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Assistant Procurement Manager: Flexible Packaging, North America

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Supply Chain
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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Background & Purpose of the Job

There has never been a more exciting time to be working in Procurement when you consider the sheer scale of what we are seeking to do in doubling the size of the business whilst reducing our environmental impact. 

As well as ensuring that we are best in class in delivering the basics, we alsohave tolook to the future and continuously evolve to meet the needs of our changing environment - reinventing ourselves for sustained competitive advantage. And of course, we are only half of the picture.  Our suppliers are at the heart of everything we do. We need to work more closely than ever with suppliers to co-create sustainable practices and bigger and better innovations.

Purpose of the Job

As theAssistant Procurement Manager: Flexible Packaging, North America, you will be responsible forsupportingthe development and execution ofourFlexible Packagingsupply strategy to meet Unilever’sNorth Americanneeds. Spanning across Unilever’s multiple categories, this role will be responsible for leading stakeholder engagements, both internal and external, in delivering againstUnilever’smultiple programs and business goals. 

Who You Are & What You’llDo

A successfulUnileverProcurementProfessional is expected to be:

  • ASelf Starter: Ability to act independently and possesses an innate drive to succeed.

  • Relationship Owner:Understands the importance of stakeholder engagement and brings a proven ability to manage relationships with both internal stakeholders and external suppliers.

  • Strategic Influencer: Excelsat selling ideas to his/her business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying the total value.

  • Forward Thinker:Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking, and that contribute to creating sustained competitive advantagein Procurement Value

  • Uses theInnovator’sDNA– actas an entrepreneur,finds creative solutions to roadblocks, adjusts plans based on data,sets trends and is willing to lead, follow or get out of the way 

  • Big Picture Thinker:  Understands how small details of a project or initiative impact(s) the larger business goal and can make decisions based on this total impact understanding. 

  • Behave as a Partner to Win ambassador and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business

  • Leading the Unilever’s packaging sustainably business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda to deliver our Sustainability program for plastic- less, better, and no plastic solutions

Key Goals:

  • Cost & Cash:  Material Cost as a % of Turnover,MaterialSavings/Net Material Impact (NMI), Inflation mitigation, payment term extensions/ reduction

  • Free Cash Flow:  Strategic big bets delivery, Implementing Smart Buying tools

  • Partnership & Innovation:  Operational Excellence:  quality & service, resilience, spec sign-off, Responsible Sourcing Policy compliance, Quality compliance, Forecast Accuracy, etc.

  • Support ofSavings ideation (5S, design to value)programs unlocking value for ULfor years to come

  • Deliver the sustainability ambition for NA plastics: recyclability, post-consumer resin (PCR) and reusability.

What You’ll NeedToSucceed:

  • BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Supply ChainMgmt, Engineering or relatable subject.  MBA is a plus

  • Minimum5years’ ProcurementorFlexiblePackageDevelopmentexperience 

  • Very Strong Analytical, Interpretation and Communication skills:  data/information analysis and presentation. Ability to read markets and convey findings along with recommendations, to the business

  • Proficiency in English 

  • Comfort with systems: MS Excel, MS PPT,SAP, CLM (or similar contract management system)

  • Pro-active, Complex stakeholder management & communication experience:  across ranks and functions

  • Knowledge andexperience forecasting, planning processes, market operations, supply chains

  • On the feet thinking, crisis management skills


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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