Abbott Associate Specialist Procurement in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Primary Function

Applies experience and procurement knowledge to execute the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work with customers, internal and external, and the Divisions to solve issues and drive high levels of customer service. This role will work across multiple verticals. The position will be responsible for Operations and Tactical work with the various categories. The Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds while contributing cost savings and partnerships with suppliers and internal customers.

Proactively seek innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels

Full understanding of the "One Procurement" strategies. Strong knowledge and project work across multiple categories that impact the team positively.

Works within defined processes and procedures and may help determine appropriate approaches for change.

Core job responsibilities

  • First line responder; pivots between strategy,operations and transactional sourcing

  • Execute against category strategies and work in the guidance of strategic category leaders

  • Manage SOWs/RFI's/Ordering documents. Assist with supplier selection.

  • Manage day to day supply issues. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Communicates pertinent information to both internal customers and suppliers to keep apprised and to prevent problems.

  • Execute ad-hoc/one off buys

  • Support PO conversion - non transactional and some negotiations

  • Manage PO approvals - up to $750,000

  • Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development

  • Lead resolution on issues and invoice error.

  • PO change management and communicate trends of changes

  • Enable supplier integration and KPI's

  • Drive savings outcomes

  • Collaboration with functions

  • Create and implement RFPs.

Strategic thinking

Performs routine professional-based activities and contribute to and manage some projects.

Communicate with appropriate departments to clarify request and obtain appropriate supporting documentation for the purchase

Relationship management

  • Implement agreed purchasing strategies for category

  • Seek and support business relationships with diverse suppliers

  • Meet regularly with divisional customers and support functions to ensure good customer satisfaction and continuous improvement

Leading people

  • May have supervisory responsibilities for non exempts

  • Exhibit cultural awareness with foreign business entities

  • Seek, develop, and maintain business relationships with suppliers, clients and customers.


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



  • Executes against the goals set by the Category Leads/Managers.

  • Seek innovative ways to maintian and improve procurement processes, cycle times, total acquistition costs, and customer service levels.

  • Key Organizational Relationships:

  • Sr Specialist,Category Leads and Manager, AQR, HR, Legal

  • Division Operational Purchasing, Division and Corp requisitioners

  • Division Commercial and operations stakeholders

Business Impact

PO Spend up to $750,000

Minimum Education

Bachelors Degree: Engineering, Science, Business, or Financial Degrees. CPM certification desired

Minimum Experience/Training Required

  • 2-4 years of or Procurement experience.

  • Functional experience.

  • Strong people skills

  • Stong problem solving skills

  • Skilled in spreadsheet programs

  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Good interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email