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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.


Primary Function

Responsible for leading and executing the purchasing supply management activities for all categories and sub categories. Work closely with key stakeholders in both Corporate and Division organizations to develop effective 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 Tier 3 supply chains. Leverage extensive market and supplier knowledge to drive lower TCO. Represent Abbott strategically in the industry and community. Is recognized as a thought leader within strategic discipline. Significantly influences functional strategy. Leads initiatives.

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).

Considered an SME across categories. Strong understanding of \"One Procurement\" category strategies and work on projects that impact the \"One Procurement\" team. Focus on the Facilities Service category.

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
  • Anticipates internal/external business challenges and drives change
  • Lead project teams to achieve milestones and objectives
  • Solves complex problems, takes a broad perspective to identify solutions
  • Manage PO approvals - up to $2,000,000
  • Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development
  • Solves complex problems, takes a broad perspective to identify solutions
  • Develop supplier KPI's and management
  • Drive value and savings for categories
  • Collaboration with functions
  • Strategic Thinking

  • Leveraging professional expertise and relationships to contribute to strategy and drive business results. Leads the development of functional strategy.
  • Leads change and innovation. Stimulates creativity and innovation in others. Open to new ideas. Supports change and take risks. Promotes a Global Perspective.
  • Define 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

    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.

    Develop and 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

    Continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance and to provide overall value.

    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. Recruit, mentor, train and develop talent.

    Identifies 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 Divisional Vice President/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 Legal, head of HR, Head of Finance, Division Purchasing leadership, Division commercial and operations stakeholders. Core and Lead Agents.

    Staff size

    Manage virtual team and project staff up to 5-10 people. Directly manages all Specialist roles.

    Direct budget Responsibility

    Financial implications of the Spend ranging up to $ 50-75MM. Cumulative Category budgets ranging up to $1-2MM.

    Business Impact

  • Spend: $25-50MM
  • Suppliers: 250-500
  • Connection within business: 1-5
  • Span of control: global
  • Minimum Education

    BA or equivalent experience required: MBA preferred. Successful, 3+ year track record within procurement and supply chain management. Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or similar certification desirable. Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar certification desirable.

    Minimum Experience/Training Required

  • 5-8 years of Procurement and /or deep Category experience. Some functional experience.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Robust people skills that include developing strong relationships and solving problems.
  • Strong use of spreadsheet programs.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Excellent 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. Facilities Management experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of category technologies and products.
  • Good negotiating skills.
  • Some experience leading teams.

  • Associated topics: advertising, advertising promoting, brand ambassador, brand marketing, business, manage, marketing, marketing specialist, product marketing, project manager

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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