Practice Leader, Supply Chain

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Kaiser Permanente
May 26, 2021
Oakland, CA
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The site Supply Chain department ensures that all medical and non-medical supplies and services critical to the delivery of care to our members are procured and managed in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The ASCPL has significant autonomy in decision-making and will be accountable for leading the planning and making the decisions regarding complex issues that have an impact on multiple recipients across their medical center areas. These decisions could relate to staffing, compliance, budgets, supply/service spend, service delivery, logistics, planning or many other issues. This position is responsible for leading the planning, development and implementation of area medical center strategic initiatives in Supply Chain Operations including quality, utilization, finance, day-to-day operations, service and human resource management. It ensures compliance with established regional and national goals and standards. Additionally, this position acts as the key leader and driver of change management across the sites (including represented and non-represented populations, clinicians and physicians, and other administrative personnel) in the adoption and institutionalization of Supply Chain Transformation Initiatives. To be successful in this position, the Practice leader must be able to lead and manage professionals and others through influence and collaboration across multiple teams or sites. A demonstrated proficiency in team building and motivation, conflict resolution, and group dynamics as well as solid project management skills is essential. Also, this person must have a demonstrated ability to utilize effective verbal and written communication skills with various levels across an organization as well as across diverse populations including represented and non-represented teams.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides on-going leadership & direction to enhance member service through the availability of needed products & services. Ensures products & services are high quality, cost effective,with high service availability.
  • Achieves a high level of compliance regarding Kaiser Permanente's national standards for


  • Develops & drives the implementation & adoption of the Supply Chain Transformation Initiatives across the medical center(s) including all clinical areas (eg procedural & non-procedural) as well as those currently run/managed by the Med Group(s).
  • Builds & manages a distribution network, in conjunction with National Warehousing&Logistics, with the goal to minimize obsolescence or expiration, & high service levels.
  • Working in conjunction with nursing & other clinicians, assures the accuracy & effectiveness of case picking including procedure card pick list maintenance.
  • Develops & implements, in conjunction with Facilities Services&EH&S, an asset mgmt strategy that delivers customer requirements, meets financial goals, & aligns with capital planning strategies.
  • Provides leadership on human resource mgmt activities such as hiring, reward

& recognition, performance review, professional development, succession planning, discipline. Establishes & implements standards of performance relative to quality & service, & ensures standards exceed member, medical center & regulatory expectations.

  • Responsible for the development & implementation of all Medical Center supply chain operating & capital budgets.
  • Provides leadership & collaboration within & outside of supply chain operations with multiple levels & groups across the organization.
  • This job description is not all encompassing.
Basic Qualifications:

  • Six (6) years of management experience, including managing/leading union represented staff, non union non-exempt and exempt employees.
  • Three (3) years of budget development experience.
  • Four (4) years of supply chain experience including purchasing, inventory management, distribution operations and procurement
  • Three (3) years of process improvement experience utilizing Lean Six Sigma methodologies or similar.
  • Five (5) years of multiple corporate structures, entities and/or locations.
  • Four (4) years of project management and/or consulting level experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience with federal, state and local regulations including Title 22, The Joint Commission, CMS or similar regulatory agencies.


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, operations research, engineering, supply chain, economics or related field or minimum four (4) years equivalent work experience in a directly related field (in addition to years of experience as outlined under the minimum work experience) in lieu of Bachelor's degree required.
  • High School diploma or GED required.

Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

  • N/A.


Additional Requirements:

  • N/A.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of working in a retail, manufacturing, or health care environment preferred.
  • Three (3) years of experience in demand planning, SKU rationalization and standardization, GS1.
  • Master's degree in business administration, finance, operations research, engineering, materials management, economics preferred.
  • Current professional certification in Certified Logistics Management (CLM) or Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) preferred.
  • Current Six Sigma certification preferred.