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Global Procurement Manager – Resins

Job ID:
Supply Chain
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Date posted:

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 terms of Procurement with Purpose supporting the UL vision of Brands with Purpose grow, Companies with purpose last and People with Purpose Thrive. ‘Purpose’ is at the heart of what we do. 

As Unilever Procurement adapts to the ever-dynamic business environment, we will need to be agile in order to continue our track record of delivery in contributing to the top and bottom line. Inevitably, given the consistent and high quality of our delivery over the past few years, we will be asked to continue this rate of performance and indeed go over and above this standard to ensure the value provided is further enhanced across the scope of our remit.

As well as ensuring that we are best in class in delivering the basics, we also have to look 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.

This places great demands on the skills and expertise of all of us as Procurement professionals.

Main purpose

Senior and seasoned professional sourcing of HDPE, PP and PET resins for North America, LATAM , NAMETRUB and Africa and post consumer recycled resins (PCR) for North America. This role is responsible for managing a spend of approx. 380 million USD ~45% of plastic component cost is resins therefore the role drives key competitive advantage for Unilever rigids portfolio.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

You’re a born leader:

This role is focused on developing long term business relationships with global and local resin producers. External relationships are with senior leadership of large petrochemical companies like Exxon, SABIC, Lyondell Bassell, Braskem etc..  Role is focused on developing a comprehensive long term  strategy that fits the needs of markets and divisions as well as managing annual negotiations for all the virgin and recycled resin producers. Role will be responsible for leading the forecasting of those materials in those markets. The role also works closely with the commodities risk management team in hedging the resin exposure.

You’re a strategy guru:

Responsible for the global 3-5 strategy- what to buy, where to buy, how to buy, when to buy ,whom to buy from. Develop and implement strategies working closely with regional portfolio managers- assess needs of the market, deep value chain understanding, industry analysis. Competitive supplier selection or development. Benchmarking & best practices -identify metrics, tools and process to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies. Initiate and drive large global change management projects e.g.complexity reduction projects (e.g. harmonisation of specifications and suppliers), resilience. To support in delivering Unilever ‘s multi-year commitments on sustainable sourcing of plastics -the environment, well-being and social imperatives in the procurement of materials and services. Close liaison with regional teams and  strategy and insights teams on contract board and strategy council submissions, cost model development and competitiveness vs the market and implementation of insights through the strategy and negotiations. Communicate RESIN strategy with multiple stakeholders.

You’re a dot connector:   

Ensure compliance to our responsible sourcing policy. Negotiate value driven agreements that are in line with defined commercial and legal requirements and subsequently manage the supplier relationships/SLA’s along with key stakeholders. Measure and manage overall performance of suppliers. Lead the rationalization of suppliers, materials and services that meet Unilever's business requirements •Support service, resilience and quality strategies with the respective supply base, supporting markets in specific requirements with the suppliers. Support the PCR implementation programs with suppliers.

You love to win, and have fun doing it:

Overall responsible for the value creation program/competitiveness resins including but not limited to- driving price transparency through directed buy or right to audit, indices change or optimisation, competitive resin formulas including cost model approach- monomer + or bale +,logistics optimisation, alternate suppliers and material approvals,grade harmonisation for scale and competitiveness and value chain disruptions. Work with the regional procurement managers in LATAM,NAMETRUB & Africato integrate global resin sourcing strategies with business and portfolio demands, ensuring timely inputs to and OTIF execution of global/regional strategy and projects. Close liaison with strategy and insights teams on contract board and strategy council submissions, cost model development and competitiveness vs the market and implementation of insights through the strategy and negotiations.

You’re a story teller:

Responsible for price forecasting ensuring accuracy and completeness of the forecast economic assumptions and communicating timely to key business stakeholders forecast updates timely for further engagements with CCBT’s. Share market insights that support the business with accurate price forecasting, which includes market conditions, price trends and future market trends to enable proper budgeting and price forecasting. Work with consultants like IHS, ICIS and CDI to deliver Key insights. Work closely with the market procurement teams in the markets to support the launch of innovations, new product development or new supplier introduction.

You’re a teacher:

Ensure compliance to defined procurement procedures-contracting, contract management process- contract boards, strategy councils. Close liaison with strategy and insights teams in identifying metrics, tools and processes to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies.

You’re a changemaker:

Collaboration with collaborative manufacturing teams in driving PCR inclusion and leveraging our buying scale to CM’s to optimise our competitiveness. Manage PCR projects by bringing together relevant stakeholders across R&D, Supply Chain and marketing and align to business needs.       

You’re a paradox navigator:

The role manages both PCR and virgin resins for North America therefore requiring a good understanding of both markets and making strategy and sourcing decisions accordingly while builing long term resin flexibility.          

You’re a culture & change champion:

Externally connect with Suppliers, Industry and Governments to understand advancements and initiatives being carried out along the PCR value chain.  Identify and pioneer new recycling technologies with technology partners to drive circularity, quality, capacity, affordability of PCR.     

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Proven experience in Procurement or Supply Chain

  • Strong Negotiation skills.

  • Self-starter mentality

  • Strong analytical capabilities (incl finance)

  • Experience in Cross Functional working and cross geography project management

  • Experience and understanding of business processes and SAP systems.

  • Ability to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds,

  • Strong communications skills and ability to engage and influence others.

  • Fluent communication and verbal skills in English.

  • Strong ability in managing multiple stakeholders, projects, and deadlines, with strong analytical & negotiation skills and “can do” mentality.

  • Appetite for change and eagerness to collaborating with stakeholders to drive through improvements.

  • Team Leadership

  • Collaborative, team player who focuses on team success above self

  • Experienced in stakeholder and supplier management.

  • Experience in managing business stakeholder’s relationships


  • University degree ,Masters degree preferred

  • At least 5 years’ experience in senior procurement or supply management roles

  • Experience on large-scale, complex projects change management projects


  • Experience in packaging engineering coupled with commercial acumen

  • Experience in operations- end to end portfolio management including service and quality

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


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, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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