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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 
Responsible for thepurchasing and supply management activities for assigned categories and sub categories. Drive "One Abbott Procurement" vision across divisions globally and influences synergies among divisions. Work closely with key stakeholders in both Corporate and Division organizations to develop effecitve cost reduction strategies and implementation plans. Nurture stakeholder relationships by serving as a business partner, helping identify critical business requirements and providing sourcing and procurement services that meet expectations. Drive reduced total cost of ownership by optimizing Tier 2 and Iier 3 supply chains. Leverage extensive market and supplier knowledge to drive lower TCO. Represent Abbott strategically in the industry and community.

Proactively identifies areas of opportunity for new business opportunities, process improvement, and cost efficiencies.

Provides insight to the business unit on how to best develop and leverage Supplier capabilities for the organization(s).

Core Job Responsibilities 

  •  Develops plans and delivers results in fast changing businesses environments.
  •  Develops and implements procurement plans and strategies to support business needs.
  •  Lead projects/initiatives that have significant impact upon global business.
  •  Lead project teams to achieve milestones and objectives.
  •  Anticipates internal/external business challenges and drives change.
  •  Solves complex problems, takes a broad perspective to identify solutions.

Strategic Thinking 

  • Understands and contributes to the business unit strategy, based on the specific business and technology expertise, and translates business strategy for category.
  • Leads change and innovation. Stimulates creativity and innovation in others. Open to new ideas. Supports change and take risks.Promotes a Global Perspective.
  • Define and champion category procurement strategy for Abbott- align with overall strategy and be an enabler
  • Drive Total Cost of Ownership reductions for category. Clearly define category taxonomy and manage baseline
  • Coordinate across corporate, functions, divisions to share best practices and adherence to guidelines.
  • Understands the overall needs of multiple business units and to negotiate an accepted portfolio meeting the most strategic needs ofthe category.
  • Measure and track internal performance for Abbott users.
  • Advise business unit(s) about similar strategies employed by other healthcare companies.
  • Manage initiatives that span virtual teams across the world and cross cultures.

Relationship Management 

  • Influence and partner with business leaders (Manager, Director) to manage and align the category. Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments, and external partners to ensure adequate and timely delivery of agreed services, in line with agreed service levels.
  • Partner and collaborate with key One Procurement staff of other Abbott divisions in order to support cross divisional business initiatives, and explore Procurement synergies and efficiencies.
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with key category vendors as well as counterparts at other Healthcare/Consumer companies. Manage ongoing Supplier relationships.
  • Implement agreed purchasing strategies for category
  • Initiate a collaborative environment among stakeholders
  • Maintain strong relationships across various functions, demonstrate the value-add of leveraging and build enthusiasm and support for adoption.
  • Ensure optimal balance between value for money and cost savings is achieved, while ensuring quality and good customer service
  • Monitor market dynamics for category across regions
  • Continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance.
  • Manage category projects across business unit, and division wide when and where applicable. Participate in business projects based on category expertise.

Leading People 

Lead project teams responsible for selection of category strategy. Responsible for people leadership.Confronts and deals with people issues in a constructive and timely manner. Responsible for overall morale of team and promotes cohesive attitude. Execute against established staffing/resources plan.


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


Operates with goals set by the DVP/Senior Director of Category.

Erroneous decisions would normally result in failure to complete projects critical to major objectives of the category.Has direct impact on budgets, expenses and major project completion.

Key Organizational Relationships:

  • Corporate head of Procurement
  • Manufacturing Head of Divisions
  • Functional Heads ex: head of IT, head of Legal
  • Division Purchasing leadership
  • Division commercial and operations stakeholders
  • Core and Lead Agents

Direct Budget Responsibility 

Financial implications of the Spend ranging up to $ 100-150MM.

Business Impact 

Span of control: global

Minimum Education 

BS (Engineering) or equivalent experience required: MBA preferred; Successful, 5+ year track record within procurement and supply chain management; Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or similar certification desirable; Master's degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations or a related field is desirable

Minimum Experience/Training Required 

  • 6-8 years of Procurement and /or deep Category experience. Some functional experience.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills
  • International experience
  • Some knowledge of markets by regions
  • Some experience with Supplier management
  • Ability to develop actionable implementation plans
  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to Procurement and Category Management.
  • Deep knowledge of category technologies and products.
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Some experience leading teams
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Job Breakdown

Job ID: 30056777

Job Family: Category Management

Division: GPS Global Purchasing Services

Location: United States - California - Sylmar

Additional Locations: United States - Illinois - Abbott Park

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Medical Surveillance: No

Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day) Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

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