Abbott Senior Specialist Procurement - IT Managed Services Category in Waukegan, 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.

Job Description Summary:

This position is responsible for implementing the Global Procurement and Supplier Management strategies created by the IT Category Manager; Drives the “One Abbott Procurement” model with key internal customers, divisions, and business leads; Provides superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity; Anticipates and resolves problems in value, quality, feasibility and specifications in the procurement of goods and services; Contributes cost savings, improves supplier relationships and performs other value added activities to support customer needs and expectations; Proactively seeks and leads innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and service levels; Understands "One Procurement" category strategies and completes projects that impact the "One Procurement" team; Uses delegated authority to commit company funds in accordance with strategic initiatives; Recognized as an expert within own area; Portrays specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise; Acts as a lead, coordinating work but may not be a supervisor.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Researches and understands IT strategic initiatives in collaboration with IT stakeholders and creates short/long term strategic plans for managed services

  • Develops sub-category strategies that align to the broader category strategy with guidance of leadership and executes to completion

  • Performs value cost analysis and optimizes financial results

  • Leads and executes competitive bids (e.g. RFP, RFI)

  • Champions process improvements that drive efficiencies, responsiveness, and controls

  • Prepares analytical reports and dashboards for customers

  • Assesses complex problems and proposes practical solutions

  • Manages contract legal reviews and purchase order approvals

  • Develops contract negotiation plans and executes for the customer

  • Responsible for delivering projects in cost savings, supplier rationalization, process changes, etc.

  • Leads governance meetings with key suppliers and documents minutes

  • Manages contracts and supplier performance

  • Identifies new opportunities for supplier synergies and KPI’s

  • Collaborates with other internal functions to drive outcomes

  • Provides advice/direction and expertise to internal customers

  • Acts as an escalation point for supplier issues

  • Educates stakeholders on the process and policies as appropriate

  • Seeks and establishes business working relationships with key suppliers

  • Assesses supplier risks and provides recommendations for mitigation

  • Meets regularly with divisional customers and leads functions to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement

Position Accountability / Scope:

  • Executes against the goals set by the Category Leads /Managers/Directors. Drive innovative ways to maintain and improve procurement processes, cycle times, total acquisition costs, and customer service levels.

  • Key Organizational Relationships: Category Lead, Manager, Senior Manager Functional Heads ex: head of IT, AQR, HR, Meeting Event Planners, Legal, Division Purchasing leadership, Division and Corp requisitioners, Division Commercial and operations stakeholders.

  • May have supervisory responsibilities for non- exempts.

  • PO Spend up to $1,000,000

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering, Science, Business, Financial or equivalent experience. CPM certification desired

Minimum Experience / Training Required:

4-6 years of Procurement experience. Functional experience. Project management skills. Excellent people skills, Excellent problem solving skills and Proficient in the use of spreadsheet programs. Strong communication skills (written and verbal). Strong 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