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Associate Procurement Manager - Chocolate and Sugar NA



Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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 Assistant Procurement Manager Chocolate and Sugar North America you will be responsible for supporting a ~120 m EUR portfolio. Key material types include Chocolates, chocolate compounds, cocoa powders, and several grades and types of sugar ice cream inclusions.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

A successful Unilever procurement professional is expected to be:

  • Outstanding in rapid learning, execution, bias for action and follow up.
  • Outstanding at doing thorough work and has an eagle-eye for detail.
  • An entrepreneur - finds creative solutions to roadblocks, adjusts plans based on data.
  • Outstanding in idea generation - forward thinking ideas that contribute to creating sustained competitive value.
  • A strategic influencer - strong at selling ideas to internal and external business partners, translating these into effective proposals.
  • Embraces the Digital agenda – utilizes and leverages digital tools to bring value.
  • Leads to deliver our Unilever’s Sustainability agenda.
  • Overall a huge appetite to learn from both internal colleagues and the external market

Key goals:

  • Cost / Savings & Cash: Material cost as a % of turnover, material savings / net material impact (NMI), inflation mitigation, payment term extensions / reduction, strategic big bets delivery, implementing smart buying tools.
  • Supplier partnerships: Operational excellence, quality & service, resilience, spec sign-off, Responsible Sourcing Policy compliance, quality compliance, forecast accuracy, etc.
  • Savings ideation: Zero based budgeting (ZBB), 5S, design to value, programs unlocking value for UL for years to come.
  • Sustainability: Implementing Unilever’s policies on sustainable sourcing with all Chocolate and Sugar suppliers in US and Canada.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Very strong analytical and technical (systems) skills: Excellent skills in Excel, SAP, other online databases, careful analysis of large volumes of data, presentation in Power Point.
  • Very strong English communication (written and oral) skills: Writing clear and concise emails to internal and external stakeholders, conveying complex messages in clear, simple words.
  • Very strong bias for action, getting things done on time and in full, crisis management skills.
  • Strong ability and willingness to learn and grasp market information, convey findings along with recommendations to the business.
  • Experience and strong readiness to further learn about price forecasting, planning processes, market operations, supply chains.
  • BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Engineering or relatable subject. MBA is a plus.
  • Minimum 3 years’ Procurement experience.

What We Can Offer You

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Pay: The pay range for this position is $84,400 to $126,600. 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.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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