Purchasing Specialist I

Lake County, IL, United States
Nov 18, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .


The Purchasing Specialist I 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 implementing, 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 coordinate AbbVie's site spend and local suppliers to obtain the maximum value for the money spent measured through the delivery of cost savings.

  • Support the Purchasing Manager in AbbVie to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities
  • Assist with implementing short term and long term cost reduction strategies established by management
  • Works with high ethical standard, in compliance with the law and the AbbVie policies and procedures
  • Support development of 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 help develop strategy: RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auction. Responsible for running local tenders, aligned with direction from Purchasing Manager and respective Category Manager
  • Ensure compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations. Improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Secures financial / saving reports
  • Support and collect due diligence information required for evaluating and approving new suppliers, in line with the Preferred Supplier Networks
  • 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)

  • Bachelor's degree or 4 years equivalent work experience A minimum of 2 years of procurement/negotiations experience in purchasing preferably but not limited to the pharmaceutical industry Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook. Strong experience with writing RFX's. Solid experience conducting vendor negotiations.
  • Desired: Ability to prioritize and organize workload across multiple projects Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Possesses ability to learn and utilize other software tools as necessary Strong organizational skills required to coordinate and manage multiple cross divisional work process and projects

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