Assistant Procurement Manager

Posted Jan 5, 2022
Project ID: UNILJP00013925
1 year
(Feb 1, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023)
40 hrs/week
Payrate range
47 - 70 €/hr

Key Accountabilities: 

• Category Ownership: 

  • Develop strategies that’s aligned to the business direction
  • Business partnering: manage internal and external stakeholders (e.g. R&D, logistics, operations, sourcing units)
  • Ensure competitive buying through industry benchmark, should-cost analysis, product innovation, market price movement monitoring
  • Work with cross-function teams to achieve product spec and manufacturing optimization
  • Be the Go-to Person for the assigned categories for procurement and supplier related tasks & questions


• Supplier E2E (end-to-end) Management & Ownership: 

  • Strengthen business partnerships
  • Lead business reviews: together with cross function teams, measure and manage overall supplier performance to meet business KPIs o Commercial & Contract Negotiations
  • Innovation projects: OTIF (on time in full) deliveries
  • Savings: smart buying, product logic, cash, e-tender, volume rebate, 5s workshop, optimization projects
  • Onboard and partner with suppliers on Unilever sustainability agenda
  • Account management: onboarding, RSP, USQS compliance, contract management (creation, update, signatures, systems administration), service level maintenance/improvement
  • Other operations: e.g. incident management, product specification confirmation


• Procurement Activities: 

  • Take part of the overall sourcing strategy of Flexibles in Europe
  • Supporting the team to achieve its goals and objectives and monitor target delivery
  • Owning and co-ordinating procurement/supply chain projects whereas required
  • Price forecasting (of assigned categories & suppliers) o Invoice management: DCIW, payment resolution
  • Support WoW (way of working) improvements: identify metrics, tools (e.g. digitalization), process, align and collaborate with cross-function teams to optimise WoW.
  • Support the Procurement Manager whereas required Procurement assistant


Professional Skills: 

• Self-starter with high accountability & responsibility standards. 

• Strong analytical and IT skills: advanced Excel, PowerBI, SAP, iCAT, Aravo, DCIW (Invoice systems), SRS, PLM knowledge essential 

• Strong stakeholder management skills: build relationships with people across functions, geographies and companies. 

• Good negotiation skills 

• Good understanding of business economics 

• Strong communication and presentation skills: ability to present key findings in a crisp way and get people onboard 

• Strong project management and organization skills: strong at execution and proactively finding solutions and improvements 

• Comfortable in fast paced, fast changing, complex and ambiguous environment 

• Must be able to work independently and virtually 


Experience Required: 

• Procurement experience required, minimum 3 years. Contracting and supplier management experience essential 

• Experienced in cross-function team collaboration




• Packaging Procurement, Procurement Operations, Category Procurement. 


Supply Chain: 

• Supply Chain Planning, Category & Innovation Planning, Quality 



 • Sourcing Units, R&D, Finance, Marketing, Legal 



Packaging suppliers, 3rd Party Service Providers (IBM, Tungsten, Aravo, Genpact, Capgemini) 


Reporting Channel: 

 • Procurement Manager – Flexibles Europe 


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