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Patterson Companies, Inc. Regulatory Specialist - Controlled Substances in St. Paul, Minnesota


This position supports Patterson’s Pharmaceutical Distribution business related to the Controlled Substance Monitoring Program (CSMP). The Specialist will be responsible for ensuring compliance to DEA regulations regarding controlled substances, State regulations of controlled substances and internal due diligence SOP’s. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to, conducting customer due diligence; leveraging tools, reports, and data; and documenting findings in accordance with CSMP policies and procedures.


  • Conduct due diligence of prospective or existing customers related to controlled substances. Reviews may include conducting state license and DEA registration checks, open-source research, analysis of internal or external data or the use of other available information.

  • Performs thorough reviews of controlled substance orders of interest as part of the Suspicious Order Monitoring program. Determine whether to release, investigate or escalate a customer in accordance with SOM policies and procedures.

  • Review and analyze data to support due diligence efforts and identify/validate controlled substance trends or customer profiles.

  • Liaison with customers or Patterson Sales personnel to obtain additional information as needed.

  • Write reports, document due diligence activities and maintain customer due diligence files in accordance with CSMP policies and procedures.

  • Stay current on product and geographic abuse and diversion trends as well as industry trends, best practices and DEA guidance.

  • Seek opportunities to improve operational excellence of controlled substances related polices and procedures.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested;


Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in a related regulatory or investigative field.

  • Knowledge of controlled substances and diversion trends is preferred.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including writing reports.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • The ability to analyze a variety of information sources to make informed decisions.

  • Organized and detailed oriented. Ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task.

  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office tools and the ability to learn new tools (i.e. Tableau).

  • Ability to develop trust and credibility at all levels of the organization and maintain confidentiality.

  • Highly motivated and self-driven with the ability to work efficiently with limited supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Federal and State government laws and regulations related to controlled substances.

  • Knowledge or experience monitoring controlled substances and diversion trends.

  • Experience conducting due diligence or investigations.

  • Experience with SAP or other reporting and analytics tools.

  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions.

EEO Statement

Patterson Companies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul

Requisition ID 2021-11645

# of Openings 1

Position Category Operations

Company Patterson Companies, Inc. (Corporate)

Position Type Regular Full-Time

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Patterson Companies, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors.