• Senior Purchasing Specialist

    Location US-NY-East Syracuse
    281 Sanders Creek Parkway
    Job Type
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  • Position Summary

    Things move fast at Aspen Dental, but you never go it alone. The idea behind the business model is simple – a support system with you at the center. We’re a community that thrives on collaboration and has fun while doing it. Whatever your role, there is always the next challenge to conquer. Aspen Dental breaks down barriers, provides opportunities, and makes it easier to fulfill your ever-evolving ambitions. Explore a culture of possibility. Because here is where you’ll find lives changing lives. As a reflection of our current needs and planned growth we are very pleased to offer an opportunity to join our Supply Chain team as a Senior Purchasing Specialist .



    At Aspen Dental Management Inc., we recognize that effectively managing our supply chain is integral in our ability to deliver innovative and effective clinical services and care to millions of patients. The Senior Purchasing Specialist, will oversee all purchasing related activities for goods and services throughout our business for their assigned categories. This position will be functionally responsible for ensuring that the goods and services are being procured with the highest quality, competitive costs, and in a timely manner to support the day to day operations of our business.


    • Monitor, support, and execute the purchasing process for goods and services for the dental practices, medical practices, and internal support teams on a day to day basis. Purchasing processes include the vendor setup, requisition, purchase order creation, order expediting, fulfillment, return, and backorder functions. 
    • Provide support, expertise, and knowledge to the internal and external stakeholders across the enterprise. Support functions will include managing the approval process for requisitions, providing substitutions and alternative recommendations, responses to purchasing inquiries, and sharing general knowledge of the products on as needed basis.
    • Lead and support ad hoc process improvement projects within the supply chain function to help drive efficiencies for the organization.
    • Lead and support contract negotiations and Request for Proposals (RFP) with key suppliers to improve cost, quality, delivery, diversity, and safety in the supply base.
    • Provide regular communication to Business and Supply Chain leadership on projects, contract renewals, category performance, and various initiatives.

    Minimum Education and Experience

    Key Skills:


    • Must have an understanding of supply chain basic principles including purchasing, inventory, logistics, commercial business terms, and basic supply chain economics.


    • Must have strong customer services and team building skills to provide superior customer services and supply chain expertise to the organizations that we support.


    • Must be adept at communicating with vendors and internal business partners to establish and maintain credibility for the supply chain function, while increasing service to our internal business partners - improving the quality and performance levels of the supply base to achieve the lowest total cost to the Company.


    • Skilled in negotiating, renegotiating, and administering contracts with suppliers and vendors such that the best interest of the Company is paramount. Must be capable and experienced in negotiating large scale, enterprise wide supplier agreements.


    • Ability to develop, coordinate and control multiple process and or projects, achieving on time contracting services to satisfy the operating requirements of the Company.


    • Ability to create and maintain documentation, in adherence with policy, to meet internal and external audit requirements.


    • Demonstrates excellent oral communication skills to convey technical information to both internal and external sources, including non-technical audiences.


    • Must have experience in effectively communicating supplier proposals and helping business owners understand the variables and tradeoffs for decision making purposes.


    • Computer skills should include proficiency in MS Office including: Word, Excel and Power Point. Experience working with E-Sourcing Platforms, and Access or other database tools.


    • Excellent communications skills; Ability to communicate clearly and concisely by telephone, email and by direct contact.


    • Must be able to maintain a high level of customer service in a work environment of numerous competing demands.


    • Able to comfortably interface with all levels of Management, inside & outside the organization


    Educational & Experience Requirements: The successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Engineering. Professional purchasing certification is desirable. Solid background in supply chain management, procurement, or project management with an emphasis on purchasing or strategic sourcing with 3+ years of related experience. Demonstrated experience purchasing materials and services for major projects in a fast paced environment.


    Company Info: Aspen Dental Management Inc. (ADMI), headquartered at 281 Sanders Creek Parkway, E. Syracuse, NY 13057, is a Dental Service Organization (DSO) that provides support services to licensed Professional Dental Corporations (PC’s) who operate under the brand name of Aspen Dental. ADMI provides fully-equipped dental offices in A+ prime real estate locations, with full back-end administrative services. Today, we operate over 680 locations with plans of reaching over 1,000 locations within the next 5 years by opening roughly one new office every 5 days. We typically see 6 new patients a day per office. Our primary focus is providing access to care in the 36 states we operate in. Aspen Dental practices provide general Dental, Hygiene, Crown and Bridge and Denture services and has expanded into areas of specialty, such as Implants, Endodontic and other oral surgery treatments.


    Team Overview: The ADMI Supply Chain Team has an overall objective to align with business partners to improve profitability and performance by maximizing the value of our purchased goods and services. This will assure continuous improvement in the cost effectiveness and value of services delivered, ultimately improving customer satisfaction, company financial performance, and the overall strategic position of ADMI.  Strategic sourcing leads support the organization by managing the sourcing process, including Request for Proposals (RFPs), contract negotiations, supplier management, and overall supplier performance. The position will report to the Sr. Manager of Purchasing Operations.

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