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Date:  Sep 29, 2021


Abiomed is a pioneer and global leader in healthcare technology and innovation, with a mission of Recovering Hearts & Saving Lives. With corporate headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, and offices in Baltimore, MD, Aachen & Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan, Abiomed’s 1,700 employees form one of the fastest growing medical device companies in the world. We attract and retain exceptional talent with our collaborative culture, passion for our work, and a strong commitment to employee professional development.


Patients First | Innovation | Winning Culture | Heart Recovery



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


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Plan purchases for assigned products, projects and commodities and negotiate and implement appropriate buying methods preferably Kanban
  • Develop purchase requisition per procedural requirements and Product Specifications, issue purchase orders, confirm deliveries and expedite deliveries as required
  • Request bids from suppliers as needed Inventory Management:
  • Maintain, monitor and enhance internal Kanban system to continuously meet production requirements
  • Use various tools like MRP to make sure appropriate inventory levels are maintained Supplier Management:
  • Working closely with Supplier Engineers, develop 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.
  • Resolve invoicing and receiving issues with suppliers
  • Provide forecast to suppliers on quarterly basis using MRP and Abiomed business plans
  • Input purchasing data into SAP for the assigned commodity and ensure that all required procurement data fields are correct and up to date in SPA
  • 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
  • Establish standard cost for purchased items and maintain the standard cost files Help with other activities as needed to support production and the team


Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required; Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 2+ years’ work experience in purchasing, materials planning and/or supply chain management, preferably within medical device field
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency (SAP experience preferred)
  • Very strong communication skills to influence external and internal suppliers and customers in an effort minimize / eliminate supply chain risk
  • Knowledge of LEAN, six sigma, kaizen, and continuous improvement initiatives (Green Belt knowledge preferred)
  • Good problem-solving skills to resolve planning, procurement, and supplier issues
  • 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 Willingness and ability to travel as needed


Applicants must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized vaccine for COVID-19 or have a valid medical/religious exemption


Abiomed is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Abiomed will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.