Position: Buyer

Job ID: 143366

Location: US-TX-Houston


Talent Area: Professional - Non-Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a - 5p

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital opening in 2017. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at


We are searching for Buyer - someone who works well in a fast-paced hospital setting. In this position, you will procure goods and services in any commodity area for all departments and entities from the receipt of an approved requisition until complete delivery and final settlement of all associated invoices. Your decisions include but are not limited to authorization to make vendor selection and awards for purchases up to $25,000, analyze quotations, source alternative products or services and negotiate terms of purchase including but not limited to pricing, delivery, freight, and payment terms.


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Responsibilities :

  • Prepares bid/quote requests and submits to vendors within three days of receipt of requisitions, as documented by the files reviewed by Management
  • Places orders with approved vendors within three days of bid/quote review, if recommendation, suggested sources and related documentation is complete
  • Records any cost savings and submits a monthly report to the Purchasing Manager, as documented by review of that report
  • Expedites and resolves back orders when necessary, verifying acceptability of substitutes with user departments and resolving back-order situations via alternative vendors, product substitution or borrowing within three days of notification, as documented by review of files by Management
  • Works closely with all departments to service their needs promptly by providing research and advice on products, contracts, and interprets purchasing policies and procedures
  • Responds to the department's requests for guidance on policy and procedures immediately upon inquiry, as observed by Management and documented by no more than two valid complaints per appraisal period
  • Addresses department requests for information on contracts and products within two days of request and reviews current catalog/price files to aid in this process, as observed by Management as documented by no more than two valid complaints per appraisal period
  • Studies institutional and local market trends, evaluates economic conditions, reviews new products, materials, techniques, manufacturers and suppliers from a technical, cost and functional standpoint on an on-going basis, as observed by Management
  • Interviews vendors and makes visits to vendor plants as needed to assess capabilities and determine product materials and/or service issues, seeks new alternative products and services and upgrades to current technology as observed by Management
  • Functions as a liaison between vendors, the institution and departments by regarding negotiations pertinent to purchases, on an on-going basis
  • Documents and updates department files accurately for all procurement activity




  • Five (5) years of purchasing and distribution experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree may substitute for four (4) years of experience
  • Prefer Healthcare experience
  • Knowledge of hospital equipment and supplies
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both written and oral)
  • Provide good customer service and negotiate effectively



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