Abbott Manager Category Procurement - Injection Molding in Abbott Park, Illinois

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Primary Function

Responsible for the purchasing and supply management activities for Injection Molding and Resin Technologies. Drive "One Abbott Procurement" vision across divisions globally and influences synergies among divisions. Work closely with key stakeholders (Package Development, Engineering, Research and Development, Quality, and Commercial) in both Corporate and Division organizations to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans. Nurture stakeholder relationships by serving as a business partner, helping identify critical business requirements and providing sourcing and procurement services that meet expectations. Drive reduced total cost of ownership by optimizing Tier 2 and Tier 3 supply chains. Leverage extensive market and supplier knowledge to drive lower TCO. Represent Abbott strategically in the industry and community.

  • Proactively identify areas of opportunity for new business, process improvement, and cost efficiencies.

  • Provide insight to the business unit on how to best develop and leverage Supplier capabilities for the organization(s).

  • Primary point of contact for overall category needs. Responsible for prioritizing demand globally across the category.

  • Provide brand protection through favorable Intellectual Property and exclusivity with suppliers.

Core Job Responsibilities

Strategic Thinking

  • Influence the business unit strategy and translates business strategy for category and aligned category strategy to programs and projects.

  • Champion change and innovation. Stimulate creativity and innovation in others. Open to new ideas. Support those who initiate change and take risks. Promote a Global Perspective.

  • Lead supplier evaluation and selection for new product development.

  • Assist in defining category procurement strategy for Abbott- align with overall strategy and be an enabler.

  • Drive Total Cost of Ownership reductions for category through analytics. Clearly define category taxonomy and manage baseline.

  • Design and implement cost models including clean sheet and should cost models.

  • Leverage Tier 2 and Tier 3 supplier relationships for price risk management. Partner with Risk Management on coverage strategies (hedging).

  • Coordinate across corporate, functions, and divisions to share best practices and adherence to guidelines.

  • Able to assess the overall needs of select business units and to negotiate an accepted portfolio meeting the most strategic needs of the category.

  • Measure and track internal performance for Abbott users.

  • Advise business unit(s) about similar strategies employed by other healthcare companies.

  • Lead initiatives that span virtual teams across the world and cross cultures.

Relationship Management

  • Influence and partner with business leaders (Director, Sr. Director Level) to manage and align the category. Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments to ensure adequate and timely delivery of agreed services, in line with agreed service levels.

  • Partner and collaborate with key One Procurement staff of other Abbott divisions in order to support cross divisional business initiatives, and explore Procurement synergies and efficiencies.

  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with key category suppliers as well as counterparts at other Healthcare/Consumer companies. Manage ongoing Supplier relationships.

  • Own and implement agreed Category Strategies.

  • Foster a collaborative environment among stakeholders.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships across various functions demonstrate the value-add of leveraging and build enthusiasm and support for adoption.

  • Ensure optimal balance between value for money and cost savings is achieved, while ensuring quality and excellent customer service.

  • Monitor market dynamics for category across regions.

  • Continually look for opportunities to drive sales growth, value creations, cost reduction and cost avoidance.

  • Manage category projects across business units and Divisions globally when and where applicable. Lead business projects based on category expertise.

Leading People

  • Lead project teams responsible for selection of category strategy. Responsible for people leadership. Recruit, mentor, train and develop talent

  • Address people issues in a constructive and timely manner. Responsible for overall morale of team and promotes cohesive attitude.

  • Establishes staffing/resources plans determining appropriate mix of sourcing opportunities. Responsible for overall organizational effectiveness.


Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures.



Operate with goals set by the DVP/Senior Director of Category, but at the same time is highly self-motivated and directed.

Erroneous decisions would normally result in failure to complete projects critical to major objectives of category. Has direct impact on budgets, expenses and major project completion.

Key Organizational Relationships:

  • Corporate head of Procurement

  • Commercial Head of Divisions

  • Manufacturing Head of Division

  • Functional Heads; Engineering, Research and Development, Quality

  • Division Purchasing Leadership

  • Division Commercial and Operations Stakeholders

Staff Size

Manage virtual team and project staff up to 20 people. Directly manages up to 6 leads.

Direct Budget Responsibility

Financial implications of the Spend up to $200MM. Cumulative Category budgets ranging up to $1-2MM.

Business Impact

  • Category Spend: Up to $200MM

  • Supply Base: 500-1000 Suppliers

  • Connections within the Business: 10-20

  • Span of Control: Global

Minimum Education

  • BA or equivalent experience required, MBA preferred

  • Engineering/Technical Degree or equivalent experience in Packaging, Polymer Science or related field strongly preferred

  • Professional Certifications a plus: Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Project Management Professional (PMP)

Minimum Experience/Training Required

  • 4+ years deep Resin/Injection Molding Category experience.

  • Some functional experience in Procurement, Supply Chain or Related field

  • Good organizational skills, including program/project management and governance

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence and networking skills

  • International experience

  • Deep knowledge of Resin and other packaging markets by region

  • Experience with supplier management

  • Ability to develop actionable implementations plans

  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to Procurement and Category Management

  • Extensive knowledge of Resin/Molding/Flexible Film Category technologies and products

  • Strong influences and negotiations skills

  • Experience leading teams – both with direct staff and indirect project teams


Category Management


CHMN Office of the Chairman


United States > Abbott Park : AP52 Floor-1





Yes, 15 % of the Time




Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

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