Abbott Senior Buyer x2 in Clonmel, Ireland

Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 10 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, support operations and shared services in Dublin. 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.

Abbott Ireland Vascular Division – Clonmel

Abbott Vascular is one of the world's leading vascular care businesses. Abbott Vascular is uniquely focused on advancing the treatment of vascular disease and improving patient care by combining the latest medical device innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investing in research and development and advancing medicine through training and education.

Our broad line of vascular devices–which includes vessel closure, endovascular and coronary technologies–are used to treat vessel diseases of the heart, carotid arteries and peripheral blood vessels. These vessel diseases can lead to heart attack, stroke, critical limb ischemia and other serious vascular conditions.

We are looking for a Senior Buyer x2 to join the Vascular Division located in Clonmel and this role will involve the following:

Primary function

Responsible for obtaining services, materials, components, and equipment. Checks requisitions, obtains quotations, examines bids, and makes awards. Develops new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate. As required, monitors the cost, schedule, and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure best quality at best value. May evaluate vendor reliability. Co-ordinates activities involved with procuring goods and services (for example, raw materials, equipment, tools, parts, supplies and travel services) and ensures that items and services purchased are of high quality, on time and at the lowest total price.

Main responsibilities

  • Interacts with suppliers and providers by phone or in person to negotiate activities involved with procuring materials and service. Requests bids from new suppliers by personal contact and/or phone to ensure the best price for materials.

  • Assists internal and external customers by answering questions and assisting in solving their problems so they can perform within established guidelines (for example, Good Manufacturing Practices, (GMP) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), travel and expense policy).

  • Implements cost saving ideas to obtain maximum efficiencies of company funds.

  • Conducts supplier audits by visiting their facility, observing task performance and reviewing procedures to evaluate their capabilities.

  • Audits various forecasts, patterns, and reports to ensure inventory demands are met and/or company service provided to employees meets business need.

  • Identifies invoice discrepancies (for example, duplicate billing, price differences and quantity errors) by researching process steps and/or interfacing with appropriate departments to resolve the problem.

  • Investigates non-conforming materials by interfacing with production engineers, receiving personnel, and/or suppliers to identify the cause.

  • Maintains manual and/or computerised records of activities (for example, items/services purchased, costs, delivery, travel patterns, product quality/performance and inventories) to provide accurate information source.

  • Provides written data (for example, memos, letters and purchase orders) to departments and suppliers to convey company needs and requirements.

  • Processes purchase requests by accessing database and assigning a number to the order to provide an information source for tracking the order.

Education & Job Skills

  • (Experience/Education) National Framework of Qualifications

  • NFQ level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline and 2+ years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • (Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills) Working knowledge and application of business concepts, procedures and practices. Will perform this job in a quality system environment.

  • (Cognitive Skills) Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Has a general knowledge of technical alternatives and an understanding of their impact on the systems environment.

  • (Influence/Leadership) Cultivates a wide range of internal networks and begins to develop an external network of resources to facilitate completion of tasks. May demonstrate basic project management skills by acting as a project lead on small, well defined projects. Provides guidance to less experienced staff. Influence exerted at peer level and occasionally at first levels of management.

  • (Planning/Organisation) Plans, organises, and prioritises own daily work routine to meet established schedule.

  • (Decision Making/Impact) Exercises authority and judgment within defined limits to determine appropriate action. Failure to achieve results or erroneous decisions or recommendations may cause delays and may result in the allocation of additional resources.

  • (Supervision Received) Works under general supervision. Receives limited supervision on standard issues, and detailed instructions on new assignments.Work is reviewed for soundness of judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy.

  • (Supervision Provided) May provide limited work direction and guidance to exempt and/or skilled non-exempt levels of employees; may be asked to evaluate performance of and assist in career development planning for subordinates.

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