Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate


Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 11 sites. Abbott has six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third-party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. It has commercial and support operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals. Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946. 

This position can be based at one of our Abbott sites in Ireland.

We currently have a vacancy for Sr. Purchaser Global Procurement to be based at one of our sites in Ireland and this role will involve the following:

Primary Function            

Responsible for supporting Engineering Projects
Responsible for managing Capital Purchases
Responsible for executing against the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers.  
Work intimately with customers, divisions and the Category managers driving the "One Abbott Procurement" model.   
Provide superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity.  
The Snr Purchasing Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds. 
This position will work on the definition and resolution of known or anticipated problems in value, quality, feasibility and specifications in the procurement of goods and services while contributing cost savings, partnerships with suppliers and other value added activities to support customer needs and expectations.
Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels
Considered an SME across categories. 
Strong understanding of "One Procurement" category strategies and work on projects that impact the "One Procurement" team.
Is recognized as an expert within own area.
Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Act as a lead, coordinating work but may not be a supervisor.
Core job responsibilities

First line responder; pivots between strategy and operations. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.
Execute against larger category strategies and work in the guidance of strategic category leaders
Researches and evaluates products and suppliers. Performs value analysis on costs and supplier quotes.
Recommends process improvements to streamline for efficiencies.
Analyses complex problems and delivers solutions
Support PO conversion – non-transactional and decisive negotiations
Manage PO approvals - up to $1,000,000
Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development
Support Ops issues and invoice error resolution. Solves complex problems
PO change management and evaluate the cause for change.
Enable supplier integration and KPI's
Drive value and lead savings outcomes
Collaboration with functions
Develops bids and proposal formats. Lead complex RFPs as well as lead small projects
Strategic thinking

Provides advice/direction in primary areas of expertise.

Communicate and educate appropriate departments to provide appropriate supporting documentation for purchases.


Relationship management

Develop and leads agreed purchasing strategies for category
Seek, develop and establish business relationships with diverse suppliers
Meet regularly with divisional customers and lead functions to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement for efficiencies.
Responsible for performance management of all supportive personnel  
Responsible for leading and mentoring Associate Specialist and Specialist procurement personnel. Provides guidance and training to Specialist.
Understand and apply cultural awareness with foreign business entities
Drive and grow strong effective business relationships with suppliers, clients and customers.
Education & Experience

Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering, Science, Business, or Financial Degrees.  CPM certification desired with 4-6 years of or Procurement experience.   Functional experience.
Key Skills

Project management skills.          
Excellent people skills                        
Excellent problem solving skills       
Proficient in the use of spreadsheet programs
Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
Strong interdisciplinary,

About the company

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

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We invite you to explore opportunities at Abbott, to see if your talents and career aspirations may fit with our openings. An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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