Abbott Senior Specialist Procurement - Electronics in Abbott Park, Illinois

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Primary Job Function

Responsible for developing and executing category strategies for assigned categories within Electronics portfolio. Work intimately with customers, divisions and the cross-functional teams driving the "One Abbott Procurement" model. Provide superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. The Sr. Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds. This position will work on the definition and resolution of known or anticipated problems in value, quality, feasibility and specifications in the procurement of goods and services while contributing cost savings, partnerships with suppliers and other value-added activities to support customer needs and 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. Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels. Considered as Subject Matter Expert across categories by keeping oneself abreast with innovation pertinent to Abbott businesses.

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

  • Number 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.

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