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Materials Director

Director of Materials Management – (also called Purchasing Managers or Contract Managers) plan, direct, and coordinate the purchasing of materials, products, or services for hospitals and health care systems. They are responsible for developing their organization’s procurement policies and procedures to ensure ethical standards and avoid potential conflicts of interest or inappropriate supplier and customer relations. Duties include establishing guidelines on how often their department will get price quotes for items, how many bids to accept, and which vendors to consider; studying their organization’s sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identifying suppliers; negotiating complex contracts; keeping up to date with changes affecting both the supply of, and demand for, products and materials, as well as overseeing buyers and purchasing agents.