Abbott Senior Manager, 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.

Primary Job Function:

Responsible for the purchasing and supply management activities for all categories and sub categories. Drive "One Abbott Procurement" vision across divisions globally and influences synergies among divisions. 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. 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). Primary point of contact for overall category needs. Responsible for prioritizing demand globally across the category.

Core Job Responsibilities:

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

Key responsibilities

  • Influence the business unit strategy and translates business strategy for category and aligned category strategy to programs and projects.

  • Champion change and innovation.

  • Stimulates creativity and innovation in others.

  • Open to new ideas. Supports those who initiate change and take risks.

  • Promotes a Global Perspective. Assists in defining category procurement strategy for Abbott- align with overall strategy and be an enabler.

  • Drives Total Cost of Ownership reductions for category through analytics.

  • Clearly define category taxonomy and manage baseline.

  • Coordinate across corporate, functions, divisions to share best practices and adherence to guidelines.

  • Ability to assess the overall needs of select business units and to negotiate an accepted portfolio meeting the most strategic needs of the category.

  • Measure and track internal performance for Abbott users.

  • Advise business unit(s) about similar strategies employed by other healthcare companies.

  • Lead initiatives that span virtual teams across the world and cross cultures

  • Influence and partner with business leaders (Director, Sr. Director level) to manage and align the category.

  • Set direction on standards, identifying points of supply, developing, executing and managing a global strategy and initiatives for all divisions and sites to improve Procurement's overall and ultimate value.

  • Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments 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.

  • Own and implement agreed purchasing strategies for category.

  • Foster a collaborative environment among stakeholders.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships across various function, 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 excellent customer service.

  • Monitor market dynamics for category across regions.

  • Continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance.

  • Manage category projects across business unit, and division wide when and where applicable

  • Lead business projects based on category expertise.

  • Lead project teams responsible for selection of category strategy.

  • Responsible for people leadership.

  • Recruit, mentor, train and develop talent. Address people issues in a constructive and timely manner.

  • Responsible for overall morale of team and promotes cohesive attitude.

  • Establishes staffing/resources plans determining appropriate mix of sourcing opportunities. Responsible for overall organizational effectiveness

Position Accountability / Scope:

Operates with goals set by the DVP/Senior Director of Category, but at the same time is highly self-motivated and directed. Erroneous decisions would normally result in failure to complete projects critical to major objectives of category. Has direct impact on budgets, expenses and major project completion.

Key Organizational Relationships:

  • Corporate head of Procurement

  • Commercial Head of Divisions

  • Manufacturing Head of Divisions

  • Functional Heads ex: head of IT, head of Legal

  • Division Purchasing leadership

  • Division commercial and operations stakeholders

  • Core and Lead Agents

  • Manage virtual team and project staff up to 20 people. Directly manages up to 6 leads.

  • Financial implications of the Spend ranging up to $ 100-200MM. Cumulative Category budgets ranging up to $1-2MM.

  • Incumbent is responsible for planning and executing against the long-range strategies for the corporation, impacting all divisions and all locations, domestically and internationally.


Provide corporate leadership by interfacing, presenting, recommending and updating strategies and initiatives to corporate and division senior management, including division presidents. Develop, maintain and improve relationships and strategies with local, national and international management. Assist, influence and coordinate procurement personnel across all Abbott locations to provide maximum value to the Corporation.


Spend: $100-200M

Number of suppliers managed: 500-1000

Num. of connections within business: 10-20

Span of control: global

Minimum Education:

BA/BS or equivalent experience required: MBA preferred

Successful, 7-10 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:

  • 7-10 years of Procurement and/or deep Category experience. Some functional experience.

  • Good organizational skills, including program/project management governance.

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills.

  • International experience

  • Deep knowledge of markets by regions

  • Experience with Supplier management

  • Ability to develop actionable implementation plans

  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to Procurement and Category Management.

  • Extensive knowledge of category technologies and products.

  • Strong influence and negotiating skills.

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

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email