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Associate Procurement Manager: Packaging North America



Full Time

On Site


Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States

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 Associate Procurement Manager: Paper & Board Packaging North America, you will be responsible for fully managing the Folding Cartons portfolio in North America across various structures and brands. This position reports directly into the Procurement Manager for Paper & Board Packaging in North America.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

You’re a Leader and Influencer: Strong at selling ideas to your business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying the total value and communicating it accordingly.
You’re a change maker: Listen to your stakeholders needs and provide workable solutions in line with corporate objectives. Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking, and that contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage in Procurement Value.
You’re a culture & change champion: Behave as a Partner with Purpose ambassador and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business. Leading the Unilever’s packaging sustainably business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda to deliver our Sustainability program for plastic- less, better, and no plastic solutions.

You’re a dot connector: Outstanding in execution – have an eagle-eye for detail and 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. Embrace the Digital Agenda – utilizes and leverages digital insights to exploit opportunities, create new capabilities and bring value to UL

Key goals:

  • Sourcing: Develop and execute the sourcing strategy for Folding Cartons in North America, meeting the specified needs of the Business.
  • Value Delivery: Work cross-functionally with both local and global counterparts to identify and implement value-based projects and initiatives
  • Stakeholder Management: Establish and manage relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, understand the importance of relationship dynamics
  • Sustainability: Deliver the sustainability agenda for Wood Based Packaging

What You’ll Need To Succeed:

  • BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Mgmt, Engineering or relatable subject. MBA is a plus
  • Minimum 5 yrs experience in a Packaging related Procurement, Sales or Project Mgmnt Function
  • Experience in strategic sourcing development and contract negotiations
  • Very Strong Communication and Analytical skills: data/information analysis and presentation. Ability to read markets and convey findings along with recommendations, to the business
  • Comfort with systems: SAP CLM, USQS, SRS, Ariba, Anaplan, Velocity etc.
  • Experience in market forecasting, operations and supply chain dynamics

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