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The Joint Commission

Manager, Procurement



Full Time

On Site


Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, United States


Position plans and directs the sourcing of goods and services and oversees the Vendor Management Life Cycle Program for the Joint Commission and its subsidiaries. Develops resources and training approaches aimed at promoting and modeling strong vendor acceptance, monitoring, sourcing strategy and contracting processes. Assists business owners with the issuance of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) when needed and provides guidance as to consideration and evaluation of risks. Advises the business on key elements to be considered in procurement decisions and works closely with IT and Office Services on fixed asset procurement. Represents the Joint Commission enterprise when interacting with current and potential vendors. Negotiates pricing and terms on behalf of the company for centralized purchases.


  • Directs corporate procurement program and develops strategic sourcing programs for the Joint Commission and its subsidiaries aimed at achieving high value results while ensuring that legal, financial, compliance and security risks are identified, evaluated, and addressed by the business.
  • Ensures that sourcing programs are fundamentally sound and consistent with the pursuit of best-in-class practices and approaches and aligned with the size and scope of the enterprise’s business needs.
  • Oversees the Vendor Management Life Cycle Program and its continuous development. Partners with the business on achieving a high degree of competency and excellence in procurement outcomes; ensures new vendor management liaisons are trained on program and supporting system.
  • Directs and coordinates consolidation of purchases to utilize same vendor base, when appropriate, to optimize purchases for all Joint Commission business units. Identifies opportunities to achieve expense reductions through analysis of company expenditures and alignment of vendors or contracts.
  • Serves as a key evaluator resource in major procurement decisions. Ensures sourcing decisions on all complex or large dollar procurement programs are conducted in accordance with vendor management protocols, with a special emphasis on obtaining desired level of pricing through negotiation and competitive positioning.
  • Directs and administers contracts for all centralized purchases and vendor portals and punch-outs. Monitors compliance with corporate procurement policies and ensures appropriateness of authorizations on transactions.
  • Assists departments with the issuance of bid solicitations (RFPs) for purchase of goods and services, the development of vendor performance monitors and contract agreements. Evaluates vendor performance based on pricing, delivery schedules, and other information relative to product acceptability and vendor service. Orders financial reports on vendors as necessary.
  • Supervises staff in the processing of transactions and monitors program efficiency and effectiveness through appropriate key performance indicators. Implements and maintains corporate policies and procedures for areas of responsibility. Acts as administrator for corporate purchasing card program, ensuring program operates smoothly and as designed. Acts as reporting point for traveler car accidents and initiates coordination with insurance carriers.
  • Develops and maintains expert functional knowledge of Procurement system software and system requirements. Trains enterprise staff on the proper use of the system.


  • The level of knowledge equivalent to that ordinarily acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree in business.
  • Five to seven years of purchasing experience with experience in services procurement and contracting a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and negotiation skills with strong customer service and analytical skills.
  • Strong competency in Microsoft Office applications and experience with Workday Financial Cloud software preferred.

Note: Successful applicants for domestic positions that require travel to a customer site must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to this position. The description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and working conditions associated with this position. All requirements are subject to possible modification and reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.