Purchasing Supply Chain Professional

Abbott Laboratories (Longford, Ireland) 4 days ago

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. 

Abbott Ireland Diagnostic Division – Longford:
Abbott established a diagnostics manufacturing facility in Sligo in 1994 to manufacture blood-screening products and reagents.

In 2004, Abbott’s operations in Ireland expanded with the opening of a second facility in Longford. The plant was first occupied in December 2004, and the first product (Architect® TSH) was launched in December of 2005.

The Longford facility plays a key role in helping Abbott to meet the increasing global demand for diagnostic testing in areas such as infectious disease, cancer, thyroid and cardiovascular diseases.

Abbott in Longford manufactures 18 diagnostic reagent products for thyroid function, fertility, and pregnancy, cardiology, renal and metabolic. Our products are manufactured to the highest standards of quality and are regulated by bodies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

We currently have a vacancy for the position of Purchasing Supply Chain Professional

Primary Function

The Purchasing Professional will be responsible for coordinating and executing day-to-day operations with the end goal being to ensure new products, procured materials and finished goods are available as requested and customer service are consistently achieved ensuring high standards of cost and quality compliance

Major Responsibilities

  • Site key account contact for identified supplier portfolio, responsible for working with suppliers to ensure on time delivery of raw materials
  • Process daily purchase orders and follow orders through from PO to Delivery Stage to corresponding Invoice through the SAP system
  • Ensure raw material continuity of supply throughout the Supply Chain, ensuring visibility to weekly & monthly material availability Issues, elevating through integrated business planning processes as required
  • Continue to establish positive supplier relationships & measure supplier performance in line with Longford Key Supplier Metrics (e.g Supplier on Time In Full)
  • Liaise with corporate purchasing and peers throughout the organization in an effort to develop skills and harvest further savings
  • Monitor and control purchasing activities to ensure compliance with company quality policies in line with financial budgets
  • Ensure adherence to weekly PO maintenance; ensure correct levels of safety stocks exists
  • Lead purchasing strategic programs, ensuring adherence to project timelines and project budgets
  • Identify and manage cost improvement opportunities
  • Maintain ETMS TO DO LIST
  • Conduct business in a manner that will protect human health, safety and the environment by complying with all applicable EHS laws, as well at the Abbott Global and Technical standards.
  • Monitor and control purchasing activities to ensure compliance with company quality policies in line with financial budgets


You will have:

A relevant third level qualification preferably a business qualification and/ or APICs or IIPMM qualification / relevant experience provides a good foundation for this job function.

And / or

Experience in a similar role in a manufacturing environment (preference regulated environment) as this provides a good foundation for this job function.


  • Highly organised, energetic, enthusiastic person with attention to detail when performing tasks, ability to anticipate and manage problems with ability to prioritize and escalate where necessary.
  • Ability to communicate with other team members and suppliers, at all times, in a professional, courteous manner.
  • This experience is necessary to ensure the skills; management expertise and problem solving techniques have been acquired


  • Ensure availability of materials to meet production requirements.
  • Accountable for maximizing cost effectiveness through strong sourcing activities and developed supplier relationships.
  • Works under general direction of Manager.
  • Interact with management within Longford and across other Abbott Affiliates.

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