Abbott Buyer II in St. Paul, Minnesota

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 Buyer II 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, processing returns to suppliers, and reconciliation of invoice discrepancies.

Impact this role will have on Abbott:

  • Generates and manages 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, Quality, Finance, and other functional areas to optimize inventory and minimize material shortages and disruption to Operations and/or development schedules.

  • Executes supply chain initiatives and participates in project teams.

  • Develops and maintains strong supplier relationships.

  • Coordinates the return of materials to suppliers, replacement items and/or credit arrangements.

  • Source / quote / negotiate with suppliers for goods and services.

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

  • 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 suppliers.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

Your experience(s), education and knowledge:

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

  • 4+ years experience in direct material (production) procurement / sourcing in a large-scale manufacturing organization.

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

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

  • Strong keyboarding skills.

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

  • High attention to detail.

  • Self-starter and able to work independently.

  • Thrives in fast-paced environment and excels in multitasking (simultaneously manage multiple projects / priorities).

  • Able to process / assimilate new information quickly.

  • Excellent organizational and written and verbal communication skills.

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

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.

  • Knowledge of ISO, FDA QSR and cGMP.

  • 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