Senior Procurement Specialist, Media & Advertising

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 28, 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.

Senior Procurement Specialist, Media & Advertising


The Senior Procurement Specialist will actively support the development and implementation of strategies associated with our supplier and spend management in the US Commercial categories Media, Advertising, PR, and other forms of non-personal promotion, including both consumer and professional audiences. The role will work closely with cross-functional teams across the Commercial organization delivering value and cost-optimization opportunities, capturing cost-savings/reductions, and improving financial and operational performance.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support and advise business stakeholders with their spending strategies and initiatives in relevant categories
  • Work with AbbVie’s Media Center of Excellence  to optimize related areas of spend for procurement activities and the sourcing process
  • Serve as liaison between business leaders and key agency/supplier partners to continually evolve and improve go-to-market strategies and supplier management
  • Provide input on strategies to monitor, measure, and optimize AbbVie’s in-market media spend
  • 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
  • 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
  • Conduct end-to-end sourcing events (RFP / RFI / RFQ / Pricing Auctions) to identify potential vendors and execute on category strategy. Responsible for running local tenders (including developing documentation and ensuring compliance with all relevant policies and procedures), aligned with direction from Purchasing Manager, respective Category Manager, and commercial stakeholders.
  • Improve supplier service levels by integrating agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
  • Prepare financial / saving reports
  • Perform and collect due diligence information required for evaluating and approving new and existing suppliers,
  • 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


Qualifications -

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience managing Media/Advertising projects, especially in the channels of TV, Online Video, Digital/Programmatic, Display, Email.
  • Working knowledge of the Media/Advertising supply chain and demonstrable expertise in the various cost structures and market dynamics
  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Experience drafting sophisticated and detailed documentation related to Agency MSA, contracts, RFPs, etc.
  • 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
  • General understanding of related commercial functions, for example: Brand Management, Market Research, Patient Support, and Data Science
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction
  • Preferred: Prior employment at an agency in a media management/strategy/executional capacity.  Time spent in a procurement role highly preferred.


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