Category Specialist

Lake County, IL, US
Oct 10, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
  • Work with the Purchasing Manager to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities and/or the sourcing process.
  • Implement short term and long term cost reduction strategies established by management and work with high ethical standard, in compliance with the law and the AbbVie policies and procedures.
  • Develop 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 and implement strategy: RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auction. Responsible for running local tenders, aligned with direction from Purchasing Manager and respective Category Manager
  • Develop and write all sourcing event documents, using existing templates and ensure compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations
  • Improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Secures financial / saving reports
  • Perform and collect due diligence information required for evaluating and approving new suppliers, in line with the Preferred Supplier Networks
  • Data analysis and administrative support 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)
  • May partner with legal to draft contracts while keeping close contact with respective suppliers to ensure timely completion and execution of agreements. Must leverage data from multiple sources and systems to support the negotiation process.
  • Work in partnership with sourcing colleagues to negotiate or renegotiate deals and contracts with supplier to include pricing and delivery schedules, while ensuring supplier risk management and compliance guidelines and protocols are followed.

  • Required:Bachelor's degree or 4 years equivalent work experience
  • Required:A minimum of 3 years of procurement/negotiations experience in purchasing preferably but not limited to Pharmaceutical.
  • Required:Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.Strong experience with writing RFX's.Solid experience conducting vendor negotiations.
  • Desired:Ability to lead communication strategy to all team members, stakeholders, management, and suppliers