Senior Associate, Procurement



Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Join us as we work to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

Senior Procurement Associate

Athena is looking for unique procurement experts to join our growing Global Strategic Procurement Team. We move fast with a laser focus on customer and stakeholder success. That means we need people who focus on more than just cost. We need adaptable doers who are great at engaging with stakeholders, skilled spend analyzers, strategic sourcing and negotiation experts and solid project managers, flexible and fast multi-taskers, and people who possess a true total cost of ownership philosophy. We need the next generation of procurement talent!

The Senior Associate, Procurement will be responsible for driving strategy, recommending business decisions and direction for the assigned categories. This role will be instrumental in driving procurement excellence across the enterprise, including a focus on fostering strategic partner relationships, reducing third-party cost and associated risk. The Senior Associate, Procurement role is responsible for supporting the development of indirect category sourcing strategies, and execution against these strategies with direct support of leadership, including day-to-day interaction with internal stakeholders and vendors to ensure an uninterrupted supply of quality goods and services with mitigated risk at optimum cost. This role will have responsibility for supporting and managing vendor relationships, assisting in the development of category plans, negotiating vendor contracts, delivering on stakeholder requirements, managing and reporting defined procurement metrics, support identification opportunities to reduce total cost, evaluating market conditions and the effects on pricing, and communicating with athenahealth’s vendor partners.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support identification of opportunities to aggregate and leverage global Company spending with a focus on improving bottom line performance. Perform ongoing spend analysis to collect, categorize and analyze spend data to develop the foundation for ongoing value generation and ROI optimization. Translate these results into a category plan.
  • Cultivate strong, trust-based relationships with stakeholders, focused on delivering on their requirements while balancing cost and risk, leading to the optimal vendor solutions for the Company.
  • Establish and maintain strategic vendor partnerships and alliances that promote greater efficiency and value generation in the procurement process and facilitate constructive communications. Maintain a performance measurement and management program for key vendors.
  • Define key metrics and necessary systems to track and report on procurement activity. Provide updates to both leadership and the business on cost savings, vendor negotiations, spend under management, operational efficiencies and future initiatives.
  • Develop processes and drive periodic reviews and evaluations of commodities and services usage, price trends, and market conditions to develop, as appropriate, lower-cost substitutes and alternative sources of supply.
  • Proactively identify, evaluate, and capitalize on opportunities to reduce sourcing and purchasing costs by establishing contracts that improve the organization's buying patterns and enhance Athena’s end to end supply processes.
  • In partnership with leadership and peers, set negotiation strategies and lead sourcing events (RFx) and negotiations for complex, high value and strategically important third-party relationships to secure terms that are in the organization's best interest. Negotiate superior contracts while improving operational efficiencies and service levels. Identify and reduce/eliminate non-compliant or rogue spending.
  • Leverage existing procurement toolset (spend analysis and source to pay capabilities) to drive efficiency and transparency into everything we do.
  • Quantify, verify and communicate your results with an eye to continue to drive early engagement with our team and awareness of the value we drive.
  • Seek out continuous improvement opportunities, help progress them from ideation to execution, and ultimately deliver on these opportunities to continually get better at what we do.

Typical Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Finance and/or Business preferred but not required.
  • Demonstration of strong financial analytic acumen required
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in and with Procurement, Spend Analysis, Strategic Sourcing, Source-to-pay processes and technologies required; Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Spend Analysis or Supply Chain consulting experience preferred
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in negotiating contracts and vendor management.
  • Advanced and proven knowledge of procurement industry cost structures and drivers.

About athenahealth

Here’s our vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

What’s unique about our locations?
From an historic, 19th century arsenal to a converted, landmark power plant, all of athenahealth’s offices were carefully chosen to represent our innovative spirit and promote the most positive and productive work environment for our teams. Our 10 offices across the United States and India — plus numerous remote employees — all work to modernize the healthcare experience, together.

Our company culture might be our best feature.
We don't take ourselves too seriously. But our work? That’s another story. athenahealth develops and implements products and services that support US healthcare: It’s our chance to create healthier futures for ourselves, for our family and friends, for everyone.

Our vibrant and talented employees — or athenistas, as we call ourselves — spark the innovation and passion needed to accomplish our goal. We continue to expand our workforce with amazing people who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives at every level, and foster an environment where every athenista feels comfortable bringing their best selves to work.

Our size makes a difference, too: We are small enough that your individual contributions will stand out — but large enough to grow your career with our resources and established business stability.

Giving back is integral to our culture. Our athenaGives platform strives to support food security, expand access to high-quality healthcare for all, and support STEM education to develop providers and technologists who will provide access to high-quality healthcare for all in the future. As part of the evolution of athenahealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, we’ve selected nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and let us foster long-term partnerships for charitable giving, employee volunteerism, insight sharing, collaboration, and cross-team engagement.

What can we do for you?
Along with health and financial benefits, athenistas enjoy perks specific to each location, including commuter support, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance, employee resource groups, and collaborative workspaces — some offices even welcome dogs.

In addition to our traditional benefits and perks, we sponsor events throughout the year, including book clubs, external speakers, and hackathons. And we provide athenistas with a company culture based on learning, the support of an engaged team, and an inclusive environment where all employees are valued.

We also encourage a better work-life balance for athenistas with our flexibility. While we know in-office collaboration is critical to our vision, we recognize that not all work needs to be done within an office environment, full-time. With consistent communication and digital collaboration tools, athenahealth enables employees to find a balance that feels fulfilling and productive for each individual situation.

athenahealth is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity—that’s why we recruit and hire applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor prohibited by law. We’re happy to provide a reasonable accommodation, for those with a disability, to complete any part of the application process. If you are unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, please contact us at for assistance.