Fairview Health Services

System Director Supply Chain Operations

Fairview 400 Stinson
Jan 31, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
Executive, Management
Employment Status
Full Time
System Director Supply Chain Operations

This position provides leadership and direction to supply chain operations staff of more than 240 FTEs at six hospital sites, one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and more than 40 clinics of Fairview Medical Group (FMG). Oversees more than $300 million annual supplies and capital budget. Directs the activities of all logistics processes including transportion from the vendors/distributors, internal distribution of supplies, management of inventory (including those booked as assets and expenses), appropriate staging of products for consumption, and product disposition. In addition, this position also manages system wide moveable medical equipment management program including disposal of equipment (life cycle management). Responsible for the coordination of all supply chain process improvement activities at hospital sites and clinics and ensuring that appropriate technology is applied to deliver 5Rs,(the right product in the right quantity at the right time to the right place at the right price). Acts as a positive change agent and builds collaborative relationships with site administration, clinicians, group purchasing organization (GPO) and vendors. Negotiates service contracts related to med/surg supplies distribution, equipment rentals, and supply chain IT solutions. Participates in GPO committees as needed. Establishes appropriate metrics and monitoring mechanism to effectively manage SC functions and teams.

This position reports to Vice President of Supply Chain 


Required: Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, healthcare administration, business administration, operations management or equivalent. 12 years supply chain/logistics management experience in non-healthcare industry or 7 years supply chain management experience in healthcare industry with at least five years experience in managing employees. Knowledge of and work experience with materials management information systems and technology including automated supply cabinetry and inventory systems. Prior experience with budget development. Position requires understanding of the current and emerging information systems related to vendor transport, distribution, staging, inventory and disposition of supplies, equipment and materials. Experience in work monitoring and measurement, activity based management, building work based objectives and variation analysis. Extensive understanding of materials management logistics and solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the various work processes. Applicants with an understanding and experience in the application of activity management techniques and related work productivity measurements will be given priority. Extensive experience dealing with and presenting financial and business issues to senior managers.


Preferred: Master’s degree or JD. Prior experience with budget development in excess of $100 million. Experience in managing employees at multiple work sites in a matrix based organization. 

About Fairview

For more than 100 years, Fairview has been improving the health of the communities we serve. We have grown into one of Minnesota’s largest nonprofit organizations. Today, we are more than 20,000 employees providing exceptional care and leading health care innovations that will sustain us into the future.

We partner with one of the nation’s top research and teaching facilities - the University of Minnesota and its Academic Health Center. Our partnership is a national model that enables us to provide breakthrough medicine to our patients.

Our caregivers and leaders are re-envisioning patient care during a time of transformational change in health care. From ground-breaking care models in our primary care facilities to unique collaborative relationships with payers and employers and implementation of new technologies, we’re committed to improving the overall value of our clinical quality and experience for our patients as we reduce the cost of care.

We are hospitals, clinics, home care, hospice, rehabilitation, pharmacy services and much more. To the communities we serve, we are known as a healthcare leader, community partner and trusted advocate. As an employer, we nurture the teamwork, passion and excellence needed to deliver our promise of exceptional care to our patients.

We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits to fit your life.

See current job openings and apply online at:fairview.org/careers

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