Abbott Specialist Procurement - Marketing in Abbott Park, Illinois

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Responsible for executing against the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work intimately with customers, divisions and the Category Managers driving the Abbott Global Procurement model. Provide high levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. The Specialist Procurement 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. Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels. This position is considered a “SME in training” across the vertical while maintaining a strong understanding of Procurement category strategies.


  • First line responder; pivots between strategy and operations.

  • Execute against larger category strategies and work with the guidance of strategic category leaders.

  • Manages SOWs, RFx, and ordering documents while assisting with supplier selections.

  • Performs value analysis on costs and supplier quotes.

  • Recommends process improvements to streamline for efficiencies.

  • Manages 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.

  • Supports PO conversion, non-transactional and some negotiations, with PO approval authority up to $750,000.

  • Communicate issues to leadership while driving for resolution.

  • Access technology and tools to effectively perform.

  • Supports Ops issues and drives invoice error resolution and lead resolution on issues and invoice error.

  • Enable supplier integration and KPIs.

  • PO change management and communicate trends of changes

  • Drive value and lead savings outcomes while collaborating with various functions.

  • Create and implement RFPs; lead RFPs as well as small projects.

  • Ability to work with various legal and business functions to execute Master Service Agreements and Statements of Work between Abbott and suppliers.

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

Exhibit cultural awareness with foreign business entities. Seek, develop, and maintain business relationships with suppliers, clients and customers.

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.


  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed.

  • Takes ownership and fulfills goals established by the Managers/Senior Director of Category.

  • Drives innovative ways to maintain and improve procurement processes, cycle times, total acquisition costs, and customer service levels.

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

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

Key Characteristics/Attributes:

  • Self-motivated, resourceful; drives for results

  • Personable, competent, and has the ability to drive assignments and strategies to achieve optimal results

  • Ability to manage many external and internal relationships

  • Demonstrates strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Capable of efficiently and quickly navigating sensitive/political situations

  • Project management skills with proficient use of excel. Strong ability to learn new systems and tools such as Provalido (Procurement tool).

  • Some experience leading projects

  • Good negotiation skills


Bachelors Degree: Engineering, Science, Business, Financial or equivalent experience. CPM certification desired 2-4 years of or Procurement experience. Functional experience. Strong people skills, strong 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.

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