Procurement Specialist Starches and Derivatives

Posted Jan 20, 2022
Project ID: UNILJP00014048
6 months
(Feb 1, 2022 - Jul 31, 2022)
40 hrs/week
Payrate range
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2022 12:00 AM

Main Job Purpose:

Drive the agenda of resilience, complexity reduction and savings (ie ASA/ AMA/ ZBB/ Resilience) for the portfolio of Starches and Derivatives.

This portfolio includes materials derived from corn, potato, wheat and tapioca and serves three key Divisions (Food, Refreshment and Beauty Personal Care).

Key Accountabilities:

Project leader of ASAs/ AMAs initiatives aiming to approve alternative suppliers or alternative materials in order to increase resilience and deliver value for the business.

Global coordinator and European owner of ZBB (Zero Based Budgeting) program aiming to reduce complexity, increase resilience and deliver value as per the Portfolio Strategy.

Drive portfolio compliance to PEGA (online tool for Resilience).

Support the team on the Sustainability agenda.

Monitor volumes adherence to the contracts in order to take timely actions to prevent supply disruptions.

Work closely with Suppliers, Procurement Divisions, Research & Development and Procurement Operations to support the deployment of the portfolio strategy.

Continuously improve ways of working and optimize procurement activities.

Collaborate with and support Procurement colleagues sitting in different geographies.

This role will interface with the following stakeholders: 


  • Procurement portfolio
  • Procurement Operations
  • Category Procurement 
  • Sustainability team
  • Strategy & Insight team
  • Supply Chain (P&I, Manufacturing, Planning) 
  • R&D (RDC, GDC, MET)
  • Quality



  • Suppliers 

Professional Skills:

Must be a self-starter with strong accountability & responsibility leadership standards

Must be strong on execution, have analytical skills and be pro-active.

Must be able to present key findings in a crisp way – strong knowledge of Excel & PowerPoint.

Fluent in English – spoken & written – strong communication skills

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

Act as an entrepreneur, treats business as his/her own, sets trends and is willing to lead, follow or get out of the way. 

Ability to manage challenging agenda and workload

Internal and external stakeholder management and influencing is a key activity 

Great team player

A tenacious commitment to solving challenges

Experience Required:

Master or Bachelor degree in a relevant field.

Experience in Procurement or Project Management.

Good understanding of how supply chains work (Common Sense).

Knowledge of PowerBI as a plus 

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