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Category Lead - Global Packaging & Device (Director level)

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Feb 24, 2024

Job Details

Onsite requirement: 3 days per week in North Chicago, IL 

Drives cross-functional strategic alignment and collaboration between procurement and business stakeholders. This role requires a deep knowledge of the business to provide strategic insights and innovative solutions to address key issues while interfacing with senior business leaders. In this senior leadership position, the Director coordinates with business leaders and collaborates with category managers to ensure category strategy enables business priorities.

Major Responsibilities:

•Lead strategic engagement with business stakeholders, serving as the primary point of accountability within the procurement organization.

•Direct category managers in strategy formulation, aligning with business requirements and leveraging in-depth market intelligence and insights.

•Drive value creation initiatives, identify cross-functional synergies, and contribute to continuous improvement in procurement processes by challenging the status quo.

•Manage P&L alignment and Spend savings, developing strategic plans to reduce total cost of ownership.

•Strategically oversee the interconnected risks between business operations and procurement activities, ensuring a proactive and unified approach to risk mitigation across the organization.

•Champion and guide supplier innovation initiatives while maintaining oversight of key supplier relationships and ensuring alignment with both procurement and broader business objectives.

•Initiate and lead transformative procurement projects, establishing cross-functional governance and securing support from senior business stakeholders.

•Persistently refine and optimize the interplay of business processes between procurement and different business functions, focusing on fostering seamless collaboration and maximizing efficiency in all procurement-related activities.

•Directly manages a team that enables effective coordination and partnership with business stakeholders, ensuring alignment and collaboration across business functions.

•Work closely with business teams to accurately gauge both current and future workforce requirements, strategically guiding the development and organization of the procurement team to meet these evolving needs



•In-depth category expertise combined with robust cost analysis and business function acumen, enabling sound decision-making in procurement.

•Exceptional internal stakeholder management, adept at aligning procurement strategies with business needs and fostering strategic supplier relationships.

•Strategic thinker with a high sense of accountability, focusing on long-term planning and responsible decision-making that challenges the status quo.

•Innovative problem-solving skills complemented by a strong executive presence, enabling effective leadership and influential communication at all organizational levels.

•Proven ability in cross-functional leadership and influence, coupled with adept conflict resolution skills to maintain positive working relationships.

•High emotional intelligence and soft skills, facilitating empathetic and effective interactions, even under stress.

•Strong autonomy in work, demonstrating the ability to operate independently and take initiative in various situations.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Mgmt., or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.

•Minimum of 15 years of experience in procurement, supply chain or related business or operations function.

•Previous experience driving cross-functional projects to completion and managing senior internal stakeholders.

•Strong executive presence and ability to influence across the organization.

•Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry is preferred.

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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1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago

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