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Supply Chain Technician I

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Under general supervision, performs and coordinates specialized work associated with the dispensing of medical-surgical supplies, patient care equipment and medical implants throughout the medical center/hospital through the use of electronic supply chain management systems.  Provides liaison services between supply chain leadership, nurses, and health care professionals in acquiring the desired products or services according to the defined schedule.



  • Provides customer service for the department and assists nurses and other healthcare professionals with a sense of urgency.  Performs value-added activities, which result in positive financial performance and customer satisfaction.

  • Reviews, monitors and orders medical-surgical supply inventory to maintain established par levels.   

  • Counts inventory, transmits orders to vendors, solves problems when there are shortages/outages, maintains the central medical-surgical supply area and provides delivery timelines.  Recommends operational and policy revisions to improve health care service costs and/or increase revenues.

  • Maintains a basic knowledge of electronic hospital-based supply chain management systems and how to efficiently access all basic functions.  Maintains the accuracy of medical-surgical supply inventory by properly accounting for all inventory transactions in the inventory software system.

  • Works as part of a team in order to ensure medical-surgical supplies are available where and when they are needed in order to provide excellence in patient care.

  • Ensures accurate patient billing by capturing all patient charges for medical-surgical supplies.  Ensures staff cross-reference items as appropriate.

  • Maintains knowledge of reporting system and ability to utilize reports and resolve all discrepancies.  Reports usage history data to management team and clinicians.

  • Places safety stock in proper location keeping storage and supply areas neat and organized. 

  • Performs miscellaneous tasks throughout the medical center as assigned.


Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.


  • Knowledge of distribution and applying procedures, methods, and techniques commonly used in receiving, warehousing, and distribution products.

  • Knowledge of proper lifting and bending techniques as well as operating manual and electric powered handling equipment.

  • Ability to interpret and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to prepare and maintain stock records, reports and inventories.

  • Ability to perform proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and others as required.

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with employees, supervisors, and external parties.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work with material management processes and computerized inventory control systems updating receiving, warehousing, and distribution transactions.


  • One year of work related experience in supply management receiving, warehousing, and distribution setting; or

  • Any combination of such experience and/or post high school education that totals one year.

  • Possession of appropriate driver’s license as required.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and driver's license verification.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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