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Procurement Director, Ice Cream North America



Full Time

On Site


Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States

Background & Purpose of the Job

If you are willing to join a strong creative multicultural team and experience to operate like a CPO, this is the job for you.

The North America Ice Procurement Director leads the procurement function in partnering US IC division ( 1.8 Bn€ turnover).

The procurement director will be part of IC North America leadership team and Global IC Procurement Leadership team, being the end to end procurement representative for the business and accountable for the procurement results in the P&L of the categories, leading all programs related to that.

This role is therefore responsible for developing procurement strategies to facilitate the delivery of business objectives, including acceleration of SUSO agenda, material resiliency, and the delivery of F4SG (Fuel for sustainable growth) objectives for both material and indirect procurement portfolios in his respective areas of responsibility. This role is also responsible for translating business needs into materials strategies developed and implemented by portfolios to deliver results required for business.


  • Deliver Material NMI, Service, Quality
  • Advise North America business on commodity impacts and CRM response strategies
  • Lead material resiliency strategy development for North America
  • Business partner NA Ice Cream leadership in product logic value creation and category P&L delivery
  • Lead continuous F4G pipeline plan for re-investment in our brands
  • Lead the talent development, workload and priority management of the North America team
  • Build strong global Procurement networks to deliver fast and brilliant saving / innovation projects
  • Business partner IC key indirect procurement projects for MBS and Logistics portfolios
  • Connect the business strategy and category priorities with the procurement strategy developed by the portfolio groups, engaging with the global procurement organization
  • Lead the team to support the business in all procurement activities related to innovations and growth initiatives
  • Ensure that the team is giving the right level of support and responsiveness on issues related to quality and services from the suppliers of the categories
  • Accountable for forecast of savings, inflation and net impact in the P&L
  • Interface with local suppliers and the market on behalf of Unilever
  • Support the Development relationship with strategic suppliers in support of the North America Business
  • Lead cross category initiatives and pillars as a member of the Global Procurement leadership teams

Key requirements

  • Drive Change Management initiatives, intelligent risk taking while managing risk, managerial courage and willing to make hard, fact-based decisions - comfortable with ambiguity
  • Maintain, build, and grow supplier relationships, cultural sensitivity/communication/global thinking
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, team building, delegation, and communication skills
  • Excellent business acumen - analytical and quantitative skills
  • Managing change - Develops a shared vision and strategy for change. Delivers change whilst managing the interface between “day to day” and improvement projects. Tenacious in the pursuit of change goals
  • Problem solving & decision making - Defines problems, systematically gathers and analyses data, identifies cause & effects and establishes root causes & achievable solutions. Makes good and timely decisions
  • Drive for results - Is passionate about and perseveres in the pursuit of challenging stretch goals. Demonstrates energy, drive and enthusiasm when striving to accomplish and improve results
  • Interpersonal effectiveness - Flexible use of accomplished interpersonal behaviors that facilitate in building trust and engagement amongst others whilst reducing the opportunity for conflict
  • Procurement experience will be a key differentiator on selection process

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Pay: The pay range for this position is $$200,600 to $401,200. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs. Bonus: This position is bonus eligible. Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible. Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents


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