Associate Procurement Manager - Logistics
Background & Purpose of the Job
Unilever Procurement is embedded within the larger North American supply chain across the United States and Canada. This role will have a specific focus on the procurement for transportation services for the Unilever distribution network, with annual spend of approximately $0.5B across more than 100 suppliers including nearly all modes including parcel, less-than truckload, full truckload, intermodal, bulk, domestic ocean, and drayage.
This role will create value via a Total Cost of Ownership model while aligning to the Unilever Procurement strategies and North American Transportation Strategy, balancing the cost savings/avoidance and inflation mitigation expected of a procurement professional with the service expectations of the operations group as a key stakeholder. This role is also responsible for developing, maintaining, and growing supplier relationships management programs that address commercial and operational expectations. Areas of exploration include expanding intermodal utilization and dedicated fleets, exploring new technologies such as autonomous or electric vehicles and finally, bringing to life our sustainability initiatives.
This role will lead, direct, and coach direct reports serving as Procurement Analysts to achieve flexible goals for the department within the larger supply chain in addition to their career development ambitions. As a leader within Procurement, this role is visible to other leaders within the organization with heavy focus on Logistics, Customer Service, Finance as well as other key Supply Chain departments.
Pillars of the Unilever Procurement Strategy are as follows:
Sustainability & Social – developing programs that support Climate Action and Unilever’s pledge to be Net Zero in Carbon for Logistics and supporting Safety, Diversity, and Living Wage initiatives for our supplier ecosystem.
Competitive Buying – supporting delivery for the savings program in Logistics and Procurement and excellence in the sourcing process through following negotiation and contracting standards and processes.
Partner With Purpose – developing, maintain, and growing relationships with carrier partners based on their segmentation while providing inputs into the review process to designate strategic partners.
Superior Service – developing supplier resilience, agility, and innovation programs that deliver best in class service in transportation to support delivering the product to the customer on time and in full.
People & Wellbeing – supporting the wellbeing of your team, working effectively in a hybrid or office environment, providing career development guidance and functional area expertise, in addition to continually developing new skills and abilities for the future.
Digital – embrace the digitization of the supply chain and procurement functional areas through mastering the data structures in our area and producing reports to that drive visibility for continuous improvement in the total cost of ownership.
Who You Are & What You’ll Do
You’re a born leader: You can get the best out of any team, even though they don’t report to you. You are not afraid to have tough conversations where necessary but also celebrate and encourage the development of your colleagues and business partners. You are appreciative of the value and impact of outstanding execution and have an eagle eye for detail. You act as an entrepreneur, treating your business as your own. You can adapt your leadership style to achieve high-performing motivated teams.
You’re a dot connector: You can find the pattern and process in even the most complex of situations. You can turn it into a clear, consistent process map and communicate it to all your stakeholders across the landscape. You have a strong understanding of the supply chain and organizational awareness, ability to see opportunities via aligning multiple groups to deliver higher levels of value for Unilever.
You’re a storyteller: Strong at selling ideas to his/her business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying value and communicating it accordingly.
You’re a teacher: With direct reports and a leader within Procurement and Logistics, others will look to you for guidance and coaching. You will need to be ready to give positive and negative feedback.
You love to win and have fun doing it: You bring a level of creativity and perseverance to the table that people want to emulate. You keep a sense of humor and a level head in all situations and always find a way to make it work.
You’re a changemaker: You embrace change and always push the envelope using better processes and technology to pave the way. You influence others to adopt and adapt while giving them space to make it work for them.
What You’ll Need To Succeed
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university, preferably in Logistics, Supply Chain, or Business.
4+ of prior logistics and/or procurement experience, preferably in a Consumer-Packaged Goods company.
The ability to work in a fast-paced business environment, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability by managing numerous priorities concurrently; organizational and time-management abilities.
Advanced technical skills with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and PowerBi.
A strong command of the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to effectively interact with all levels of management.
Strong analytical aptitude with a validated ability to analyze/interpret data, with an emphasis on transportation cost modeling.
Proven abilities in stakeholder management, with an emphasis on listening and influencing.
Experience working with enterprise level logistics systems, such as a Transportation Management System, Yard Management Systems, or Warehouse Management System is required.
Direct or indirect report management with demonstrated ability to lead, direct, and coachpeople.
Experience negotiating cost variables with transportation providers leading to successful outcomes.
Knowledge of the modes and key suppliers in the US transportation network.
Master’s Degree in Business (MBA) or Supply Chain
ASCM/APICS certification in CLTD or CSCP
CSCMP SCPro certification
Formal negotiation training or experience
SAP, Oracle TMS, JDA WMS, Jaggaer contracting, and PINC YMS experience are preferred
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