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Abbott Procurement Analyst in Lake Forest, 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 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Internal Job Title: Sr. Specialist - Procurement

Location: Lake Forest, IL

Job Description


Responsible for executing against the purchasing and supply management strategies created by the Category Managers. Work intimately with customers, divisions and the Category managers driving the "One Abbott Procurement" model. Provide superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. The Sr. Specialist has delegated authority to commit company funds. This position will work on the definition and resolution of known or anticipated problems in value, quality, feasibility and specifications in the procurement of goods and services while contributing cost savings, partnerships with suppliers and other value-added activities to support customer needs and expectations. Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels. Considered an SME across categories. Strong understanding of "One Procurement" category strategies and work on projects that impact the "One Procurement" team. Is recognized as an expert within own area. Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Act as a lead, coordinating work but may not be a supervisor.

  • First line responder, pivots between strategy and operations. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

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

  • Researches and evaluates products and suppliers. Performs value analysis on costs and supplier quotes.

  • Recommends process improvements to streamline for efficiencies.

  • Analyzes complex problems and delivers solutions.

  • Support PO conversion - non-transactional and decisive negotiations.

  • Educate on existing solutions and enable performance and tech tools development.

  • Support Ops issues and invoice error resolution.

  • Solves complex problems.

  • PO change management and evaluate the cause for change. Enable supplier integration and KPI's.

  • Drive value and lead savings outcomes.

  • Collaboration with functions.

  • Develops bids and proposal formats. Lead complex RFPs as well as lead small projects.

  • Provides advice/direction in primary areas of expertise.

  • Communicate and educate appropriate departments to provide appropriate supporting documentation for purchases.

  • Develop and leads agreed purchasing strategies for category.

  • Seek, develop and establish business relationships with diverse suppliers. Meet regularly with divisional customers and lead functions to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement for efficiencies.

  • Executes against the goals set by the Category Leads /Managers/Directors.

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

  • Travel: 0 - 10%



Bachelor’s Degree (± 16 years); Engineering, Science, Business, or Finance, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience


Minimum 4 years:

  • Procurement and Functional experience.

  • Project management skills.

  • Excellent people skills,

  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Proficient in the use of spreadsheet programs.

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).

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

  • CPM certification desired.

Preferred Experience, etc.:

  • Above procurement work experience out of Fortune 500 medical device or similar healthcare industry corporations. Will consider relevant experience from other regulated industries, e.g. Defense, Automotive, Aviation, etc.

  • SAP experience (e.g. ProcurePay)

  • Excel experience with any: financial models, pricing, comparative analysis of proposals from other companies, pivot tables, etc.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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