Apr 26, 2024

Senior Procurement Specialist

  • Abbott
  • Lake Forest, IL, USA
Full time Manufacturing Purchasing-Procurement Research Strategy-Planning Supply Chain

Job Description

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology. 

Working at Abbott
At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:
•    Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
•    Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
•    An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
•    Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
•    A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune. 
•    A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists. 

The Opportunity

Abbott is seeking candidates for the position of Procurement Senior Specialist to support multiple categories: Biologics, Chemicals and membranes based out of Lake Forest, IL. This role will be expected to develop and lead assigned Category Procurement Strategies across the assigned regions for Abbott’s Rapid Diagnostics business, working closely with Abbott’s Global Procurement team to drive synergies. They will:

  • Work closely with key stakeholders in both Corporate and Division organizations to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans.
  • Be accountable for building and nurturing stakeholder relationships by serving as a business partner, helping identify critical business requirements and providing sourcing and procurement services.
  • 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.
  • Leverage market and supplier knowledge to drive lower total cost of ownership.
  • Represent Abbott strategically in the industry and community.  
  • Develop and mentor peers on the category subject matter and sourcing strategies.
  • Proactively identifies areas of opportunity for new business opportunities, process improvement, and cost efficiencies.


  • Develop and lead category strategies in collaboration with senior leadership and execute to completion that have impact upon global business.
  • Anticipates internal/external business challenges and drives change.
  • Lead project teams to achieve milestones and objectives. Lead project teams responsible for selection of category strategy. Recruit, mentor, train and develop talent.
  • Research and evaluate business requirements and suppliers.
  • Drive value and savings for categories.
  • Collaborates with other functions.
  • Develop and execute competitive bidding processes (e.g.  RFPs, RFIs, RFQs...).
  • Lead in-person fact-based negotiations with senior executives from suppliers based on an internally approved plan and goals. Demonstrate the ability to translate potential contractual risk into desired outcomes.
  • Prepare analytical reports and dashboards to influence stakeholders/customers without authority.
  • Solves complex problems and proposes practical solutions.
  • Perform value analysis on costs and supplier quotes.
  • Create and manage project plans, identify resources to support projects, drive multiple projects through complex sourcing processes and ensure end results meet the requirements
  • Support the development and completion of contracts, CDAs, statement of work (SOW) and standard operating procedure (SOP). 
  • Ensures all procurement policies and procedures are aligned with internal stakeholders e.g. Legal, Risk Management, QA, Regulatory, Purchasing/Supply Chain.
  • Recommend process improvements to streamline for efficiencies.

Experience Level

Entry-level (0-5 years), Intermediate (5-10 years)

Education Required

Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Supply Chain, Business and/or technical area (e.g. Biological Sciences).

Required Experience


Required skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Supply Chain, Business and/or technical area (e.g. Biological Sciences).
  • Class A, APICS, Lean or Six Sigma certification or experience preferred.
  • 3-6 years of procurement, supply chain or operations experience preferably in direct procurement.
  • Experience in a highly regulated matrix environment.
  • Experience dealing with Privacy data requirements and contracting (PII, HIPAA, PCI, PHI).
  • Skilled negotiator with knowledge of contract structures and language.
  • Change management experience with strong influencing skills.
  • Mastery of excel including proficiency in excel and other analytical tools.

Preferred Skills:

  • Proficient communication skills; verbal and written for recommendations and presentations.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong initiative, work ethic and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to network through organization.
  • MBA preferred.

Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:  www.abbottbenefits.com 

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life.

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal 

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