Abbott Procurement Specialist - Meetings & Events in Abbott Park, Illinois

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JOB DESCRIPTION:

Job Description Summary

Applies Meetings & Events experience and procurement knowledge to execute the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work with customers, internal and external, and all the Divisions to solve issues and drive high levels of customer service to support the Global Meetings and Events program. This role will work in the Professional Services vertical. The position will be responsible for Operations and Tactical work within this category and serve as the primary business point of contact for our global meeting technology tool (Cvent) related to strategic oversight. Liaison with IT to proactively seek innovative ways to improve procurement processes and workflows within the meeting technology tool that will provide multiple internal users and suppliers with improved efficiency.

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.

Required to assist in the deployment of Global Strategic Meeting Management initiative.

Primary Job Function:

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 all the Divisions to solve issues and drive high levels of customer service. The position will be responsible for Operations and Tactical work within the Meetings & Events Category. The Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds while contributing cost savings and partnerships 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.

Core Job Responsibilities:

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

First-line responder; pivots between strategy, operations and transactional sourcing. Execute against category strategies and work in the guidance of strategic category leaders. Manage the meeting management tool for capture of data and spend including SOWs/RFI's/Ordering documents housed with within the meeting management system. Assist with supplier selection and manage day to day issues. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Communicates pertinent information to both internal customers and suppliers to keep apprised and to prevent problems. Execute adhoc/one off buys and support PO conversion - non transactional and some negotiations. Educate and train others 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. Enable supplier integration and KPI's. Drive savings outcomes. Collaboration with other functions. Create and implement RFPs. 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. Implement agreed purchasing strategies for category. Seek and support business relationships with diverse suppliers. Meet regularly with divisional customers and support functions to ensure good customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.

Position Accountability / Scope:

Executes against the goals set by the Category Leads/Managers. Seek innovative ways to maintain and improve procurement processes, cycle times, total acquisition costs, and customer service levels. Key Organizational Relationships: Manager of Strategic Meeting Management, Specialist/Sr Specialist, Category Leads and Managers, AQR, Legal, Division Operational Purchasing, Division and Corp requisitioners, and Division Commercial and operations stakeholders.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering, Science, Business, Financial or equivalent experience. CPM certification desired.

Minimum Experience / Training Required:

2-4 years of or Procurement experience, 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. Meeting & Events contract and HTML experience a plus.

JOB FAMILY:

Category Management

DIVISION:

GPS Global Purchasing Services

LOCATION:

United States > Abbott Park : AP52 Floor-1

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS:

United States > Abbott Park : AP52 Floor-LL

WORK SHIFT:

Standard

TRAVEL:

Yes, 5 % 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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