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Regional Procurement Transformation Project Manager, ekaterra - Project Blossom

Job ID:
R-43873
Category:
Supply Chain
Location:
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Date posted:
08/05/2022

Job Title: Regional Procurement Transformation Project Manager

Work Location: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (remote accepted)

Job Type: Fixed Term Contract (end April 30, 2023) with opportunity to extend

Travel required: n/a

About ekaterra 

With an annual turnover of around €2bn, ekaterra is the world’s largest tea business, with world-class, purpose-driven brands such as Lipton, Pukka, Tazo, T2 and PG Tips. ‘eka’ is a word taken from the Sanskrit language which means unity and one purpose, while ‘terra’ represents the earth and nature. As ekaterra we are truly united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants.

In July 2022, CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII took over the full ownership of the ekaterra business from its previous owner, Unilever. As a standalone entity with a dedicated single-category focus, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the tea industry, delivering higher growth and value, and a greater impact on the wider world. With 11 production factories in four continents and tea growing estates in three countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business whose brands reach hundreds of millions of consumers. It has a presence in over 100 countries.

Under the ownership of CVC, ekaterra has an exciting future ahead with opportunities for increased investments in our iconic brands, our people, and our capabilities.  Combining the strength and scale of our brands with a focus on speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a corporate start-up mindset that’s opening-up new opportunities for its people to flourish every day.

At ekaterra, we put consumer love at the heart of every decision. We celebrate diverse thinkers who take personal ownership to connect ideas and make impactful things happen; people who share our values around humanity and courage and give their commitment to nurturing the wellbeing of all. In return, we offer a working culture that gives our people freedom and flexibility, and where they can grow both personally and professionally to master their field.

Be part of our amazing blend. Come and grow yourself and, in turn, help us to grow a world of wellbeing.

The qualities we look for in you:

ekaterra is made up of a special blend of individuals which make our teams exciting and diverse. To be part of our blend 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.

What's in it for you?

We believe that growth is for everyone, we believe in growing leaders, and we believe in making space to grow an owner’s mentality.  Like nature, we adapt, we change, and we grow. We believe in connections over hierarchies and work levels. We have a 'corporate start-up' approach; we act with speed and agility, and we have the strength and scale of a large corporation. We are building a better world of wellbeing, and a better you.

Your Role:

The foundations of our new ekaterra organisation have been laid following our internal separation from Unilever and the stand-up of ekaterra Leadership and Management teams around the world. We have designed our end state operating model and related legal entity structure to become the world’s number 1 pure play Tea business.

Now begins the most exciting phase of our journey, Project Blossom, as we seek to implement our end-state design, exit our Transitional Services Agreements with Unilever, and establish ekaterra as a fully standalone and independent business.

Project Blossom requires ekaterra local market teams to develop and ultimately deliver the relevant local establishment plans.  The Regional Procurement Transformation Project Manager for the Americas will lead the local procurement teams (North America & Latin/South America) through the process of ensuring contracts are in place with all our suppliers, ensuring all ‘procure to pay’ processes are fit for purpose in the Americas region and the successful deployment of Ariba to the Americas organization prior to separation.

Your Key Responsibilities:

  • Single point of contact to Local Blossom deployment team, attending the weekly Blossom deployment meetings in both North America and Latin/South America to provide status update and raise any local risks/issues

  • Lead coordination of supplier onboarding with the local procurement team in the region.  Ensure supplier onboarding process is cascaded to all local deployment.  Work with central team to ensure local supplier communications are timely, relevant and shared out with all suppliers. Track and provide reporting on the supplier onboarding process (i.e. comms sent out, local terms of sales policies, set up of ekaterra contracts with local suppliers, etc).  Liaise with the global team to ensure any global contracts that impact the Americas are on track for completion.

  • Work with the Central procurement workstream team on the deployment of Ariba in the Americas region.  Establish business continuity plans related to procurement.

  • Be a change agent, a leader and a point of contact for the local procurement teams if they have questions about Blossom and the changes.

  • Collect the regional and local needs where deviation from the global process/system blueprint is required (tax, legal, business reasons)

  • Represent the region in the configuration phase

  • Coordinate local procurement involvement in data validation of vendor masters, business testing and training of the local teams in the region. 

  • Manage the procurement integrated timeline, ensuring all tasks are on track for the project from a procurement perspective

  • Organize regional / local testing (UAT)

  • Train or facilitate training of the users (business and function)

  • Organize regional workshops where required

  • Create a regional communication plan and execute on it

  • Support the (organization) of the go-live

  • Support / coordinate the cutover activities like closing open PO’s

  • Initiate and support the creation of local content like catalogs

  • Be the intermediary between the global team and regional/local organization

  • Work collaboratively with the local leadership teams on change management.  Understand employee morale and engagement over the course of the project and use communication and morale boosting tactics to ensure healthy morale is maintained and employees are being effectively guided through the change. 

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:

  • Americas Regional Blossom Lead

  • North America Blossom Deployment Project Manager

  • Chile/South America Blossom Deployment Project Manager

  • Central Procurement Workstream Lead

  • Americas Procurement Business Lead

  • Local Systems Integrator Lead

  • Blossom Establishment Management Office, People, Talent & Org (PTO) Workstream lead, and Global Deployment Lead.

Skills and Experience

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in FMCG or relevant industries, 

  • Successful track record working as part of the cross functional business transformation / systems implementation project team

  • Minimum 5 years working in a procurement role, with in depth knowledge and understanding of the Procure to Pay process and supplier onboarding process

  • experience in project management, coordination, and risk mitigation

  • Experience deploying a procure to play platform (like Ariba)

  • Track record of successful project results

  • Experience leading a team through change (change management)  

Skills:

  • Communication: Excellent communication skills and the ability to convey complex requirements and expectations in a simple way

  • Organisation: Strong organisational skills with a demonstrable track record in successful project management and project delivery

  • Ability to perform in an environment of ambiguity and influence decisions,

  • Analytical thinking, creative problem-solving ability, 

  • Time consciousness, diligence, flexibility and interest to accept more responsibility, able to take initiative and give proper decisions timely

Who we are looking for:

  • Self driven individual with excellent project management skills who is motivated to make a transformative contribution to ekaterra.

  • Ability to engage and influence a cross functional team of leaders both locally and globally

  • Highly organized and action orientated with the ability to identify the critical path to success and take the necessary actions to achieve that

  • High analytical intelligence and organizational awareness

  • High endurance level in problem solving and difficult conditions 

  • Having the ability to work under pressure,

  • Having values ​​of honesty, pioneering, responsible growth, 

  • High passion for growth, 

  • Strong leadership in crisis management and uncertain environments, 

Excited about the Role? 

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements, and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.  

ekaterra is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity 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. We are interested in every individual bringing their whole self to work and this includes you! Therefore, if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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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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