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Abbott Procurement Specialist, Operations in Abbott Park, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries

Our location in Abbott Park, IL, currently has an opportunity for a Procurement Specialist, Operations. The Procurement Specialist applies experience and procurement knowledge to execute the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work with customers, internal and external, and the Divisions to solve issues and drive high levels of customer service. This role will work across multiple verticals. The position will be responsible for Operational support of various indirect categories within the US Regional Procurement Operations team. The Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds while executing contract related requests in partnership with suppliers and internal customers.

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

  • Full understanding of the "One Procurement" strategies. Strong knowledge and project work across multiple categories that impact the team positively.

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


  • First line responder; pivots between strategy, operations and transactional sourcing

  • Execute against category strategies and work in the guidance of operations and strategic category leaders

  • Manage Agreement/SOWs/RFI's/Ordering documents. Assist with supplier selection.

  • 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 and contract execution - up to $199,999

  • 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

  • Adhere to established operational support service level agreements

  • Collaboration with functions

  • Performs routine professional-based activities and contribute to and manage some projects

  • Communicate with appropriate departments to clarify request and obtain appropriate supporting documentation for the purchase

  • Contribute data and category insights in support of purchasing strategies for category

  • Seek and support business relationships with customers and suppliers

  • Meet regularly with divisional customers and support functions to ensure good customer satisfaction and continuous improvement

  • 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 Regional Procurement Operations Managers

  • Seek innovative ways to maintain and improve procurement processes, cycle times, total acquisition costs, and customer service levels.



  • Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering, Science, Business, or Financial Degrees.

  • 2-4 years of or Procurement experience.


  • CPM certification desired

  • 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


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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