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Abbott Senior Buyer in Westford, Massachusetts

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.

Abbott Vascular provides innovative, minimally invasive and cost-effective products for treatment of vascular disease. Our extensive portfolio includes drug-eluting stents, bare metal stents, guide wires, balloon dilatation catheters, imaging catheters and software, vessel closure devices and peripheral stents

Our location in Westford, MA currently has an opportunity for a Senior Buyer


We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Senior Buyer. Under limited supervision, develops, maintains and communicates manufacturing schedules to build products which meet finished goods demands thus shipping products to customers in a timely manner. Creates manufacturing schedules to achieve zero backorders, a key performance indicator.

  • Has weekly meetings with key stake holders to ensure recommended manufacturing schedule will meet all business demands. Meeting may include stake holders from some or all of the following functions: manufacturing, supply chain, clinical, regulatory, quality and marketing.

  • Implements inventory policies set by Supply Chain management to manage finished goods and raw material inventory.

  • Generates reports of moderate complexity and performs data analysis to proactively plan or resolve issues.

  • Develops and provides a detailed scheduling plan for finished goods which supports the top level approved build plans, assuring quantity and mix are clearly communicated to manufacturing and other manufacturing groups.

  • Releases work orders in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and updates Kanban quantities to support build plans.

  • Reviews forecast data, backorder reports and commodity/purchasing updates, including early warning signs, to prioritize and expedite manufacturing jobs to prevent or clear backorders.

  • Reviews and updates material master data on regular basis to ensure accuracy and efficiency.

  • Manages safety stock in partnership with purchasing.

  • Approves and creates rework or special work orders in the ERP system.

  • Reviews and updates outdated open jobs which require rescheduling or closing.

  • Partners with purchasing and warehousing to minimize and dispose of slow moving, obsolete and expiring inventory.

  • Generates reports of moderate complexity, as needed, with solid understanding of purchasing and product line operations.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.

  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree

  • 3+ years of progressively responsible experience in manufacturing schedule planning

  • 1 year of experience with planning/work order systems

  • 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 maintain regular and predictable attendance.


  • Degree in Supply Chain, Business or equivalent preferred.

  • 1 year of experience working in a medical device manufacturing environment preferred.

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email