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Category Manager - Primary Packaging

North Chicago, IL
Start date
Mar 26, 2024

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Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions 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, and eye care and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

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 andcollaborating 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 deliverstrategic category-related projects.

Implement opportunities for process optimization and efficiency gains, leveraging data analytics to develop long-termcontinuous 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 management.

- 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 dynamics.

- 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.



Bachelors degree required. Masters 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.

Additional Information

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.
  • This job is eligible to participate in our long-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 Companys 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 AbbVies 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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