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Category Manager, Commercial & Indirect Purchasing (Hybrid)

Primary Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2216086 Category Purchasing Division AbbVie

Welcome to AbbVie!

At AbbVie, we offer you the resources and a global reach to empower your innovative mindset.  From day one, we’ve known it takes teamwork and collaboration to develop the scientific breakthroughs, innovative pipelines, and therapies that change millions of patients’ lives around the world. In short, we know it takes “you” to make those ground-breaking advancements happen. We take pride in serving and supporting our communities and protecting the environment, making a lasting impact that's felt within healthcare and beyond.

We are now recruiting a Category Manager, Commercial & Indirect Purchasing to join our diverse Purchasing Supplier Management team.  

So, let’s tell you a little more about this role…


It’s an exciting time to join AbbVie Procurement!  Our mission is to reduce costs, improve quality and compliance, mitigate risks, increase agility and speed to market, and leverage suppliers to drive innovation for AbbVie patients, our North Star.  We developed objectives and deliverables to help us achieve our mission and deliver our culture imperative:  Continue to create a strategic, performance driven, values-led organization, focused on agility/accountability, transparency, innovation, and development.

The Category Manager will actively drive the development and implementation of strategies associated with the AbbVie Sales & Marketing (Commercial) Organization.  The role will work closely with the Commercial team across multiple brands and therapeutic areas delivering value and cost-optimization opportunities, improving financial and operational performance.  This dynamic environment has grown significantly to support integration of Pharmacyclics and Allergan companies, in addition to a pipeline of new product indications and launches.  In this role, you will see a direct impact of your work to the patients we support!

Responsibilities include:

  1. Category Management

  • Manage subcategories of services; understand existing landscape and become a strategic advisor to stakeholders to deliver on future vision and needs

  • Optimize supply base to improve performance, financials, reduce total costs, improve quality (customer satisfaction), customer relations, and drive on-time, on-budget delivery

  • Implement and/or improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

  • Develop and/or optimize Preferred Supplier Networks (PSNs) to improve consistency, terms and benefits amongst network suppliers

  • Perform data analysis for procurement projects and supplier management, including but not limited to pricing benchmarks, supplier metrics and research, master data management, performance monitoring, savings reporting

  • Partner with legal to draft and negotiate supplier contracts to ensure timely completion and execution of agreements

  • Focus on continuous improvement and innovation; identify initiatives to drive category value such as standardized rate cards, make vs. buy, removing redundancy, etc.

  1. Sourcing

  • Develop and implement short, mid, and long-term procurement and sourcing optimization strategies in alignment with stakeholders and Category Lead

  • Responsible for identifying vendors and implementing strategies: RFx / Auctions / Targeted Negotiations, as aligned with Category Lead

  • Develop and manage sourcing events, including RFx documents (leverage existing templates), supplier presentations, scorecards, negotiations, and contract execution

  • Work must be performed to a high ethical standard, in compliance with the law and AbbVie policies and procedures

  1. Governance & Supplier Diversity

  • Monitor supplier performance and work across different forums, stay apprised of initiatives, innovation, improve communication

  • Work in partnership with sourcing colleagues to negotiate/renegotiate deals and contracts with suppliers to include pricing and delivery schedules, ensuring supplier risk management, compliance guidelines and protocols are followed

  • Work with Category Lead to identify diverse supplier opportunities, increase diverse spend/utilization


Education, Technical Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher or 4 years of equivalent work experience

  • 7 or more years of procurement/negotiations experience required

  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook

  • Experience with SRM, Ariba, Apptus, Sievo, Provalido a plus

  • Experience drafting and managing Request for Proposals (RFI, RFP) and conducting supplier negotiations

  • Ability to effectively communicate to all team members, stakeholders, management, and suppliers

  • Ability to prioritize and organize workload across multiple projects

  • Ability to develop and grow relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers 

  • Self-motivated, able to work with minimal direction

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to generate insights and drive action

  • Strong influencing skills 

High Level Measurement of Success:

  • Will have met individual and team annual savings target across three primary savings types (P&L, working capital, cost efficiency/avoidance) as set by

Category Lead, Director Commercial & Indirect Procurement

  • Will have contributed towards overall advancement of category strategies
    Will have strengthened stakeholder and supplier relationships

Additional Role Information:

  • Individual contributor role, reports directly to Category Lead within the Commercial and Indirect Procurement organization

  • Qualified individuals will be able to work in one of the following AbbVie office locations: Madison NJ, Lake County IL, South San Francisco, or Irvine CA

So, does this all sound like the right role for you? Then come join AbbVie!

AbbVie is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop innovative solutions for patients and being part of an inclusive work environment

AbbVie is an equal opportunity employer including disability/vets. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran or active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran or a person’s relationship or association with a protected veteran, including spouses and other family members, or any other protected group status. We will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, individuals with a disability, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans or active-duty wartime or campaign badge veterans. The Affirmative Action Plan is available for viewing in the Human Resources office during regular business hours.

Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

Travel: No

Job Type: Experienced

Schedule: Full-time

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