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Blue River PetCare takes pride in adding members to our team who share our commitment to supporting the veterinary industry and the clinics within the Blue River PetCare family. In addition to robust benefits packages, we offer a welcoming family-like culture and the ability to develop a career path that grows alongside the company. Use the list below to explore our current openings or contact our Talent Acquisition team at [email protected] if you’re interested in a position that is not yet listed.

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Job Summary:

The Talent Acquisition Specialist supports our Field Operations department.  This role is responsible for recruiting qualified veterinarians for clinical positions.  The Talent Acquisition Specialist also continues to build our external pipeline by engaging and screening individuals to promote Blue River PetCare as the employer of choice.  Ultimately, the responsibilities of the role are to ensure our company hires and retains the best veterinary talent, while growing a strong talent pipeline.  We are currently seeking hybrid (Chicagoland area) or remote candidates in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the primary consultant of staffing and recruitment strategy to Hiring Managers
  • Oversees all aspects of the full cycle recruiting process including:
    • Cold calling, texting, and emailing prospective veterinarians and veterinary students
    • Completing phone screenings, initial interviews, and reference checks
    • Drafting, extending, and finalizing offer letters
    • Leading contract/terms negotiations
    • Securing acceptances and maintaining positive candidate experiences
  • Monitors and advises on market and industry trends to ensure proactive recruitment efforts
  • Maintains appropriate records, candidate database, and communication history
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 1+ year of high-volume recruiting experience, veterinary/healthcare background a plus
  • Strong knowledge of end-to-end recruitment processes
  • Must exhibit exemplary negotiation, consultation, and project management skills
  • Proven self-starter capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing requisition load

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Familiarity with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), Salesforce experience a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 90% of the time
  • Frequent keyboarding and communicating via call and text
  • May occasionally move equipment and supplies up to 20 pounds
  • Travel to industry trade shows and career fairs, as required

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

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Jr. Business Analyst

Job Summary:

The Junior Business Analyst is an entry-level role that will assist our Business Development Team in facilitating the acquisition of new business. The Business Development Team actively engages with veterinary practice owners considering the sale of their practice to build relationships leads to the request for financial evaluations to performed. Through the course of these evaluations the Business Development Team provides financial coaching, makes recommendations when appropriate, and ultimately endeavors to initiate the extension and acceptance of offers for the purchase of their practice.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Inputs financial data into Microsoft Excel with accuracy and timeliness
  • Assists in the analysis of financial data of prospective acquisitions. Analysis methods include quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, historical trends, business/industry growth, demographics, and other metrics
  • Maintains evaluation documentation including database updates, collaborative/historical notes, and other documentation as required
  • Engages and communicates with business development field team and prospective sellers to ensure financial evaluations are conducted in a timely manner
  • Recommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to continually improve efficiency
  • Adheres to the company’s policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special projects

Qualifications:

  • Ability to understand basic Profit and Loss Statements, Tax Returns, and other financial documents
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Must be highly motivated self-starter with ability to take initiative
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality with regard to financial information

Technical Skills:

  • Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office, especially Excel formulas and multi-tab workbooks
  • Financial acumen
  • ESRI or GIS software experience a plus

Education Requirments:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance, or related degree required

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time
  • Occasionally moves about inside the office to access file cabinets, supplies, and office machinery.
  • Frequently communicates with managers at remote locations using email and phone. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in these situations.
  • Frequent keyboarding/use of computer for data entry
  • Occasionally moves equipment and supplies weighing up to 15 pounds
  • Frequently communicates and collaborates with co-workers and our hospitals remotely, communicates with our hospitals both verbally and via email/in writing. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in a professional manner.

Supervision:
None

Work Location:
Chicago, IL

Blue River PetCare is a multi-state owner and operator of high-quality veterinary hospitals, with our corporate office located in downtown Chicago. We provide an exit strategy for owners of veterinary hospitals who are looking to reduce the headaches of business and diversify their asset base while continuing to practice or who are seeking to transition their practice as they consider retirement. We believe strongly in the local franchise and work with our hospitals to strengthen their existing hospital brands and carry on the legacies which have been established.

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

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Benefits Analyst

Job Summary:

The Benefits Analyst will administer benefit plans for our growing organization. The successful candidate will be an independent self-starter with exceptional communication and organization skills, superb multi-tasking abilities and outstanding client service skills.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Acts as primary employee contact for all benefits programs, using benefit plan documents and other reference materials to address and resolve escalated benefit plan inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Provides analytical and technical support in the delivery of the benefits Gathers data needed to support insurance renewals, annual plan audits, plan valuations and benefit surveys.
  • Analyzes and assists with the development of policies and procedures to ensure benefit programs meet compliance requirements.
  • Partners in development of benefits communication and education during open enrollment and throughout the year, including program development.
  • Audits and reconciles benefits vendor billing
  • Ensures company’s intranet as it relates to Benefits information is
  • Assists with New Hire Benefits Orientation meetings in person (5-10% travel) and remotely. Fully knowledgeable of all benefits and demonstrates strong engagement when educating, responding to inquiries, and dealing with escalated issues.
  • Assists with gathering and evaluating data during the acquisition benefits diligence process
  • May provide analytical support and data analysis on projects, reviews procedures for efficiency and automation
  • Ensures compliance with federal/state/local laws and
  • May assist with workers compensation, leave of absence administration, accommodations and other benefits & compensation responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of previous benefit administration experience
  • GBA and/or RPA designations helpful but not required
  • 3-5 years of experience working with an HRIS system (e.g. Paycom, ADP, UltiPro, Ceridian, )
  • Expert working knowledge of FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, Affordable Care Act (ACA), federal and state laws regarding benefits (i.e., COBRA, ERISA, Section 125), strong knowledge of health and welfare benefits
  • Must be proven self-starter with the skill to achieve results with minimal supervision
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Proactive mindset to solve problems and research new ideas and technologies quickly

Technical Skills:

  • Analytical data manipulation Able to generate and manipulate system(s) reporting. Strong Excel and software skills.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills are a must, including the ability to present – complicated information in a digestible format.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
  • EDI experience is a plus

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time
  • Must be able to periodically travel to company clinics and complete orientation presentations, with 5-10% national travel to a variety of May require extended periods of standing as well as sitting.
  • Occasionally moves about inside the office to access file cabinets, supplies, and office
  • Frequently communicates with managers, employees, and vendors at remote locations using email and phone. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in these situations.
  • Frequent keyboarding/use of computer for data entry
  • Occasionally moves equipment and supplies weighing up to 15 pounds
  • May frequently communicate and collaborate with co-workers in the office

Supervision:
None

Work Location:
Chicago, IL

Blue River PetCare is a multi-state owner and operator of high-quality veterinary hospitals, with our corporate office located in downtown Chicago. We provide an exit strategy for owners of veterinary hospitals who are looking to reduce the headaches of business and diversify their asset base while continuing to practice or who are seeking to transition their practice as they consider retirement. We believe strongly in the local franchise and work with our hospitals to strengthen their existing hospital brands and carry on the legacies which have been established.

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

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Marketing Specialist

Job Summary:

The Marketing Specialist is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives across the organization, with a primary focus of social media, graphic design, and digital marketing initiatives. Reporting directly to the Senior Marketing Specialist, this position requires an experienced individual with a proven ability to develop and manage effective social media strategies, create compelling graphics and written content for use across a variety of channels, and an exceptional ability to adapt to the ever-changing marketing landscape and analyze veterinary industry trends, developing new skills as needed.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Works alongside Marketing team members to implement marketing and branding strategies at the corporate level
  • Manages corporate social media content by developing a strategic content calendar, writing copy, creating supporting graphics, and monitoring channel performance
  • Serves as a graphic design resource for corporate projects, including but not limited to, digital and print materials, event materials, internal programs, and presentations, etc.
  • Manages monthly employee newsletter by gathering information, creating graphics, writing copy, and distributing digital newsletter to corporate team members
  • Oversees company’s online presence, including social media accounts, online reputation sites, and company website.
  • Manages day-to-day marketing-related online stores and platforms, assisting with user experience and catalog updates
  • Manages day-to-day marketing-related tasks within the company intranet
  • Writes, proofreads, and edits creative and technical content across different mediums
  • Analyzes marketing campaign data (campaign results, conversion rates, traffic, etc.), providing reports and metrics as requested by department and company leadership
  • Conducts market research and analyze trends to identify new marketing opportunities
  • Updates website content as needed, provide enhancements for SEO, and stay up to date with best practices for website content and user experience
  • Continuously seek new opportunities to strengthen brand awareness and build relationships within the veterinary industry
  • Assists in management of enterprise-wide integrated marketing campaigns across offline and online channels
  • Maintains awareness on best practice marketing techniques/tools
  • Manages various marketing projects with ability to prioritize tasks, meet project deadlines and communicate and distribute project information to relevant stakeholders
  • Assists in development of junior marketing team members by providing training and guidance on marketing-related processes and programs, as needed
  • Provides administrative support for various corporate-level projects and initiatives
  • Acts as company representative at industry events, as needed
  • Acts as a brand steward for all entities across the Blue River PetCare organization
  • Adheres to the company’s policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special projects

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of previous experience in a Marketing role (internships will not serve as a substitute for this requirement)
  • Ability to provide a portfolio of relevant work experience, including samples of graphic design pieces, social media posts, and writing samples
  • Strong graphic design, writing/editing, and creative skills
  • Strong working knowledge of current digital marketing practices including social media, email marketing, and SEO
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong prioritization, organization, and project management skills
  • Flexibility and drive to meet tight deadlines, assist on multiple projects and prioritize them appropriately
  • Ability to work well with people at all levels of the organization
  • Highly professional, with strong work ethic and self-direction
  • Veterinary industry experience or ability to develop a strong working knowledge of the industry

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Proficiency in content creation tools, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva
  • Proficiency in management of social networking sites, including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Strong knowledge of various marketing and analytics tools such as Google Analytics, CRM systems, content management systems
  • Working knowledge of project management tools, such as Monday and Basecamp
  • Exceptional writing skills, including composition, grammar, and spelling
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional time management and organization skills

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field preferred; or 5+ years of relevant work experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Remain in a seated position at least 75% of the time
  • Ability to navigate around the office to access file cabinets, supplies, office machinery, etc.
  • Ability to communicate with others via in-person verbal communication, as well as frequent emails and phone calls. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in these situations
  • Ability to utilize a computer, keyboard and mouse when working
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs
  • Must be able to travel domestically via plane and motor vehicle as needed

Supervision:
None

Work Location:
Hybrid

 

Blue River PetCare is a multi-state owner and operator of high-quality veterinary hospitals, with our corporate office located in downtown Chicago. We provide an exit strategy for owners of veterinary hospitals who are looking to reduce the headaches of business and diversify their asset base while continuing to practice or who are seeking to transition their practice as they consider retirement. We believe strongly in the local franchise and work with our hospitals to strengthen their existing hospital brands and carry on the legacies which have been established.

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

Apply

Human Resources Coordinator

Job Summary:

The Human Resources Coordinator will support various human resource functions throughout the
corporate office, including processing new hires and changes. This role requires strong communication
skills and an ability to independently manage multiple projects.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

• Collects and audits all required new hire paperwork and validates I9 documentation is compliant
and accurate
• Performs data entry in the payroll/HRIS system and manages the personnel action form
submission approval process, approving and entering new employee data, termination
processing, and employee changes
• Provides clinic management with HRIS system direction and creates kiosk links
• Responsible for the full-cycle recruitment process of entry-to-mid-level Corporate roles, including
job description creation, sourcing, screening, and coordinating in-person interviews
• Facilitates on-boarding for all corporate new hires
• Manages corporate off boarding communication with technology consultants and retrieves
company property
• Coordinates the corporate office safety program
• Maintains in-depth knowledge of hospital operations
• Assists with payroll, company benefit plans, deductions, and employee paperwork audits
• Oversees compliance posting requirements and vendor management for required state, federal,
local, and worker’s compensation postings
• Assists with benefits processing, benefit audits, and worker’s compensation coordination
• Prepares reports, presentations, memorandums, proposals and correspondence as needed,
maintains HR meeting notes
• Responds to Manager and employee inquiries and requests in a professional and timely manner
• Completes employment verifications, evidence of insurability submissions, unemployment claim
submissions
• Files all necessary paperwork into appropriate personnel folders
• Distributes mass mailings and communication to employee population
• Other duties and projects as assigned

Qualifications:

• Must be highly motivated self-starter with ability to take initiative and meet deadlines
• 2+ years of Human Resources experience preferred
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Must be detail oriented with strong organization skills
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects in a timely manner is essential
• Must maintain strict confidentiality regarding personnel information
• Requires a strong customer service orientation

Technical Skills:

• Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
• Experience with Payroll/HRIS systems is preferred

Education Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree desired, preferably in Human Resources or
    related field

Physical Requirements:

• Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time
• This position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, supplies,
and office machinery.
• This position frequently communicates with managers at remote locations using email and
phone. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in these situations.
• Frequent keyboarding/use of computer for data entry
• Occasionally moves equipment and supplies weighing up to 15 pounds
• Frequently communicates and collaborates with co-workers in the office

Supervision:
None

Work Location:
Chicago, IL

Blue River PetCare is a multi-state owner and operator of high-quality veterinary hospitals, with our corporate office located in downtown Chicago. We provide an exit strategy for owners of veterinary hospitals who are looking to reduce the headaches of business and diversify their asset base while continuing to practice or who are seeking to transition their practice as they consider retirement. We believe strongly in the local franchise and work with our hospitals to strengthen their existing hospital brands and carry on the legacies which have been established.

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

Apply

Business Development Specialist

Job Summary:

Our Business Development Specialists are tasked with identifying, qualifying, and building meaningful relationships with potential acquisition target hospitals for Blue River.  Candidate will be responsible for initiating 150+ unique outbound communications per week (cold calling, emailing, social media, etc.) to potential targets within the assigned territory, with the secondary objective of 100+ unique in person meetings per year with selling owners.  Candidate must be willing to travel extensively within their region and to several national veterinary conferences with an average of 2-3 trips per month expected. Candidate must be a motivated self-starter capable of utilizing existing leads as well as procuring new business leads. This position is remote (unless candidate is located in or near the corporate office in Chicago, IL).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain meaningful relationships with practice owners in assigned region
  • Advocate for Blue River PetCare as the most user-friendly acquisition company in the veterinary market
  • Regularly update Salesforce with notes and logs of lead activity
  • Obtain practice financial performance data and act as liaison during the business evaluation process
  • Directly involved in the signing and acquisition of target hospitals with yearly goals set by management

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • 5+ years industry experience required, preferred DVM or industry sales rep
  • Must be disciplined, ability to initiate outbound calls, emails, etc.
  • Must be willing to travel by any means required (auto, air, train, etc.)
  • Salesforce experience desired
  • Ability to read and understand business financials (Tax returns, profit and loss statements) desired
  • Strong phone etiquette and relationship building skills
  • Must be highly motivated self-starter
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects in a timely manner is essential

Physical Requirements:

  • Remain in a seated position at least 75% of the time
  • Ability to navigate around the office to access file cabinets, supplies, office machinery, etc.
  • Ability to communicate with others via in-person verbal communication, as well as frequent emails and phone calls. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in these situations
  • Ability to utilize a computer, keyboard and mouse when working
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs
  • Must be able to travel domestically via plane and motor vehicle as needed

Blue River PetCare is a multi-state owner and operator of high-quality veterinary hospitals, with our corporate office located in downtown Chicago. We provide an exit strategy for owners of veterinary hospitals who are looking to reduce the headaches of business and diversify their asset base while continuing to practice or who are seeking to transition their practice as they consider retirement. We believe strongly in the local franchise and work with our hospitals to strengthen their existing hospital brands and carry on the legacies which have been established.

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

Apply

Technical Accounting Manager

Job Summary:

The Technical Accounting Manager has a balance of technical accounting and reporting knowledge and
soft skills, including the ability to respond quickly to changing business needs. This individual will work
closely with the Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting to maintain compliance, implement new
accounting pronouncements, and oversee M&A in a highly acquisitive organization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

• Identification and application of technical accounting guidance to business situations under US
GAAP (ex: leases, business combinations, consolidation, joint ventures, etc.)
• Leads technical accounting adoption and implementation of new accounting pronouncements
• Main point of contact for other departments when they have questions around accounting
treatments and the application of GAAP
• Provides training to other team members and departments on new financial reporting
requirements and the impact this will have on their daily tasks
• Provides timely, insightful, actionable, and accurate financial reporting analysis
• Works closely with other departments to lead organizational projects and initiatives from an
Accounting perspective
• Completes monthly close activities, ensuring financial statements are accurately and
appropriately stated
• Leads the Accounting team in the due diligence phase for potential acquisitions as well as
onboarding newly acquired clinics to ensure a smooth transition to Blue River PetCare
• Oversees preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements and footnotes
• Complete & maintain the automated financial statement consolidation project
• Assists with year-end close and financial audits
• Provides training and mentoring to new and existing employees as needed
• Performs other duties as assigned, including special projects

Basic Qualifications:

• 5+ years of Accounting or Finance experience required, preferably in a Public Accounting setting
• Strong analytical and accounting skills are a must, possesses financial acumen
• Strong verbal and communication skills are necessary as this position will be required to present
complex information in a clear, digestible manner
• Excellent attention to detail with strong organizational skills
• Proven track record of successfully meeting deadlines while producing high quality work
• Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and
external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving, and results
• Ability to act and operate independently with minimal direction from manager to accomplish
daily tasks
• Strong time management and prioritization skills are a must in order to complete multiple
projects simultaneously

Technical Skills:

• Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
• Ability to independently research technical accounting standards and apply concepts
• Advanced proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel

Education Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is required; Master’s degree is plus
• CPA accreditation required

Physical Requirements:

• Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time
• The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file
cabinets, supplies, and office machinery.
• The person in this position frequently communicates with managers at remote locations using
email and phone. Must be able to exchange clear, accurate information in these situations.
• Occasionally moves equipment and supplies weighing up to 15 pounds
• The person in this position frequently communicates and collaborates with co-workers in the
office
• Frequent keyboarding/use of computer for data entry & analysis

Supervision:

• None

Blue River PetCare is a multi-state owner and operator of high-quality veterinary hospitals, with our corporate office located in downtown Chicago. We provide an exit strategy for owners of veterinary hospitals who are looking to reduce the headaches of business and diversify their asset base while continuing to practice or who are seeking to transition their practice as they consider retirement. We believe strongly in the local franchise and work with our hospitals to strengthen their existing hospital brands and carry on the legacies which have been established.

Diversity is embraced at Blue River PetCare and the uniqueness of all individuals is supported. All qualified applicants will be considered for all positions regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or ancestry.

Apply

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