Supply Chain Materials Specialist in Kirkland, WA at Owens & Minor, Inc.

Date Posted: 9/16/2019

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Provides on-site inventory management services for hospitals.  Collaborates with medical staff to assess, document, control and optimize the management of medical product inventory utilizing the PANDACTM materials management solution. 


1.       Performs weekly PANDACTM physical inventory counts in an accurate and timely fashion for all wound closure products at designated departmental stocking locations for assigned accounts.

2.       Identifies excess inventory, returning stock and processing credits according to Owens & Minor account return procedures.

3.       Responsible for the weekly reorganization, re-sequencing, labeling and inventory maintenance services for all assigned stocking locations to ensure productive weekly counts and efficient SKU location by departmental staff.

4.       Maintains all departmental stocking locations according to accepted quarterly report standards including, but not limited to, inventory turnover and inactive item report values.

5.       Maintains and updates lap-top count sheet files with relevant data on PAR levels, backorders, pricing, additions and deletions, re-sequencing and other relevant account/departmental information.

6.       Generates orders based on the physical counts associated with PAR levels, SKU history and reviews with departmental managers as required.

7.       Responds to customer requests for new items, changes in PAR levels, returns, miss-picks, etc.

8.       Transmits orders directly to the PANDACTM server or provides the customer with the ordering data to transmit to Owens & Minor divisions via EDI.

9.       Transports completed orders and performs the put-away function for all stocking location order as required or negotiated with the customer.

10.   Identifies excess inventory, returns stock and processing credits according to Owens & Minor account return procedures. Assists in preparation of quarterly reports and makes recommendations for storage area/cart consolidations or changes, reductions in excess inventory, inactive items and the identification of expired/outdated product.

11.   Uploads end-of-quarter counts to the PANDACTM server within a minimum of one week after performing the last quarterly count of an account's fiscal period.

12.   Performs regular data file backups. Prints and maintains hard copy records of all account count sheet files for use in the event of a hardware/software failure.

13.   Provides customer service and maintains communications with all departmental managers and head nursing staff.

14.   Receives and communicates all departmental operative case data to PANDACTM services in a timely fashion.  Maintains communications with PANDACTM services teammates and performs applicable functions as required.

15.   Serves as a liaison between PANDACTM customers and Owens & Minor to ensure cost-effective utilization of inventory. 

16.   Identifies product, product selection and inventory-related cost-saving measures utilizing relevant cost data and alternative products as appropriate.

17.   Leads cost reduction and efficiency implementations and projects based on diagnosed PANDACTM customer/business needs.

18.  Interfaces with manufacturer representatives, as necessary, for new product additions, managing backorders, substitutions, recalls, etc. and implements changes with approval of account managers.


A.      Performs additional duties as directed.

B.      May travel up to 20% to assigned accounts (hospitals) within a limited geographic area.



A.      Associate degree, required.  Bachelor's degree, preferred.

B.      CRCST or CST (Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician, Certified Surgical Technologist), preferred. 

C.      Minimum, two (2) years of work experience in healthcare surgical services and/or logistics materials management and/or project management, required.

D.     Previous experience in LEAN or project/organizational management methodology, preferred.

E.      Or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required.


A.      Basic knowledge of (or ability to gain understanding about) wound closure products and procedures as detailed in PANDACTM training manual in order to communicate with nursing staff in a professional manner (suture materials, needles, endo-mechanical products, associated costs and product characteristics).

B.      Exposure to inventory management software. Ability to effectively use technology to accurately document the movement of supplies.  Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word).

C.      Demonstrated effective organizational skills; Ability to manage projects through to completion; Ability to work independently.

D.     Good verbal and written communication skills; Good customer service skills; Ability to work with others in a positive and effective manner. 

E.      Ability to formulate reports, analyze outcomes and make recommendations based on the data.

        Note: Owens & Minor is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our Company via email, the Internet, or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our Company. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by our Company as a result of the referral or through other means.

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