Job Description

National Jewish Health/*National Jewish Health - Main Campus/Clinical Lab - Administration

Denver, CO

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Req # 12652

Position Summary    

The Inventory Specialist & Material Handler will track laboratory supplies and reagents and receive, stock, store, and track inventory used by the laboratory. This position will ensure an efficient, effective flow of inventory, including reducing months of supply on hand while ensuring inventory availability of high risk material.  The Inventory Specialist & Material Handler will provide support to all laboratory and find efficiencies of scale.

Essential Duties    

  1. Management of entire inventory process, including receipt, storage, and tracking of inventory.  Centralizes ordering of laboratory supplies, ensuring accurate assessment of just in time inventory availability with no shortages.  
  2. Delivers laboratory products and materials and tracks them in inventory management system. Assists in coordinating materials and inventory with laboratory schedules, including projected schedules.
  3. Evaluates inventory levels to reduce the months on hand of inventory, evaluating supply expenses, and capitalizing on ordering in bulk where cost efficient.
  4. Collaborates with Purchasing to negotiate lower rates of supply based on scale of combined laboratory ordering.
  5. Collaborates with laboratory supervisors and leads to develop proactively monitors expenses, works to lower cost of supplies, and proactively communicates with laboratories about inventory issues and improvements. Communicates shipment schedules and assists resolving discrepancies.  Ensures open and effective communication with the laboratory.
  6. Responsible for updating inventory management and projection of material needs. Maintains a working knowledge of inventory management tools including Excel, NJH System, LIS, IST tool, etc.
  7. Leads cost of goods analysis for each test in relation to the direct test cost of each reagent and material.  Ensures cost of goods is updated on a yearly basis, and more frequently to capture significant inventory savings.
  8. Other duties as assigned by management.


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Creativity: Supports and delivers initiatives, focuses well on vision or concept implementation, generates new ideas and assist with implementation
  3. Customer Focus: Proactively shares new knowledge with appropriate constituents, will look at processes and results with the laboratory in mind, and with the customer or patient in the forefront, brokers customer and physician relationships with other complementary service providers or departments, shares new knowledge with appropriate colleagues, clients and physicians as necessary.
  4. Drive for Results: Productivity is above expectations, balances achieving individual goals with providing value to laboratory, volunteers for additional projects and identifies new initiatives and fills in for staff absences, takes responsibility for accuracy and timeliness of work product.
  5. Informing Communicating:  Informs coworkers/leadership of when work product may be affected, Identifies key issues to pursue for maximum input rather than arguing every point, demonstrates ability to restate others’ positions accurately—reflecting both facts and feelings, maintains long-term objectives while resolving short-term challenges.
  6. Managing Work and Time/Project Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Effectively manages project(s) by appropriately focusing attention on the critical few priorities; effectively creates and executes against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements (i.e., budget); effectively evaluates planned approaches, determines feasibility, and makes adjustments when needed.
  7. Perseverance/Resourcefulness: Works to apply new approaches to existing challenges when delegated, is open-minded and will find new solutions when obvious problem or gap exists, validates accuracy of information collected, uses internal knowledge bases or best practices.
  8. Problem Solving: Considers customer implications and perceptions when approaching problems to proposing solutions, reconciles inconsistent details within SOPs or processes, able to identify problem or key issue, able to rapidly perform complex analysis, accurately assess situations, probes all potential sources for answers, can see hidden problems. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility    




Core Values    

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications


High school diploma or equivalent required. BS in science, business, or related degree preferred.

Work Experience    

A minimum of (1) one year of recent and related work experience required.

Special Training, Certification or Licensure    


Application Instructions

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