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Assistant Sourcing Manager Marketing - BG -

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Supply Chain
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
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JOB TITLE- Assistant Strategic Sourcing Manager, Business Groups



Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’.


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’re 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, Business Groups, 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 +30,000.


The BG Assistant Strategic Sourcing Manager will support the Marketing Procurement Business Group leads who partner and work with our Brand teams to increase effectiveness of our marketing procurement by streamlining accountabilities, building capabilities, and leveraging knowledge, relationships, and business strategies across markets.

They will increase efficiency of our marketing procurement by driving scale where it makes sense, decreasing fragmentation, prioritizing higher impact areas, leveraging technology and data, and drive performance that unlocks 4G growth for Unilever.

The role will support a culture of collaboration and agility to enable an efficient project roll out. It will ensure close alignment in strategy with functions and the Marketing Procurement Portfolio teams.


  • Understand the business group needs related to marketing spend portfolios and bring deep expertise and insights across the value chain and supply base to translate the business requirements into effective future-fit procurement strategies.

  • Support the connection of strategy & execution aligned to Unilever Compass, Global Business Groups & Business Unit goals and priorities

  • Together with Business Group Leads and Brand teams create effective and efficient brand operating models that are best fit for brand and category.

  • Balance where to maximize the power of Unilever and where to drive brand specific solutions.

  • Act as the voice of the Business Groups and brands to the wider marketing procurement community

  • Lead rigorous execution of the priorities and transformation initiatives across the marketing value chain with a brand & consumer lens.

  • Support marketing procurement’s delivery of OKR’s and financial targets (including value delivery) for the Business Group Support the Business Group Leads with the delivery of results across all Business Units.

  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders globally, to support business, market, and Marketing Procurement priorities and enable rapid alignment and deployment.

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

  • Support future proofing the marketing portfolio by driving digital approaches that help simplify the life for our brand teams, while unlocking efficiencies in the marketing value chain.

  • Support internal performance management and reporting including creation and stewardship of relevant key performance indicators for the relevant Business Group and Brand teams.



  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience

  • Experience and knowledge of Marketing Portfolios across the value chain.

  • Experience within or in service of the function being supported by procurement.

  • Strategic Sourcing experience.

  • Experience of working in cross geographical teams.

  • Experience of procurement transformation, change and business engagement.

  • Experience and knowledge of business models in marketing procurement will be a strong plus.

  • Leading and supporting multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Unafraid to work with senior stakeholders and key suppliers, supported through excellent communication skills.

  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint abilities

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.

  • Ability to build and evolve mutually beneficially strategic stakeholder relationships.

  • Solid capabilities in Strategic Sourcing.

  • Skilled negotiator.

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

  • Passion for continuous improvement

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

  • High financial and business acumen, and ability to interpret data to generate data-led insights.

  • Tenacious and resilient in the pursuit of challenging goals.

  • Strong influencing skills.

  • Accountability and responsibility.

  • Bias for action while being able to prioritise.

  • Project management.


Limited international travel required. Not projected to require more than 20% on average (may vary based on location)




  • Marketing Procurement Leadership Team, Portfolio Leads, Business Group Leads

  • Sourcing teams

  • Supplier Operations in UniOps

  • Procurement Strategy and Insights

  • Procurement Partnership and Purpose team

Business partners:

  • Business Groups and Global Brand Teams

  • Business Units

  • Functions

  • Finance

  • Legal


  • External Partners

  • Suppliers

  • Advisors and benchmarking organizations


Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all. 

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

To find out more, including more information about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here.

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