Associate Procurement Manager, Plastic Assemblies NA


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Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Job Description

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Job Overview:

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, Plastic Assemblies NA, you will be responsible for fully managing a portion of the Rigid Plastics portfolio in NA across various structures and brands. This position reports into the Procurement Manager for Rigid Plastics, NA.

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:

  • Main job purpose: Professional sourcing of products/services for one of the sub-portfolios for Rigid Plastics in NA, meeting the specified needs of the Business at most competitive commercial terms and according to Unilever sustainable standards.
  • Cost & Cash: Material Cost as a % of Turnover, Material Savings / Net Material Impact (NMI), Inflation mitigation, payment term extensions / reduction.
  • Free Cash Flow: Strategic big bets delivery, Implementing Smart Buying tools
  • Partnership & Innovation: support launch of innovation projects by identifying supplier and setting commercial terms, partner with suppliers to present new ideas to the business.
  • Operational Excellence: ensure suppliers deliver excellent quality & service, build resiliency in supply, spec sign-off, Responsible Sourcing Policy compliance, Quality compliance, etc.
  • Support of Savings ideation programs unlocking value for UL for years to come.
  • Deliver the sustainability ambition for NA plastics: recyclability, post-consumer resin (PCR) and reusability.

What You’ll Need To Succeed:

  • BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Mgmt, Engineering or relatable subject. MBA is a plus
  • Minimum 2 years’ Procurement or Packaging Development experience
  • Experience in strategic sourcing and contract negotiations
  • 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
  • Proficiency in English
  • Comfort with systems: SAP CLM, USQS, SRS, HANA, Ariba, Anaplan, Velocity etc.
  • Pro-active, Complex stakeholder management & communication experience: across ranks and functions
  • Knowledge and experience forecasting, planning processes, market operations, supply chains
  • On the feet thinking, crisis management skills

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

For office-based, Research & Development, and remote positions, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be eligible for employment. Religious and/or medical accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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