Sr Buyer/Planner



Administration, Accounting & Finance
Princeton, NJ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Abbott Point of Care is a global leader in providing critical medical diagnostic and data management products for rapid blood analysis that are intuitive, reliable, and cost-effective. Our i-STAT System is an advanced, portable diagnostic tool that provides real-time, lab-quality results within minutes to accelerate patient-care decision-making. The i-STAT System has the industry’s most comprehensive menu of tests in a single, with-patient platform, including tests for blood gases, electrolytes, chemistries, coagulation, hematology, glucose, and cardiac markers. By delivering lab-quality results in minutes, our i-STAT System fosters a collaborative, patient-centered environment while driving improved operational performance.

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 Freedom 2 Save student debt program and 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.

The Opportunity

This position of Senior Planner Buyer works onsite at our Princeton, NJ office in the Abbott Point of Care Division and will be responsible for planning and executing the end to end supply for APOC i-STAT 1 product line. The position requires strong planning, analytical, and purchasing skills with the ability to quickly analyze data and re-balance inventory to provide an optimal service level of performance.

What You’ll Work On

  • Lead all aspects of the end to end planning to ensure product availability

  • Create, evaluate and monitor supply plans while maintaining inventory levels for all components & finished goods to meet both Customer and internal needs.

  • Ensure that all material has arrived on specific deadlines and into stock by manage relationships and negotiating needs with internal plants, Third Party Manufacturers and suppliers globally to ensure build plan execution.

  • Create purchase orders to support the supply plan while resolving order discrepancies such as non-conformance, shortages, or price discrepancies with suppliers.

  • Review purchase order acknowledgements regularly for compliance to price, delivery and other terms and conditions. Ensure purchase transactions are carried out in a timely manner.

  • Lead schedule adherence calls with TPMs at Far East to ensure supply continuity

  • Work with Commercial, Finance and Demand Planning for demand alignment to actuals and to address supply or demand variation.

  • Establish and maintain purchasing and supply master data item master attributes for all material and maintain within the MRP system for effective planning and purchasing

  • Lead processes within monthly S&OP to ensure capacity and escalation of supply issues as needed with TPM suppliers

  • Ensure that procedures referencing material planning and procurement are developed and or updated accordingly to ensure compliance,

  • Compile price data from various suppliers and assist in preparing formal purchase documents.

  • Act a subject matter expert for purchasing and provide guidance for all activities including audits, and quality and supply chain requirements.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum of 6+ years related work experience

  • Knowledge of supplier management.

  • Experience with MRP

  • Strong knowledge of Excel (pivot tables, v-look-ups, formulas, etc.)

  • Willing to have regular calls with Far East suppliers during evening hours

  • Handling a large amount of work efficiently and effectively and adapting to changing priorities.

  • Ability to work independently and exercise judgment and initiative in dealing with a variety of duties and responsibilities.

  • Ability to work cross-functionally to meet business needs

  • Strong organizational, project management and analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and highly regulated industry

  • Experience with electronic industry

  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

* 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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The base pay for this position is $72,700.00 – $145,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.