Category Manager, Global Procurement (IT Global Managed Services)

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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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott is seeking candidates for the position of Category Manager IT, reporting to the Global Managed Services Lead within Global Procurement. This role will be expected to develop and lead Global Procurement and Supplier Management strategies as it relates to major spend categories exceeding $250MM, capital projects, and geographic regions. Drive the "One Abbott Procurement" model with key internal customers, divisions, and business leads; Provide superior levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity; Anticipate and resolve problems in value, quality, feasibility and specifications in the procurement of goods and services; Drive new cost savings, improve supplier relationships and perform other value added activities to support customer needs and expectations; Proactively seek and lead innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and service levels; Understand "One Procurement" category strategies and complete projects that impact the "One Procurement" team; Use delegated authority to commit company funds in accordance with strategic initiatives; Gain recognition as an expert within own area; Portray specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise.

  • Researches and develops IT strategic initiatives in collaboration with IT stakeholders and creates short/long term strategic plans for global managed services
  • Develops and leads sub-category strategies that align to the broader category strategy in collaboration with senior leadership and executes to completion
  • Takes personal accountability for team goals while collaborating with team members to deliver results
  • Performs value cost analysis and optimizes financial results that result in direct savings
  • Leads and executes competitive bids (e.g. RFP, RFI) and multi-million dollar renewals to completion
  • Champions process improvements that drive efficiencies, responsiveness, and controls
  • Prepares analytical reports and dashboards for customers to influence direction
  • Assesses complex problems and proposes practical solutions
  • Manages contract legal reviews and purchase order approvals
  • Develops contract negotiation plans and delivers against plan for internal customers
  • Responsible for delivering projects in cost savings, supplier rationalization, process changes, etc.
  • Leads executive governance meetings with key suppliers and delivers action plans
  • Manages contracts and supplier performance
  • Identifies new opportunities for supplier synergies and KPI's
  • Collaborates with other internal functions to drive business value outcomes
  • Provides advice/direction and expertise to internal customers on global procurement matters
  • Acts as an escalation point for supplier issues
  • Educates stakeholders on the process and policies as appropriate
  • Seeks and establishes business working relationships with key suppliers across all levels
  • Assesses supplier risks and provides recommendations for mitigation
  • Meets regularly with divisional customers and leads functions to ensure superior customer satisfaction and continuous improvement
  • Mentors and coaches team members to encourage growth and development of individual skills
  • Demonstrates ability to embrace change, demonstrates agility in relation to change and persuades/leads others through the change to minimize team disruption. Ensures a continuously high performing team.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Science, Business, Financial or like degree.
  • 5+ years Procurement and/or Supply Chain Management Experience
  • Required experience to successfully perform job responsibilities includes but not limited to: Sourcing, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Supply Chain Management, Production Planning, Value engineering and Cost analysis, Financial analysis, Quality Systems and documentation, Regulatory issues compliance, Contracting experience, Commercial law, Technical experience (IT area), Computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations), Strong communication/persuasion, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • 8+ years Procurement and/or Supply Chain Management Experience
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) certification, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, DSS Green Belt, and/or MBA desired.
  • Relevant IT experience could be a valid substitute for procurement experience and CPSM or CPM certifications. IAOP or ITIL qualifications.


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

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