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Senior Buyer



Full Time

On Site


Irving, Texas, United States

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health. Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.

  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO

  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution

  • Tuition reimbursement, the [Register to View] target="_blank">Freedom 2 Save student debt program and [Register to View] target="_blank">FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.

  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists


Our location in Irving, TX currently has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Buyer. The Senior Buyer will be 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.

What You’ll Work On:

Under minimal direction, and in compliance with established policies and procedures, the senior buyer 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.

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

  • Develop and execute processes to manage the flow of materials and finished goods between suppliers, manufacturing operations and distribution centers. Manage 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 various types of purchase orders. Perform Purchasing review and approval of engineering changes.

  • Participate 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. 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, 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 100%

  • Provide Purchasing support for New Product Introduction (NPI) projects as assigned. Participate in lead cost reduction initiatives. Perform other duties as required.

  • Conduct quarterly business reviews with suppliers. Conduct presentation to senior management on responsibilities.

  • Support TPM’s and extended Abbott staff in Singapore. Negotiate pricing agreements/contracts.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Minimum 8-10 years of Purchasing/Planning experience, preferably from a medical device manufacturing environment.

  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and procedures employed in the acquisition of material, supplies, finished goods, equipment and services.

  • Knowledge of order management principles, methods and procedures.

  • Direct supplier relationship experience.

  • Knowledge of Material Requirements Planning, Master Production Scheduling, and Production Scheduling processes and systems.

  • Knowledge of inventory planning, control and analysis processes and techniques.

  • Well developed written, oral and interpersonal skills.

  • Proficient with use of various software applications such as MS Word, Excel, Access, etc.


  • Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred.

  • 8 or more years' experience purchasing electromechanical components and PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) from any of the following highly-regulated manufacturing companies/industries: Medical Device, Defense/Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, etc.

  • Proven experience/ success record with contract negotiations.

  • Very knowledgeable of Excel (e.g. v-lookups, macros) and Power BI

  • Parts/component buying for manufacturing operation

  • Experience using Oracle for MRP database (or JD Edwards)

  • Lean Six Sigma certified

* Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

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