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Category Manager - Secondary Packaging

Primary North Chicago, Illinois Secondary Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2211200 Category Purchasing Division AbbVie

The Category Manager, Secondary Packaging will manage the execution of AbbVie purchasing strategies representing $130mm (2021) in annual expenditures and will deliver successful cross -divisional sourcing projects that yield benefits to the corporation including, savings, Assurance of Supply (AoS) re-engineered business processes, sustainable long-term agreements and risk mitigating supply strategies.

The Category Manager will also …

  • Conceive, initiate, develop, communicate, and manage the execution of purchasing strategies. Possess and maintains knowledge of spend vertical with ability to develop and manage long range plans for such spend category.

  • Deliver successful cross-divisional sourcing projects that yield benefits to the corporation including, savings, Assurance of Supply (AoS) re-engineered business processes, sustainable long-term agreements and risk mitigating supply strategies. Sets aspirational targets for the team; helps the team understand metrics for evaluating performance. Inspires high performance by holding the team accountable for key results; evaluates milestone achievement and addresses issues through appropriate channels.

  • Apply a skilled approach to the execution of the negotiation process including usage of information, best-of-breed practice, and deal closure. Properly converts the negotiated deals to performance based, legally sound contracts that serve as a guide for on-going supplier management and program sustainability.

  • Communicate with management and stakeholder groups affected by the teams sourcing decisions. The use of effective oral and written communication skills to achieve organization objectives and improve productivity is critical. Fosters the exchange of ideas and information as well as establishing productive working relationships and teams. Refined oral and written presentation skills.

  • Initiate and cultivate open, honest, and beneficial relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, and suppliers by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of other’s needs, promotes common goals and follows through on commitments. Adapt information to stakeholder’s needs delivers communications tailored to the needs of the receiver; uses appropriate language and level of detail for the receiver; provides specific feedback to others; writes clear executive summaries and persuasive proposals.

  • Take initiative to resolve conflicts constructively; diverts tensions away from individuals and toward work issues; probes for root causes of problems, collaborate to find mutually beneficial sustainable solutions, propose action steps, and assist in implementation. Maximize cultural sensitivity to influence positive long-term change with sustainable benefits for the corporation.

  • Use analytical abilities to gather, analyze and establish spend baselines as a starting point for each sourcing process. In addition, they must possess the analytical abilities to perform analyses of the spend data, market data and the various supplier proposals, to yield fact-based decisions that address the requisite needs of the key stakeholders for the spend under evaluation.

  • Apply timely execution of an established sourcing process for all projects. This includes all aspects of the process from initial project scope development through implementation. Identify and scope out new potential sourcing projects. Prepare scoping document to include scope and scale of project and key stakeholders.

  • Set direction on standards (what may be purchased), identifying points of supply (which suppliers become approved key suppliers), developing, executing, and managing a sourcing strategy and strategic initiatives for all Stakeholders to improve Purchasing’s overall and ultimate value. Gain senior level authorization for project activities and resource planning.

  • Be responsible for compliance with applicable AbbVie policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Chemistry/Biology or related field required.

  • 6 or more years of total combined experience required

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)-desired

  • Six Sigma certification highly preferred

  • Required experience: Recognized as Sourcing Authority, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, Seasoned Negotiator, Supply Chain Management, Production Planning, Value Engineering, Cost Analysis, Financial Analysis, familiarity with ARIBA, eBidding, eSourcing or equivalent tools, Quality Systems and Documentation, Regulatory Issues, Compliance, Contracting Experience, Commercial and Construction Law, Technical Experience. Computer Applications. Supervision of Matrix Organization, Strong Communication/Persuasion, Presentation, and Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to lead teams through the sourcing process and keep members focused on a fact-based conclusion without defaulting to a compromise position

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, execute and measure successful project implementations. Display the capabilities of project management by formulating complex project objectives and breaking them down to actionable tasks

  • Manage to meet key milestone dates that are critical to ensure a maximum savings impact on an annual basis

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Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time
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