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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.

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
    • Secure acceptances and maintain 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

Education and Experience:

  • 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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Vendor Services Coordinator

Job Summary:

The Vendor Services Coordinator will be an integral part of the Company’s Operations team. The position is responsible for developing and maintaining corporate vendor partnerships with product manufacturers and distributors and for optimizing efficiencies at the clinic level. This role will be responsible for new partner hospital vendor integrations as well as ongoing vendor relationship management and support.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Monitor vendor network for compliance and quality in accordance with contractual requirements and guidelines
  • Conduct research and analysis of supplier spend and advise leadership on the financial impact of decisions to consolidate vendor spend or align with vendors on preferred product sales strategies
  • Manage supplier rebate and discount programs and hold vendors accountable to the terms of those programs
  • Act as a liaison between the vendor and various departments and clinics to resolve issues/concerns
  • Negotiate and monitor reference lab contracts with local practices
  • Assist in transitioning vendor accounts for new acquisitions to ensure appropriate terms are put into place
  • Assist in developing procurement strategies for local practices including inventory and equipment
  • Maintain and conduct regular audits of vendor pricing on web-based procurement platform
  • Assist Accounts Payable in coordinating vendor invoice processing ensuring prompt payment
  • Manage supplier documentation and process guides, including provider contacts, requirements for integrations, tax exemption process and/or overall process or relationship changes.
  • Responsible for supporting ongoing maintenance of vendor accounts for local practices
  • Manage online pharmacy platforms and work with clinics to ensure efficient usage
  • Support ongoing vendor services initiatives and projects
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of work experience desired
  • Experience strongly preferred in veterinary or similar industry where rebates/refund programs are prevalent with suppliers
  • Ability to multi-task and organize duties is essential
  • Excellent communication skills are critical

Technical Skills:

  • Must have strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time
  • 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.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates and collaborates with co-workers in the office
  • Frequent keyboarding/use of computer for data entry

Supervision:
None

Work Location:
Chicago, IL

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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Rewards Analyst

Job Summary:

The Rewards Analyst will facilitate the administration of the compensation program, evaluate program considerations, and analyze rewards as a component of compensation.  The successful candidate will be an independent self-starter with exceptional analytical and organizational skills, superb multi-tasking abilities and outstanding client service skills.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with human resources, business leaders, and other stakeholders to define positions requirements and compensation levels and to monitor and provide updates regarding agreed upon deliverables
  • Consults with business leaders on compensation matters such as the design, application, and value of various components of the total compensation package.
  • Provides rewards recommendations and alternatives to address Company business needs and objectives
  • Independently leads compensation initiatives and activities including developing and managing project plans. Provides analytical support and data analysis on rewards projects and metrics
  • Benchmarks compensation, bonus, total rewards, and position descriptions based upon a variety of factors
  • Participates in salary and benefits surveys, benchmarking, market research, and analysis for newly acquired & existing veterinary clinics, as well as corporate staff
  • Conducts complex analysis of practices, programs, and guidelines to evaluate program effectiveness, ensures compliance, and recommends enhancements
  • Participates in the administration of the annual performance evaluation & increase processes for corporate and hospital locations, as well as the annual corporate bonus process. Determines pro-rating when applicable, reviews market conditions and considerations, recommends annual percentage increase for budget purposes based upon competitive compensation data and published compensation projections
  • Ensures compliance with federal/state/local laws and regulations
  • Stays abreast of labor market trends and industry practices to recommend programs and positioning that will provide a competitive compensation approach
  • Evaluates external competitiveness and internal alignment of compensation and rewards programs
  • Identifies ways to operationalize and champion changes/enhancements to program offerings, provides cost metrics for plan adoptions and implementation scenarios
  • Assists in developing and presenting Human Resources and Manager rewards education and communications through various mediums
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including benefit administration and special projects

Qualifications:

  • CCP Certification preferred
  • 3+ years of compensation and rewards administrative and analytical experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with an HRIS/HCM system
  • Experience working with compensation laws and regulations
  • 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
  • Ability to effectively influence others and logically present data considerations to all levels of personnel

Technical Skills:

  • Strong demonstrated data manipulation skills with an affinity to easily learn new systems. Ability to generate and manipulate system(s) reporting
  • 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 Outlook with expert Excel software skills.

Education Requirments:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

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, 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

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 Supervisor

Job Summary:

The Benefits Supervisor manages all aspects of benefits administration, including plan design evaluation, cost analysis, new program implementation, and vendor relationship management. This position identifies opportunities for program design improvements and efficiencies while ensuring Blue River Petcare’s benefits packages remain competitive, employee focused, compliant, and cost effective. In addition, the Benefits Supervisor demonstrates subject matter expertise with strong operational and tactical capabilities, drives employee focused education initiatives, and ensures the accuracy of benefit program data.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Implements, integrates, and executes employee health and welfare benefit projects/programs and ensures strong plan performance, accuracy in benefits delivery, regulatory compliance, and cost containment.
  • Administers current plans and recommends/implements plans changes, policies, and processes
  • Performs more complex annual open enrollment activities, including coordinating stakeholders/resources for the delivery of benefit enrollment and developing effective communications to maximize employee understanding of benefit programs and system enrollment.
  • Designs and delivers open enrollment presentations and materials for employees.
  • Oversees benefits related compliance functions (i.e., ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, ACA, 5500s, Non-Discrimination testing), as well as Plan Documents, Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs), and Summary of Material Modifications (SMM).
  • Serves as a resource to colleagues on resolution of more complicated benefit issues, including working with carriers to resolve outstanding issues.
  • Tracks and monitors all Health and Welfare vendors to ensure accuracy in benefits delivery and strong plan performance, including resolution of claims and administrative issues.
  • Facilitates benefit communications, selections, renewal, administration, and plan design, along with policy and procedure development, implementation, and interpretation
  • Assists with the development and delivery of manager, new employee, and new clinic benefits training programs, webinars, and other tools/communication methods for delivering benefits education.
  • Maintains knowledge of benefit trends & regulations in Health & Welfare to ensure that latest trends/regulations are incorporated in the current and future benefit programs of the Company to help differentiate Blue River Petcare as an employer of choice.
  • Serves as a resource to team members and applicable internal/external stakeholders on more complex assignments/projects.
  • Identifies and recommends process improvements that significantly reduce workloads or improve quality for position’s assigned area(s) of responsibility.
  • Reviews procedures and processes and champions methods for improvement and facilitates implementation
  • Supervises Benefits Specialist
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special projects

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of previous Human Resources benefits experience, with demonstrated emphasis and success in plan audits
  • Strong working knowledge of employment law, including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, ACA, FMLA, 5500 reporting, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Previous experience working with multi-state entities is a plus
  • Exceptional oral, written, and presentation communication skills are necessary, including the ability to present complicated information in a digestible format
  • Proven self-starter with the skill to achieve results autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to respond to manager questions in a pleasant, timely, and easy-to-understand manner and demonstrate exceptional customer service skills. Possesses a strong ability to influence the actions of others.
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Proactive mindset to solve problems and research innovative ideas and technologies quickly
  • Demonstrated strong relationship management skills with internal clients (e.g. management, peers, and colleagues); proven ability to develop collaborative approaches.
  • Ability to identify and recommend processes improvements.
  • Possesses excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and multi-task while maintaining strict attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use sound judgment and discretion regarding confidential information.
  • Finds common ground and can gain collaboration among management, colleagues, and peers; can influence outcomes without directing or commanding.
  • Strong project management skills including critical ability to coordinate and balance multiple projects in a time-sensitive environment, under pressure, and meeting deadlines.

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Adept and experienced in Payroll/HRIS systems – Paycom experience a plus
  • Financial aptitude, ability to review and analyze data

Education Requirments:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field highly preferred
  • PHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-CP, and/or SHRM-SCP designation preferred
  • CEBS or CBP designation preferred

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
  • This position frequently communicates and collaborates with co-workers in the office
  • Up to 20% domestic travel required

Supervision:
None

Work Location:
Chicago, IL

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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Accounts Payable Clerk

Job Summary:

The Accounts Payable Clerk performs accounting and clerical tasks for Blue River PetCare clinics across the country, compiling, processing and maintaining accounts payable records.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reviews and verifies invoices and check requests
  • Sorts, codes, and matches invoices
  • Sets up and enters invoices and expense reports for payment into accounting system
  • Posts daily cash receipts and deposits on Excel spreadsheets
  • Monitors accounts for multiple locations to ensure payments are current
  • Researches and resolves invoice and/or payment discrepancies and issues with various vendors and disputes issues on behalf of the company
  • Creates and reconciles consolidated vendor statements and spreadsheets
  • Updates and maintains vendor database and various accounting spreadsheets
  • Maintains vendor information, including W9s and 1099 tax preparation and related issues
  • Assists with administrative and clerical tasks
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Excellent attention to detail is required
  • Proactive problem-solving skills are essential
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be flexible and willing to assist with tasks where needed
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service skills

Technical Skills:

  • Intermediate proficiency in the Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is a plus

Education Requirments:

  • Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree in Accounting preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time
  • Needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access 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.
  • 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

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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