Providence, Rhode Island, POSITION SUMMARY:
The Vice President, Supply Chain will lead and direct the system-wide strategic and operational functions of Purchasing, Warehousing, Distribution and Receiving/Shipping for all facilities within the Lifespan system. Ensures optimal results in the purchase, receipt, storage and distribution of all supplies in accordance with established procedures within Lifespan including all affiliates under the guidance of the centralized supply chain program. This individual will develop, implement and monitor Supply Chain system goals to support the organization’s mission. Position reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lifespan.
Lifespan employees are expected to embrace Lifespan's mission of "Delivering health with care" and successfully role model Lifespan's values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence as these guide our everyday actions with patients, customers and one another.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES :
Plans and directs department activities to ensure effective Supply Chain operations to improve efficiency, productivity and cost containment. Formulate long-range strategic goals, objectives and priorities required for the implementation of Supply Chain systems on a business partner and system-wide basis. Collaborates with professional and executive management in long-range supply spend, capital equipment, purchased services and relevant department operation planning.
In collaboration with executive leadership, develops Supply Chain goals, strategic priorities and potential risks. Serves on committees/teams as required. Formulates, recommends, and implements business partner and system-wide Supply Chain policies and procedures.
Provides leadership direction and oversight to department management and staff to ensure effective operations. Applies organizational and departmental policies and procedures. Enforces safety regulations for maximum protection of patients and employees.
Communicates effectively with business partner suppliers, system executives, physicians, clinicians, department heads, and staff of all the institutions within the system, outside agencies and others as appropriate to ensure effective operations. Actively promotes and supports communication with suppliers and sales staffs to negotiate prime supplier and other contracts for materials and services that provide benefit to Lifespan.
Identifies and leads contracting initiatives for physician preference items. Oversees the system-wide standardization of products and supplies throughout the system following the value analysis process. Ensures product and other evaluations are objectively completed and product changes/modification and rollouts are planned, communicated and executed appropriately.
Develops and coordinates the implementation of quality control programs that enhance Supply Chain services and ensures the appropriate specifications, quantities and safety of products. Evaluates department programs and administrative systems. Makes recommendations for modifications that facilitate or improve operations.
Maintains proficiency and regulatory compliance for the central sterile department.
Stays informed of national trends, competitor offerings and legislation impacting supply chain management and adopts those relevant to Lifespan to advance the department.
Provides information as requested to support preparation of operating and capital budgets for all assigned entities and facilities, providing for the attainment of agreed upon goals and objectives. Ensures compliance with budget guidelines and constraints.
Coordinates, through close collaboration with Information Services, the development and maintenance of information systems required to support all aspects of Supply Chain throughout the system including the elements utilized by the user community for the supply acquisition and consumption process. Ensures all source databases are current and accurate, training is provided when required, and accounting and control systems are maintained and function properly. Initiates and oversees the process of planning and deploying upgrades and enhancements in a manner that supports operations.
Consistently looks for innovation to improve efficiency and lower cost.
Maintains close relationship with Vizient to ensure Lifespan maximizes the relationship and value.
Performs other job-related duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Master’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance or Health Administration preferred, equivalent experience will be considered.
Requires a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in leading Supply Chain Operations, preferably within an acute care multi-hospital system.
Prior experience in centralized services, including sterile processing, procurement, logistics and distribution services for a multi hospital systems is strongly preferred. Demonstrated success in a complex industry where supply chain operations are centralized will be considered.
Ability to build relationships, negotiate, influence and build consensus with external and internal stakeholders including executives, and members of the medical and corporate staff and medical staff leadership.
Strong track record of identifying, creating, and leading performance improvement efforts.
Highly effective communication, management and leadership skills with the ability to conceptualize, plan, facilitate and manage an effective organizational structure are essential qualifications.
Supervisory responsibility for up to100 FTEs.