Procurement Manager Business Services – Workforce Management - Portfolio Strategy Lead

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Global Procurement Manager Business Services – Workforce Management - Portfolio Strategy lead

Department: Procurement

Function:Supply Chain

Location: UK & Netherlands preferred

Main Job Purpose:


Part of the Supply Chain family, Procurement is responsible for over 30B Euro of material and services spend globally with more than 60,000 suppliers, over half of them in MBS. Getting the right services and materials, sustainably sourced and ensuring responsible procurement is critical to ensuring our brands with purpose grow. Our teams work closely with the business to understand stakeholders needs, bring innovation to meet changing consumer, employees and customers needs, and drive financial value for Unilever through competitive buying. We are at the forefront of digital procurement, bringing new tools and analytics to drive data-based decisions.

Our strategy is ‘Procurement with Purpose’ and focuses on buying responsibly, buying better, and growing together with partners around the world. Our ambition is based on three key drivers: being Purpose-Led, Value-Driven, and Future-Fit.


MBS, Unilever’s Marketing and Business Services Procurement team, is responsible for Unilever’s sourcing and supplier strategy and execution for all third party spend across Marketing, Business Services, and IT, supporting the business requirements of Brands, Divisions, Markets, and functions to drive 4G growth through strategic supplier management, cost and value management, sustainability, and innovation, aligned with Unilever’s Compass. The team manages an annual spend of ~9B Euro with a supplier base of about 40,000.

Within MBS, the Global Procurement Manager Business Services – Portfolio Strategy lead of Workforce management, will be a part of the Workforce Management team and reports into the Workforce Management director. The Workforce Management Portfolio support key functional areas of spend such as Consultancy, Finance, Legal, Contingent Workforce, R&D Services, Recruitment, and other professional services. The Consultancy portfolio is mostly globally managed and Finance, R&D Services, Legal & Contingent Workforce portfolios are managed in a Hybrid manner where the strategy is developed globally and executed locally.

He/she will be responsible for the strategy development, sourcing, negotiation and supplier management of global contracts in the Workforce procurement portfolio, and will manage a spend of ~300Mn+ Euro annually. This role will manage few direct reports.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Understand the business needs related to functional areas of spend in Workforce Management and bring deep expertise and insights across the value chain and supply base to translate the business requirements into effective future-fit procurement strategies.

  • Connect strategy & execution aligned to Unilever Compass, Global Divisions, Functions & Markets goals, and priorities, aligned with Procurement with Purpose and OneMBS strategies and principles.

  • Deliver transformational sourcing strategies, operating models, and supplier relationships to redefine our procurement approach to workforce management including a focus on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing strategies

  • Work with senior stakeholders to deliver complex globally led projects across multiple geographies.

  • Deliver against financial targets and other KPIs (including value delivery) as per business plan objectives.

  • Be a central team player for Workforce management by translating strategies to executable projects within the markets.

  • Lead Supplier relationships and implement Partners with Purpose strategy with critical suppliers.

  • Lead a geographically dispersed team to inspire, develop, and support our people, deliver results, and create and promote a healthy business culture.

  • Ensure Portfolio fundamentals (i.e., data consistency, data insights, recurring stakeholder communications, contracts, etc.) are all put in place.

  • Future proof the portfolio by driving digital approaches, while building technology enablers to help manage selected portfolio and scope.

  • Lead internal performance management and reporting including creation and stewardship of relevant key performance indicators

Experience Required:


  • 10+ years of procurement experience, including proven and deep experience in procuring professional services or related field or indirect procurement portfolios.

  • Strategic sourcing, portfolio strategy expertise, with experience in managing complex portfolio/category, at global or multi-regional level.

  • Expert in negotiation and contracting.

  • Knowledge of outsourcing services is a must

  • Experience in strategic supplier relationship management

  • Experience on large-scale project management

  • Demonstrated and proven leadership capabilities to lead a virtual global team.

  • Experience in shaping and leading transformational business process reengineering, with experience driving Change Management initiatives.

General Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to work under pressure and in a complex global environment balancing a broad spectrum of stakeholder requirements.

  • Comfortable working in conditions of ambiguity and leading through change.

  • Able to create and drive adoption and execution of a shared vision and strategy for change.

  • Ability to interact with senior stakeholders cross effectively and efficiently functionally (including Business Services, CD, PMUs, and Procurement) to understand their needs and deliver effective balanced solutions.

  • Delivers change whilst managing the interface between “day to day” and improvement projects.

  • Passion for continuous improvement

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including creation and delivery of effective presentations.

  • High financial and business acumen

  • Strong in selling ideas and concepts.

  • Inspiring, motivational, and accountable people leader, able to lead remote and cross-cultural teams and connect people and ideas.

  • Strong in project and time management for complex global projects

  • Stakeholder management and people skills

  • Passion and practical creativity

  • Tenacious and resilient in the pursuit of challenging goals


International travel required. Not projected to require more than 20% on average (may vary based on location within Asia)




  • Workforce management team

  • MBS VP and MBS LT

  • Sourcing teams

  • Supplier Operations in UniOps

  • Procurement Strategy and Insights

  • Procurement Partners and Purpose team

Business partners:

  • Uniops

  • HR

  • Finance

  • R&D

  • Procurement

  • Supply Chain

  • Divisions

  • Sustainability

  • Legal


  • External Partners

  • Suppliers

  • Advisors and benchmarking organizations

Reporting Channel:

Reporting into Global Procurement Director -Workforce Management

Diversity & Inclusion

While we have an idea of the experience required to succeed in this role, we have no pre-requisites.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity

Type vacature:


  • Er is geen minimale opleiding vereist

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