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Procurement Specialist in Chicago, IL at Muscular Dystrophy Association

Date Posted: 8/6/2018

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    Chicago, IL
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Job Description

Position Description:

The Procurement Specialist manages the procurement process in a cost-efficient manner for all purchases made for the operation of MDA.  He/She reports to the Associate Director of Procurement but interacts with and supports all MDA locations, complying with all controls and audit standards of the procurement process.


  • Manage the procurement process from submission of purchase requests through payment of vendor invoice.
  • Ensure the completeness and accuracy of purchase requisitions and purchase orders. 
  • Resolve questions for MDA stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Negotiate with suppliers for best pricing and terms.
  • Competitively bid jobs that are not covered by contractual agreements.
  • Identify sources for special items, or requests that require quick turnaround.
  • Review submitted art files for compliance with MDA identity guidelines.
  • Manage the proof approval process in a timely manner, ensuring job requests are not delayed by missing approvals.
  • Monitor the inventory level for program materials, and notify program management when on hand inventory level has reached the reorder point.
  • Assess vendor pool and investigate potential new sources as necessary.
  • Manage front to back procurement for special events hosted the field.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.   


  • Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Dependability: Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Detail minded:  Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; monitor own work to ensure quality and organization.  Strong attention to detail while multitasking.
  • Customer Service:  Prioritizes internal and external interactions and responds appropriately.
  • Flexibility: Able to multitask in a changing work environment.  Manage competing demands and unexpected events. Willing to change approach to best fit the situation. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5 years of procurement or related experience.
  • Experience in Event Planning or Special Event procurement, preferred. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook.
  • Intermediate negotiation skills.
  • Accomplished interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels of the MDA organization and with outside suppliers.
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and organize efficiently.
  • Experience with print and apparel, preferred.

MDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.