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Job Description

The Director of Materials Management implements and administers the hospital supply chain function under general supervision and within corporate guidelines. The Director is responsible for purchasing, inventory control, material systems, and financial controls. Materials management works closely across hospital departments to ensure that medical technology of all types is available to clinicians and patients.

Education and Experience 

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business or healthcare administration or other related field is required. Five or more years of healthcare materials management experience, with at least 3 years of supervisory experience.

Core Competencies and Skills 

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively communicate with persons both inside and outside the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analyzes and recommends policies and procedures relative to supply chain’s technology practices and suppliers
  • Maintains cost/revenue ratios in accordance with budget; maintains adequate inventory levels. Assists with negotiation of contracts with suppliers for the purchase of capital and noncapital products and services
  • Develops and prepares reports and presentations on usage statistics, purchasing trends, and marketing data and savings relative to competitive bidding and national agreements
  • Must be able to deal with multiple project demands and tight deadlines
  • Creates a team environment and exhibits appropriate quality service behaviors in meeting and/or exceeding the needs of employees, customers, coworkers, and others
  • Demonstrated initiative, follow through, and ability to work independently
  • Ability to build and manage budgets


Directors of Materials Management earn in the range of $60,000 to $110,000 although the total salary will vary depending on the size and location of the hospital, and the education and experience of the candidate.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook for Directors of Materials Management is good now and into the foreseeable future. Hospitals must be technologically sophisticated in order to be competitive, and it is up to the Director of Materials Management to help guide the hospital to make the best technology-acquisition decisions possible.

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