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Head of Tea Procurement, Americas - Tea Division

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Supply Chain
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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Job Title:  Head of Tea Procurement – Americas

Work Location: United States of America- Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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. 

Your Role:

You will lead Tea Procurement for the Americas.  More specifically:

  • Responsible for sourcing from Argentina for North America as well as other countries for Tea company

  • Lead a team of Tea buyers and blenders covering, North America

  • Deliver Blend on quality, cost and on time

  • Support the business on pricing insights and competitor insights

  • Drive efficiency in  Tea buying

  • Lead the team for correct tasting and classification of Teas and categorization as per Tea Lingo for auction and non auction channels

  • Forecast Key Market prices and trends.

  • Support on strategic stocking decisions.

  • Delivery as per OP including forecasting of blend prices

  • Support on strategic stocking decisions

  • Source Instant tea powder and herbal Infusions

  • Service Pepsi Lipton JV

  • Procurement KPI’s suc as Material Cost % TO, Savings, NMI

  • Delivery as per OP including forecasting of blend prices

  • Procurement KPI’s of Material Cost % TO, Savings, NMI

  • Supply Chain KPI’s of OTIF, blend quality as per standard, Days on Hand

  • Management of tasting room and standards (audit, SOP)

  • Additionally, to link with the Global Tea network in providing all demand requirements for raw tea in the region working with the APS and SAP Supply systems. Engage with R&D actively to deliver savings and meeting consumer requirements.  This role will be the procurement representative in CCBT

Your Key Tasks:

  • Buying Argentina tea at competitive price

  • Weekly blend issuance OTIF and on spec (PBBS)

  • Inbound tea delivery tasting and updating in SAP

  • Provide full Country and Cluster input into all R&D black and Green Tea development projects within the region connecting with the Tea Expertise manager in R&D

  • Support and own with R&D all PBBS and ensure they updated in SAP/APS on and in full.

  • Support Blend Demand requirements enabling

  • Customer Service delivery against the forecast.

  • Manage cross functional relationships within in the Category Supply Chain, Marketing and R&D functions, in the CCBT

  • Fully manage Tea Tasting Saleroom to ensure full tasting programme is carried out

  • Lead discussions with Co-ordination and agree buying solution proposed APS.

  • Update and maintain SLA for all Tea Production factories.

  • Propose, agree and deliver stock norms

  • Own and ensure all master data for Tea specific SAP and APS systems is updated on time and in full.

  • Support the North America Business with Pricing insights, Competition benchmarking, and Innovations


  • 5 to 10 years of relevant experience including: at least 3 to 5 years' relevant procurement experience in international environment in Strategic Sourcing

  • Fully operational Tea Taster who can assess and evaluate in detail tea samples at differing brew strengths (eg. consumer strength, technical strength)

  • Ability to evaluate new blends to pass/fail vs a blend specification or standard

  • Relevant supply market knowledge of Tea Market

  • Experience in supply and portfolio strategy development

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

  • Experience in leading a team and people management

  • Experience in change management projects


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

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

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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