Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Associate Consultant in Chicago, Illinois


The Associate Consultant participates on project teams to help develop strategic contracting opportunities to improve the competitive position of the nationwide Blue System and assists in the economic and financial analysis of these opportunities. Through data collection and analysis, interviews, application of expertise, literature reviews and team interaction the Associate Consultant is responsible for assisting in structuring supplier relationships which provide strategic and tactical solutions for Blue Plans and the Blue System nationwide.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Participate on project teams and provide analytical support to help GPO/SBS meet needs of BCBS Plan and internal business clients.

  • Responsible for supporting the GPO through various activities such as: data collection and analysis, interviews, literature reviews, supplier relations and team interaction.

  • Able to co-manage a smaller RFP with a more senior employee

  • Able to support the categories of the practice area that within which they reside.

  • Prepares reports, written materials, spreadsheets, promotional materials and presentations to support the work within categories assigned.

  • Engage BCBS Plans; internal business partners and suppliers through various communication channels, meetings, presentations, webinars, conference calls and individual meetings.

  • Conducts market research to validate category performance, identifies trends/new opportunities and is a subject matter expert within the category. Ability to interact with stakeholder staff and external suppliers to lead in collecting information and conducting interviews/surveys. Able to compile a complete industry analysis for a category. Able to present the analysis in an approved format in a clear and concise manner. Able to present findings to management and workgroups.


Required Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one to three years related business experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Basic Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of business experience in Technology related Strategic Sourcing

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, General Business or a Technology field

  • An MBA with Marketing, Technology or Supply Chain emphasis

EEO Minorities/Gender/Disability/Veterans

Job ID 2017-2463

# of Openings 1

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago

Category Strategic Consulting