Buyer in Des Plaines, Illinois | DiversityInc Careers


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. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

Buyer in Des Plaines, IL

Primary Function/Goals/Objectives:

Economically and efficiently purchase direct materials with the best combination

of price, quality and services related to the end user's requirements.

Main Responsibilities:

Responsible for site-wide purchasing functions.

Plan, perform and administer purchasing activities to assure direct purchased materials are provided in a timely manner. Insure all purchases meet corporate

purchasing, quality and ethical guidelines. Strong negotiation skills required to assure that materials and services are purchased on favorable terms and cost. Perform ongoing analysis and cost reductions to ensure the lowest overall cost and the highest value for dollars spent.

Process price, quantity and delivery changes.  Tracks and maintains supplier delivery metrics to ensure On Time In Full delivery performance.

Follows ISO and cGMP guidelines and SOPs for purchasing including material

specifications, vendor performance and corrective and preventive actions.

Responsible for filing and maintenance of vendor records and purchases.

Ensure corporate pay terms are adhered to

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Responsible for achieving the best value for the company and maintaining quality and delivery goals. Favorable terms, expected quality, and timely delivery are necessary to achieve site goals and to insure continued flow of products to our customers. Inventory approval levels of $199,999M.


1-3 years experience in a purchasing or other Supply Chain support role. A Bachelor's degree is preferred. CPM designation with the NAPM (or similar), or a CPIM designation with APICS (or similar) are preferred. These minimum requirements are necessary because the candidate will be working independently and with minimum supervision, and must understand basic purchasing and material planning functions.


Must have good interpersonal skills to work with suppliers and customers in a polite and tactful, yet firm manner. Must have good organizational skills, experience with computerized ERP systems, and experience with word processing and spreadsheet programs. Must be able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment to support internal and external customers.