• Software Buyer (Procurement Analyst)

    Location US-IA-Des Moines
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    Requires Non-Compete?
  • Job Summary

    What's the role? Responsible for the overall processing, development and execution of contracts in support of Wellmark's goals and objectives. You will establish, coordinate, and administer purchase agreements for goods and services. For routine contracts, you will take lead for providing contractual, business and legal interpretation for assigned procurement related issues as well as serve as a liaison with internal stakeholders and external vendors to negotiate and renegotiate favorable contract terms including price, contract provisions and to ensure the mitigation of organizational risk. In collaboration with the Procurement Services Coordinator, you will be responsible for the execution, oversight and tracking of all purchase orders.


    What does it take to make the cut? An associate's degree or two years of equivalent experience and at least one year of procurement experience as a buyer or purchasing professional. Ideal candidates must have strong communication skills to be successful in this role; you will be expected to interact with various leaders throughout the organization as well as a plethora of stakeholders internally and externally. Your resume will rise to the top if you have technology buying experience, a strong understanding of software contracts, and contract renewals! 


    Why Wellmark? We are a mutual insurance company owned by our policy holders across Iowa and South Dakota, and we’ve built our reputation on over 75 years’ worth of trust. We are not motivated by profits. We are motivated by the well-being of our friends, family, and neighbors–our members. If you’re passionate about joining an organization working hard to put its members first, to provide best-in-class service, and one that is committed to sustainability and innovation, consider applying today! Lastly, this specific opportunity could lead to a long-term career in procurement.  

    Minimum Qualifications Required (all must be met to be considered)

    • Associate's degree or direct and applicable work experience
    • Minimum 1 year experience in Procurement, preferably as a Buyer or Purchasing professional
    • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to identify issues and alternative solutions
    • Strong negotiation skills, including the ability to positively influence
    • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships
    • Excellent follow up skills and record keeping
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and other software programs as required within the department.
    • Must be organized, detail oriented, and able to multitask, adapt to shifting priorities, and be a solution-oriented creative thinker
    • Ability to work without close supervision, exercise independent judgment, and communicate effectively with all levels of personnel where tact, diplomacy, and good judgment are essential.
    • Ability to organize multiple tasks/projects, maintain control of work flow, and learn quickly.
    • Skill and proficiency in oral and written communications including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and composition.
    • Resourceful in gathering and analyzing data to meet department demands.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop positive and collaborative relationships with internal/external stakeholders that enable effective and exemplary support and to ensure the desired outcomes are met.
    • Self-motivated and a sense of urgency with the ability to see what needs to be done and take action to ensure successful and timely accomplishments of departmental tasks/requirements.

    Hiring Specifications Preferred

    • Associate's degree
    • Certified Accredited Purchasing Professional APP Institute for Supply Management ISM
    • Certified Purchasing Manager CPM Institute for Supply Management ISM

    Job Accountabilities

    a. Manage the sourcing and vendor selection process for acquisitions for the organization. Will build and maintain effective vendor relationships. Identifies, collects, and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to support procurement decisions.

    b. Manage all aspects of the end to end sourcing including all RFX processes. Will develop pricing matrix, coordinate with appropriate business areas, tabulate bids and proposals, and facilitate the evaluation and selection process.

    c. Research market sources and vendors to ensure cost reasonableness and competitive pricing for vendors and services. Interview vendors and evaluate products and capabilities as suppliers.

    d. Conduct necessary due diligence needed during all vendor negotiations and facilitate discussions and decisions from support functions such as legal, third party security, audit, vendor management, etc.

    e. Facilitate contract negotiations with vendors. Prepare award recommendations and coordinate the award with business stakeholders.

    f. Researches alternative vendors and apprise stakeholders of associated benefits conducts market research to supplement business analysis, while continuing to build value into business processes.

    g. Responsible for negotiating savings and overall total cost of ownership/value in all negotiations to drive optimal value for Wellmark and ensure all savings and cost avoidance are documented in a timely manner.

    h. Responsible for creating and managing purchase orders. Will review and analyze requisition information to ensure all data is accurate includes processing requests for change orders and maintenance activities on purchase orders. Serve as a business liaison to help educate stakeholders on purchasing processes and procedures.

    i. Responsible to ensure all vendor quotes, pricing, and line item detail align to the terms of the contract. Takes initiative to negotiate and deficiencies in contract language, pricing and terms to ensure final contract and purchase order align with our contract standards.

    j. Maintain, coordinate, and educate on procurement tools. Will serve as a resource and liaison for business areas regarding system functionality.

    k. Will utilize accounts payable reports to review and reconcile any invoice exceptions. Will then partner with the appropriate business stakeholder to research and make any necessary corrections.

    l. Identify best practices and innovations to improve contracting processes, systems, policies and procedures. May participate on project teams to identify areas for improvement

    m. Maintain effective working relationships with external vendors and internal business stakeholders.

    n. Other duties as assigned.


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