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Position Title: Sourcing Specialist
Department: Supply Chain Management
Division: Finance, Office of the CFO
Reports to: Contract Manager

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.



The primary purpose of the Sourcing Specialist position is to provide skilled assistance in the strategic sourcing of goods, equipment, or services. Interacts with customers and stakeholders in identifying categories of spend optimal for strategic sourcing.


Core Values


Caring Behaviors

  • Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times; Gives full attention to others minimizing distractions; Does not gossip or air frustration inappropriately; Uses a respectful / professional tone of voice
  • Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; Is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers; Expresses awareness of others' experiences and views; Listens to patients and coworkers' needs and empathizes with them; Is aware of and respects individual differences, such as age, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, culture, background, and experiences; Demonstrates collegiality to others in an effort to create a cooperative and collaborative environment      


Integrity Behaviors

  • Reliability: Promotes and adheres to MD Anderson’s Standards of Conduct in addition to all applicable institutional policies and procedures.; Communicates time expectations for tests, procedures, or service arrival, or project deliverables to patients and coworkers; By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Adheres to attendance policy by timely reporting to work and returning from breaks; Admits when wrong, apologizes and takes steps to resolve a situation 
  • Safety: Notices a safety concern and brings it to someone's attention; Models safe behavior (wears badge, washes hands, keeps work area clean and orderly); Mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices; Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior


Discovery Behaviors

  • Responsiveness: Encourages learning, creativity, and new ideas; Responds to requests from others in a timely manner; Offers help before being asked; Provides help to patients and coworkers that may be outside of job responsibilities (does not say, "It's not my job."); Looks for new and better ways of doing things
  • Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so; Leads by example; Actively encourages others to contribute ideas; Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values

Key Functions

  1. Assists in contract negotiations, development of request for proposals, and implementation and administration of supplier contracts and agreements.
  2. Collaborates with suppliers, group purchasing organizations, and other higher education institutions to assess emerging spend aggregation opportunities.
  3. Monitors supply markets and conduct market intelligence and utilize information obtained to develop comprehensive reports and presentations.
  4. Ensures continued compliance with all regulatory requirements, procurement guidelines, policies and procedures both internally at MD Anderson
  5. Works with suppliers to drive enabling technology solutions including eProcurement & electronic catalogs.
  6. Meets with customers routinely to proactively identify and leverage sourcing and contract value opportunities.
  7. Executes multiple complex analysis using financial models such as Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Lease vs. Buy and Economic Value Models.
  8. Calculates and reports actual and projected sourcing savings by spend categories.
  9. Result orientated, analytical, decisive, team and customer oriented, strong communicator and innovative.


Core Competencies

  • IC – Analytical Thinking:
    • Gather relevant information systematically;
    • Break down problems into simple components; and
    • Make sound decisions.
  • IC – Build Relationships:
    • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and
    • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.
  • IC – Innovative Thinking:
    • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and
    • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.
  • IC-Technical/Functional Expertise:
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job;
    • Possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession; and
    • Provide technical expertise to others.
  • IC-Strategic Thinking:
    • Define strategic goals and issues clearly;
    • Apply broad knowledge and experience when addressing strategic issues; and
    • Foresee obstacles and opportunities relating to change or improvement.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Science, Healthcare Administration, Business Administration or related field. 

Required: Three years professional experience in contracting and/or materials management. 

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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