Senior Buyer

in Irving, TX

Senior Buyer Job

Job Description Job Attributes+

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  • Job Location

    Irving, TX, US

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  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Senior Buyer

About Abbott

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.

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 works out of our Dallas, Tx location in the Core Lab Division. Our diagnostic solutions are used in hospitals, laboratories, and clinics around the globe. The crucial information derived from our tests, instruments and informatics systems are often the first step in patient care decision making for hundreds of health conditions from heart attacks to blood disorders to infectious diseases and cancers.

As the Senior Buyer, you’ll be responsible for executing against the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work intimately with customers, divisions and the Category managers driving the "One Abbott Procurement" model. Provide superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. The Sr. Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds. This position will work on the definition and resolution of known or anticipated problems in value, quality, feasibility, and specifications in the procurement of goods and services while contributing cost savings, partnerships with suppliers and other value-added activities to support customer needs and expectations. Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels. Considered an SME across categories. Strong understanding of "One Procurement" category strategies and work on projects that impact the "One Procurement" team. Is recognized as an expert within own area. Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Act as a lead, coordinating work but may not be a supervisor.

What You’ll Work On

  • First line responder, pivots between strategy and operations. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

  • Execute against larger category strategies and work in the guidance of strategic category leaders.

  • Researches and evaluates products and suppliers. Performs value analysis on costs and supplier quotes.

  • Recommends process improvements to streamline for efficiencies.

  • Analyzes complex problems and delivers solutions.

  • Support PO conversion - non transactional and decisive negotiations.

  • Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development.

  • Support Ops issues and invoice error resolution.

  • Solves complex problems.

  • PO change management and evaluate the cause for change. Enable supplier integration and KPI's.

  • Drive value and lead savings outcomes.

  • Collaboration with functions.

  • Develops bids and proposal formats. Lead complex RFPs as well as lead small projects.

  • Provides advice/direction in primary areas of expertise.

  • Communicate and educate appropriate departments to provide appropriate supporting documentation for purchases.

  • Develop and leads agreed purchasing strategies for category.

  • Seek, develop, and establish business relationships with diverse suppliers. Meet regularly with divisional customers and lead functions to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement for efficiencies.

  • Executes against the goals set by the Category Leads /Managers/Directors.

  • Drive innovative ways to maintain and improve procurement processes, cycle times, total acquisition costs, and customer service levels.

  • Key Organizational Relationships: Category Lead, Manager, Senior Manager, Functional Heads ex: head of IT, AQR, HR, Meeting Event Planners, Legal, Division Purchasing leadership, Division and Corp requisitioners, Division Commercial and operations stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree Engineering, Science, Business, or Finance, OR an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Minimum 4 years Procurement and Functional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project management skills.

  • Excellent people skills and problem-solving skills.

  • Proficient in the use of spreadsheet programs.

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills.

  • CPM certification desired.

* 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.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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The base pay for this position is $71,300.00 – $142,700.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • supply management
  • supplier integration
  • kpi
  • change management
  • project management
  • spreadsheet programs
  • business ethics
  • customer service
  • tech tools development

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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