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

We Are Hiring

Contract Design Agent - IT Contracting - Full-Time - Chicago, IL

What You Will Do

Job Summary:

The Contract Design Agent 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 Agent advances the development of technology contracts and pricing agreements through end-user engagement as assigned. The role pursues initiatives to provide cost-effective technology solutions that are consistent, dependable and clinically acceptable by Decision Teams, or user groups, by collecting solution and contract attributes from Ascension Technologies and end-users. Additionally, the agent is the contract administrator for contracts within assigned contract categories. As the contract administrator, the role acts as the escalation point for supplier issues as they pertain to the contracts. The agent collaborates closely with their counterparts in Ascension Technologies, The Resource Group Sourcing, and end-users.


  • 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 contract issue escalations from Vendor Management

  • Provides contract guidance and direction on assigned contracts

  • 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.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows Standard Precautions using personal protective equipment as required.

What You Will Need


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

  • Bachelor's degree is highly preferred.

  • Master's degree is preferred.

Preferred Experience:

  • 5+ years of global IT Infrastructure (Telecommunications, Datacenter, Compute, Storage, End-point) Management including solutioning and architecting

  • 5 years of outsourced vendor management (Resellers/VARs, Helpdesk, Network Support, System Integrators)

  • 3 years of Cloud (private, public, hybrid) migration and cost modeling experience

  • Extensive and multidisciplinary negotiation skills

  • Extensive RFx experience including eAuctions

Additional Preferences

Why Join Our Team

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: 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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