Abiomed Sr. Buyer/Planner I in Danvers, Massachusetts

Sr. Buyer/Planner I




Job Type:Full Time

Location:Danvers, MA


Salary:Commensurate with Experience

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Job Description


The Sr. Buyer/Planner will lead and support the development, implementation and management of global strategies to provide Abiomed’s Supply Chain Organization with optimal pricing, flexibility, quality and delivery performance, as well as supply assurance, with an overall focus on maintaining long term supplier relationships and managing total costs of ownership to a minimum.

The Sr.Buyer/Planner will conduct various activities involving planning and procuring parts, components, equipment (such as tooling) and supplies to ensure continuous, and uninterrupted flow of materials to Production, Field Service and R&D projects consistent with Abiomed policies.


  • Plan purchases for assigned products, projects and commodities and negotiate and implement appropriate buying methods preferably Kanban. Develop Purchase Requisition per procedural requirements and Products specifications. Issue purchase orders, confirm deliveries and expedite deliveries as required. Request bids from suppliers as needed.

  • Maintain, monitor and enhance internal Kanban system to continuously meet production requirements. Use various tools like MRP, PSI, etc. to make sure appropriate inventory levels are maintained. Maintain and publish accurate tracking systems to keep all stakeholders informed of any potential disruptions in supply chain.

  • Working closely with Supplier Engineers, develop strategic alliances with Abiomed suppliers to manage supplier performance and develop plans to alleviate any supply chain risks

  • Assist Supplier Engineers to identify and qualify suppliers and negotiate best price for products/services.

  • Provide engineering staff with material planning, sourcing and material support for product development projects.

  • Input Purchasing Data into SAP for the assigned commodity and ensure that all required Procurement data fields are correct and up to date in SAP

  • Resolve invoicing and receiving issues with suppliers

  • Develop and provide forecast to suppliers on quarterly basis using MRP and Abiomed Business plans

  • Actively participate in MRB and ensure timely disposition of rejected material from supplier and assist SE/Engineering/Mfg. Engineering/Quality on corrective action and recovery plan.

  • Hold suppliers to defined, contractual service level by monitoring and measuring their performance and publishing scorecards for management reviews

  • Establish standard cost for purchased items and maintain the standard cost files.

  • Using market knowledge, mitigate obsolescence risks; proactively seek information to predict, understand and analyze obsolescence risks and develop appropriate strategies.

  • Help with other activities as needed to support production



  • BS degree; MBA or MS desired

  • 5 or more years work experience in purchasing, materials planning and supply chain management. Medical device experience preferred.

  • SAP experience is a must. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Very strong communication skills to influence external and internal suppliers and customers to minimize and eliminate all supply chain risks

  • Must be able to perform root cause problem analysis and trouble shoot processes and suppliers issues that impact delivery, quality or cost using critical thinking

  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results by motivating and influencing others, moves organization toward accomplishment of objectives.

  • Knowledge of lean, six sigma, kaizen, and continuous improvement initiatives. Green Belt preferred.

  • Must be able to adapt to changing priorities and tasks and demonstrated flexibility in a changing business environment. Models a positive can-do attitude and is cooperative both within their function and company-wide.

  • Execute tasks in a timely manner without direct supervision.

  • Able to prioritize tasks.

  • Demonstrated strong commitment and dedication to the organization on a consistent basis.

  • Willing to travel as needed.

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