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Procurement Manager, Indirect Purchasing

Irvine, California
Start date
Jul 27, 2022

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Administration, Procurement
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Procurement Manager works closely with Site management and employees, at the direction of the Director of Procurement. This position negotiates, develops and implements agreements that maximize value and support client initiatives, standardizes materials, services and suppliers associated with our commercial categories which may include Advertising, PR, Media, Digital, Consulting, Professional Services, etc.  The Procurement Manager is delegated the authority to commit company funds.  This position will work on the definition and resolution of known or anticipated problems in value, quality, feasibility, and specifications in the procurement of goods and services, while contributing cost savings and other value-added activity to support customer needs and expectations.       


  • Responsible for sourcing, bidding, negotiating, contracting, and purchasing goods and services in alignment with agreed category strategies.  Execute the competitive bidding process in accordance with the Organization’s Purchasing Policy

  • Understand the Organization’s approved buying channels and contracting policy for goods and services and help guide requestors to the appropriate buying channel

  • Develop and maintain a supply base that ensures the best value for quality, delivery, pricing, service, etc.  Includes over-sight of all new vendor requests, in alignment with preferred supplier networks and relevant category strategy

  • Support and implement preferred supplier network for certain spend categories and help drive spend to these suppliers

  • Provide proactive management of local suppliers including, anticipation, resolution and communication.  Analyze supplier performance using rating system using established rating systems (e.g., supplier metrics program, suppliers’ goals, etc.)

  • Demonstrate knowledge of external guidelines (e.g., FDA, Customs, TSCA, USDA, PhRMA, etc.) to ensure compliance 

  • Identify, develop and implement standardized buying practices to ensure adequacy of supply chain and educate requisitioners on the same

  • Effectively develop and negotiate confidentiality agreements and any other agreement in alignment with agreed category strategies, at a financial approved and authorized for the position

  • Meet regularly with internal customers and support functions to ensure customer satisfaction and continuous improvement, including monthly / regular reporting and updates

  • Support AbbVie category strategies and obtain client approval of category strategies

  • Communicate with the relevant Category Manager to help identify major opportunities

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Business or related discipline or 4 years of equivalent work experience

  • 7 years or more of progressive experience in a purchasing agent / buyer role, preferably in pharmaceutical industry

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and interpersonal skills 

  • Written and verbal skills enabling effective communication with all levels of management

  • Knowledge of purchasing policy 

  • Contract negotiations experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • CPM certification desired (or equivalent)

  • Experience with SAP (SRM, ECC), e-Sourcing and contract management tools preferred, but not required

  • Individual must be self-motivated with great follow-up skills and be able to work independently

  • People management experience



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, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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