effective business solutions, market insights, and strategic sourcing methods. This position works within the Value Based Selection framework to facilitate supply chain leadership with the goal of attaining an optimal balance of quality, service, availability and value.


 Essential Functions


The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.


Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.


  • Creates and leads a team of Category Mangers in collaboration with the Director of Sourcing.

  • Supports the Non-Labor Spend Management Committee with category expertise.

  • Provides operational leadership in collaboration with ITS for the implementation, deployment and ongoing management of Procured Health.

  • Acts as day to day point of contact for Group Purchasing Organization and other vendor representatives.

  • Negotiates pricing and contracts for products, product groups, services.

  • Using the Value Based Selection framework, drives new product request and tracks the evaluation processes.

  • Develops and monitors vendor policy.

  • Develops and implements performance measures and quality measures to ensure high service levels while maintaining cost effectiveness.

  • Develops and mentors staff so that they are continuously challenged to add value through their actions and to embody a customer service spirit.

  • Drives forward aggressive savings initiatives across both hospitals to positively impact the hospitals¿ bottom line.  Documents and communicates the savings success and engages end users in needed process change or product conversion.

  • Utilizes all available tools to gain market knowledge and to access best pricing of assigned categories, including but not limited to ECRI, Spendlink.

  • Facilitates implementation of new or modified policies and procedures based on hospital best practices and compliance with Federal, State, and regulatory agencies.  Ensures policies are followed across the organization through education to hospital departments and coordination with Finance, Compliance, Office of General Counsel, and Risk Management.

  • Monitors and evaluates contract volume, supply chain information system performance, purchasing volume and flow, and value based selection reporting and outcomes; provides input from to director of sourcing and implements changes and enhancements.

  • Regularly presents to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Performs other related and incidental duties as needed or assigned.


 Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.


Bachelor's degree in a work-related field/discipline from an accredited college or university.


 Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.


  • Ability to be sensitive to the needs of customers through the practice of quality service principles

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to persuade internal and external stakeholders

  • Ability to develop long-range business plans and strategies

  • Ability to manage complex relationships with critical vendor partners

  • Ability to strategize, plan and implement change

  • Ability to understand, draft and negotiate Contractual Agreements and Pricing Agreements

  • Ability to work effectively both as a team player and leader

  • Knowledge and understanding of financial and statistical activity reports

  • Knowledge of automated materials management functions

  • Knowledge of basic legal principles

  • Knowledge of project management processes and systems

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.