Lead Pharmacy Technician / Pharmacy Buyer – FT

Full Time Job Category: Allied Health Shift Type: Days
Arkansas Heart Hospital Little Rock, AR

Position Summary:

Responsible for assisting the pharmacist in the pharmaceutical care services for the hospital. Prepares and processes medication under the supervision of a pharmacist, checks nursing units for proper medication storage, performs bulk compounding and records patient or medication information on computer for validation of pharmacist, as required by State law. Prepares IVs and sets up TPN compounder for pharmacist compounding. Orders, stocks and transports pharmaceutical supplies as needed. Responds to patients, families, visitors and employees in a courteous, collaborative manner. Considers unique patient needs and demonstrates age-specific competencies.

Work Schedule

Flexible schedule to cover all shifts and weekends as hospital needs demand

Primary Duties

Supervisor Duties;

  1. Directly supervises other technicians to ensure that all duties are completed in a timely manner.
  2. Accountable for managing the day to day activities of the technician staff, scheduling technicians, and providing staff development.
  3. Accountable for maintenance of Automated Dispensing Machines (Omnicells).

Purchasing Duties

  1. Responsible for procuring and maintaining appropriate levels of drugs/supplies.
  2. Ensures compliance with purchasing contracts while complying with budget limitations and achieving a maximum inventory turnover rate.
  3. Communicates with staff, pharmacists, and physicians in real time concerning drug availability.
  4. Oversees receiving, storage, and return of medication to pharmacy wholesaler while maintaining invoicing for all purchases.
  5. Prepares Pharmacy department for monthly and quarterly inventory.
  6. Functions as a Pharmacy Technician II as required.

Patient Care:

  1. Performs skills specific to the licensure requirements of this position.
  2. Completes work in accordance with department and hospital policies and procedures.
  3. Ensures work is thorough and accurate.
  4. Able to respond to variation in workload.
  5. Demonstrates willingness to learn.
  6. Willingly accepts additional duties and responsibilities as requested by the pharmacist.
  7. Demonstrates effective organizational skills.
  8. Requires minimal supervision.
  9. Shows initiative and self-direction.
  10. Has knowledge of department and hospital policies and procedures as related to this position.
  11. Demonstrates good mathematical skills.
  12. Documents and communicates information in a clear and legible manner.
  13. Documents in the appropriate areas.
  14. Ensures documentation is complete and done in a timely manner.
  15. Ensures documentation reflects the performance of the appropriate scope of duties for the Pharmacy Technician.
  16. Achieves and maintains appropriate level of computer skills to perform duties.
  17. Maintains confidentiality and privacy of patients and families at all times.
  18. Acts in a professional, respectful manner in the workplace. Treats patients, families and co-workers with dignity and respect at all times. Accepts direction and delegation in a positive, professional manner.
  19. Demonstrates a consistent awareness of patient, family and staff safety, including infection control risks.
  20. Completes continuing education courses as required to maintain technician certification annually.
  21. Maintains IV certification by completing didactic course / exam yearly.
  22. Prepares basic IVs under the supervision of a pharmacist.
  23. Sets up IV compounder for cardioplegic and TPN solution preparation by a pharmacist.



  • Education: High school diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Licensure/Certification: Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy Technician License; National technician certificate required; IV certification preferred.
  • Experience: None required. Hospital pharmacy experience preferred.