• Abbott
  • $122,260.00 -195,330.00/year*
  • Streamwood, IL
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 19 E Streamwood Blvd

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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

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 \"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.

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

Considered an SME across categories. Strong understanding of \"One Procurement\" category strategies and work on projects that impact the \"One Procurement\" team.

Is recognized as an expert within own area. Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Act as a lead, coordinating work but may not be a supervisor.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • First line responder; pivots between strategy and operations. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.
  • Execute against larger category strategies and work in the guidance of strategic category leaders
  • Researches and evaluates products and suppliers. Performs value analysis on costs and supplier quotes.
  • Recommends process improvements to streamline for efficiencies.
  • Analyzes complex problems and delivers solutions
  • Support PO conversion - non transactional and decisive negotiations
  • Manage PO approvals - up to $1,000,000
  • Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development
  • Support Ops issues and invoice error resolution. Solves complex problems
  • PO change management and evaluate the cause for change.
  • Enable supplier integration and KPI's
  • Drive value and lead savings outcomes
  • Collaboration with functions
  • Develops bids and proposal formats. Lead complex RFPs as well as lead small projects
  • Strategic Thinking

  • Provides advice/direction in primary areas of expertise.
  • Communicate and educate appropriate departments to provide appropriate supporting documentation for purchases.
  • Relationship Management

  • Develop and leads agreed purchasing strategies for category
  • Seek, develop and establish business relationships with diverse suppliers
  • Meet regularly with divisional customers and lead functions to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement for efficiencies.
  • Responsible for performance management of all supportive personnel (non-exempts)
  • Leading People

  • Responsible for leading and mentoring Associate Specialist and Specialist procurement personnel. Provides guidance and training to Specialist.
  • Understand and apply cultural awareness with foreign business entities
  • Drive and grow strong effective business relationships with suppliers, clients and customers.
  • Compliance

    Responsible to drive compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures.


  • 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, ivision and Corp requisitioners, Division Commercial and operations stakeholders
  • Staff Size

    May have supervisory responsibilities for non-exempts

    Business Impact

    PO Spend up to $1,000,000

    Minimum Education

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

    Minimum Experience/Training Required

  • 4-6 years of Engineering, Consulting, or Procurement experience. Functional experience.
  • Project management skills.
  • Excellent people skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Proficient in the use of spreadsheet programs
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills

  • Associated topics: cytometry, drug discovery, food scientist, histology, metabolism, microbiology, nephrology, pharmacy, therapeutic, transfection

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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