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Assistant Strategic Sourcing Manager Business Services

Geplaatst 5 jan. 2022
3 tot 5 jaar
Full-time / part-time
Supply chain
Soort opleiding
Engels (Vloeiend)

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Strategic Sourcing Manager Business Services



Unilever is one of the world`s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. We make products that people love – and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands including global brands such as Knorr & Dove, but also local brand such asCalvé(the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas). Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them.

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.

Main Job Purpose:

About Procurement

Part of the Supply Chain family, Procurement is responsible for over 30B Euro of material and services spend globally with more than 60,000 suppliers, over half of them in MBS. Getting the right services and materials, sustainably sourced and ensuring responsible procurement is critical to ensuring our brands with purpose grow. Our teams work closely with the business to understand stakeholders needs, bring innovation to meet changing consumer, employees’, and customers’ needs, and drive financial value for Unilever through competitive buying. We’re at the forefront of digital procurement, bringing new tools and analytics to drive data-based decisions.

Our strategy is ‘Procurement with Purpose’ and focuses on buying responsibly, buying better, and growing together with partners around the world. Our ambition is based on three key drivers: being Purpose-Led, Value-Driven, and Future-Fit.

About MBS

MBS, Unilever’s Marketing and Business Services Procurement team, is responsible for Unilever’s sourcing and supplier strategy and execution for all third party spend across Marketing, Business Services, and IT, supporting the business requirements of Brands, Divisions, Markets, and functions to drive 4G growth through strategic supplier management, cost and value management, sustainability, and innovation, aligned with Unilever’s Compass. The team manages an annual spend of ~9B Euro with a supplier base of about 40,000.

Within MBS, the Assistant Strategic Sourcing Manager - Business Services , Workforce Management is responsible for supporting the sourcing strategy development, implementation, and procurement of external workforce (contingent labour, consultancy, finance, legal, recruitment). The Workforce Management spend is €800Mn globally and this role will be reporting to the Portfolio Strategy Lead Workforce Management. This role will be responsible for sourcing for Sub-Portfolio of Workforce Management for global project and will support the development of strategy.

The role will need to foster and build a culture of collaboration and support excellent execution of our strategies while fostering deep relationships with our stakeholders and suppliers.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Development on the global strategy/playbook to be executed by PMU
  • Working closely with Key PMU stakeholders and Strategic Sourcing Manager to develop and deliver market specific portfolio strategies
  • Regular connect with strategic sourcing team worldwide for project update, best practice sharing, etc.
  • Working with Strategic Sourcing Manager, Portfolio Lead, regional stakeholders, and supplier ops to determine preferred supplier listings and agreeing rate cards for regional suppliers
  • Negotiation on the allocated sourcing projects and ensuring that we are driving best outcome (Savings as well as best in class contracting terms) for our stakeholders and finishing the sourcing process as per the defined timelines.
  • Regular connect with key suppliers for project update, governance and potential collaboration or development base on industry best practice
  • Ensuring contractual commitments are in place and signed off by stakeholders, legal and finance as appropriate
  • Manage escalation issues arising from and seek help from Strategic Sourcing manager or Portfolio lead as needed
  • Ensuring that stakeholders are complying to company policy and guidelines, providing tips and tools to help local buying in markets where procurement resource is unavailable

Experience Required:


  • 3+ years of procurement experience (Indirect Procurement experience will be preferred)
  • Knowledgeable in Sourcing, negotiation and contracting
  • Understanding of supply market, value chain, and FMCG knowledge. Knowledge of Workforce and other business services portfolios is a strong plus.
  • Experience in supplier relationship management
  • Experience on large-scale and multi country project management
  • Knowledge of Unilever business systems is a plus i.e., Coupa, CLM, SRS and Aravo,
  • as well as Analytical tools (Excel, PowerBI)
  • MBA or a professional degree of finance will be preferred.

General Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to work under pressure and in a complex global environment balancing a broad spectrum of stakeholder requirements
  • Comfortable working in conditions of ambiguity and learning through change
  • Able to support the adoption and execution of a shared vision and strategy for change, whilst managing the interface between “day to day” and improvement projects
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders cross effectively and efficiently functionally to understand their needs and deliver effective balanced solutions
  • Passion for continuous improvement
  • Robust verbal and written communication skills, including creation and delivery of effective presentations as an added advantage
  • Working knowledge of financial and business acumen
  • Stakeholder management and people skills
  • Passion and practical creativity
  • Accountability and responsibility


International travel might be required. Not projected to require more than 10% -15% on average




  • External Workforce teams in other markets
  • Sourcing teams
  • Supplier Operations in UniOps
  • Procurement Strategy and Insights
  • Procurement Partners and Purpose team

Business partners:

  • UniOps
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain
  • Divisions
  • Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Legal


  • External Partners
  • Suppliers

What do we offer?

Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world.We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme
  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever
  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained
  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy
  • At the moment, we work from home. We will ensure you are well equipped for this. Once back to work, you can enjoy our tasty canteen with food prepped with own products
  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products

Excited about the role?

Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

- A better world. A better business. A better you -
We’ve been pioneers, innovators and future-makers for over 120 years. The success we’ve achieved means that, today, 2.5 billion people will use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life.
Our brands (such as Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Domestos/Glorix & Robijn)...

- A better world. A better business. A better you -

We’ve been pioneers, innovators and future-makers for over 120 years. The success we’ve achieved means that, today, 2.5 billion people will use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Our brands (such as Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Domestos/Glorix & Robijn) give us a unique opportunity to create positive change, to grow our business, and to achieve our purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.

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