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Ascension Health Contract Design Manager - IT Contracting in Chicago, Illinois

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Contract Design Manager - IT Contracting - Full-Time - Days - Chicago IL and/or Remote - The Resource Group

What You Will Do

The Contract Design Manager is responsible for facilitating the identification and development of national contracting strategies for Information Technology that support Ascension and participants of The Resource Group GPO in close collaboration with Ascension Technologies senior leadership and key stakeholders. The Contract Design Manager advances the development of technology contracts and pricing agreements as assigned and develops Contract Design Agents to perform similar tasks. The role conducts market research and facilities Decision Teams, or user groups, to define technology and contract attributes that are consistent, dependable and clinically acceptable. Additionally, the Manager is the contract administrator for contracts within assigned contract categories. As the contract administrator, they act as the escalation point for supplier issues as they pertain to the contracts. The Manager collaborates closely with their counterparts in Ascension Technologies, The Resource Group Sourcing, and end-users. The Manager develops direct reports to successfully manage their assigned contracts and facilitate Decision Teams. The role requires information technology experience and knowledge competencies in such areas as healthcare technology, infrastructure, distributed architecture, cloud computing, technology hardware and software, technology services, data management and reporting, registries, and/or security.


  • Engages end-users, Ascension Technologies, and The Resource Group leaders to document solution attributes for the development of contracts that meet stakeholder needs

  • Collects and coordinates expert guidance and market research within contract categories to assist in solution development for Decision Teams, or user groups, to make informed contracting decisions

  • Coordinates communications, agendas, and follow-ups with Decision Teams as needed to meet objectives

  • Facilitates communication of clinically or operationally relevant information such as related product recalls/alerts, contract announcements and other communication strategies

  • Works collaboratively with Sourcing counterparts to form category negotiation strategies and report regularly to senior leadership on key contracting metrics

  • Mitigates supplier issue escalations from Vendor Management

  • Provides contract guidance and direction on assigned contracts

  • Develops agents to perform contracting duties

  • All other duties as assigned

    Complexity of Work:

  • Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a stressful environment.

What You Will Need


  • High school diploma/GED with 2 years of experience, or Associate's degree, or Bachelor's degree required.

Work Experience:

  • 3 years of experience required.

  • 5 years of experience preferred.

  • 1 year of leadership or management experience preferred.

Additional Preferences

  • Bachelor's degree is highly preferred.

  • Master's degree is preferred.

  • RFP experience is highly preferred.

Why Join Our Team

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all. In FY2020, Ascension provided $2.4 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes more than 160,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers across a national network of ministries. We offer rewarding careers across more than 2,600 sites of care – including 146 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Ascension is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and affords equal opportunity to all associates and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.For further information regarding your EEO rights, click on the following link to the “EEO is the Law” poster:http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdfEEO is the Law Poster SupplementPlease note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.

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