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Abbott Senior Specialist Procurement in Columbus, Ohio

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.

Senior Specialist Procurement

Nourish the world and your career as part of the Nutrition team at Abbott.

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.


Our location in Columbus, OH currently has an opportunity for a Senior Specialist Procurement

Primary objective is to provide up $50MM of dairy ingredients from over 30 suppliers to Abbott Nutrition’s (AN) worldwide facilities. Magnitude of division purchases often places incumbent in lead negotiation position to secure contracts to meet the needs of the division and may affect other divisions of Abbott. Nature of contracts negotiated may commit resources and capital for multiple years with direct and significant impact to the profit margins of the corporation. Responsible for planning and executing purchase strategies with regional or global commodities to secure supply of products and services that may provide a strategic advantage in future development of products by R&D.


  • Own and send supplier forecasts to ensure continuity of supply using the internal demand requirements and contracted agreements with vendors. Ownership includes tracking metrics of actuals v. forecast, forecast version to version changes and understand the underlying change reasons, as well as exploring consolidation / improvement / automation of the processes.

  • Ensure on-time delivery of high-quality ingredients at competitive prices to support manufacturing operations with no interruption in supply. This includes problem solving logistics delays, resolving quality excursions with cross-functional teams and coordinating with global AN plant inventory managers: NA (6), Europe (4), Asia (3) and TPM support as required

  • Works with suppliers and quality teams to complete Supplier Change Notifications, Deviation Requests and Specification Changes to improve flexibility, solve supply issues and create negotiation leverage.

  • Co-develop category supply strategies with Category Managers supported by detailed market and supplier data analysis. Strategy includes capacity analysis vs. division requirements, supply risk mitigation plans and fully leveraging volume with tools such as advance negotiations, RFPs and online reverse auctions.

  • Track auditable activities including price confirmations, volume commitments and other contractual commitments across multiple ingredient categories.

  • Project and explain PPV during monthly LBE cycles driven by price and/or volume changes.

  • Travel to vendor sites to gain understandings of our supplier’s operations

  • Enterprise Excellence leader

Supplier Management:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with new and existing suppliers worldwide

  • Facilitate supplier selection and ongoing supplier relationships with other areas of AN including Engineering, Package Development, R&D, QA, Creative Services and plants

  • Leverage relationships to satisfy strategic procurement requirements for the corporation


  • Responsible for Division purchases and commitment to funds up to $50MM

  • Establish and submit financial plans to Category Manager for global commodities

  • Responsible for delivering against financial plans, updates and LRP

  • Develop Cost Savings / Avoidance strategies to drive profitability

  • Responsible for the strategies and programs to minimize the cost of materials and services

  • Identification and initiation across the Division of cost savings projects using internal and external resources


  • Inspire others to assure they are successful and aligned with the AN Vision


In addition to the primary function/goals/objectives, the incumbent is responsible for the following:


  • Action plans for maximizing savings. Performance measurements of the purchasing function are actual vs. planned cost, or Purchase Price Variance (PPV), supplier quality and performance, cost reduction/avoidance, and raw material inventory days on hand (DOH), manufacturing plant delivery, customer service backorder performance and other pertinent AN business metrics. The incumbent will be responsible for finding ways to optimize the performance measurements in short and long-term horizons.

  • Take risk and make decisions in the areas of

Contingency plans in anticipation of changes in commodity avoidance Develop and quantify risks to support marketing strategies

  • Maintain knowledge of relevant market trends, behaviors and assessment to the impact of the AN business


This position reports to the Global Category Manager or the Global Dairy Procurement Director, Abbott Nutrition

  • The incumbent is responsible for up to $50MM of purchases

  • Over 13 globally located manufacturing facilities

  • Management of a base of over 30 suppliers



  • Bachelor’s degree in Material Management, Business, Operations, Engineering, Finance or Technical field.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals.

  • Total combined experience of 2-3 years in operations, supply chain management including at least 1 year of purchasing and/or sourcing experience. Must possess skills in supplier negotiations, financial analysis, engineering, problem solving, planning, goal setting, leadership, interpersonal skills, and excellent written and oral communications.

  • Strong skills in excel, SAP, access, and other database applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Purchasing/Sourcing/Engineering/Business/Finance/Data Analytics


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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