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Associate Director, Category Manager – Electronics



Full Time

On Site


Alameda, California, United States

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 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the [Register to View] target="_blank">Freedom 2 Save student debt program and [Register to View] target="_blank">FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position is an onsite opportunity in the Abbott Diabetes Care Division. We are helping people with Diabetes lead healthier, happier lives. As a global leader in diabetes care, Abbott is constantly working to deliver the highest quality products and unwavering support to our customers. Consistent and accurate glucose monitoring is the foundation of any diabetes management plan, so we’re committed to continuous improvement in the way patients and professionals measure, track and analyze glucose levels.

This strategic role leads Electronics category sourcing and procurement. Working closely with our R&D, Operations Engineering, Quality and Supply Chain teams this position sets the strategy across all electronics used in our Abbott Diabetes Care products. You will build a team to support these initiatives to service global product needs. This is an onsite opportunity in Alameda, CA.


  • Influences the business unit strategy and translates business strategy for category and aligned category strategy to programs and projects.
  • Champion change and innovation. Stimulates creativity and innovation in others. Open to new ideas. Supports those who initiate change and take calculated risks.
  • Promotes a Global Perspective. Assists in defining category procurement strategy for Abbott, align with overall strategy and be an enabler.
  • Drives Total Cost of Ownership reductions for category through analytics. Clearly define category taxonomy and manage baseline.
  • Coordinate across corporate, functions, divisions to share best practices and adherence to guidelines.
  • Ability to assess the overall needs of the Business, negotiate a portfolio meeting the most strategic needs of the category.
  • Measure and track internal performance for Abbott users. Advise business unit(s) about similar strategies employed by companies.
  • Lead initiatives that span virtual teams across the world and cross cultures. Influence and partner with business leaders (Director, Sr. Director, and DVP level) to manage and align the category.
  • Set direction on standards, identifying points of supply, developing, executing, and managing a global strategy and initiatives for all divisions and sites to improve Procurement's overall and ultimate value.
  • Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments to ensure timely delivery of agreed services; Partner and collaborate with key One Procurement staff of other Abbott divisions in order to support cross divisional business initiatives and explore Procurement synergies and efficiencies.
  • Own and implement agreed purchasing strategies for the category. Foster a collaborative environment among stakeholders.
  • Manage category projects across the division. Lead business projects based on category expertise. Lead project teams responsible for development & execution of category strategy.
  • Responsible for people leadership. Recruit, mentor, train and develop talent. Address people issues in a constructive and timely manner. Responsible for overall organizational effectiveness.



  • Bachelors’ Degree, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in lieu of a Bachelors degree.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience, such as Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing/Procurement.
  • 7-10 year track record within procurement and supply chain management Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or similar certification desirable Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar certification desirable.
  • 7-10 years of Procurement and/or deep Category experience, Supplier management.
  • Good organizational skills, including program/project management governance.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) Strong interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills.
  • International experience Deep knowledge of markets by regions.
  • Experience with Supplier management.
  • Ability to develop actionable implementation plans.
  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to Procurement and Category Management.
  • Extensive knowledge of category technologies and products. Strong influence and negotiating skills.
  • Experience leading teams - both with direct staff and indirect project teams.


  • 1-3 years of financial reporting experience; cost tracking and cost management
  • 7-10 years of Electronics Category experience, Supplier management.
  • Proficiency in PC applications (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations).
  • Financial acumen
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to build and sustain trusting relationships internally and externally
  • Effective skills to productively interface with all levels of the Business.
  • Knowledge of the electronics manufacturing process, the electronics industry and key manufacturers.
  • Extensive knowledge of the semiconductor industry and supply chain, including wafer foundries, bumping, packaging, assembly, and testing houses
  • Demonstrated Program / Project Management governance.
  • Strong communication, persuasion, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience leading teams - both with direct staff and indirect cross-functional project teams.

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Medical Devices

General Medical Devices:

Our medical devices help more than 10,000 people have healthier hearts, improve quality of life for thousands of people living with chronic pain and movement disorders, and liberate more than 500,000 people with diabetes from routine fingersticks.


As a global leader in Cardiac Rhythm Technologies, we focus on innovative technologies that can improve the way doctors treat people with heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.


We’re focused on helping people with diabetes manage their health with life-changing products that provide accurate data to drive better-informed decisions. We’re revolutionizing the way people monitor their glucose levels with our new sensing technology.


Abbott Vascular provides innovative, minimally invasive, and cost-effective products for treatment of vascular disease.


Our Neuromodulation business includes implantable devices compatible with mobile technology to help people who suffer from chronic pain and movement disorders. These non-opioid therapies allow us to provide interventional pain therapy to patients throughout the pain continuum.

Structural Heart

Structural Heart Business Mission: why we exist

Our business purpose is to restore health and improve quality of life through the design and provision of device and management solutions for the treatment of structural heart disease.


In Abbott’s Electrophysiology (EP) business, we’re advancing the treatment of heart disease through breakthrough medical technologies in atrial fibrillation, allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives.


In Abbott’s Heart Failure (HF) business, we’re developing solutions to diagnose, monitor and manage heart failure, allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives.


We’re empowering smarter medical and economic decision making to help transform the way people manage their health at all stages of life. Every day, more than 10 million tests are run on Abbott’s diagnostics instruments, providing lab results for millions of people.

Abbott Molecular is a leader in molecular diagnostics and the analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins at the molecular level.

Our Point of Care diagnostic portfolio spans key heath and therapeutic areas, including infections disease, cardiometabolic, informatics and toxicology.

Our diagnostic solutions are used in hospitals, laboratories and clinics around the globe. The crucial information derived from our tests, instruments and informatics systems are often the first step in patient care decision making for hundreds of health conditions from heart attacks to blood disorders to infectious diseases and cancers.

Our rapid diagnostics solutions are helping address some of the world’s greatest healthcare challenges.


Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

The base pay for this position is $135,700.00 – $271,500.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.