Abbott Planner/Buyer I in Atlanta, Georgia

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Planner/Buyer to ensure continuity of supply of materials needed for production and new product development teams. Activities include obtaining quotations, generating purchase orders, scheduling deliveries, communicating schedule impacts, and generating work orders.

Impact this role will have on Abbott:

  • Generates work orders and takes appropriate actions to manage the day-to-day build schedule.

  • Manages production orders to identify possible part shortages or significant changes in inventory.

  • Manages production orders in SAP, including engineering order set up and old order clean-up.

  • Generates purchase orders to support production and project requirements.

  • Communicates purchase order requirements to suppliers and take appropriate action for schedule adherence and continuity of supply.

  • Works closely with Global Planning, Operations, Engineering, Finance, and other functional areas to optimize inventory and minimize material shortages and disruption to Operations and/or development schedules.

  • Participates in supply chain initiatives and project teams.

  • Develops and maintains strong supplier relationships.

  • Coordinates the return of materials to suppliers.

  • Sets and maintains ERP system parameters (i.e. safety stock, lead time, etc.).

  • Files documents and/or records.

  • Supports company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.

  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Your experience(s), education and knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related business field (Supply Chain, Finance, Business Admin, etc.).

  • 1 to 4+ years’ experience in Procurement and Planning/Scheduling.

  • Knowledge of ISO, FDA QSR and cGMP. Strong understanding of lot control / traceability required.

  • Recent experience with large-scale MRP/ERP system, such as SAP or Oracle.

  • Strong proficiency with computer software, specifically Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

  • Strong keyboarding skills.

  • Strong understanding of current MRP/ERP, purchasing, planning, inventory management, and production principles.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • Proven ability to represent Company with outside suppliers in a professional manner.

  • Able to work independently and simultaneously manage multiple projects/priorities.

Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • Medical device manufacturing industry experience.

  • Professional certification in purchasing or materials management.

  • Strong understanding of lot control/traceability experience.

  • Proficiency with SAP.

  • Project management experience.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email