AbbVie Vendor Manager in Mascot, Australia

Vendor Manager

Australia, New South Wales, Mascot


Requisition #1804329

The primary function of the Vendor Manager is to establish and manage a centralised vendor function commensurate with AbbVie Policies and objectives, while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. The Vendor Manager works closely with Affiliate management and employees at levels up to and including directors in a technical and/or specialist role.

This position will work closely with business owners to assist them in engaging with vendors. As a subject matter expert, the Vendor Manager is responsible for maintaining a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in AbbVie’s vendor management. The role provides expertise, coaching and vendor support to business units. The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to influence, demonstrate intuitive business acumen and ensure compliance to Abbvie Policies and procedures.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for the end to end vendor engagement process, in collaboration with the business owner

  • Lead the continuous improvement focus on vendors, with respect to efficiency, service delivery, cost quality, safety and productivity

  • Maintain a customer-centric focus as a first principle in all business processes and decision making

  • Actively drive effective communication with AbbVie and with AbbVie’s partners to nurture relationships and build trust

  • Be a subject matter expert and provide advice to others in all relevant Abbvie Policies, inclusive but not limited to:Purchasing Policy, Compliance Policy (EDD), Data Privacy Policy, QualityAssurance and Document Retention Policy

  • Drive implementation and raise the level of automation through the smart use of IT platforms, process improvement and user capability

  • Define and enforce consistent processes and solutionsto business challenges as they relate to the vendor function consistent with global policies

  • Drive positive change: including people, processes and technology

  • When an opportunity presents,assess and understand the operational and commercial impacts and support implementation to improve performance and processes of vendor engagement function

  • Ensure business units are compliant to vendor engagement processes and policies

  • Demonstrate knowledge of external guidelines (e.g., FDA, Customs, TSCA, USDA and PhRMA) to ensure compliance.

  • Develop the Vendor Management framework (includingIT framework), with a view to continue to refine and improve efficiency, ultimately automating the process within an IT Framework

  • Work in collaboration with the business to support and execute vendor commercial arrangements inclusive of PV, EDD, QA, Data Privacy and other business requirements

  • Collaborate with PSM to ensure the optimum commercial outcome is received from all vendor engagements

  • Develop and maintain a customer focus to deliver outcomes for the business in the most efficient and compliant method possible

  • Meet KPIs as established for the role.


  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience in a support or lead function involved in Finance, Purchasing, Commerce, Law or related discipline

  • Experience with SAP (essential)

  • Supplier Evaluation & Selection

  • Negotiation Skills and Cost Analytics

  • Pharmaceutical Industry knowledge

  • Contract Law and Drafting

  • Strong written and Oral English Language Skills.

Essential Skills & Abilities:

  • SAP

  • Microsoft Suite including Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Contract Management (Ariba or an identified system).

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and interpersonal skills

  • Strong written and verbal skills enabling effective communication and conflict resolution with all levels of staff

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet and report on deadlines

  • Individual must be self-motivated with great follow-up skills and be able to work independently

  • Time management , prioritization

  • Strong organizational skills required to coordinate and manage multiple cross-divisional work process and projects.

  • All relevant Business Policies and processes, inclusive of but not limited to:

  • Procure 2 Pay (Matrix organization)

  • Purchasing

  • Business Technology

  • Quality Assurance

  • PV

  • Document retention

  • Data Privacy

Leadership Attributes:

All for One AbbVie

Clear and Courageous

Decide Smart and Sure

Agile and Accountable

Make Possibilities Real