Sr. Purchasing Specialist

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



Responsible for the planning, procurement, on time delivery, and inventory level of assigned commodities and spend categories including material, supplies, finished goods, equipment and services.

Main Responsibilities:

Under minimal direction, and i n compliance with established policies and procedures p erforms the following for assigned commodities and spend categories:
  • 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.
  • Analyzes demand to develop build schedules and supplier rolling forecasts.
  • Develops and executes processes to manage the flow of materials and finished goods between suppliers, manufacturing operations and distribution centers.
  • Manages worldwide distribution levels for assigned commodities.
  • Responsible for implementation and maintenance of Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI) systems.
  • Responsible for the acquisition, scheduling and delivery of material and/or finished goods based on MRP output.
  • Responsible for the acquisition of material, supplies, equipment and services based on manual or electronic purchase requisitions.
  • Responsible for ensuring all purchases are properly authorized.
  • Responsible for Purchase Order data accuracy.
  • 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
  • Perform Purchasing review and approval of engineering changes.
  • 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.
  • Provide Purchasing input to backorder management system.
  • Provide purchasing analyses in support of excess and obsolete inventory management for assigned commodities.
  • Participate in Business Reviews and Audits of Tier 1 suppliers.
  • Resolve supplier issues as required.
  • Prepare Request for Information (RFI), Request for Quote (RFQ), and Request for Proposal (RFP) as required.
  • Perform price analysis.
  • Support development of negotiation strategies, participate in negotiations as assigned.
  • Promote and maintain positive working relationship among staff and suppliers.
  • Maintain supplier diversity system and support established supplier diversity goals.
  • Maintain required training compliance at 100%
  • Provide Purchasing support for New Product Introduction (NPI) projects as assigned.
  • Participate in lead cost reduction initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Conduct quarterly business reviews with suppliers
  • Conduct presentation to senior management on responsibilities
  • Support TPM's and extended Abbott staff in Singapore
  • Negotiate pricing agreements/contracts


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred.
  • Minimum 8-10 years of Purchasing/Planning experience, preferably in a medical device manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and procedures employed in the acquisition of material, supplies, finished goods, equipment and services.
  • Knowledge of order management principles, methods and procedures.
  • Direct supplier relationship experience.
  • Knowledge of Material Requirements Planning, Master Production Scheduling, and Production Scheduling processes and systems.
  • Knowledge of inventory planning, control and analysis processes and techniques.
  • Well developed written, oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient with use of various software applications such as MS Word, Excel, Access, etc.

  • Experience purchasing electromechanical components and PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) from any of the following highly-regulated manufacturing companies/industries: Medical Device, Defense/Aerospace, Aviation, etc.
  • Very knowledgeable of Excel (e.g. v-lookups, macros) and Power BI
  • Parts/component buying for manufacturing operation
  • Experience using Oracle for MRP database (or JD Edwards)
  • Lean Six Sigma certified


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
  • 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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