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Procurement Manager - Contract Manufacturing / 3PM - ekaterra

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Supply Chain
Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
West Virginia, US
Date posted:

Work Location: Preferably Regional Office in Englewood Cliffs, which would be a plus, but there is some flexibility to the location to be discussed with the successful candidate.

Job Type: Full-time

Travel required: >10% 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. 

Background & Purpose of the Role:

The Contract Manufacturing (aka Third-Party Manufacturing 3PM, aka outsourced manufacturing or co-manufacturing) Procurement Manager role holds the responsibility for 3PM Tea Procurement business in North America, Central America and South America partnering the Supply Chain organization. This is an exciting and dynamic role reporting to Global Head of 3PM Procurement based in New Jersey USA. This includes managing both external manufacturing partners and the Tea SC team to support the growth ambition while considering external commitments. The Procurement Manager will build market knowledge on trends, market capabilities, strategy shifts, geo-political influences to provide market insight to internal stakeholders and support strategic decision.

Your Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the 3PM networks in Americas which is the largest 3PM volume for ekaterra.

  • Participate, develop and roll-out global sourcing strategies locally 

  • Work closely with collaborative manufacturing partners and other Supply chain functional stakeholders.

  • Liaise with the SC and Tea finance team to analyse production cost and create benchmarks for make or buy decisions

  • Support preparing negotiation strategy and manage negotiations jointly with the Tea SC team

  • Collaborate with Contract Manufacturing operations team and other Supply Chain teams in SC optimization, transformation, or innovation projects.

  • Deliver on key financial targets such as gross margin improvement through savings and cash flow improvement by applying for example smart buying tools

  • Owning procurement fundamentals for spend responsibility areas i.e. data consistency, data insights, recurring stakeholder communications, savings -cash, other KPI reporting, contracts, creating playbooks, implementation of digital solutions and technology enablers etc.

  • Managing supplier relationships as first point of contact for Transformation related portfolio and developing them into regular Contract Manufacturing relationships for sustainable supply after Transformation

  • Scouting for new suppliers that are fit for purpose and in line with the Supply Chain strategy

  • Key point of contact for cross functional teams such as quality, R&D, legal, Finance etc. as projects require for resolving all Contract Manufacturing Procurement business issues with supply chain inputs/impacts

  • Ensure a safety culture for all supply chain people

Stakeholder Management and Key Interfaces:


  • Engagement with SC Teams

  • Procurement Finance team, Legal and other supporting functions.

  • Best-Practice sharing with other Indirect procurement teams 


  • 3PM Strategic Suppliers in region. 

What You'll Need to Succeed:

  • Drive for continuous improvement through applied market knowledge, supplier development and external/internal stakeholder’s management as well as SC E2E understanding

  • Must be an articulate communicator (verbal and written in English)

  • Excellent presentation skills (creation and delivery)

  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders (people skills)

  • Show passion and practical creativity

  • Ability to analyses, interpret data

  • Experience in supporting the development of strategies

  • Negotiation experience

  • Be able to demonstrate influencing skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Analytical thinker

  • Passion for innovation and change

Essential Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree required  

  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in 3PM procurement 

  • Experience in supplier or customer relationship management

  • Experience in supporting and /or managing complex projects

  • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Experience working with cross-functional teams

The Qualities We Look for in You

The Tea business is made up of a special blend of individuals which make our teams exciting and diverse. To be part of our tea family we are looking for individuals who think Green and are environmentally conscious, who understand the power of simplicity and who are accountable for their actions. We want those who infuse mastery and passion in everything they do to create great products and unforgettable experiences for our consumers.


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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