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Packaging Procurement Manager -Tea Division
Work Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Job Type: Full-time
Travel required: >10% or limited travel. Now limited due to CV19 restrictions
Local conditions apply
About the Tea Business
Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.
The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.
The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers.
As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company.
The Packaging Procurement Manager will lead execution of the Global Packaging Strategy delivering Competitive and differentiating value chain for the Tea Business together with our Suppliers and Internal Stakeholders.
Value covers all elements including cost competitiveness, innovation, quality & service and sustainability. Identify and leverage key technologies to transform the value chain to meet the future needs of Packaging.
Roll-out global sourcing strategies locally
Support Global Innovation & Sustainability programs for Packaging
Work with the Markets and Global teams to analyse and collate information regarding current requirements and future needs. Efficient, timely and transparent communication to internal customers and suppliers
Work closely with Supply Partners to ensure compliance to defined Procurement procedures and adhere to the Code of Business Principles
Work in an effective, cohesive team environment (Ability to understand all areas of Procurement)
Support the team to drive Global Feedstock and convertor strategies for and with the markets. Support the procurement organization to meet goals and objectives in support to the overall Tea Business strategy, specifically focusing on Sustainability
Work with Cross Functional team to implement the sourcing strategy and execute Global contracts are in place for the portfolios.
Implementation of Global sourcing agreements at assigned site cluster level within the portfolio
Work with R&D teams to deliver the next generation of Packaging by creating and executing the technology and innovation agenda
Support Procurement & Other Cross Functional teams by providing timely and accurately assistance on relevant topics and initiatives as required.
Build and develop Global supplier relationships, focus on value, innovation, sustainability and growth roadmaps including bespoke transformational global initiatives such as dedicated supplier hubs
Maintain frequent engagement with strategic and Global suppliers and key Business stakeholders, to review/resolve relationship issues and develop future business opportunities (inline with relevant PWP /JBDP programs)
Work with the Legal Counsel to finalise commercial agreements using relevant contractual operating framework of UPAs/STCs etc
Work on programs for Margin Improvement (Net Material Impact) for the Tea Business
Create actions to deliver Savings and/or Cash in line with set targets. Identify and propose cost reduction/continuous performance improvement (supplier) opportunities.
Identify, implement and record Value Improvement Programs (VIP) together with the other market teams – lead deployment of opportunities and market executions
Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:
Global and market Packaging managers
R&D teams, Cross cluster global and regional R&D and SC function (manufacturing)
Global Strategic Suppliers/Partners
Local Suppliers / Partners
Procurement Leadership team
Supply Chain Leadership team
Drive for continuous improvement through applied market knowledge, supplier development and external/internal stakeholder’s management as well as SC E2E understanding
Must be an articulate communicator (verbal and written)
Excellent presentation skills (creation and delivery)
Ability to collaborate with stakeholders (people skills)
Show passion and practical creativity
Ability to take initiative
Highly competent in Power BI, MS Excel and office
A good understanding of financial related data
Ability to analyse, interpret data
Experience in supporting the development of strategies
Well organised, capable of managing and prioritising across projects with a thorough approach to workload management
Be able to demonstrate influencing skills
Experience in business partnering
Problem solving skills to analyse and evaluate information and interpret opportunities
Curiosity to use, or suggest adaptions to, new technology
Ability to take ownership of and run projects. (Project management skills)
Attention to detail
Passion for innovation and change
Digital aware and capable
Who we are looking for
A university degree
2-3 years’ experience in procurement or supply chain
Experience in supplier or customer relationship management
Experience in supporting and /or managing complex projects
Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously
Experience working with cross-functional teams
University and or professional qualifications related to Business, procurement, or supply chain.
Experience in Procurement or Supply Chain with Logistics experience being a plus.
Excited about the Role?
To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. If you have been informed that you are at risk of redundancy, please make sure to tick this box during your application. Please also attach your letter of redundancy to the application.
Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.