Chief Procurement Officer

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 00:00
University of California, Office of the President
Oakland, CA

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Department Overview

UC Health provides leadership and strategic direction for UC’s six health systems, five of which are academic medical centers, and its 20 health professional schools. UC Health’s central office supports operational initiatives at individual campuses and development of systemwide initiatives, promoting collaboration among the university’s health professional schools and providing oversight on the business and financial activities of the clinical enterprise.

Position Summary

The Chief Procurement Officer is responsible for developing a strategic vision, operational plan, managing operations, as well as stakeholder management and communications for UC Health Procurement. The CPO will lead strategic sourcing initiatives, including aggregating supply and service spend data to drive volume purchasing power and leveraging core competencies in clinical and contracting arenas including: system-wide capital equipment, system-wide service agreements, physician preference items and contract labor, amongst others. Organize a coordinated program with UC medical centers to execute strategic sourcing initiatives and advance the UC Supply Chain to the level of "Best-in-Class," by continually researching and adopting best practices and process improvements from health care and other industries. Promote innovation by incubating and piloting ideas surfaced internally or externally that have high probability of enhancing the operating performance of UC Health's Supply Chain.

This senior leader within UC Health will be responsible for indirect oversight of, and collaboration with, various levels of procurement and supply chain leadership across multiple disciplines and UC locations. While these varying levels of leadership at individual campuses do not have a direct reporting relationship to the CPO, the CPO will be responsible for ensuring that the strategic initiatives being driven locally are being adequately advanced. Should the CPO determine that systemwide initiatives are not being adequately advanced, the CPO is expected to implement corrective action at the local level when necessary.

Reporting to the Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) for UC Health, the UC Health Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) will be responsible for managing teams of highly specialized strategic professionals and managers who are subject matter experts in varying spaces including, IT, patient care, patient experience, contracting, procurement and supply chain.



Operations Management

Oversee daily operations of the system-wide strategic sourcing and value analysis initiatives, track progress against targets and course-correct as necessary. Train and mentor staff to ensure requisite competencies to execute plans. Maintain a system-wide data analytics function, including a system wide spend data repository and platform to be used in developing and directing savings and aggregation opportunities. Maintain strategic sourcing and supply chain compliance dashboards. Direct the design of metrics, dashboards, and reports for all UC Health System sourcing areas that measure performance and drive cost savings opportunities. Report results to medical center operational and clinical leadership. Lead targeted improvement initiatives in the areas of: Strategic sourcing, contract negotiations & vendor management -Value analysis - Technology assessment and solutions deployment - Logistics that build efficiency and consistency across the UC medical centers, and yield value. Identify key vendor partners, including GPO, build win-win relationships, and identify new opportunities that advance the goals and performance of UC Health. Oversee budget management throughout the year, coordinating with medical center staff and UCOP Budget Office.


Strategic & Operational Planning

Continue current and advance the future vision & strategy for UC Health Supply Chain- by leveraging UC's scale, scope of services and strengths to achieve system wide annual savings and efficiencies, and identify the key success factors and requirements of the UC Supply Chain of the future. Develop operational plans and budgets to execute on that vision and strategy. Align requisite support and resources to execute on plan. Ensure coordination of strategy with overarching goals of UC health. Oversee translation of strategy into day-to-day implementation Current and extensive knowledge and experience at a leadership level in health system planning and market data sources. Proven track record in relationship development in the strategic sourcing space with the demonstrated ability to translate and communicate a plan into tactical goals. Develops strong working relationships with stakeholders to include physicians, senior management, administrative leaders, and others, both within and external to the organization. Collaborates with innovators and subject matter experts within the industry to develop strategies to improve health care delivery.


Stakeholder Management & Communications

Ensure that members of the senior leadership of UC Health and the medical centers are informed about high profile Supply Chain issues requiring their attention and/or action. Participates in meetings of the Shared Services Management Council when requested. Serve as spokesperson for UC Health Supply Chain initiatives with internal and external stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

  • At least ten (10) years of high-level Supply Chain administration experience at a large company or public institution required, including experience leading complex organizational change, strategic planning, and implementing Supply Chain best practices, technology & innovation.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years' experience in a management, supervisory, or leadership position that demonstrates the ability to effectively supervise, delegate, communicate, mentor and solve problems with a diverse and creative staff.
  • Comfort in a start-up environment, requiring significant ability to utilize sophisticated leadership skills to establish and implement plans of action that successfully execute systemwide supply chain goals through the actions of leadership at the local level(s) across the system. Required initiative and the ability to create a new operating model while navigating a large statewide academic system.
  • Expert leadership abilities to establish department goals and ability to motivate and influence others to achieve them. Demonstrated ability to advise systemwide supply chain leadership on matters concerning several functional areas, departments and / or customers to develop and implement long-term strategic decisions that impact the division and organization as a whole.
  • Expert knowledge of the end-to-end Supply Chain life cycle. Required deep content expertise and skills in: -Clinical Value Analysis - Strategic Sourcing, Contract Management & Negotiation - Vendor Relationship-Building -Technology Solutions - Supply Chain logistics, strategy and execution - Innovation and change management -Enterprise organizational management -Data management and solution delivery and Customer Service.
  • Expert ability to communicate information clearly and concisely in both written and oral presentations, which includes creating high-impact presentations of complex information and issues with brevity, clarity and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively analyze complex problems, devise strategies for addressing them, and produce clear and effective communications initiatives and materials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact collaboratively and productively with diverse constituencies inside and outside the institution, representing the University in a professional and authoritative manner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master's degree or professional degree in a relevant discipline preferred.


Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management or Business Administration.

Salary And Benefits

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging

How To Apply


Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is March 5, 2021 . The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

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