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EU Procurement Manager - Collaborative Manufacturing and Strategic Development



Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

UNILEVER IS LOOKING FOR A EU PROCUREMENT MANAGER! (Collaborative Manufacturing and Strategic Development)

Location: Rotterdam – the Netherlands


Local conditions apply


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 reach 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. 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 as Calvé (the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas) and of course our products of the Vegetarian Butcher. 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.


To support the Nutrition Transformation Program, the EU Nutrition Procurement team is hiring a EU Market Procurement Manager – Strategic Development working within the European Collaborative Manufacturing team. The role is project based and is expected to have a duration of 24 months.

The role reports to the Procurement Manager Collaborative Manufacturing Nutrition Europe, based in The Netherlands, and is seen as the Procurement business partner to the Category SC team on strategic projects within Nutrition network in Europe. Key responsibility areas include:

  • Support strategic principles for sourcing network changes with the Category SC team to meet UL ambitions while considering external commitments such as the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan

  • Build market knowledge on trends, market capabilities, strategy shifts, geo-political influences to provide market insight to internal stakeholders and support strategic decision (bringing the outside in)

  • Analyze RPM production cost and create benchmarks for make or buy decisions together with the SC and Category finance teams

  • Prepare negotiation strategy and manage negotiations jointly with the Category SC teams, including (new) CM negotiations.

  • Set-up and create long-term supply agreements and asset transfer agreements with Collaborative Manufacturers as part of the strategic Transformation projects.

  • Manage Collaborative Manufacturing (CM) relationships and lead the (Procurement) transition from Unilever to CM, CM to CM or CM to Unilever in full

  • Co-create the CM network strategy, together with the SC and Category finance & Legal teams and manage possible CM insourcing/outsourcing scenarios.

  • Coordinate and execute the RPM workstream in SC optimization projects across EU in close cooperation with Supply Chain and Procurement Portfolio teams

  • Deliver on key financial targets such as gross margin improvement through savings and cash flow improvement by applying for example smart buying tools

  • Managing supplier relationships as first point of contact for Transformation related portfolio and developing them into regular RPM relationships for sustainable supply before, during and after Transformation

  • Scouting for new suppliers that are fit for purpose and in line with Procurement portfolio strategies

  • Scouting for new CMs that are fit for purpose and in line with the business requirements

  • First point of contact for cross functional teams as quality, R&D, legal, Finance etc. as projects require

This role requires a drive for continuous improvement, through applied market knowledge, supplier development and external/internal stakeholder’s management as well as Suppply Chain E2E understanding.

Establishing a connection with the European market teams is key, especially with Nutrition Business Units, Supply Chain and Finance teams.

A curious mindset and out-of-the attitude is vital, as a lot of the role content is linked to unchartered territory and developing new supply relationship models. Additionally, an affinity for numbers and financial flows combined with strong influencing and presentation skills is essential.

Experience and Background

  • Experience in business management, preferable in Procurement or Supply Chain

  • Master’s Degree

Technical and Behavioural Skills Expected

  • Proven experience in Procurement or Supply Chain with a Finance experience being a plus

  • Strong Negotiation skills

  • Self-starter mentality

  • Strong analytical capabilities (incl. finance)

  • Experience working in Cross Functional teams

  • Experience and understanding of business processes and SAP systems

  • Ability to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds

  • Strong communications skills and ability to engage and influence others

  • Fluent communication and verbal skills in English

  • Strong ability in managing multiple stakeholders, projects and deadlines, with strong analytical & negotiation skills and “can do” mentality

  • Appetite for change and eagerness to collaborating with stakeholders to drive change & improvements


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.

  • Under the Hybrid Working principles, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 40% in the office or at customers, suppliers or partners to connect and collaborate. For the time you work from home, we will ensure you are well equipped. When you are at the office , you can enjoy our tasty canteen with prepped food and own products.

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products.

  • My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription).

  • Home work allowance

  • Company laptop and mobile phone

  • Green Mobility Policy.


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!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.


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