Home | 2019 Board of Directors | Becoming a Member/Annual Dues | Member Benefits | NESHMM Members | Calendar of Events | Registration Forms | 2019 Golf Tournament | Newsletters | Educational Sessions | Job Postings | Sponsors and Links
Job Postings


Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Procurement Specialist

Location:  US-MA-Brookline


Job ID:  2019-13079


Category:  Purchasing/Materials Management


Type:  Full-Time


 Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Procurement Specialist is responsible for monitoring and approving procurement activities, meeting established service levels and assisting end-users in their efforts to obtain value from business partners. The procurement specialist function entails receiving automated purchase requests from departments for processing. Assist institute staff regarding the procurement process, order status and interpretation of policies and procedures of the department and institution. This position reports to the Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Consultant.



  • Acts as a liaison to all DFCI work force members and provides exceptional customer service.
  • Resolves inquiries and escalates concerns to the manager as needed.
  • Has authority to commit funds by contract, procures a wide variety of supplies, equipment and services using procurement tools and systems. 
  • Evaluate special request purchase orders to ensure compliance to DFCI Policies and Procedures
  • Professionally communicate order discrepancies and take corrective action.
  • Place special order requests with suppliers in a timely manner.
  • Participate in supplier negotiations and contract management initiatives.
  • Track and report cost savings/avoidance.
  • Participates in business reviews with suppliers and DFCI staff.
  • Establish relationships with DFCI department managers to offer support and improve services.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Logistics or Management preferred.
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M) or Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) preferred.
  • Five years prior purchasing experience.
  • Knowledge of applicable policy, regulatory and accreditation standards.
  • Strong personal computing skills. Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Experience in the use of ERP technology; PeopleSoft experience preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, customer service, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Experience in healthcare and life sciences environment preferred.
  • Strong materials management techniques and practices. 
  • Experience with high volume transactional purchasing a must.
  • The ability to work under pressure, often with tight and changing deadlines.
  • A flexible approach to working hours when required.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be able to communicate in a professional and articulate manner with internal and external partners at all levels of the organization both written and verbal.
  • Knowledge of navigating an ERP system. ( People Soft) 

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.