Senior Procurement Manager - Paper & Board, North America

Senior Procurement Manager - Paper & Board North America

Background & Purpose of the Job

Be a part of Unilever's journey to become global leader in sustainability and landing a future-fit business model that drives superior performance. The Unilever procurement team is an integral part of achieving these goals. The Paper & Board buying portfolio will require an innovative thinker who can create value and think outside the corrugate box.

However, 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.

As Unilever Procurement adapts to the ever-dynamic business environment, we will need to be agile in order to continue our track record of delivery in contributing to the top and bottom line. Inevitably, given the consistent and high quality of our delivery over the past few years, we will be asked to continue this rate of performance and indeed go over and above this standard to ensure the value provided is further enhanced across the scope of our remit.

Who You Are & What You'll Do

A successful Unilever procurement professional is expected to be:
  • Leading the Unilever's packaging sustainably business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda to deliver our Sustainability program for paper and board: optimized specifications, recycled content usage, reduce waste
  • To develop, implement and drive Unilever procurement strategies for Customer Packaging and Folding Cartons North America
  • To assess, identify and select the appropriate supplier base that would meet the needs of the business
  • To directly lead or co-ordinate large procurement projects him/herself to support the North America Business strategies
  • To deliver cost savings/value creation based on sourcing strategies and compliance management.
  • To continuously improve ways of working and optimize procurement activities
  • To support North America Innovation program, partnering with Global and Cluster divisional teams
  • Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking, and that contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage in Procurement Value
  • A strategic Influencer - Strong at selling ideas to his/her business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying the total value and communicating it accordingly
  • Being a self-starter and outstanding in execution - has an eagle-eye for detail
  • Uses the Innovator's DNA - act as an entrepreneur, finds creative solutions to roadblocks, adjusts plans based on data, sets trends and is willing to lead, follow or get out of the way
  • Be a natural leader, the ability to take lead on driving cross functional initiatives from conceptualization to implementation
  • Embraces the Digital Agenda - utilizes and leverages digital insights to exploit opportunities, create new capabilities and bring value to UL
  • Behave as a Partner to Win ambassador and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business

What You'll Need To Succeed
  • University, BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Mgmt, Engineering or relatable subject. MBA is a plus
  • Minimum 5-7 years' Procurement or Package Development experience
  • Industry experience while not a requirement, is a plus!
  • A proven track record in successful negotiations
  • Long-term strategy planning & execution
  • Very Strong Analytical, Interpretation and Communication skills: data/information analysis and presentation. Ability to read markets and convey findings along with recommendations, to the business
  • Work with the Legal Counsel to finalize commercial agreements using Unilever contractual operating frameworks
  • Proficiency in English
  • Financial savviness
  • Comfort with systems: Word, SAP CLM, Power BI
  • Pro-active, Complex stakeholder management & communication experience: across ranks and functions
  • Change management
  • Knowledge and experience forecasting, planning processes, market operations, supply chains
  • Experience in working in a virtual team and regional/global scope
  • Experience in leading a team and people management

Physical Requirements
  • Willingness for business travels (20% of time)

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


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