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Procurement Global Manager Assistant – Decoration

Job ID: R-13911 Category: Supply Chain Location: Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France Region;
Rotterdam, South Holland
Date posted: 06/02/2021
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Global Procurement Assistant Manager – Decoration

Department: Procurement

Location: Rueil-Malmaison (France), Rotterdam (NL)

Background & Purpose of the Job 

There has never been a more exciting time to be working in Procurement when you consider the sheer scale of what we are seeking to do in doubling the size of the business whilst reducing our environmental impact.  

As well as ensuring that we are best in class in delivering the basics, we also have to look to the future and continuously evolve to meet the needs of our changing environment - reinventing ourselves for sustained competitive advantage. And of course, we are only half of the picture.  Our suppliers are at the heart of everything we do. We need to work more closely than ever with suppliers to co-create sustainable practices and bigger and better innovations. 

Purpose of the Job  

As the Assistant Procurement Manager: Global Decoration, you will be responsible for supporting the development and execution of our portfolio strategy.  Spanning across Unilever’s multiple categories, this role will be responsible for leading stakeholder engagements, both internal and external, in delivering against Unilever’s multiple programs and business goals.  

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

A successful Unilever Procurement Professional is expected to be:

  • Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking and that contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage

  • Strong at selling ideas to his/her business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying value and communicating it accordingly

  • Appreciative of the value and impact of outstanding execution, a ‘completer finisher’

  • Strong Bias for Action

  • Have a passion for digital learning and how digitization can enhance the procurement process, task automation and change data into insights

  • Genuinely committed to Unilever’s sustainably lead business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda

Key Goals

  • Cost & Cash:  Material Cost as a % of Turnover, Material Savings / Net Material Impact (NMI), Inflation mitigation, payment term extensions / reduction 

  • Free Cash Flow:  Strategic big bets delivery, Implementing Smart Buying tools 

  • Partnership & Innovation:  Operational Excellence:  quality & service, resilience, spec sign-off, Responsible Sourcing Policy compliance, Quality compliance, Forecast Accuracy, etc.

  • Support and collaborate with the Decoration portfolio managers to develop and build a cohesive feedstock strategy including the support to increase the coverage of direct deals on feedstocks with convertors

  • Work with the Strategy & Insights team and Line Manager to establish “should cost” price benchmarks for self-adhesive labels and sleeves

  • Identify and propose cost reduction opportunities through the pillars of ZBB (Zero Based Budgeting), complexity reduction and price benchmarking

  • Support the resilience program implementation for the global suppliers, create contingency plans for key materials & suppliers

  • Deliver the sustainability ambition for decoration portfolio

What You’ll Need to succeed:


  • University degree

  • Ability to engage in a Cross functional team

  • Learning mindset

  • Excellent analytical and IT skills: SAP, SAP CLM, Power Bi

  • Self-starter & independent operator

  • Bias for action and strong executor

  • Strong in holding people accountable and be fully accountable

  • Experience in working in a virtual team and regional/global scope


  • Understanding and experience of packaging manufacturing/procurement

  • Negotiation skills

  • Project management skills

  • Supply Market Intelligence and Analysis - Collecting Relevant Information: Analysing Supply and Demand

  • Knowledge and experience forecasting, planning processes, market operations, supply chains Driving sustainability through Procurement


International travel may be required as per job requirements

Reporting Channel:

The role reports to the Global Procurement Manager - Decoration

Diversity & Inclusion

While we have an idea of the experience required to succeed in this role, we have no pre-requisites. 

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

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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