Purchasing Specialist

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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.

Our location in Irving, TX currently has an opportunity for a Purchasing Specialist.


Applies experience and procurement knowledge to execute the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work with customers, internal and external, and the Divisions to solve issues and drive high levels of customer service. This role will work across multiple verticals. The position will be responsible for Operations and Tactical work with the various categories. The Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds while contributing cost

savings and partnerships with suppliers and internal customers. Proactively seek innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels Full understanding of the "One Procurement" strategies. Strong knowledge and project work across multiple categories that impact the team positively. Works within defined processes and procedures and may help determine appropriate approaches for change.


• First line responder pivots between strategy, operations and transactional sourcing.

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

• Manage SOWs/RFI's/Ordering documents.

• Assist with supplier selection.

• Manage day to day supply issues.

• Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures.

• Communicates pertinent information to both internal customers and suppliers to keep apprised and to prevent problems.

• Execute ad-hoc/one off buys.

• Support PO conversion - non transactional and some negotiations.

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

• Lead resolution on issues and invoice error.

• PO change management and communicate trends of changes.

• Enable supplier integration and KPI's.

• Drive savings outcomes. Collaboration with functions.

• Create and implement RFPs.

• Performs routine professional-based activities and contribute to and manage some projects.

• Communicate with appropriate departments to clarify request and obtain appropriate supporting documentation for the


• Implement agreed purchasing strategies for category.

• Seek and support business relationships with diverse suppliers.

• Meet regularly with divisional customers and support functions to ensure good customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.



  • Bachelor's Degree Engineering, Science, Business, Financial or related.
  • An equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Minimum 2 years Procurement and functional experience.


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


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