Consultant, Supply Chain Inventory/Purchasing (Major/Rugby, Assist & Bulk-up)

What Supply Chain Inventory/Purchasing contributes to Cardinal Health
Operations is responsible for materials handling and product distribution in a distribution or manufacturing environment. Includes warehousing and fulfillment of materials and products, transportation, inventory management as well as demand, supply, and manufacturing planning.

The Supply Chain Inventory/Purchasing team is responsible for managing supplier relations at a tactical level by executing and expediting purchase orders. Supply Chain Inventory/Purchasing ensures the right quantity of products arrive in the right place, at the right time and cost. Assists in negotiating product and supply chain costs. Utilize terms and conditions of supplier contracts, work with internal customers to improve processes, and evaluate supplier performance that ultimately improves the supply chain.

Job Summary
The Consultant, Supply Chain Inventory/Purchasing assists management in identifying and prioritizing multiple projects. They will also be expected to lead small inter-departmental groups to help the Inventory Management team surpass goals and improve processes.


  • Utilizes influencing, communication, and collaborative skills to partner with all internal customers, repackagers, and external supplier partners to ensure timely delivery of products to assigned distribution centers and the efficiency of our supply chain.
  • Supports the team in meeting goals for Service Level, Days of Inventory on hand, purchase order expediting, and others as established by the management team.
  • Collaborates with others and builds strategic alliances globally; negotiates to build broad-based support and/or persuades others to influence important outcomes.
  • Possesses technical skills around purchasing systems and reporting tools (Tableau, MS Excel).   
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to manipulate Excel data. 
  • Runs and analyzes data from multiple data sources to understand the root cause of a problem or low metric and to have quality discussions with supplier partners.
  • Manages databases, gathers data prepared by demand analysts, evaluates data, and develops action plans to correct product supply.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve efficiency while providing flawless transactions and services.
  • Measures and evaluates the effectiveness of protocols, programs or deliverables.
  • Works to understand complex functional situations by paying attention to the details of the tasks at hand and by breaking them down into smaller pieces.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, or equivalent work experience, preferred
  • 3-5 years of project management and inventory/end to end Supply Chain concepts experience preferred
  • Experience with purchasing, planning, and reporting tools preferred (DFIO, SCORE, SAP, Alteryx, etc.)
  • Lean knowledge and Operational Excellence project creation and/or participation experience preferred
  • Strong analytical skills, proven ability to analyze data trends with the use of reporting tools and initiate action from findings preferred
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and high accountability
  • Identify and drive improvements using root cause problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills; ability to build rapport, understanding, and trust with all key stakeholders which translates into a reputable S&OP function
  • Effective with technical and nontechnical communications and audiences, active listening, and ability to adapt one’s style

What is expected of you and others at this level

  • Applies comprehensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of concepts, principles, and technical capabilities to perform varied tasks and projects
  • May contribute to the development of policies and procedures
  • Works on complex projects of large scope
  • Develops technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems
  • Solutions are innovative and consistent with organization objectives
  • Completes work; independently receives general guidance on new projects
  • Work reviewed for purpose of meeting objectives
  • May act as a mentor to less experienced colleagues

Anticipated salary range: $66,500 - $93,500

Bonus eligible: No

Benefits: Cardinal Health offers a wide variety of benefits and programs to support health and well-being.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid time off plan
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • 401k savings plan
  • Access to wages before pay day with myFlexPay
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Work-Life resources
  • Paid parental leave
  • Healthy lifestyle programs

Application window anticipated to close: 9/6/2024 *if interested in opportunity, please submit application as soon as possible.

The salary range listed is an estimate. Pay at Cardinal Health is determined by multiple factors including, but not limited to, a candidate’s geographical location, relevant education, experience and skills and an evaluation of internal pay equity.

Candidates who are back-to-work, people with disabilities, without a college degree, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Cardinal Health supports an inclusive workplace that values diversity of thought, experience and background. We celebrate the power of our differences to create better solutions for our customers by ensuring employees can be their authentic selves each day. Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.