Ascension Health Contract Design Agent - Rapid Design in St Louis, Missouri

Job ID: 232131

Contract Design Agent - Rapid Design

St Louis, Missouri


Additional Job Information

Title: Contract Design Agent

City, State: St Louis, MO

Location: Westport Center Drive

Department: Office Operations

Additional Job Details: FT, Days

Marketing Statement

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension's Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension's own group purchasing organization.

Job Description

The Contract Design Agent is responsible for the identification and development of national strategies for contracting for supplies, instruments, services and equipment that support The Resource Group, Ascension Health System Office, and Ascension Health Ministry objectives developed in close collaboration with senior leadership and key stakeholders. Under direction of the Contract Design Manager, the Contract Design Agent advances the development of specified contracts and pricing agreements. He or she does this while ensuring Ascension Health contracts provide cost-effective supplies and equipment that are consistent, dependable and clinically acceptable by the Decision Teams or user groups. This individual supports the collection of product attributes from Health Ministries through the Decision Team process and supports contract development within The Resource Group solutions (Contract Design, Sourcing, Implementation, and Finance, with supportive analytics).


  • Works within the collaborative model toward the most respected, credible and effective contracting processes in the industry

  • Engages the specified manager(s) and The Resource Group leaders in aligning contract opportunities with Participant initiatives and groups. This may include coordination and assessment of data, monitoring of vendor/market data, and determination of connections with clinical or operational initiatives

  • Provides or collects and coordinates expert guidance with contract categories and helps identify relevant groups for input within or in addition to Decision Teams

  • Coordinates communications, agendas, and follow-up with Decision Teams as directed engaging multiple internal and external stakeholders as necessary

  • Helps measure and monitor cost-reduction opportunities through contract development and modifications in utilization; supports associated work plans

  • Facilitates communication of clinically or operationally relevant information such as related product recalls/alerts, contract announcements and other communication strategies

  • All other duties as assigned

  • Promote, exemplify and support the Ascension Health Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity, and Dedication

  • Support The Resource Group in achievement of department goals and objectives

  • Perform special assignments or projects, as directed

  • Serve on committees and task forces, as assigned

  • Demonstrated communication (both written and verbal) and collaboration skills

  • Knowledge of healthcare products and services

  • Ability to rapidly establish creditability and relationships with a broad range of individuals

  • Excellent listening skills and ability to capture critical needs to translate to contract requirements

  • Excellent project management, analytical, and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to influence others to act

  • Ability to flex and adapt to rapidly changing priorities

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and sound judgment skills

  • Intermediate Excel and Word skills

  • Basic PowerPoint and Outlook skills



  • Two year college or equivalent training in business setting or trade school.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Two to four years of experience using Window, Access Excel, Word and an electronic mail system. Knowledge of PowerPoint, WinZip, FTP and Electronic Data Management helpful. Must be able to set up and maintain databases in Access. Familiarity with vendor contract, ordering procedures, business practices, business language and vendor catalogs. Prior experience in hospital purchasing environment helpful with strong written and oral communication skills and ability to synthesize information across multiple data sources.

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