Associate Business Systems Consultant - Purchasing and Supplier Management

Lake County, Illinois, USA
May 08, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Associate Business Systems Consultant is primary point of contact (POC) for Business Technology Solutions on business case and proposal development, project execution and strategy. He/she will establish and maintain strategic partnerships with the Purchasing and Supplier Management organization in order to help them meet their business and technical needs; Incumbent will lead efforts to simplify and improve "end to end" procurement processes from sourcing and contracting, to spend analytics and supplier management. He/she will partner with business unit clients in performing enterprise analysis to understand specific business processes, and identify improvement opportunities, and make recommendations of the best way to use technology. Associate Business System Consultant proactively seeks out strategic business opportunities (i.e. Supply Base Management) with high-level business unit executives. He/she provides advice, assistance and leadership in any area associated with the planning, procurement, provision, delivery, management, maintenance and effective business use of information systems for a business area. He/she analyzes business processes; elicits, analyzes and documents business requirements; identifies alternative solutions, assesses feasibility and makes recommendations typically seeking to exploit and leverage new or existing IT technology components. He/she translates business requirements into functional requirements; performs data and process modeling; manages change; and leads, coordinates/performs testing, verification, and validation of requirements.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Works directly with business unit clients to understand specific business processes and business drivers and business strategy across multiple business units; identifies and communicates resulting needs and opportunities for business process improvement that can be enabled via technology
  • Investigates and understands capabilities of existing systems and technologies already in use across the business area and similar and interconnected business areas in AbbVie and investigates available technologies applied to this business area in industry; identifies information required to support the business strategy and leads the development of appropriate information management strategies, developing them as an integrated part of the business strategy
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures  
  • Identifies current and emerging business needs and evaluates alternative business technology solutions using standard information systems methodologies and best practices. Proactively seeks out strategic business opportunities for the application of new or existing IT capabilities (across multiple business areas) with high-level business unit executives providing key opinion-leading clients with comprehensive strategic analyses and insights to help them discover strategic uses of IT products and services
  • Develops, leads, or reviews the creation of information systems strategy to support the strategic requirements of multiple business areas. Identifies the business benefits of alternative strategies. Ensures compliance between business strategies and technology directions. May prepare testing plans to confirm that requirements and system design are accurate and complete. Conducts training
  • Makes recommendations to process stakeholders regarding the correct approach to achieve process improvement objectives. These may include business process outsourcing, application development or adopting business process management (BPM) practices
  • Develops business relationships and integrates activities with other IT departments to ensure successful implementation and support of project efforts. Manages relationships between clients involved and IT organizations to assure effective communication between the groups is occurring. Brokers services within IT community on behalf of customers; coordinates portfolio of solutions, and identifies interdependencies
  • Allies with other IT functional areas to remain current on project status, and inform customer management of progress; conversely, keeps business relationship managers aware of user issues and resolves conflicts. Identifies the impact of any relevant statutory, internal or external regulations on the organization's use of information 
  • Has defined authority and responsibility for a significant area of work, including technical, financial and quality aspects. Establishes organizational objectives and delegates assignments. Accountable for actions and decisions taken by self and subordinates
  • Accountable for the accuracy of the fit of the proposed business process improvements and the technical solution to the business needs and the information upon which the business justification and prioritization decisions are made. Also accountable for communicating the business need and drivers to development groups to assure the implementation phase can fulfill the business need


  • Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent combination of education and work experience, Master's degree a plus
  • Minimum of 8 years of business systems consulting or equivalent business analysis work experiences (i.e. Process Mapping, Requirements Gathering and documentation). Experienced in implementing and supporting global systems
  • Deep procurement and technical skills on SAP Ariba platform; Experience on Ariba Supplier Life Cycle and Performance a plus
  • Strong understanding of SRM and Vendor master
  • Experience running multiple projects simultaneously with ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Exceptional analytical, conceptual and problem solving abilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strategic business understanding and vision, with ability to translate strategy into tactical execution
  • Determines and develops approach and solutions to problem
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled