Senior Specialist, Purchasing

Lake County, IL, US
Apr 18, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Senior Purchasing Specialist works within the Purchasing & Supplier Management (PSM), which provides sourcing direction to multiple functional areas within the company. The role supports the Purchasing Manager and is responsible for developing, optimizing and ensuring the delivery of approved category strategies at the site in concert with the Corporation's overall strategies. The position's objective is to lead the co-ordination of AbbVie's site spends and local suppliers to obtain the maximum value for the money spent measured through the delivery of cost savings.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Work with the Purchasing Manager in AbbVie to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities
  • Develop and implement short term and long term cost reduction strategies established by management
  • Lead role in developing supplier base to expand business, improve financials, reduce in-house / total costs, improve quality (customer satisfaction), customer relations, and on-time deliveries. Identify potential vendors in alignment with respective Category Manager and preferred supplier network (PSN)
  • Full responsibilities for developing strategy: RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auction. Responsible for running local tenders, aligned with direction from Purchasing Manager and respective Category Manager
  • Identify areas to improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Review with business stakeholders and drive improvements forward
  • Perform and collect due diligence information required for evaluating and approving new suppliers, in line with the Preferred Supplier Networks. Making recommendations to improve / enhance PSN
  • Data analysis for purchasing projects and supplier management (supplier metrics and research, master data, market basket analysis, pricing analysis, monthly/quarterly reporting of KPI's, savings reporting)
  • Develop and write all sourcing event documents. Ensure compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations
  • Works with high ethical standard, in compliance with the law and the AbbVie policies and procedures

Required Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of procurement/negotiations experience in purchasing preferably but not limited to Pharmaceutical.
  • Experience in purchasing preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Strong experience with writing request for proposal/information (RFP/RFI)'s.
  • Solid experience conducting vendor negotiations.
  • Bachelor's degree or 4 years equivalent work experience preferred

Preferred qualifications and Skills
  • 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 stakeholders
  • Ability to comprehend procurement processes as well as basic knowledge of indirect products and services used globally •
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction.