Swedish Medical Center Pharmacy Buyer in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Medical Center is looking a Pharmacy Buyer (1.0 FTE, Days) at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, WA.

The Pharmacy Buyer works closely with pharmacy staff, purchasing materials, supplies, equipment and services for hospital use, ensuring availability when required, in a cost-effective manner.

In this position you will:

  • Place non-stock purchase orders accurately and completely to assure delivery of items or services as required by hospital departments.

  • Maintain storeroom inventory for selected items and review usage statistics, adjusting minimum/maximum levels as appropriate.

  • Verify availability and price of items at the time the order is placed and comply with formulary purchasing controls.

  • Enter purchase orders into electronic order entry (EOE) system(s) accurately and completely.

  • Maintain purchase order file for direct orders. Follow up and expedite orders as required.

  • Communicate with hospital personnel to provide information and assist in product and vendor selection.

  • Resolve shipping and invoice problems with respective vendors and prepares shipping authorization documents as required.

  • Review want lists, check product stock levels and place orders with wholesaler and manufacturers daily.

  • Prepare reports and provide information relative to purchasing issues as required by pharmacy management.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Completion of an approved pharmacy technician training program within twelve (12) months of hire

  • A current license to practice as a pharmacy technician in the State of Washington or license must be obtained within twelve (12) months of hire

  • Minimum combination of two years experience as a pharmacy technician in an acute care setting or as a buyer in a medical treatment facility

  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets

About the First Hill Campus

The 697-bed tertiary-care center on the Swedish/First Hill campus is the flagship of the Swedish health-care system. Swedish/First Hill has one of the most active and advanced birthing programs in Washington state and houses a Level III neonatal intensive-care unit. More surgeries are performed each year at Swedish/First Hill than at any other facility in the region; volumes include more total joint replacements than any other medical center in the state.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our Non-Profit Mission: Improve the health and well-being of each person we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the Greater Seattle Area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 183 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Great Puget Sound area. Swedish employs more than 13,000 employees and 4,200 physicians. Whether through physician clinics, health education, research and innovation or other means of outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Pharmacy & Pharmacy Support

Location: Washington-Seattle

Req ID: 159678