Category Manager

Madison, New Jersey
Jul 18, 2021
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.


Job Description                                                                                            

Job Title: Category Manager


At AbbVie, the Purchasing and Supplier Management (PSM) organization partners with our internal business functions to source an uninterrupted supply of high quality, goods and services that improve healthcare and our patients’ lives. We drive innovation for our patients by increasing agility and speed to market, managing quality and compliance while mitigating risks and reducing costs. As a Category Manager, you will play a meaningful role within Purchasing & Supplier Management (PSM) and at AbbVie. You will identify productivity opportunities through data analysis and insights while seeking Enterprise efficiencies with critical suppliers for AbbVie's Research & Development function. You will deliver maximum value with strategic category management as measured through risk mitigation and cost savings.

How will you succeed?

  • Leads category sourcing initiative teams that encompass local, domestic and/or international purchasing organizations.
  • This position is responsible for establishing, articulating, and implementing sourcing strategies for individual spend categories, capital projects, supplier networks and / or geographic regions.
  • This position may be responsible for obtaining program buy-in from various stakeholder organizations.
  • The incumbent shall create and manage the project plan, identify the resources to support projects, drive  projects through a sourcing process and ensure end results meet the requirements of all organizations impacted.
  • This position requires a proactive approach that is: relationship orientated, customer focused and team orientated, analytical, creative,  dynamic, and demonstrative of continuous improvement.       


•Conceive, initiate, develop, communicate, and manage the execution of purchasing strategies representing a minimum of $25 million of annual expenditures. Possess and maintains knowledge of spend vertical with ability to develop and manage long range plans for such spend category.
•Delivers successful cross-divisional sourcing projects that yield benefits to the corporation including; savings, re-engineered business processes, sustainable long term agreements and risk mitigating supply strategies. Sets aspirational targets for the team; helps the team understand metrics for evaluating performance. Inspires high performance by holding the team accountable for key results; evaluates milestone achievement and addresses issues through appropriate channels.
•Skilled approach to execution of the negotiation process including usage of information, best-of-breed practice and deal closure. Properly converts the negotiated deals to performance based, legally sound contracts that serve as a guide for on-going supplier management and program sustainability.
•Communicates with management and stakeholder groups affected by the teams sourcing decisions.  The use of effective oral and written communication skills to achieve organization objectives and improve productivity is critical. Fosters the exchange of ideas and information as well as establishing productive working relationships and teams.
•Initiates and cultivates open, honest and beneficial relationships with colleagues and stakeholders by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of other’s needs, promotes common goals and follows through on commitments. Adapts information to stakeholder’s needs: delivers communications tailored to the needs of the receiver; uses appropriate language and level of detail for the receiver; provides specific feedback to others; writes clear executive summaries and persuasive proposals.
•Takes initiative to resolve conflicts constructively; diverts tensions away from individuals and toward work issues; probes for root causes of problems, collaborates to find mutually beneficial solutions, proposes action steps and assists in implementation. Maximizes cultural sensitivity to influence positive long-term change with sustainable benefits for the corporation.
•Uses analytical abilities to gather, analyze and establish spend baselines as a starting point for each sourcing process. In addition, they must possess the analytical abilities to perform analyses of the spend data, market data and the various supplier proposals, in order to yield fact based decisions that address the requisite needs of the key stakeholders for the spend under evaluation.
•Timely execution of an established sourcing process for all projects. This includes all aspects of the process from initial project scope development through implementation. Identify and scope out new potential sourcing projects. Prepare scoping document to include scope and scale of project and key stakeholders.
•Set direction on standards (what may be purchased), identifying points of supply (which suppliers become approved key suppliers), developing, executing, and managing a sourcing strategy and strategic initiatives for all Stakeholders to improve Purchasing’s overall and ultimate value. Gain senior level authorization for project activities and resource planning.
•Responsible for compliance with applicable AbbVie policies and procedures.



•Bachelor’s Degree: Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Chemistry/Biology or like degree. Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)-desired.
6 years of total combined minimum experience required.
Required experiences:

Recognized as Sourcing Authority, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, Seasoned Negotiator, Supply Chain Management, Production Planning, Value Engineering, Cost Analysis, Financial Analysis, Quality Systems and Documentation, Regulatory Issues, Compliance, Contracting Experience, Commercial and Construction Law, Technical Experience. Computer Applications. Supervision of Matrix Organization, Strong Communication/Persuasion, Presentation and Interpersonal Skills.
•Ability to lead teams through the sourcing process and keep members focused on a fact-based conclusion without defaulting to a compromise position.
Demonstrates the ability to plan, execute and measure successful project implementations. Displays the capabilities of project management by formulating complex project objectives and breaking them down to actionable tasks. Manages to key milestone dates that are critical to ensure maximum savings impact on an annual basis

Significant Work Activities
Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 5 % of the Time
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Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis 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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.