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Supervisor, Scientific Supplies & Services

Irvine, California
Start date
Nov 4, 2023

Job Details


The Scientific Supplies & Services group supports the daily operating needs of AbbVie’s science based organizations, primarily within the R&D Operations laboratories, by providing critical supplies and regulated services to support a large-scale broad-based bio-pharma facility.  This group serves to ensure successful execution of essential laboratory support functions, and performs timely procurement and payment of supplies/services/equipment, enabling AbbVie scientists and researchers to focus on advancing their core objectives and the pipeline.


  • Supervises the procurement, dispersal, tracking and financial reporting of related  material and inventory. Partners with Purchasing and Supplier Management (PSM) to support  strategic sourcing initiatives, assures PSM contract implementation, supplier performance, and internal cost accounting and auditing of various commodities regulated by various  government agencies. Supports activities of R&D and Operations by sourcing, managing, and  distributing laboratory chemicals and consumable supplies.
  • Manages the Laboratory Service group’s activities that include the collection, consolidation and handling, de-activating, and disposing of all Potentially Infectious Medical Waste and tracking chemicals, and other relevant items purchased and dispersed through scientific stockrooms.
  • Manage stockroom servicers, and/or R&D technicians.  This includes setting expectations and goals, provide performance feedback, addressing performance issues, promoting growth, development, cross-training, and back-up strategies to ensure appropriate skills and coverage based on site-specific operational requirements.
  • Functions as subject-matter expert/key local user with procure-to-pay SAP activities (SRM) supporting R&D/Operations with project and non-project indirect procurement of supplies, services; equipment, and actively supports invoice payment issue resolution across the organizations.
  • Cross-functional teaming and collaboration with R&D/Operations/Regulatory Affairs customers, PSM professionals, Accounts Payable/Corporate Disbursement Organization, Finance, Environmental Health & Safety, IT and an extensive supplier network.
  • Requisitions, stores, and fulfills customer requests for consumable supplies, chemicals and laboratory support services.
  • Provides guidance to IT resources regarding computerized business systems that support the organization and service global customers and identify/support opportunities for process/system enhancement and integration within the department, across R&D functional areas/sites and Operations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
  • Provides business system support based on Corporate and industry technology trends and innovations and acts as operation/system subject matter expert to support standardization efforts and best-in-class practices across different R&D sites.
  • Compliance - Ensures activities performed are in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), , Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and other applicable local/state regulatory bodies.
  • Fosters relationships with relevant suppliers to promote scientist’s awareness and encourage innovative thinking by coordinating seminars, lectures, demonstrations, to promote and educate researchers about new products, techniques, best practices, and leading edge technology.


  • High-school diploma with 10 or more years of relevant experience or BA/BS and 5 years operational/technical/quality experience.
  • Effective problem solving and issue identification with resolution skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate across functional organizations and participate in cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to foster strong relationships with customers, suppliers and collaborative partners; seeks to understand business trends and identify business opportunities.
  • Ability to develop, motivate and maintain high-performing teams.
  • Science background (chemistry/biology) preferred.  Engineering, Business, Supply Chain, or Materials Management experience desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in IT system development process (requirements gathering, design, testing, etc.) is also desirable.
  • Minimum 2-4 years’ experience and advanced working knowledge of procurement systems, inventory management and payment processes, preferably in SAP, Ariba.
Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state or local law: 

The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Company believes in good faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick), medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentive programs. 

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole and absolute discretion, consistent with applicable law. 

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because 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, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


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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