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Global CO & Logistics Procurement Assistant Manager

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Supply Chain
Katowice, Silesia
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Part of the Supply Chain’s family, Procurement is responsible for over 30B Euro of material and services spend globally with more than 70,000 suppliers. Getting the right 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 brand needs, bring supplier innovation to meet changing consumer 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.

With over 1400 employees globally, we support a network of thousands of suppliers, more than 1.5 million smallholder farmers who in turn support communities of over 7 million people. Our strategy is ‘Procurement with Purpose’ and focuses on buying responsibly, buying better and growing together with partners around the world and we have an ambition that is based on three key drivers: Being Purpose-Led, Value-Driven and Future-Fit.

Our teams work closely with the business to understand procurement 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.


The Logistics Portfolio covers the sourcing strategy development and procurement of logistical services for Unilever globally, including transportation, warehousing, pallets, sea freight and air freight services.  The broader Customer Operations scope works closely with IOPs to ensure the necessary procurement sourcing strategy.  Therefore this position will work with a global scope across Customer Operations, CO (50%) and Logistics Procurement (50%) in close connection with the Logistics Procurement Leadership Team (LPLT) and S&I Logistics team to create portfolio sourcing and supplier strategies that align with the overall business objectives relevant to CO & Logistics. Key Facts and Figures: € 3.1 Billion Spend; 400+ warehouses globally; 4000+ suppliers globally.


Reporting to the Procurement Manager Global CO & Global Logistics- Logistics, Global Procurement the purpose of this role is to support the delivery of Procurement’s Lighthouse strategy across its different pillars, logistics sub-portfolios and geographies focusing on Competitive buying, sustainable sourcing, building purpose-led partnerships for Logistics Procurement as well as capability development in procurement across Transport, Warehousing, and Pallets. Similarly for CO.

The role will be focused on:

  • PMO for procurement logistic projects linked to one Region

  • Develop procurement logistics COE and best practices implementation for Region.

  • Key Point of contact in the region for Global Team, consolidating all the information and driving overarching outputs based on those

  • Deep expertise for one Logistic Sub-portfolio (e.g. warehouse, transport, pallet, etc) supporting strategy development and key sourcing projects. Similarly for broader CO scope.


You are expected to Deliver on World class service, Competitive Cost and Sustainable sourcing by:

  • Support portfolio Strategy and capability development, Negotiation preparation, Contracting via the expertise and engages in creating Logistics Sourcing Excellence, Gold Standard Contracting and playbooks for Logistics and for CO across the different sub-portfolios: warehousing, transport, pallets, ocean etc. Works together with S&I and regional/market logistic procurement teams to co-create and implement.

  • Supports the definition, development and rollout of key logistics projects related with Lighthouse strategic pillars in conjunction with the LPLT: Buying Competitively, Joint Buying, Partnerships, Sustainability, Value Chain, Digital etc

  • Act as a centre of excellence to bring subject-matter-expertise across the different Logistics sub-portfolios and support value creation opportunities based on a deep Logistics expertise of market conditions and future market trends, Macro/micro economic impacts, Supplier pools, Competitor and Industry Insights, as well as benchmarking and cost modelling in connection with WCL.

  • Bring Logistics portfolio expertise to support Logistics procurement regional teams with the implementation/delivery of key strategic projects/negotiations. Develop deep expertise in one of the sub-portfolios in order to drive

  • Support the creation and driving of a Community of Logistics Procurement practice for one selected logistics sub-portfolios connecting experts across the different markets/regions which accelerates capability development and implementation.


  • Preferred over 4-5 years’ experience in a Procurement or Supply Chain roles either in Unilever / FMCG industry or in a large complex organisation with strong portfolio and market expertise.

  • Consulting experience in Tier 1 consulting firms would be a plus.

  • Logistics procurement knowledge in addition to strong program and project management skills.

  • Strategy and Capability Development and Implementation with demonstrated success.

  • Strong negotiation skills (Commercial and contractual)

  • Familiarity with 3PL activity-based cost modelling and contracting strategies, planning and digital

  • Strong business and commercial acumen.

  • Finance skills to be able to provide input on inflation impacts.

  • Supply Market Intelligence, Analysis, Competitiveness, and value opportunity identification.

  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical and story-telling skills to respond to multiple market/portfolio specific characteristics and influence change remotely.

  • Strong process driven with experience to land process transformation (Preferred)

  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders and peers effectively (Experience of working in cross-functional teams within a matrix environment – both F2F and virtually)

  • Ability and drive to work independently and lead diverse teams, across different geographies.


  • Hybrid work and flexibility

  • Opportunities for the development and improvement of qualifications

  • Sharing the cost of professional training & courses

  • Benefits: life insurance, private medical care, pension fund, sharing the cost of sports activities, and many others

  • Extra days off to take care of yourself and others

  • Unilever store - Our products at attractive prices

Unilever 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. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus 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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