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Howard University Hospital
Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Buyer who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 

The Buyer:
  • Ensures workflow support, and timely processing of Requester Requisitions through the MMIS.  
  • Canvasses all available sources for the best price through present and future purchasing of medical supplies and services including Veterans Administration (VA), Government Services Administration (GSA), Group Purchasing Organization, etc.
  • Confirms price, quantity, packaging, product information, delivery date, shipping, and terms while placing orders to ensure Purchase orders accuracy.
  • Assists in sourcing viable substitute products as needed when ordered items are confirmed to be on backorder or discontinued; requests substitute product information, pictures, specs, and/or coordinates for the vendor of substitute product to speak with end-user, for end-user to make the decision if the substitute is acceptable.
  • Maintains the highest level of professional conduct to safeguard the confidentiality of supplier’s contracts, adhering to HUH contract compliance guidelines.
  • Evaluate vendor quotes and services to determine the most desirable suppliers. 
  • Validates new vendors credentials, request Certificate of Insurance and BAA as required.
  • Communicates with departmental representatives, and suppliers as it relates to over-shipments, delivery shortages, and changes in quantity, delivery dates, and price discrepancies.  Report such changes and adjust purchase orders accordingly in a timely manner as required.
  • Works with Accounts Payable to reconcile any differences as it relates to the purchase order and invoice presented for payment.
  • Assists with bid evaluations for capital purchases, and the ability of the vendor to deliver products, equipment, and services.
  • Tracks documents as required by Finance Department to meet audit requirements.
  • Maintains a general knowledge of the purchasing module in an MMIS, preferably Lawson.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
A qualified candidate will possess:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related area or equivalent in professional experience.
  • Two to Four years’ work experience in purchasing or related environment.  
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft office applications and MMIS.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (12-25lbs), bend, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
  • Work-life balance
  • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
  • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)

COVID-19 Vaccination 

Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 

Howard University Hospital


Washington, DC



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