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Quest Diagnostics

This is a Full-time position in Collegeville, PA posted September 3, 2021.

JOB TITLE: Senior Category Specialist

LOCATION: Collegeville, Pennsylvania

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM

Look for more than answers. Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope. 

You will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve. 

At Quest, we are on a continuous journey of discovery and development. It’s this attitude that has made us an industry leader and the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. For those joining us, we offer exciting and fast moving career opportunities where you can affect change at a rate unheard of in many organizations of our size and scope. While we invest in and develop technology to drive our innovations, our ongoing success relies on our people. 


Negotiate/ Execute contracts for goods and services on behalf of Quest Diagnostics.  Partner with business to identify value alignment opportunities. Perform ongoing program management of contracts through a formalized, structured process.


  • Negotiate all elements of assigned supplier agreements to ensure lowest total cost of procurement, including product cost, various commercial terms and performance metrics.

  • Conduct business alignment opportunity analysis to identify internal opportunities with various lines of business and present the business case.

  • Align closely with Category Managers to develop, assess and implement strategic sourcing plans for categories assigned.

  • Ability to conduct thorough RFP analysis for effective evaluation of suppliers’ competitiveness

  • Secure compliance to terms and conditions of supplier agreements.

  • Develop and manage functional supplier relationships with assigned key/strategic suppliers to optimize financial and operational performance.

  • Identify and execute opportunities for procurement cost reduction and supplier performance improvement.

  • Execute strategy for compliance actions/corrective actions; work closely with Quality/Governance to ensure implementation.

  • Execute supplier and cost management system/metrics for assigned suppliers and demonstrate continuous improvement.

  • Track and manage savings targets to ensure savings are captured and recorded correctly.

  • Resolve commercial issues associated with supplier performance issues, and as cost recovery for quality problems and rework, etc.

  • Lead appropriate teams through the Supplier Selection Process to ensure ongoing/improved value (quality, service, cost,) to Quest Diagnostics.

  • Provide detailed analysis and information that may have financial impact on sourcing decisions.

  • Independently manage segments in functional areas, such as data gathering, detailed analysis, and report generation. Work and coordinate with various businesses throughout the organization.

  • Effectively leverages all resources (time, information, company position, communication skills) to achieve outstanding results.

  • Ability to maintain strong relationships and exert influence when needed.

  • Ability to quickly grasp business direction, customer requirements and supply chain management strategies.

  • Proven ability to communicate to the right audience in a timely fashion using an effective communication method, depending on the nature of information

  • Proven capability and capacity to manage multiple projects and functional supplier relationships while addressing tactical supplier performance issues.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Supervision Exercised:

  • While this position does not have direct reports typically, this role is relied upon to provide guidance and direction to Buyers/Senior Buyers/Category specialists within the Purchasing organization.


Education Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business.

  • MS/MBA degree in disciplines such as Supply Chain or Finance is a plus; 5 -8 years experience in sourcing/procurement in a similar or related industry, preferably a global organization.

Work Experience:

  • Proven track record in developing and managing supplier relationships worldwide over multiple product lines, resulting in improved performance and cost.

  • Working knowledge of purchasing, planning, PeopleSoft and systems applications such as MS PowerPoint, Access and Excel.

  • Strong cost modeling knowledge.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills. Strong consensus-building, teamwork, and creativity.

  • Must demonstrate competencies, such as, Negotiation, Financial Acumen, Relationship Management, Problem solving, Adaptability, Change management.


  • Program management experience and project management experience a definite plus.