Pharmacy Buyer in Atlantis, FL at HealthTrust

Date Posted: 11/13/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The PharmacyBuyer is responsible for managing the pharmaceutical inventory in the assignedhospital including purchasing of pharmaceuticals and related products,oversight of receipt and placing these items in stock, optimization of pharmacyinventory both in the facility pharmacy and automated cabinets. This position ensuresthat all pharmaceutical products are appropriately labeled with barcodesincluding repackaging of products for patient administration. This positionassumes primary responsibility for the organization and cleanliness of drugstorage areas. The Buyer will assist the automation coordinator or individualin similar role with respect to Automated Dispensing Cabinet (ADU) inventorymanagement including the maintenance of controlled substance inventory andhandling the request for an addition of new items to the pharmacy inventory.The Pharmacy Buyer shall also assist in training personnel on inventoryhandling and overseeing workflow in the pharmacy when the tech supervisor orpharmacy manager is unavailable.
 Essential Duties & Responsibilities (included butnot limited to):
  • Under thesupervision of Director of Pharmacy, will participate in all activities of thepharmacy department that involve the inventory management of drugs, medicationstorage areas and department related supplies. The position functions inaccordance with standard written policy & procedures, guidelines, and stateand federal regulations
  • Establishes ANDmaintains appropriate inventory levels of drugs/supplies. Makes decisions inpurchasing while complying with budget limitations, and achieving a maximuminventory turnover rate
  • Communicates inreal time shortages of medications or changes in medication stock availability
  • Overseesreceiving, storage, and return of medications to the Pharmacy wholesaler
  • Maintainsinvoicing for all drug and supply accounts
  • Processwholesaler invoices for payment by accounts payable according to Policy andProcedures
  • Provide training,technical support and/or in-service education to pharmacy staff regardingpharmacy inventory management products/systems
  • Coordinates anddocuments disposal of all expired medications
  • Assists withmaintenance of database and/or paperwork on medication recalls
  • Prepares PharmacyDepartment for annual inventory updating shelf labels, inventory supply forms,and databases as needed
  • Interprets andcommunicates purchasing procedures to departments; assists departments ininitiating requisitions and orders, and solves problems with orders
  • Examines andanalyzes departmental purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy ofinformation; contacts department or initiator to clarify or completeinformation; determines method to process requisition based on dollar amount,timeliness required, existing open contracts, and/or to comply with othercorporate standards
  • Assists DOP ordesignee in establishing and maintaining appropriate stock levels in automaticdispensing cabinets including but not limited to maintenance of expirationdating of medications in cabinets
  • Evaluate contractcompliance and implement change to correct in all pharmacy purchasing areas ofthe hospital
  • Manage thetransfer of drugs between areas of the pharmacy, the hospital and non-hospitalaccounts
  • Responsible forthe new drug addition, change, deletion process and monitors compliance withprocess
  • Demonstratesworking knowledge with the general duties of a Pharmacy technician includingknowledge, and maintenance of competency and understanding of the duties andresponsibilities of the position to which he/she is assigned which may include:unit dose cart fill, Automated Dispensing Cabinet functionality, IV preparation(e.g. syringes, admixtures, chemotherapy, continuous renal replacement therapy,total parenteral nutrition, etc.), unit dose packaging, filling outpatientprescriptions, bar-coding, Pharmacy inspections, oral liquid compounding, andcode cart processes
  • Cross trained toperform Lead Technician responsibilities based on the discretion of theDirector of Pharmacy
  • Complies with facilitypolicy and procedures and regulatory requirements
  • Perform otherduties as assigned
  • Practice andadhere to the “Code of Conduct” philosophy and “Mission and Value Statement” 

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills &Abilities:
  • At a minimum, thePharmacy Buyer meets all the requirements, roles and responsibilities set forthin the Hospital Technician II Job Description
  • Demonstratesknowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations governing the practice ofpharmacy
  • Apply knownsolutions to a variety of predictable problems and has fundamental workingknowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of Pharmacy purchasingprocesses
  • Knowledge ofbasic algebra and basic accounting methods
  • Basic workingknowledge of Automated Dispensing Unit technology and reporting
  • Must demonstratesound judgment in determining need to obtain additional supplies and willdisplay initiative in recognizing and resolving problems in the distributionsystem
  • Organizational skill,accuracy, and attention to detail are essential in performing assignments ofthis position
  • Proactivelyprioritizes needs and effectively manages resources
  • Communication –communicates clearly and concisely
  • Applies andperforms processes that require a range of well-developed skills where somediscretion and judgment is required
  • Judgment – Makessensible and reliable decisions based upon job knowledge and experience.Considers all impacted areas in decision process. Seeks advice where applicable
  • CustomerOrientation – establishes and maintains long-term customer relationships,building trust and respect by consistently meeting exceeding expectations
  • InterpersonalSkills – able to work effectively with other employees, patients and externalparties
  • PC Skills –demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office, Meditech, and purchasing vendorapplications and others as required
  • Policies andProcedures – articulates knowledge and understanding of organizationalpolicies, procedures and systems
  • Basic Skills –able to perform mathematical calculations, balance and reconcile figures,punctuate properly, spell correctly and transcribe accurately
  • High SchoolDiploma or GED required
  • Associates orBachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting or Supply Chain Logistics preferred
  • Minimum of atleast 2 years of hospital pharmacy buyer experience within the last 3 years ofexperience as pharmacy technician or pharmacy buyer.
  • NationalCertification (CPhT) required
  • Active Registeredpharmacy technician, as per State requirements, in good standing with theappropriate State Board of Pharmacy
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKINGCONDITIONS – Requiresprolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-handcoordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard,photocopier, telephone, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normalrange of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriatereports. Requires lifting papers or boxes up to 50 pounds occasionally. Work isperformed in an office or pharmacy environment. Work may be stressful at times.Contact may involve dealing with angry or upset people. Staff must remainflexible and available to provide staffing assistance for any/all disaster oremergency situations.
OSHA CATEGORY – The normal work routine involves no exposure toblood, body fluids, or tissues (although situations can be imagined orhypothesized under which anyone, anywhere, might encounter potential exposureto body fluids). Persons who perform these duties are not called upon as partof their employment to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid, or tobe potentially exposed in some other way.