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Head of Strategy Tea Procurement - Tea Company

Head of Strategy - Tea Procurement – Tea Company

Work Location: Netherlands

Job Type: Fulltime

Travel required : 20% or limited travel. Now limited due to CV19 restrictions

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.

As the Procurement leader of the Tea Business, the primary focus of this role is to drive the Procurement Strategy aligning with the overall Business Strategy. The Leader has to collaborate with Internal and External People and Companies, Bodies and Other Organisations to Create, implement and drive the overall Procurement Strategy in line with the Business Strategy.

This position is crucial to the Group’s ability to establish its short, medium, and long-term plans in a highly challenging sector. You will need to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders and leads cross-functional teams in the development of Procurement strategies.

The Leader will need to lead teams to deliver:

  • Create tea procurement strategy aligned to business needs

  • Support the business in

    • Creating and delivering buying savings

    • Visibility to overall cost Impact

    • Bringing the outside in insights, related to competition and innovation

  • Collaborate with other Cross Functional Teams

  • Creating inspirational, realistic, and achievable plans

  • Managing and embedding change

  • Stakeholder influencing and management

  • Commercial acumen

Your Role:

  • Develop a Purpose Led, Value Driven and Future Fit Procurement Strategy for Tea Business in line with the overall Business strategy.

  • To support and lead a variety of strategic efforts inclusive of playing a pivotal role in building annual/long-term strategic Procurement plans in line with Business Strategies.

  • Collaborate internally and externally to drive projects that will create value and bring in new technologies and Business ideas to bring growth as part of the Strategy.

  • Bring insights about competition Product, price and blends

  • Provide visibility of external innovations

  • Drive KPI’s in line with Strategy and ensure that the respective Sub-functions in Procurement are creating value through Strategic process.

  • Drive the people agenda for developing capability & capacity within the team and harness diverse and inclusive culture.

Your Key Tasks:


  • To develop, implement and drive the procurement strategies.

  • Ensure high level of drive and commitment on Overall Business impacts which are linked with Sustainability..

  • To be a key team leader for all large procurement projects which can impact Sustainability and Business needs.

  • To continuously improve ways of working and optimise procurement activities.

  • To ensure the satisfaction of Internal customers with the services provided by the procurement organization.

  • To develop, coach and mentor resources within a high performing and motivated team responsible for interfacing with internal stakeholders and suppliers.

  • To support the collaboration with senior functional leaders to establish both short and long-term business objectives.

  • To lead cross-functional initiatives and represent Business interests in the management of external strategic relationships.

  • In the context of Partnering with Purpose, to identify, develop and manage strategic business relationships to enable implementation of the Business strategy.

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:



  • Tea Buying and Blending

  • Global Logistics Procurement Network (GLPN)

  • Global Procurement Digital Team

Supply Chain:

  • Logistics Operations and Excellence

  • SC Factory Ops and Engg Teams

  • Manufacturing

  • Quality

  • SSHE

  • Inbound Logistics

  • Import / Export


  • Suppliers

  • Government bodies

  • NGO’s

  • Associations or Certification Bodies / Houses

  • Audit companies

Skills and Experience:


  • Deep understanding of Tea and Herbal

  • Self-starter & independent operator

  • Bias for action and strong executor

  • Strong in holding people accountable

  • High Business Acumen

  • High Analytical Skills

  • Framing

  • Change management

Who we are looking for:


  • University degree (Engineering or Business preferred)

  • At least 5 years’ experience in Procurement in the field of Tea or Agri procurement

  • Experience on large-scale change management projects

  • Relevant procurement experience in Strategy and Sustainability will be an advantage

  • Experience in supply and portfolio strategy development (added advantage)

  • Experience in working in a virtual team and regional/global scope

  • Experience in leading a team and people management


  • Tea Tasting ability

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Type vacature:


  • Er is geen minimale opleiding vereist

Wat wij bieden

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