Senior Category Advisor, Patient Services

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 23, 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.

Qualified individuals will be able to work in one of the following AbbVie office locations: Madison NJ, Lake County IL, South San Francisco CA or Irvine CA.

The Senior Category Advisor will actively support the development and implementation of strategies associated with our Sales & Marketing, specifically Patient Services.  The role will work closely with the Patient Services Marketing team across multiple brands and therapeutic areas delivering value and cost-optimization opportunities, capturing cost-savings/reductions, and improving financial and operational performance.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Category Manager to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities and/or the sourcing process
  • Implement short 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
  • 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
  • Full responsibility to identify potential vendors and implement strategy: RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auction. Responsible for running local tenders, aligned with direction from 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 for procurement projects and supplier management (supplier metrics and research, master data, market basket analysis, pricing analysis, monthly/quarterly reporting of KPI’s, savings reporting)
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of procurement/negotiations experience desired
  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook
  • Strong experience with drafting and managing Request for Proposals (RFI,RFP) and conducting supplier negotiations
  • 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 internal stakeholders and suppliers
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to generate insights and drive action

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting 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.