Sr Specialist Procurement

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your 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, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

Primary Job Function:

  • Contribute to the development and execution of road category procurement strategy.  Includes truck, intermodal and parcel services.
  • Executes against the goals set by the Category Leads, Managers and Director
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable corporate and divisional policies and procedures consistent with Abbott standard of business ethics and integrity
  • Point person for specific global, regional and local providers and responsible for leading partnership development
  • Point person for division supply chain operations leaders collaborating to resolve operational issues with providers
  • Supports regional category managers in LA, Europe and APAC for road strategy development, category management and provider partnership development
  • Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels

Core Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.

  • First line responder; pivots between strategy and operations.
  • 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.  
  • Provides advice/direction in primary areas of expertise. 
  • Develops supplier contracts, supports Divisions in creating statement of work and standard operating procedures. 
  • Ensures all Abbott procurement policies and procedures are aligned with internal stakeholders e.g. Legal, Risk Management, Division SC etc.
  • Communicate and educate appropriate departments to provide appropriate supporting documentation for purchases. 
  • Develop and leads agreed purchasing strategies for category.  
  • Seek, develop and establish business relationships with diverse suppliers. 
  • Meet regularly with divisional stakeholders and functional leads to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement for efficiencies. 
  • Responsible for performance management of all supportive personnel (non- exempts)

Position Accountability / Scope:

Develops comprehensive road category knowledge.  Strong working knowledge of operations.  Recognized as the SME in the road category.

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. 

Lead the development of road contracts, statement of works and standard operating procedures aligning with Procurement policies and division requirements.  Requires understanding of operations.  Requires understanding of providers needs and expectations.

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: Logistics, Supply Chain, Business, Financial or equivalent experience. 
  • Minimum Experience / Training Required: 4-6 years of or Procurement experience.  
  • Functional experience: 3-5 years experience with US Truckload supplier base
  • Project management skills: 3-5 years, CPM certification desired
  • 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.
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