Packaging Procurement Manager - Tea Division

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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.

Your Role:

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

  • Negotiation experience

  • 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

  • Analytical thinker

  • 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.

Type vacature:


  • Er is geen minimale opleiding vereist

Wat wij bieden

Parttime - Fultime

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