Abbott Sr. Buyer in Irving, Texas

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.


Responsible for the planning, procurement, on time delivery, and inventory level of assigned commodities and spend categories including material, supplies, finished goods, equipment and services.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Under minimal direction, and.

  • In compliance with established policies and procedures.

  • Performs the following for assigned commodities and spend categories:

  • Responsible for maintaining MRP/MPS item master and order rules in the ERP system, including: unit of measure, order multiplier, min/max order quantity, ABC code, lead time, BOM maintenance, and standard material cost.

  • Analyzes demand to develop build schedules and supplier rolling forecasts.

  • Develops and executes processes to manage the flow of materials and finished goods between suppliers, manufacturing operations and distribution centers.

  • Manages worldwide distribution levels for assigned commodities.

  • Responsible for implementation and maintenance of Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI) systems.

  • Responsible for the acquisition, scheduling and delivery of material and/or finished goods based on MRP output.

  • Responsible for the acquisition of material, supplies, equipment and services based on manual or electronic purchase requisitions.

  • Responsible for ensuring all purchases are properly authorized.

  • Responsible for Purchase Order data accuracy.

  • Ensure all purchases comply with established requirements.

  • Responsible for in transit status tracking and timely receipt of purchased items.

  • Process, negotiate and manage blanket purchase orders.

  • Perform Purchasing review and approval of engineering changes.

  • Participates in the MRB disposition of rejected component materials and insures timely resolution to support production schedules, responsible for Return to Vendor (RTV) process and contacts supplier to obtain Return Material Authorization (RMA) for goods dispositioned as RTV.

  • Provide Purchasing input to backorder management system.

  • Provide purchasing analyses in support of excess and obsolete inventory management for assigned commodities.

  • May participate in Business Reviews and Audits of Tier 1 suppliers.

  • Resolve supplier issues as required.

  • Prepare Request for Information (RFI), Request for Quote (RFQ), and Request for Proposal (RFP) as required.

  • Perform price analysis.

  • Support development of negotiation strategies, and participate in negotiations as assigned.

  • Promote and maintain positive working relationship among staff and suppliers.

  • Maintain supplier diversity system and support established supplier diversity goals.

  • Maintain required training compliance at 98 or greater.

  • Provide Purchasing support for New Product Introduction (NPI) projects as assigned.

  • Participate in cost reduction initiatives.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Bachelor Degree preferred. Minimum 8-10 years of Purchasing/Planning experience, preferably in a medical device manufacturing environment. 1.Knowledge of the principles, methods and procedures employed in the acquisition of material, supplies, finished goods, equipment and services. 2.Knowledge of order management principles, methods and procedures. 3.Direct supplier relationship experience. 4.Knowledge of Material Requirements Planning, Master Production Scheduling, and Production Scheduling processes and systems. 5.Knowledge of inventory planning, control and analysis processes and techniques. 6.Well developed written, oral and interpersonal skills. 7.Proficient with use of various software applications such as MS Word, Excel, Access, etc.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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