This is a federally funded position and is subject to available grant funds
Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.
What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.
Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we're seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of WIC Vendor Cost Containment Senior Analyst with the WIC Program under the Division of Health Promotion in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Under limited supervision, analyzes customer business needs and participates in the planning, design and implementation of new or enhanced systems. Establishes standards and procedures to be used in the development of systems. Serves as highest advanced level subject matter expert, providing authoritative guidance for professional staff. May also serve in a lead role.
Job Summary – “About the Position”:
The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.
The agency is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Vendor Cost Containment Senior Analyst within the Division of Health Promotion / Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.
Reporting to the WIC Vendor Analytics and Cost Containment Manager, responsible for providing detailed vendor management food cost and pricing analysis to generate effective pricing and food cost containment strategies for the WIC program to ensure adherence to state and federal regulations and to minimize overall food cost for the Program.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Works internally across the WIC Program and DPH, as well as externally with other state WIC Programs, Regional USDA team and vendor associations to identify and share best practices and to strategize and develop cost containment and pricing strategies that minimize overall food costs.
Manages the collection of the quarterly retail Shelf Price Survey data to provide detailed analysis, identify trends and to set pricing methods that align with the cost containment strategies; communicates to Vendor Relations and Administration team appropriate pricing ranges by peer groups.
Performs detailed analysis of reimbursement amounts for vendors to identify trends and potential compliance issues.
Works with WIC Finance regularly to monitor and analyze infant formula reimbursements and coordinate WIC banking activities related to validation and fraud identification (e.g., reviewing bank exception reports and cumulative unmatched vouchers).
Establishes and distributes regular, robust reports and analysis related to cost containment, pricing, and redemption trends; provides analysis and data required by USDA within the specified timeframes.
Provides subject matter expertise, data integration and design support to Information Technology teams regarding the development, implementation, and monitoring of effective vendor management technology systems to drive maximum automation and increase data quality and integrity.
Provides insight and input on updating WIC policies and guidelines related to nutrition, operations, vendor management, cost containment and pricing strategies and guidelines.
Implements abstract policies and methodologies to design real world analyses and reports
Participates as needed in the Vendor Advisory Group to enhance communication, awareness and collaboration on vendor related policies, procedures, and support
Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years in a related position OR Associate's degree in a related field from an accredited college AND Three years of related experience, with at least Two years in a related position OR Two years at the lower level (ITP062) or equivalent.
Preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the minimum qualification possess the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field and Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, or Statistics
2 years of custom programming experience and cost modeling experience
Experience coordinating data gathering and synthesis on a large scale of diverse participants
3 years of data analysis and data driven reporting experience
Adept at using Software programming language tools such as R, SAS, STATA, ACL Robotics, or Python
Database Management skills: Oracle, SQL, statistics, data analytics
Strong creative problem-solving skills, specifically related to new process design and implementation
Ability to create and effectively communicate data driven strategy recommendations
Ability to build strong partnerships and relationships across multiple functions, locations, and governmental agencies (i.e., state, local and federal)
Able to work effectively in a high paced, changing environment
Strong project management skills
Strong written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Strong team orientation, with the ability to work effectively across multiple stakeholder groups
Public sector and/or Grocery industry experience
Supply chain management experience
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, Excel)
Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.
The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.
Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.
DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.
The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.
As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.
If you re...quire accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.
DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.