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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for supervision of, and assistance with, the purchasing and inventory functions within UMH Pharmacy Services, including ordering of medications from wholesaler and manufacturers, processing requests from clinics and research areas, discussing and resolving non-formulary requests, and assisting with mitigation of medication shortages. This position will functionally supervise the other Central Pharmacy Purchasers, including aiding in decision-making and approving transactions within a certain threshold.


  • Functional supervision of purchasing and inventory management activities in the Central Pharmacy.
  • Assist other buyers with purchasing and inventory management activities, including:
    • Monitor inventory levels and locations to ensure accuracy and efficiency.
    • Maintain inventory database, including making required changes for new drugs, price changes, substitutions, par level changes, etc.
    • Complete inventory management tasks necessary to ensure product is available and ready to be selected for fulfillment of orders throughout daily operations.
    • Procure inventory at the best price using established procurement pathways in accordance with UMH policy, procedure, and practice.
    • Contribute to patient safety by ensuring product is in date, of validated pedigree, and stocked in accordance with high alert, look-alike, sound-alike, and hazardous substance handling procedures and/or practices.
    • Process all inventory returns in accordance with federal, state, and health system rules and regulations.
    • Assist Drug Shortage team with medication shortages; work effectively and collaboratively to resolve product shortages with safe and efficacious substitutions and alternatives.
    • Contribute to the evaluation of contracts and contract pricing, identifying potential for cost containment and cost savings, and financial metrics for data reporting. 
    • Participate in the preparation of periodic financial, regulatory, activity & quality assurance reports. 
  • Maximize work efficiency using computers and other technologies as evidenced by proficient skill in accessing and entering accurate information necessary to perform job functions.  Maintain & contribute to accurate, updated, and comprehensive inventory software files.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient and proprietary information by observing legal and ethical guidelines for safeguarding the confidentiality of patient and proprietary information.
  • Collaborate and communicate with team members effectively.
  • Support the department’s commitment to continuous improvement activities and principles through positive and respectful contribution in all problem-solving and change processes within the Department of Pharmacy Services.
  • Participate in department committees and work teams as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain competency in all job functions
  • Maintain a professional image by dressing in attire that conveys a professional image and consistently maintaining personal self-control and professional decorum.


Possible Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in night, weekend, and holiday on call program.  Adhere to alternating shift, day, and weekend rotation work assignments.
  • Complete all product receiving functions and financial reconciliation for inventory procured in an accurate and timely manner.


Required Qualifications*

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • 5 - 8 years of professional experience
  • Current valid license as a pharmacy technician by the State of Michigan Board of Pharmacy, or eligibility to become licensed (refer to License and Certification section below).
  • Pharmacy purchasing and/or inventory management experience
  • Good decision-making skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • Experience in the health care field and/or equivalent experience as a pharmacy technician or medical assistant
  • Computer / keyboard data entry skills and experience
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Ability to multitask
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work closely as a team with other pharmacy employees

Licensure & Certification

The State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requires all Pharmacy Technicians to be licensed. Newly hired pharmacy technicians must obtain a valid Michigan Pharmacy Technician License on or before their hire date.  This can include a Full Michigan Pharmacy Technician License or a Temporary Michigan Pharmacy Technician License. If a technician obtains a Temporary Michigan Pharmacy Technician License, they must obtain a Full Michigan Pharmacy Technician License within 1 year of hire date or before the Temporary Michigan Pharmacy Technician License expires, whichever is sooner, in order to maintain employment.  The Michigan Medicine Department of Pharmacy Services can provide coaching and additional information to support Technicians to become certified and licensed.  Please visit the Michigan LARA website for more information about Pharmacy Technician licensing:,4601,7-154-72600_72603_27529_27548-340669--,00.html

Work Schedule

This is a full-time position; Monday through Friday, shift hours are normally from 7:00am – 3:30pm (shift hours could have some minimal flexibility and potentially be changed based on the operational needs and/or work-life balance of personnel). As part of Michigan Medicine’s Flexible First Workplace initiative, this position has a potential opportunity for a hybrid (both onsite work and remotely) or remote work arrangement based on business needs of the unit.

Additional Information

Supervision Received From:

  • Supervisor of Medication Contracting and Purchasing
  • Functional supervision is received from the Central Pharmacy Manager and Staff/Clinical pharmacists

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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