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Director, Sterile Processing and Surgical Inventory

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday 
Employment Type:  Full-Time


The Director, Sterile Processing and Surgical Inventory is responsible for providing system-wide leadership for the process for sterilization and high-level disinfection of surgical instruments. They also are responsible for ensuring our surgical centers have the necessary supplies needed for daily surgical procedures.


This role reports to the VP, Surgical Services. Approximately 95 Sterile Processing and Surgical Inventory professionals report through this leader.


This role offers a tremendous opportunity to lead a team that assists our surgical teams perform life changing procedures for kids in their most urgent time of need.


  • Oversee and manage the processing for sterilization and high level disinfection throughout the healthcare system with direct accountability within the hospitals and indirect accountability for ambulatory areas.
    • Provide and monitor adherence to Children’s policies and regulatory bodies including Joint Commission, CDC, OSHA and AAMI standards;
    • Ensure continual accreditation readiness with sterilization and high level of disinfection; and
    • Ensure surgical instruments are prepared per standards, in good condition and available as needed.
  • Oversee and manage the procurement, distribution, and budget for surgical inventory.
    • Manage process to ensure new supply procurement process is efficient and effective and complied with;
    • Work collaboratively with System Supply Chain team to develop and maintain effective and consistent practices;
    • Ensure physical inventory counts are conducted per standards and reported to finance; and
    • Continually identifies and executes opportunities for supply standardization and cost reduction, through collaboration with the service line team and physician leaders utilizing the value analysis process.
  • Provide superior customer service duties by interacting with internal and external customers (physicians, patients, parents, co-workers) in a professional and courteous manner maintaining cohesiveness of the department.
  • Establish, coordinate, and maintain an organizational structure which promotes multi-disciplinary collaborative practices, participatory involvement, innovation, fiscal accountability, strategic planning and development, outcome-focused goal setting, adequate and effective resource allocation, and customer service for the Surgical Inventory and Sterile Processing Departments.
  • Make recommendations for space and other resources needed by the department, makes staff recommendations to support inventory and sterile processing functions, and ensures the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services, and create and maintain effective physician and intradepartmental relationships.
  • Monitor and report critical success factors for the department, including financial indicators, customer satisfaction, quality, and compliance with budgetary and fiscal goals.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs to promote the recruitment, retention, professional development, and continuing education of clinical staff in the departments.
  • Ensure appropriate information systems and databases are available to support surgical services inventory management and sterile processing.


Minimum of five (5) years of experience leading a Sterile Processing Department and a minimum of three (3) years of experience leading surgical inventory management in a high acuity hospital setting.


A Bachelor’s degree in a health related field, logistics, or management.


  • Strong analytical skills. Able to analyze supply usage, determine opportunities for cost containment without sacrificing quality, and translate the findings into compelling messages.
  • Ability to develop and plan, execute/adjust, and get sustainable results.
  • Strong technology orientation. Proven ability to improve processes and throughput using technology solutions.
  • Ability to review standards and determine best method for ensuring compliance.
  • History of building and fostering trusting, sustainable relationships, both internally and externally. Able to collaborate and partner with other subject matter experts and departmental leaders.
  • Active listener. Able to communicate with surgeons and clinical leaders using empathy and active listening skills.
  • High level of service orientation—responsive to the needs of surgeons, clinical staff, and patients.
  • Strong track record of developing and engaging a team—build trust, mentor, regular check-ins, situational leadership, etc. Approachable and enthusiastic leader who is accessible and visible to the team on a regular basis.
  • Self-motivated and directed, possessing an ability to motivate others.
  • Strong business acumen and results orientation.
  • An individual of the highest integrity with high levels of energy, maturity, and honesty.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and MS Project.


  • No professional certifications required


Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.


About Us:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 28 neighborhood locations and a total of 638 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 70 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for thirteen consecutive years and named one of the “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values. We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country. Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. 

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Requisition #:  29052     
Location:  Scottish Rite  -  1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA  30342
Function:  Leadership/Management - Director/Senior Director

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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