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Senior Buyer (31005011)





Westford, Massachusetts, 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.

About Abbott

For years, Abbott’s medical device businesses have offered technologies that are faster, more effective, and less invasive. Whether it’s glucose monitoring systems, innovative therapies for treating heart disease, or products that help people with chronic pain or movement disorders, our medical device technologies are designed to help people live their lives better and healthier. Every day, our technologies help more than 10,000 people have healthier hearts, improve quality of life for thousands of people living with chronic pain and movement disorders, and liberate more than 500,000 people with diabetes from routine fingersticks.

Abbott Vascular provides innovative, minimally invasive and cost-effective products for treatment of vascular disease. Our extensive portfolio includes drug-eluting stents, bare metal stents, guide wires, balloon dilatation catheters, imaging catheters and software, vessel closure devices and peripheral stents

Our location in Westford, MA, currently has an opportunity for a Senior Buyer.


Working without appreciable direction, purchases raw materials, sub-assemblies, products and services in conformance with approved purchase orders at the lowest cost consistent with considerations for quality, reliability of source and urgency of need. Provides support for all basic aspects of purchasing including but not limited to vendor negotiations, vendor analysis, cost reductions, utilization of the purchasing system, expedition of orders and vendor relations.

Job Summary:

Working without appreciable direction, purchases raw materials, sub-assemblies, products and services in conformance with approved purchase orders at the lowest cost consistent with considerations for quality, reliability of source and urgency of need. Provides support for all basic aspects of purchasing including but not limited to vendor negotiations, vendor analysis, cost reductions, utilization of the purchasing system, expedition of orders and vendor relations.

Job Duties:

  • Negotiates long term contracts which are not managed by the commodity management teams, within established limitations and scope of authority to obtain the most favorable business partnerships, including but not limited to quality, availability and cost.
  • Plans and schedules deliveries to optimize inventories in support of production schedules/business demands by working with forecasting data/teams, planning teams, commodity teams and shipping/receiving teams.
  • Reviews purchase requisitions and confers with vendors to obtain product information such as price, availability and delivery schedule, reviewing quotes for accuracy and competitive strategies.
  • Implements process and procedure best practices by partnering with other functional leadership with the related product lines.
  • Facilitates vendor corrective action and partners with SQE and suppliers to improve quality.
  • Participates in Research and Development meetings, developing and implementing action plans to support requirements bringing new products expeditiously to market.
  • Recommends pricing strategies to achieve department operating goals.
  • Creates and maintains mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with suppliers to foster feedback and continuous improvement, usually being the single source of contact for the vendor.
  • Investigates and recommends new vendors.
  • Performs as purchasing subject matter expert for internal and external customers due to extensive knowledge of purchasing and product line operations.
  • Provides coaching and mentoring to junior members of the purchasing team.
  • Monitors supplier performance, communicates and takes action to maintain high levels of supplier performance.
  • Maintains and updates supplier databases as required.
  • Generates highly complex reports and performs data analysis to proactively plan or resolve issues.
  • Works with inventory management/warehouse management to resolve issues.
  • Lead special projects as requested to reduce cost, increase efficiency, etc. Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements, which may change from time to time based on business needs.
  • Reviews and updates material master data on regular basis to ensure accuracy and efficiency.
  • Participate in lead cost reduction PPV initiatives.
  • Provide purchasing analyses in support of excess and obsolete inventory management for assigned commodities.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • This job description supersedes any previous job descriptions with the same or similar title. When appropriate, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • May processes some or all of the following: rejected components/corrective action, returns, debit memos, etc.
  • Support all 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.


May, on occasion, work with a variety of production equipment, small hand tools, test equipment, and precision measuring instruments. Also uses standard office equipment such as telephone, fax/copier, and a personal computer with standard office software.

Working Conditions:

Working environment varies from standard office/cubicle with air/sound/light control to general laboratory and production areas with varying physical conditions including “clean room” situations.

Physical Demands:

Activities require a significant amount of sitting in front of a computer monitor, some standing and walking.

Significant use of hands and arms, plus finger dexterity to reach, point, write, type, operate a computer and other office equipment.

Performs tasks that regularly require good correctable vision and hand/eye coordination.

Activities also require significant use of voice and hearing for discussions with other employees

General Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Business, Supply Chain or equivalent experience.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in purchasing/commodity management
  • 3 year working in a highly regulated environment preferred preferably from a medical device manufacturing environment

  • 3 years working with 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.
  • Experience negotiating terms purchasing agreements
  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally.
  • Very knowledgeable of Excel (e.g. v-lookups, macros) and Power BI
  • Experience using SAP MRP database (or JD Edwards)
  • CPIM or CSCP certification


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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