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Category Manager - Primary Packaging

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Feb 24, 2024

Job Details

The Category Manager (Manager) leads implementation of category procurement strategy, developed in partnership with Category Directors and VP-level business stakeholders. This role oversees the execution of the end-to-end procurement process, managing a team of Specialists to ensure excellence in all activities and compliance to policy. The Category Manager is responsible for developing team capabilities and assisting leadership in identifying workforce planning needs. 

Major Responsibilities: 

· Partner with Director/VP-level business or functional stakeholders to develop category-specific procurement strategies. 

· Contribute to the development of a comprehensive annual strategic plan for the relevant category, incorporating

category strategies that align with overall business goals. 

· Relay insights and market intelligence from team analysis to Directors and Associate Directors to inform strategic

decision-making, staying abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and market dynamics. 

· Manage strategic value drivers with key category suppliers to secure collaborative partnerships that challenge the

status quo to achieve cost savings, optimize processes, and enhance overall procurement value. 

· Manage and monitor supplier performance on sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG)

measures, working alongside suppliers to enhance sustainable and responsible sourcing practices. 

· Enable Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) strategies, driving innovation with key category suppliers and

collaborating to enact creative and cutting-edge solutions to deliver on long-term business needs. 

· Implement mitigation strategies to proactively manage procurement risk across the relevant category, overseeing process

and policy compliance. 

· Ensure effective project management from initiation to completion, managing and driving cross-functional teams to deliver

strategic category-related projects. 

· Implement opportunities for process optimization and efficiency gains, leveraging data analytics to develop long-term

continuous improvement programs that achieve strategic objectives. 

· Assist with the end-to-end procurement process from sourcing strategy to contract negotiation and execution, enabling

negotiations with category suppliers and facilitating decisions by conducting required analysis and preparation. 

· Acts as a team mentor to the of Specialists, providing support towards team performance targets. 

· Identify capability gaps and assist in developing focused action plans to address workforce requirements and team needs. 

· Specific and tactical expertise in category management, including market analysis, cost and financial assessment,

ensuring strategic and informed procurement decisions. 

· Ability to assist in negotiation and bidding, adept in implementing complex projects with a focus on effective change


·Strong capacity and experience building and managing collaborative supplier relationships, aligning procurement activities

with business needs. 

·Innovative problem-solving skills combined with a solution-oriented mindset, enabling creative approaches and influential

communication at all organizational levels. 

·High cross-functional collaboration abilities and teamwork skills, effectively navigating and coordinating diverse team


· Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, facilitating empathetic interactions, effective communication, and

robust relationship-building across a matrixed organization. 

·Impactful executive functioning abilities and autonomous work ethic, maintaining efficient performance in challenging

situations and building consensus in decision-making. 


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

· Minimum of 7 years of experience in procurement, supply chain, or related business or operations function. 

· Previous experience managing teams in a procurement function and leading supplier relationships. 

· Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Power Platform). 

· 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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