Senior Specialist Procurement, Marketing | Abbott


Abbott Park, Illinois, Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries. Marketing Procurement Senior Specialist supports Category Solutions Manager(s) in the media, creative, digital, customer solutions categories and business management in the core job responsibilities identified below. Works in close collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders, regions, divisions and the Category Managers driving value, quality, feasibility while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. Provides superior levels of customer service and satisfaction. This position will work on the definition and resolution of known or anticipated problems.  Proactively seeks and leads innovative ways to improve the marketing procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels.  Additional opportunities for development and increased responsibility across categories will be made available. WHAT YOU’LL DO  Research supply base and industry / marketplace Conduct analysis on industry, regional and divisional requirements and suppliers Collect and analyze category spend data; develop business cases recommendations for projects that will enable the saving initiatives Develop benchmarks and understand marketing category industry dynamics through agencies capabilities sessions, attendance of industry related workshops, reading publications and discussions with other industry peers in order to bring best practices Consult stakeholders (internal and external) on how to structure and implement RFQs/RFIs/RFPs to obtain best-in-class supplier capabilities Lead complex RFQs/RFIs/RFPs Provide analytical support during the vendor screening and vendor selection process Develop and drive fact-based negotiation strategies with high profile vendors within assigned categories Ability to work with various legal and business functions to execute Master Service Agreements and Statements of Work between Abbott and suppliers Recommend process improvements to streamline for efficiencies Analyze complex problems and deliver solutions Communicate issues to leadership while driving for resolution Utilize technology and tools to effectively perform Enable supplier evaluation processes and KPIs definition and monitoring Drive value and lead savings outcomes while collaborating with various functions Relationship Management Seek, develop and establish business relationships with diverse suppliers. Meet regularly with regional and divisional stakeholders to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement against category objectives are met. Develop partnership with core agencies and suppliers in order to help with any negotiations or escalation issues as well as building a foundation of trust such that new strategic initiatives can be proposed. Strategic Thinking Provide advice/direction in primary areas of expertise. Communicate and educate stakeholders throughout the Procurement process as necessary. Accountability Highly self-motivated and self-directed Take ownership and fulfills goals established by the Manager(s) / Senior Director of Category Drive innovative ways to maintain and improve marketing procurement processes, cycle times, total acquisition costs, and customer service levels Key Characteristics/Attributes: Self-motivated, resourceful, collaborative, drives for results Personable, competent, and has ability to drive concurrent assignments and strategies to achieve optimal results Strong analytical, influence and negotiations skills Ability to manage many external and internal relationships Demonstrate strong communication skills (written and verbal) Capable of efficiently and quickly navigate sensitive/political situations Project management skills with proficient use of excel.  Strong ability to learn new systems and tools. Experience leading complex projects EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE YOU’LL BRING Bachelor’s degree preferably in Supply Chain or Business Minimum 4-6 years Procurement & Operations experience, 2+ years’ experience in the Marketing category preferred. Mastery of excel including proficiency in excel macros.  Complex excel analysis required. Proficient communication skills; verbal and written for recommendations and presentations Strong project management skills Strong initiative, work ethic and problem-solving skills Ability to network through organization WHAT WE OFFER At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer: Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs Paid time off 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity. Connect with us at , on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.