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Global Category Manager Packaging

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Alere Inc

San Diego, CA

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Description Alere is now Abbott! Position can be located in San Diego, CA or Abbott Park, IL Summary This position is responsible for the development and execution of Abbott\u2019s Rapid Diagnostic Division (ARDx) global packaging sourcing strategy. This individual must have the ability to effectively lead and work within diverse multi-functional teams, using deep knowledge of the category to drive improvements in quality, service, risk, cost, and technological capability of our supply base. The position is responsible for around $55M in annual spend covering various types of packaging requirements. This position can be located in Abbott Park, IL or San Diego, CA. Tasks and responsibilities: Leads the creation of ARDx\u2019s global packaging category strategy, in conjunction with cross-functional stakeholders across the company. This strategy is the basis of all sourcing decisions across the company, and must effectively meet the needs of the business, while keeping ARDx at the forefront of the industry in the areas of supplier quality, service, risk, cost, and technological capability. Subject matter expert for sourcing knowledge in the packaging category. Maintains and distributes market intelligence, stays abreast of the changing supply base & new technologies, and is able to effectively interface with engineering \/ R&D on supplier & component \/ material selection. Uses knowledge of category cost drivers and vendor innovation to drive exploration of lower cost \/ higher value design alternatives that still meet our end product needs. Builds and maintains a multi-functional network of stakeholders (upstream, downstream, and peer) in order to ensure that any strategy supports the needs of the business, and to facilitate initial buy-in, ongoing engagement, and support for execution of the global strategy at all levels. Leads supplier selection, negotiation efforts, and contract development throughout the RFP process. Provides leadership in developing new procurement processes and procedures \u2013 keeps abreast of innovations in the wider procurement career field, and actively looks for opportunities for improvement. Leads supplier performance evaluations with both internal and external stakeholders, and drives supplier improvement projects to enhance innovation and quality, reduce cost, and improve supply chain service \/ efficiency. Identifies and elevates areas of highest risk in the packaging category, and leads multi-functional teams to develop actionable risk mitigation strategies. Identifies, successfully gets support from the appropriate stakeholders for, and delivers cost savings projects to ensure we meet our organizational savings commitments. Reviews and provides recommendations on contracts, negotiations, redlines, etc. with internal and external stakeholders. Mentors more junior members of the team, to facilitate rapid development of their advanced tactical & strategic skills. Performs other duties & projects as assigned. Qualifications Preferred educational background: Bachelor\u2019s or Master\u2019s Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Finance, or Engineering. Mechanical or Industrial Engineering a plus. Certification from ISM or APICS. Experience with Lean and\/or Six Sigma manufacturing concepts a plus. Preferred experiential background: 5- 7 years of experience in procurement in progressively responsible positions in a highly regulated\/analytical manufacturing environment. 3 years procuring packaging parts preferred. Demonstrated experience developing and implementing sourcing strategies that have successfully been adopted by the wider organization, and yielded measurable business results. Strong technical acumen around packaging requirements. Strong procurement\/sourcing skills including spend analysis, negotiations, supplier relationship management, eSourcing knowledge, total cost of ownership calculations, and market fundamentals. Experience managing and taking action to achieve KPIs such as savings targets, average weighted payment terms, etc. Ability to identify a problem and lead an extended team in a complex, global and multicultural environment to frame it, determine root cause, drive to potential solutions, build and present a business case, and communicate effectively to leadership to garner support. Ability to get things done in a complex environment, using good judgement to make well-reasoned decisions, even with less than perfect information. Acts with a sense of urgency, and willingly takes on tactical roles as necessary to achieve objectives. Strong skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Alere, Inc. is an equal employment\/affirmative action employer of Minorities\/Females\/Protected Veterans\/Disabled. If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability please send an email to to let us know the nature of your request Job :Manufacturing \/ Production

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Alere’s integrated system of point-of-care diagnostics, health information systems and chronic care management programs represent the future of healthcare, providing real-time information and services to lower costs and improve patient outcomes. We founded the company in 1981 to empower diabetics with glucose monitors that were accurate and easy to use at home. Like many other parts of our global economy, healthcare is changing at a rapid pace. Advances in technology have made access to health information more democratic. Convenience now drives patient decision-making, and patients have more freedom than ever before to demand healthcare solutions that meet their individual needs and preferences. Furthermore, the patient-centered medical home is becoming more and more of a reality, and primary-care practices need tools that will help them satisfy this demand for convenience and provide the level of thorough care coordination their patients require.

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