Pharmacy Technician, Materials Management

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 100% onsite


The Pharmacy Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute places emphasis on the values of reliability, professionalism, cooperation, teamwork, communication, positivity and inclusiveness.   The Pharmacy Technician II, Materials Management is responsible for providing support to pharmacy operations under the supervision of a
licensed pharmacist. 

The Pharmacy Technician II, Materials Management will staff in Pharmacy locations/areas as required.  Additional responsibilities may include participating in special projects and providing support to the Research Pharmacy by receiving and tracking packages.

This position’s work location is onsite, full-time on campus in Boston, Longwood Medical Area.  

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Click here to see a video of a "Day in the life of a Pharmacy Technician at Dana-Farber".  


Pharmacy Technician Duties:

  • Utilizes multiple systems such as EHR (Electronic Health Record), Inventory Management Systems, Medication storage equipment, and other systems to complete and document duties. Identify issues and report as necessary.
  • Maintains the Pharmacy inventory: receiving, sorting, stocking, replenishment rotation of stock and expiration date checking.
  • Performs and documents quality control steps as required for safety and regulatory requirements (e.g. cycle counting, outdated meds, etc.).
  • Communicates and escalates issues or problems.
  • May be assigned to cross-cover other locations or areas (e.g. processing room, outpatient, etc.).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 Materials Management Technician Duties:

  • Receive orders from DFCI vendors and/or sponsors following established procedures including quality control steps to ensure proper entry of data in pharmacy systems.
  • Transport inventory and supplies as necessary to storage locations daily.
  • Participates in special projects as assigned.
  • Provides support as necessary for Research pharmacy by receiving and tracking packages, and welcoming on-site vendors.
  • Participates in physical inventory every six months.


Minimum Education:  
High School graduate or currently enrolled in an accredited entry-level degree program for Pharmacy or related field.

Minimum Experience:
2 years of pharmacy technician experience, with at least 1 year of experience of compounding, outpatient/retail, or inventory management experience.

Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy Registration as a Pharmacy Technician. National Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCB) must be obtained within 1 year of hire date.


  • Ability to utilize pharmacy technology systems.
  • Ability to independently troubleshoot issues and assist in resolution or escalation to the appropriate resource.
  • Ability to treat all others (fellow pharmacy staff, patients, nurses, providers, support personnel, etc.) with the utmost professionalism and respect.
  • Ability to effectively work within a collaborative team-focused environment.
  • Participate in department meetings and functions to promote a successful and efficient pharmacy workgroup.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills (ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment).
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to adjust work time and schedule to meet daily demands in fast-paced environment.
  • Able to lift large boxes and delivery packages, as much as: 30 lbs.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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