Procurement and Supply Manager

The Procurement and Supply Manager 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 the Company’s retail sales strategy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop supplier negotiation strategies to minimize cost while ensuring a steady uninterrupted supply of goods that meet the Company’s quality standards and delivery requirements
  • 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, discount, and marketing programs and hold vendors accountable to the terms of those programs
  • Drive continuous improvement in all aspects of the procurement process
  • Assist in developing procurement strategies for local practices including inventory and equipment
  • Negotiate and monitor reference lab contracts with local practices
  • Assist Accounts Payable in coordinating vendor invoice processes ensuring prompt payment
  • Assist in transitioning vendor accounts for new acquisitions to ensure appropriate terms are put into place
  • Create and/or modify internal processes and procedures to improve the efficiency of inventory replenishment
  • Develop working capital improvement strategies including the reduction of inventory days on-hand and the leveraging of vendor relationships and payment terms
  • Conduct training sessions to educate hospital managers on the Company’s inventory management policies and processes
  • Analyze data and activities with regard to procurement and inventory management activities across the different locations
  • Manage online sales platforms
  • Other duties and projects as assigned


  • 2-4 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; Master’s degree preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to travel domestically via plane and motor vehicle at least once a month
  • 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


  • 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.