Job Description

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is a local, independent Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and a not-for-profit health insurance company headquartered in Phoenix. Founded in 1939, the company has more than 1,800 dedicated employees throughout its Phoenix, Tucson, Chandler and Flagstaff offices. Providing health insurance products, services and networks to more than 1 million Arizonans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona offers various health plans for individuals, families, and small and large businesses. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona also offers Medicare supplement plans to individuals over age 65.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona helps to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life of Arizonans by delivering a variety of health insurance products and services to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and small and large businesses as well as providing information and tools to help individuals make better health decisions.

Internal use only-grade 25-30

The Strategic Sourcing Specialist is responsible for partnering with the organization to facilitate sourcing activities that support corporate strategy, drive the lowest total cost of ownership, and fuel growth across the enterprise. In addition, develop sourcing strategies to reduce costs, minimize risk, increase efficiency in the sourcing process, and identify opportunities in the marketplace.



Required Work Experience

  • 5 years of experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and related functions (Applies to level 1)
  • 8 years of experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and related functions (Applies to level 2)

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Procurement, or related field of study.


Preferred Work Experience

  • 8 years of experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and related functions (Applies to level 1). Healthcare Payer experience a plus.
  • 10 years of experience in in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and related functions (Applies to level 2). Healthcare Payer experience a plus.

Preferred Education

  • Master’s degree in  in Supply Chain, Procurement or related field of study


  • Execute and lead the sourcing events, activities including but not limited to: issuing RFx, analyzing data from proposals, negotiating terms and conditions, preparing NDAs, creating SOWs
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organization and key business stakeholders to understand strategic sourcing needs and work across the organization to develop business requirements and execution plans
  • Ability to lead contract negotiations for negotiating prices, terms, and conditions
  • Identification of suitable suppliers, and ensure proper due diligence and onboarding processes are followed
  • Analyze spend data/trends to identify recommendations and to provide for support strategic sourcing initiatives
  • Act as a consultant to other teams and personnel, among others, for unusually large or complex strategic procurement.
  • The position requires a full-time work schedule. Full-time is defined as working at least 40 hours per week, plus any additional hours as requested or as needed to meet business needs
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Required Job Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Able to communicate effectively to all stakeholders.
  • Proven skills in developing and executing an effective negotiation strategy
  • Extensive experience in sourcing and application of procurement best practices
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills

Required  Professional Competencies

  • Able to effectively build relationships with employees at all levels within the organization (front line to executive management).
  • Understanding of contracts and business, legal & financial terms and conditions including business specific requirements
  • Strong project leadership and group leadership skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong analytical skills

Our Commitment

BCBSAZ does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected group.

Thank You

Thank you for your interest in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.  For more information on our company, see  If interested in this position, please apply.

Imagine doing life-changing work and helping more than one million Arizonans live healthier and longer lives. That’s the kind of satisfaction you’ll find when you work here. Our exceptional teams in Phoenix, Tucson, Chandler, and Flagstaff have been transforming healthcare for more than 80 years. Explore what's possible with a career at Blue Cross® BlueShield® of Arizona

Posted 30+ Days Ago

Full time


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