Procurement Assistant

Posted Jan 6, 2021
Project ID: UNILJP00011715
6 months
(Feb 1, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021)
40 hrs/week
Payrate range
40 - 60 €/hr

Main Job Purpose:

Category, sourcing unit and supplier management


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
  • 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 Customer Packaging 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)
  • 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

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.
  • Excellent 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

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