Abbott Buyer/Planner II - Structural Heart - Menlo Park in Menlo Park, California

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.

The Buyer/Planner II is responsible for obtaining materials, components, and equipment. Process requisitions and create Purchase Order (PO) execute transactions in an efficient, accurate manner, and according to Division and Corporate policies. Work closely with Category Managers, site Material Production Planners, and key partners in the Division. Provide vendor reliability data, monitor cost, and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure best quality at best value. Minimize the total cost of transactions without affecting service levels.

Creates and processes purchase orders, direct and indirect, in accordance with documented procurement processes to include, subcontract purchase orders, third party manufacturing orders, and purchase order changes.

Executes procurement plans, reports supplier performance, aligns with contracts, and processes purchase requests, while ensuring the timely and uninterrupted flow of materials between suppliers and site.

Communicates with Management and Stakeholders purchase order status.

Manages orders through completion and executes closures once fulfilled.

Interacts with suppliers and is responsible for maintaining and, enhancing good business relationship between Abbott and suppliers.

Communicate component specifications to suppliers.

Mitigate invoicing issues.

Updates vendor performance data.

Supports development of supplier scorecards and Service Level Agreements (SLA).

Manage the implementation of suppliers (including ensuring the ordering of appropriate first articles and validations).

Facilitate cost savings and quality improvement projects through purchasing.

Manages material master data in ERP.

Uses continuous improvement to establish metrics, drive KPIs, standardize and automate tactical activities over time.

Support site projects that contribute to organizational goals.

Provides audit support of purchasing policies and procedures.


(Influence/Leadership) Cultivates a wide range of internal networks and begins to develop an external network of resources to facilitate completion of tasks.

May demonstrate basic project management skills by acting as a project lead on small, well defined projects.

Provides guidance to less experienced staff.

Influence exerted at peer level and occasionally at first levels of management. (Planning/Organization) Plans, organizes, and prioritizes own daily work routine to meet established schedule. (Decision Making/Impact) Exercises authority and judgment within defined limits to determine appropriate action.

Failure to achieve results or erroneous decisions or recommendations may cause delays and may result in the allocation of additional resources.

Completes daily work to meet established schedule with guidance from supervisor on prioritization of tasks (Scope) includes but not limited to : Understanding process improvement Understanding of procurement technologies and tools Organized in planning and good time management skills Understands negotiation and conflict resolution Capable of using sourcing tools with an understanding of supply chain management Good communication skills, written and verbal.


Note: This job description is not to be considered an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements and does not limit the assignment of additional duties for this role.

Bachelor degree and a minimum of 5 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. A good understanding of specified functional area. (Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills)) Working knowledge and application of business concepts, procedures and practices. Will perform this job in a quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.; 3. (Cognitive Skills) Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Has a general knowledge of technical alternatives and an understanding of their impact on the systems environment. Good working knowledge of procurement concepts, procedures, and practices: - Contracting and supplier management - Commercial and contracting terms and negotiations - Procurement tools - Master data management

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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