Abbott Director, Category Procurement in Abbott Park, 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.

Manages within the sub-function or related sub-functions. Typically a highly experienced manager. Decisions tend to be more tactical and operational. Geographic scope of operation tends to be at the country level. Typically accountable for budget. Responsible for purchasing the services and supplies necessary for the organisation's operations. Activities include sourcing, evaluating and selecting suppliers and vendors, negotiating supply contracts, and monitoring the quality and timeliness of materials and services supplied.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Highly experienced in the management of purchasing and procurement for various functions' needs.

  • In addition to the day-to-day managerial function, the role will incorporate strategic and policy development aspects that will have medium term consequences on the operation of the function.

  • Responsible for purchasing of office stationary and office equipments, specific supplies, supervises employees in contacting suppliers requesting quotations, determines parts or product specifications and negotiates prices, delivery schedules, and other conditions as required.

  • Evaluates the need for change.


  • Professional BA/BS or equivalent experience required. MBA preferred.

  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or similar certification desirable.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar certification desirable.

  • Successful 10+ year track record within procurement and supply chain management, including deep category experience.

  • Some functional experience in both procurement and category specialty.

  • Strong organizational skills, including program/project governance and increased levels of staff oversight.

  • Direct experience leading governance boards of large multi-disciplinary projects.

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Strong inter-disciplinary and excellent inter-cultural influence and networking skills.

  • Broad international experience and globally astute.

  • Deep knowledge of markets by region.

  • World class supplier management.

  • Evidence of participation in strategic industry forums.

  • Strong ability to develop and execute against actionable implementation plans.

  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to procurement and category management.

  • Broad knowledge of category technologies and products.

  • Strong ability to influence multiple stakeholders with superior negotiating skills.

  • Experience leading multiple teams - both with direct staff and indirect project teams.

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