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Purchasing Specialist

Abbott Laboratories

This is a Contract position in Milledgeville, GA posted December 14, 2021.

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.About AbbottThe key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis.

Abbotts 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 clinicsOur location in Lake Forest, IL currently has an opportunity for a Purchasing Specialist.

Our team supports a rapidly expanding business unit within Abbott.

We serve and support a global customer base and provide essential testing solution including rapid COVID-19 tests (ID NOW, BinaxNow, Pnbio, etc.).

Our primary ERP systems are SAP and Fourth Shift.

Reporting to the Sr.

Manager of Procurement, the Purchasing Specialist will support the purchasing responsibilities for the Division and function as the key point of contact for our suppliers and cross-functional partners across the globe, to ensure supply and cost effectiveness for critical purchased components within the business unit.

This role is to be based in the Abbott Rapid Diagnostics headquarters located in Lake Forest, IL, USA.

WHAT YOU’LL DOParticipate in monthly S process and lead key accessories and components demand and supply review process.Represents procurement in new product introductions, creating cut-in/out plans, coordinating with suppliers, and managing the overall process.

Participates in the direct and indirect purchasing of materials, with daily duties including PO placement and management, master data management, and reconciliation with accounts payable.

Ensures the uninterrupted flow of production by obtaining and ensuring delivery of acceptable quality goods and services at the right time and at the maximum end-use value per dollar spent.

Responsible for evaluating and approving suppliers of raw materials, components, finished products, and services to Alere.

Responsible for monitoring the Approved Supplier List (ASL) and coordinating with Supplier Quality and global category managers on additions/deletions.

Reviews and provides recommendations on contracts, negotiations, redlines, etc.

with internal and external stakeholders.

Participates in data tracking, analysis, recommendation/business case development, and reporting to include scorecards, inventory management, market & supplier assessments, quote package development & analyses, and make v.

buy decisions.

Develops business relationships with suppliers to preserve the companys good business reputation while still obtaining competitive prices.

Maintains good relations with internal and external customers by ensuring professional behavior consistent with company policies and practices.

Must work effectively with the end-users of products and services by processing their requirements in a timely manner and ensuring that the goods and/or services will support their needs.

Complies with applicable antitrust and other purchasing-related laws and regulations including Federal Acquisition Regulations for government contracts.

Complies with applicable corporate policies & procedures and FDA/ISO regulations pertaining to the purchasing function.

Demonstrates commitment to the development, implementation and effectiveness of the companys Quality Management System per ISO, FDA, and other regulatory agencies.

Resolves complaints and disputes between requestors, purchasing, receiving, vendors, and any other applicable stakeholders.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE YOULL BRINGRequiredBachelors Degree (BS) in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Finance, or Engineering or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to take the initiative and execute in a fast-moving and complex environment, using good judgement to make well-reasoned decisions, even with less than perfect information.

Acts with a sense of urgency, and willingly takes on tactical roles as necessary to achieve objectives.Strong skills with the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project) is a must.

Preferred2 years of experience in purchasing or progressively responsible positions in a structured and analytical environment.

Experience managing and taking action to achieve KPIs such as savings targets, inventory turns, on-time delivery, forecast accuracy, etc.Prior experience with MRP software.

WHAT WE OFFER 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 assistanceFinancial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plansHealth care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programsPaid time off401(k) retirement savings with a generous company matchThe stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future.

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.Connect with us at, on Facebook at and on Twitter AbbottNews and AbbottGlobal.