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Job Summary

Basic Function and Responsibility

The person in this position will advocate for the University of Michigan Health System and its patients to achieve the best results possible in the purchasing and use of pharmaceuticals and related products and execute implementation of contracts that align with this goal.


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and oversee the review, evaluation, negotiation and implementation of pharmaceutical contracting opportunities with special consideration for formulary and market share requirements, volume-growth or other incentives and rebates, on behalf of all pharmacy customers (inpatient and community). Prepare, update and assure compliance with pharmacy department policies and regulations related to purchasing, manufacturer representatives and drug supply chain, including the federal Drug Supply Chain and Security Act.
  • Monitor pharmacy purchases for contract compliance, enhanced savings opportunities and correct billing.  Function as the point person for health system’s pharmaceutical wholesaler; maintain issues list and follow-up as needed to insure optional service. Function as the point person for the health system’s group purchasing organization related to medications. Develop and maintain good working relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturer representatives.
  • Assist with identification, management and communication of product shortages, recalls and market withdrawals affecting the pharmacy department, through investigation and evaluation of available alternative products, including outsourced compounded medications or foreign drug procurement, consolidation of product, therapeutic substitutions, or alternative therapies.
  • Evaluate impact, cost or otherwise, of potential drug or operational changes with available alternatives.  Monitor inventory levels in all pharmacy areas; develop and implement process improvements for inventory control.
  • This position reports to the Director of Pharmacy.  Functional supervision is exercised over Pharmacy Residents and students, and close collaboration is necessary with Health System Contracting and Procurement, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy staff. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 3 to 8 years of relevant experience

Desired Qualifications*

  • Successful candidates should demonstrate the ability to work with physicians, pharmacists, information system staff, and allied health professionals from all clinical disciplines.
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills are very important, as are analytic and problem solving skills.
  • Experience working in inpatient and outpatient pharmacies.
  • Experience purchasing pharmaceuticals or with the drug supply chain system.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.