Sr Design to Cost Chemist (Crystal Lake)

Abbott in Crystal Lake, IL

  • Industry: Scientific Research - Health/Medicine/Pharmacology
  • Type: Full Time
position filled
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 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


Primary Job Function: Responsible for analytical methods development and developing cost modeling tools. Technical expert, who independently investigates, identifies, develops and optimizes new methods, processes, or techniques to address design to cost targets. Can guide and mentor extended team to write protocols, reports, and amendments; perform validations for methods, processes or equipment; coordinate with collaborators to execute protocols and studies; and continuously seeks to improve existing methods and processes.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Independently design, execute experiments, studies or process improvement plans.
  • Interpret results critical to answer scientific questions and recognize aberrant test results or adverse trends.
  • Learn, understand and master new techniques or processes, and act as a resource for others.
  • Innovate and implement new experimental protocols, studies or operational processes.
  • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in his/her field.
  • Set and meet timelines.
  • Effectively organize and present work.
  • Contribute to writing and conceptual framework of operating procedures, regulatory submissions, impact assessments, publications, presentations, and patents.
  • Understand the broad objectives of project and goals as well as their role in achieving those objectives.
  • Be able to modify plan when required, to respond.
  • Routinely read and apply relevant literature or regulatory requirements.
  • Impact projects mostly through project plans or lab-based activities.
  • Understand and adhere to corporate standards regarding code of conduct, safety, appropriate handling of controlled drug & radioactive compounds and animal care.
  • Plan and execute complex experiments or operational processes with minimal or no supervision and take responsibility for timely completion.
  • Independently align own work to meet projects critical path needs.
  • Contribute to creation of new research or technical proposals.
  • Keep accurate and current records according to Abbott policies.
  • Strategic Thinking:

  • Leveraging professional expertise and relationships to contribute to strategy and drive business results.
  • Leads the development of functional strategy.
  • Leads change and innovation.
  • Stimulates creativity and innovation in others.
  • Open to new ideas. Supports change and take risks.
  • Promotes a Global Perspective.
  • Define category procurement strategy for Abbott- align with overall strategy and be an enabler
  • Drive Total Cost of Ownership reductions for category.
  • Clearly define category taxonomy and manage baseline
  • Coordinate across corporate, functions, divisions to share best practices and adherence to guidelines.
  • Understands the overall needs of multiple business units and to negotiate an accepted 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 other healthcare companies.
  • Manage initiatives that span virtual teams across the world and cross cultures.
  • Relationship Management:

  • Partner with business leaders (Manager, Director) to manage and align the category. Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments, and external partners to ensure adequate and timely delivery of agreed services, in line with agreed service levels.
  • 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.
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with key category vendors as well as counterparts at other Healthcare/Consumer companies.
  • Manage ongoing Supplier relationships.
  • Develop and implement agreed purchasing strategies for category
  • Initiate a collaborative environment among stakeholders
  • Maintain strong relationships across various functions, demonstrate the value-add of leveraging and build enthusiasm and support for adoption.
  • Ensure optimal balance between value for money and cost savings is achieved, while ensuring quality and good customer service
  • Continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance and to provide overall value.
  • Manage category projects across business unit, and division wide when and where applicable.
  • Participate in business projects based on category expertise.
  • Leading People:

  • "Lead project teams responsible for selection of category strategy.
  • Responsible for people leadership. Recruit, mentor, train and develop talent.
  • Identifies and deals with people issues in a constructive and timely manner.
  • Responsible for overall morale of team and promotes cohesive attitude.
  • Execute against established staffing/resources plan.
  • Compliance

  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures.
  • Accountability:

  • Operates with goals set by the DVP/Senior Director of Category.
  • Erroneous decisions would normally result in failure to complete projects critical to major objectives of the category.
  • Has direct impact on budgets, expenses and major project completion.
  • Key Organizational Relationships:

  • Corporate head of Procurement
  • Manufacturing Head of Divisions
  • Functional Heads ex: head of IT, head of Legal
  • Division Purchasing leadership
  • Division commercial and operations stakeholders
  • Core and Lead Agents
  • Direct Budget Responsibilities:

  • Financial implications of the Spend ranging up to $ 50-75MM. Cumulative Category budgets ranging up to $1-2MM.
  • Business Impact:

  • Spend: $25-50MM
  • Suppliers: 250-500
  • Connection within business: 1-5
  • Span of control: global
  • Minimum Education:

  • BA or equivalent experience required: MBA preferred
  • Successful, 3+ 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
  • Minimum Education/Training Required:

  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Biology or relevant Scientific discipline.
  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Must have complete understanding of specified functional area.
  • Experience in industry with method development / validation expertise in chromatography, mass spectrometry, UV-visible spectroscopy and in-vitro dissolution in a cGMP environment.
  • Serve as a significant resource of technical information, laboratory techniques or operation
  • processes, and openly express ideas and opinions.
  • Act as a mentor.
  • Interact with peers and groups outside project boundaries.
  • Teach, advise and lead by example.
  • Contribute and/or co-author scientific or technical papers and/or patents.
  • Present posters at national scientific meetings when appropriate.
  • 5-8 years of Engineering and/or Procurement and /or deep Category experience.
  • Some functional experience.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Robust people skills that include developing strong relationships and solving problems.
  • Strong use of spreadsheet programs.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent interdisciplinary, intercultural, influence, and networking skills
  • International experience
  • Some knowledge of markets by regions
  • Some experience with Supplier management
  • Ability to develop actionable implementation plans
  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to Procurement and Category Management.
  • Knowledge of category technologies and products.
  • Good negotiating skills
  • Some experience leading teams

  • Associated topics: dietician, drug development, food, health, histologist, histotechnologist, microbiological, pharmacology, toxicologist, trauma

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