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Abbott Senior Procurement Specialist - Mechanical in Abbott Park, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements category strategies, procurement plans and deliver results for value creation and cost savings in the fast-changing business environment.

  • Has the ability to manage business complexities and provide road map for sustainable solutions.

  • Lead projects/initiatives that have significant impact upon global business by achieving project milestones and objectives.

  • Lead supplier identification / selection and negotiations of strategic supplier contracts with key suppliers of assigned categories

  • Anticipates internal/external business challenges and drives change

  • Develop supplier KPI's and management

  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholder to support and proactively respond to business needs

  • Ensure adherence to Corporate Procurement guidelines.

  • Leveraging professional expertise and relationships to contribute to strategy and drive business results. Leads development of functional strategy.

  • Leads change and innovation. Stimulates creativity and innovation in others. Open to new ideas. Supports change and take risks. Promotes a Global Perspective.

  • Understands the common category needs of multiple business units and to leverage Abbott’s strengths to obtain best values for the businesses.

  • Educate stakeholders on industry best in class product and category solutions.

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

  • Partner with business leaders to manage and align the category. Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments, and external partners to ensure adequate and timely delivery of agreed services, in line with agreed service levels.

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

  • 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 good customer service

  • Continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance and to provide overall value.


Position Scope

Key Organizational Relationships:

  • Category Lead, Manager, Senior Manager

  • Division Purchasing leadership

  • Division Commercial and operations stakeholders


  • Spend range: 150MM

  • Num. of connections within business: 20-30

  • Span of control: global

Minimum Education

  • BS (Engineering) or equivalent experience required: MBA preferred

  • Successful, 5+ year track record within procurement and supply chain management

  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or similar certification desirable

  • Master's degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations or a related field is desirable

Minimum Experience / Skills Required

  • 5+ years of Procurement and /or deep Category experience. Some functional experience.

  • Agile and Creative

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills

  • Dealing with ambiguity

  • International experience

  • Expert of markets by regions

  • Rich experience with Supplier management

  • Ability to develop actionable implementation plans

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

  • Deep knowledge of category technologies and products.

  • Strong negotiating skills

  • Some experience leading teams

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