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Purchasing Lead

San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico Req ID 2209136 Category Purchasing Division AbbVie

The primary function of Purchasing Lead is to economically and efficiently purchase goods and services commensurate with AbbVie policies and objectives, while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. Responsible for managing suppliers effectively and providing high levels of customer satisfaction. The Purchasing Lead works closely with affiliate management and employees, at the direction of the Regional Purchasing Assoc. Director. This position negotiates, develops, and implements agreements that maximize value and support client initiatives, standardizes materials, services and suppliers.  The Purchasing Lead is delegated the 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 and other value-added activity to support customer needs and expectations.    


  • Responsible for sourcing, bidding, negotiating, contracting, and purchasing goods and services in alignment with agreed category strategies.  Execute the competitive bidding process in accordance with the Organization’s Purchasing Policy
  • Understand the Organization’s approved buying channels and contracting policy for goods and services and help guide requestors to the appropriate buying channel.
  • Develop and maintain a supply base that ensures the best value for quality, delivery, pricing, service, etc.  Includes over-sight of all new vendor requests, in alignment with preferred supplier networks and relevant category strategy.
  • Support and implement preferred supplier network (PSN’s) for certain spend categories and help drive spend to these suppliers.  Proactive management of local suppliers including anticipation, resolution, and communication.  Analyze supplier performance using established rating systems (e.g., supplier metrics program, (e.g., SRM) suppliers’ goals, etc.).
  • Effectively develop and negotiate confidentiality agreements and any other agreement in alignment with agreed category strategies, at a financial approved and authorized for the position.
  • Support AbbVie category strategies and obtain client approval of category strategies.  Communicate with the relevant Category Manager to help identify major opportunities.
  • Perform on-going analysis and cost reductions to ensure the lowest overall cost and highest possible value. Identify, develop, and implement standardized buying practices to ensure adequacy of supply chain.  Educate requisitioners on the same.
  • Assures affiliate purchasing practices are compliant with Purchasing and Supplier Management (PSM) policies and procedures. Develops and maintains necessary files and records to maintain compliance and maximize performance in completing job functions.
  • Meet regularly with internal customers and support functions to ensure customer satisfaction and continuous improvement, including monthly / regular reporting and updates. Seek, develop, and maintain business relationships with regional colleagues, suppliers, and clients.
  • Responsible for the Supplier Diversity Program and Diversity Reporting, as required.  Includes assurance that Minority Certifications are updated as per expiration dates, spend goals are established, agreed upon and reported on a yearly basis, etc.

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Admnistration or Marketing or 4 years of equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of 6 years of progressive experience in a purchasing agent / buyer role, preferably in pharmaceutical industry.
  • Analytical, problem solving and interpersonal skills. Written and verbal skills enabling effective communication with all levels of management.
  • Knowledge of purchasing policies. Contract negotiations experience.
  • Preferred Qualifications: CPM certification desired (or equivalent).  Experience with SAP (SRM, ECC), e-Sourcing and contract management tools preferred, but not required.
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)Driving a personal auto or company car or truck, or a powered piece of material handling equipmentContinuous walking for prolonged periods (more than 2 hours at a time in an 8 hour day)Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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