City of Hope Manager, Purchasing - Equipment in Duarte, California

Job Title: Purchasing Manager (Equipment)

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

The Purchasing Manager - Equipment will be responsible for a wide range of duties associated with procuring equipment for the City of Hope. These duties start with working with the users on requirements, providing product information, RFP process, negotiations, managing the logistics of delivery and installation and warranty. The Purchasing Manager will need to be entrepreneurial and a problem solver in dealing with issues such as temporarily warehousing product, dealing with backorders and working with facility project managers to coordinate that equipment is delivered to the right place and at the right time with accepted standards for quality and service. The Manager may manage one or more Purchasing Agents, Contract specialists or contract support individuals in support of the mission.

The Manager will be an advocate for product standardization will look for opportunities to get the best value at the best price. He/She is not an order-taker but is expected to work persuasively with users to consider alternate products to attain better economics including consolidating demand versus purchasing items on a “one-off� basis. The Purchasing Manager will work across organization lines to find sourcing opportunities that may not be seen by a single entity. Is responsible for all needs identified by customers (user departments) including specification of supplies and equipment, placing and expediting orders, securing installation and delivery as well as assuring proper payment by Accounts Payable.This role includes working with operational stakeholders across City of Hope, participation with other teams on strategic integration and implementation efforts in support of Supply Chain initiatives. Incumbent will be required to negotiate as necessary and responsible for making purchases that represent projects and capital investments. The nature of the job demands that the Manager is able to act in an independent nature and make crucial decisions during the process act as a liaison and maintain close contact and relationship between the customer and supply partners.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership for direct reports and other resources assigned to the position
  • Consults with the customer in order to obtain technical information, specifications, and recommended vendors.
  • Obtains and reviews any technical information available and contacts vendors to obtain competitive bids on the item to be purchased. May suggest alternate products and vendors.
  • Selects supply sources that can provide the desired quality, prompt service, best price, GPO compliance, standardization, and technical integration with MMIS systems.
  • Develops RFP’s, solicits proposals, review proposals and negotiates pertinent terms and conditions
  • Assures that follow-up takes place on items purchased in order to assure timely delivery and correctness of receipts.
  • Coordinates with departments, receiving personnel, vendors and accounts payable personnel to resolve problems encountered with prices or delivery of the order. On equipment orders in conjunction with facility construction, coordinates with project manager on delivery timing. May need to seek temporary storage for staging equipment
  • Delivers pertinent information to purchasing agents to perform data entry , auto sourcing, purchase order acknowledgments, EDI Transactions, and match exceptions in PeopleSoft.
  • Reports results of RFP’s and negotiations along with cost analysis to stakeholders in order to achieve consensus on winning vendor and price.
  • Attends meetings and participates on committees as required. Communicates relevant issues to the Department Head and other staff members.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, includingadherence to theworkplaceCode of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

The following shared, organization-wide competencies describe the desired behaviors that will facilitate success at City of Hope:

  1. Communication - Expresses ideas clearly and constructively (written and spoken, upward and downward, one-on-one and with groups).
  2. Customer Service - Seeks to understand customer needs and works to exceed customer expectations (internal and external).
  3. Initiative - Looks for opportunities to improve performance; manages time, work, and relationships effectively and efficiently.
  4. Professionalism - Treats others with respect; abides by the institutional values; displays a positive and cooperative attitude; adheres to the workplace Code of Conduct and compliance policies.
  5. Stewardship - Identifies efficiencies to reduce redundancy and/or elimination of tasks resulting in savings of cost, resources, and or/time.
  6. Teamwork - Works proactively and collaboratively with others to streamline work and achieve mutual goals.

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience:

  • 5-7 years’ experience in Supply Chain or Procure to Pay process, preferably hospital purchasing experience.

Required Courses/Training:

Req. Certification/Licensure:

Preferred Education:

Preferred Courses/Training:

Pref. Certification/Licensure:

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in PeopleSoft or similar Purchasing ERP systems.
  • Experience in negotiations, ability to lead negotiation individually or as a team leader
  • Experience in leading cross-functional teams and project management


  • Strong understanding of Supply Chain management
  • Ability to conduct analysis and formulate trends to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of the purchasing process
  • Ability to apply judgement and make informed decisions
  • Foster and promote a positive image and professional appearance
  • Must possess excellent time management skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast pace environment and prioritize workload
  • Ability to communicate urgent and unique requests, internally and externally, in a professional manner
  • Strong communication and troubleshooting skills, ability to problem solve
  • Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate urgent and unique requests, internally and externally, in a professional manner


  • Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • PeopleSoft
  • Adobe †Preferred


  • Personal computer
  • Fax
  • Photocopier/Scanner
  • Phone

Working / Environmental Conditions:

  • Atmosphere and environment associated with an office setting
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires judgement that could affect image of The City of Hope
  • Moderate pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries

Physical Demands:

  • Light physical effort (lift/carry up to 10 lbs)
  • Mostly sedentary work
  • Occasional standing/walking
  • Manual dexterity and mobility
  • Extensive telephone and email activity

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.