Procurement Specialist - Clinical Research and R&D in Irvine California, California | DiversityInc Careers

Procurement Specialist - Clinical Research and R&D

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 Function

Understand the needs and process flows in product development  within, Pharma, Medical Devices, and/or Diagnostics areas. Facilitates the procurement activities for the stakeholders to bring best value for Abbott Laboratories 

Applies experience and procurement knowledge to execute the purchasing and supply chain management strategies created by the Category Managers.  Work with, internal stakeholders  and suppliers to solve issues and drive high levels of customer service. 

This role will work across multiple Divisions of Abbott.  The position will be responsible for Operations and Tactical work requiring management of stakeholders' request through data base, developing master service agreements, and statements of work. The position is expected to be a subject matter expert on procurement policies and will guide stakeholders on agreement  templates, preferred suppliers and cross divisional leverages.  The Specialist will have delegated authority to commit company funds while contributing to cost savings in partnerships with suppliers and internal customers.

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

Full understanding of the "Global Procurement Strategies".  Ability to work across regions and multiple categories on strategies that bring efficiencies through synergies and positive value to the organization.

Works within defined processes and procedures and may help determine appropriate approaches for change.

Core Job Responsibilities
  • First line responder; pivots between strategy,operations and transactional sourcing
  • Execute against category strategies and work in the guidance of strategic category leaders to drive saving goals
  • Manage MSA/SOWs/RFI's/Ordering documents. Assist with supplier Identification and selection.
  • Develop insights into the divisions' areas of product development, regulatory, quality assurance and supply chain to anticipate stakeholder needs and respond with value added solutions
  • Manage 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.
  • Execute ad-hoc/one off buys
  • Support PO conversion - non transactional and some negotiations
  • Manage PO approvals - as per the delegations
  • Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development
  • Lead resolution on issues and invoice error.
  • PO change management and communicate trends of changes
  • Enable supplier integration and KPI's
  • Collaboration with functions
  • Create and implement RFPs.
  • Strategic thinking
  • 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
  • Performs routine professional-based activities and contribute to and manage some projects.
  • Relationship management

Additional Job Description
  • Leading people
  • May have supervisory responsibilities for non exempts
  • Exhibit cultural awareness with foreign business entities
  • Seek, develop, and maintain business relationships with suppliers, clients and customers.


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

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


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

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