Offers “Abbott”

Expires soon Abbott

NPI Program Buyer

  • Plymouth, USA
  • Accounting / Management control

Job description

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.



NPI Program Buyer

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

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber NPI Program Buyer to support our Electrophysiology team in Plymouth MN. In Abbott’s Electrophysiology (EP) business, we’re advancing the treatment of heart disease through breakthrough medical technologies in atrial fibrillation, allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives.

Working with moderate direction, purchases raw materials, sub-assemblies, products and services in conformance with approved purchase orders at the lowest cost consistent with considerations for quality, reliability of source and urgency of need.  Provides support for all basic aspects of purchasing including but not limited to vendor negotiations, vendor analysis, cost reductions, invoice resolution, utilization of the purchasing system, expedition of orders and vendor relations.  

What You’ll Work On

Project Management:

o   Active manager of new product inventory to support program needs and demand.

o   Collaborates with Sourcing Manager and Program manager on build needs and inventory needs to support overall program goals.

o   Works with supply base to clearly communicate order needs, revisions, and requested delivery dates.

o   Plans and schedules deliveries to optimize inventories in support of production schedules/business demands by working with forecasting data/teams, planning teams, commodity teams and shipping/receiving teams.

· Sourcing Activities:

o   Initiating RFXs and selecting direct material suppliers in accordance with the established category strategies and SOP’s.

o   Ordering and managing prototype parts required to support product development projects.

o   Managing supplier performance to required delivery dates to support development, design validation and product launch activities.

o   Reviews purchase requisitions and confers with vendors to obtain product information such as price, availability and delivery schedule, reviewing quotes for accuracy and competitive strategies.

o   Implements process and procedure best practices by partnering with other functional leadership with the related product lines.     

o   Facilitates vendor corrective action and partners with SQE and suppliers to improve quality.

o   Participates in Research and Development projects, developing and implementing action plans to support requirements bringing new products expeditiously to market.

o   Recommends pricing strategies to achieve department operating goals.

o   Creates and maintains mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with suppliers to foster feedback and continuous improvement, usually being the single source of contact for the vendor.

o   Performs as purchasing subject matter expert for internal and external customers due to extensive knowledge of purchasing and product line operations.

o   Monitors supplier performance, communicates and takes action to maintain high levels of supplier performance.

o   Maintains and updates supplier databases as required.

Required  Qualifications

·       Bachelor degree in Business, Supply Chain or equivalent experience.

·       3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in purchasing/commodity management.

·       3-5 years working with purchasing/commodity mgt. software.

·       Experience negotiating terms and purchasing agreements.

·       Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

·       Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

·       Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.

·       Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

·       Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

·       Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

·       Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally.

·       Strong capabilities in the use of MS-Excel (advanced), SAP ERP Systems, MS-Work, MS-Access, MS-PowerPoint and MS-Project applications.

Preferred   Qualifications

5+ years working in a highly regulated environment preferred.

Experience in Product Development is highly desirable, inclusive of reading technical drawings and understanding manufacturing processes.

* 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:

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The base pay for this position is
$57,300.00 – $114,700.00

In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.



Supply Chain



EP Electrophysiology



United States > Minnesota > Plymouth : 5050 Nathan Lane N








Yes, 10 % of the Time






Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

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