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AbbVie Senior Purchasing Specialist in North Chicago, Illinois

About AbbVie

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter ( , Facebook ( , Instagram ( , YouTube ( and LinkedIn ( .

Qualified individuals will be able to work in one of the following AbbVie office locations: Madison NJ, Lake County IL, South San Francisco CA, Sunnyvale CA ,or Irvine CA.

  • Work with the Purchasing Manager in AbbVie to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities

  • Develop and implement short term and long term cost reduction strategies established by management

  • Lead role in developing supplier base to expand business, improve financials, reduce in-house / total costs, improve quality (customer satisfaction), customer relations, and on-time deliveries. Identify potential vendors in alignment with respective Category Manager and preferred supplier network (PSN)

  • Full responsibilities for developing strategy: RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auction. Responsible for running local tenders, aligned with direction from Purchasing Manager and respective Category Manager

  • Identify areas to improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Review with business stakeholders and drive improvements forward

  • Perform and collect due diligence information required for evaluating and approving new suppliers, in line with the Preferred Supplier Networks. Making recommendations to improve / enhance PSN

  • Data analysis for purchasing projects and supplier management (supplier metrics and research, master data, market basket analysis, pricing analysis, monthly/quarterly reporting of KPI’s, savings reporting)

  • Develop and write all sourcing event documents. Ensure compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations

  • Works with high ethical standard, in compliance with the law and the AbbVie policies and procedures


  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of procurement/negotiations experience in purchasing preferably but not limited to Pharmaceutical.

  • Experience in purchasing preferred.

  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.• Strong experience with writing request for proposal/information (RFP/RFI)’s

  • Solid experience conducting vendor negotiations.

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent work experience

  • Ability to effectively communicate to all team members, stakeholders, management, and suppliers• Ability to prioritize and organize workload across multiple projects

  • Ability to develop and grow relationships with stakeholders

  • Ability to comprehend procurement processes as well as basic knowledge of indirect products and services used globally

  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction

  • Experience in Professional Services, Consulting, Contract Labor, Travel, Meetings & Events, IT Procurement and Business Technology Services categories is preferred

Significant Work Activities

Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


Yes, 5 % of the Time

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Equal Employment Opportunity

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.