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Procurement Portfolio Lead Media

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Supply Chain
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
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Job Title: Procurement Portfolio Lead Media

Location: Kingston Head Office


We operate at the forefront of competitive buying, sustainable sourcing and purpose-led partnerships. We seek to combine our own technology expertise and insights with our partners, to support the creation of disruptive sourcing strategies and supplier-led innovation that respond to ever-changing consumer needs quickly, flexibly and effectively.


Within MBS, The Global Strategy Lead for Retail Media will increase effectiveness of our Retail Media procurement by creating an expertise-driven model, streamlining accountabilities, building capabilities, and leveraging knowledge, relationships, and business strategies across markets.

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

The role will foster and build a culture of collaboration and agility to enable an efficient project roll out. It will ensure close alignment in strategy with MBS directors and Business Group Procurement Directors by defining and utilizing a robust support network for the whole team and providing clarity on the ways of works and roles and responsibilities.


  • Understand the business needs related to retail media 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

  • Connect strategy & execution aligned to Unilever Compass, Global Divisions, Media Function & Business Units goals and priorities, aligned with Procurement with Purpose and OneMBS strategies and principles

  • Together with Media function deliver transformational sourcing strategies, operating models, and supplier relationships to redefine our procurement approach to media spend to drive 4G growth in accordance with our plans, including a focus on Responsible Sourcing strategies.

  • Deliver against financial targets and other KPIs (including value delivery) as per business plan objectives, accountable for delivery of results from all markets, Business Units globally

  • Together with the Media function, Retail Media team and DMCs, implement Partners with Purpose strategy, balancing a portfolio of global and local suppliers

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

  • Lead rigorous execution of the priorities and transformation initiatives across the globe

  • 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

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



  • Relevant procurement experience, including proven and deep experience in Media procurement portfolio’s or related field or indirect procurement portfolio’s

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

  • Expert in negotiation and contracting

  • Understanding of supply market, value chain, and FMCG knowledge. Knowledge of Media portfolios, retail Media portfolios and supply markets a strong plus.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of and passion for sustainability, including social sustainability

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 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


About Unilever

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’


In September 2020, Unilever announced the intention to build a new sustainable campus site in Kingston, London to house the employees who currently work in 100 Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars, Lever House in Kingston and Graze in Richmond. We are creating our own Unilever sustainable, agile work environment, purposefully bringing us together in our own Unilever ecosystem. The campus is due to be completed in early 2025 and will consist of two interconnected buildings, as well as landscaped surrounding areas. 

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

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 are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. 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 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. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self. To find out more, including about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Unilever | Unilever.

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