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Associate Sourcing Manager Marketing Promo Materials



Full Time

On Site


Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States


Background & Purpose of the Job

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 Business Groups, 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 Associate Sourcing Manager is responsible for the Promo materials portfolio E2E for all Markets as per scope in North America

The Associate Manager will work together with our Customer Development/CMI/ZBB/Finance functions to increase effectiveness of our promo materials procurement by streamlining accountabilities, building capabilities, digital path, leveraging knowledge, relationships, and business strategies across markets.

He/she needs to focus on increase efficiency E2E of our promo material procurement by driving scale where it makes sense, decreasing fragmentation, prioritizing higher impact areas, leveraging technology, sustainability, data, and drive performance to unlock 4G growth for Unilever in this area.

The role will foster and build a culture of collaboration and agility to enable an efficient project roll-out. It will ensure close alignment in strategy with CD, CMI, Marketing and Finance functions, MBS leaders and Market Procurement teams, Portfolio Strategy Lead by defining and utilizing a robust support network for the whole team and providing clarity on the ways of working, roles and responsibilities.

Role reports into Global Portfolio Strategy Lead

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

[What are the core responsibilities? What will they own? What characteristics will they possess?]

  • Understand the business needs related to Promo portfolio ; translate the business requirements regarding the Markets in scope by working very closely with the Strategic Sourcing Manager and Portfolio Strategy Lead.
  • Connect strategy & execution of Global POSM portfolio into the Market goals and priorities, aligned with Unilever Compass, Procurement with Purpose and OneMBS strategies and principles
  • Work together with Local Stakeholder sand functions (Customer Development, Finance, F4G CMI) execute the sourcing strategies, operating models, and supplier relationships that help drive 4G growth in accordance with our plans, including a focus on Responsible Sourcing strategies.
  • Deliver against financial targets and other KPIs (including value delivery) as per business plan objectives, accountable for delivery of results from all BUs and BGs
  • Implement Unilever Partner with Purpose strategy, balancing the portfolio of global and local suppliers
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders, to support business, market, MBS and Procurement priorities and enable rapid alignment and deployment
  • Lead rigorous execution of the priorities and transformation initiatives across the Markets E2E, look for development opportunities. Synergies between global design and local execution, consolidation, and transformational commercials.
  • Ensure Portfolio fundamentals (i.e., data consistency, data insights, recurring stakeholder communications, contracts, quality processes etc.) are all put in place for Markets in scope
  • Future proof the portfolio for the Markets by driving digital approaches, while building technology enablers to help manage selected portfolio and scope, via an impactful sustainability agenda.

Support internal performance management and reporting including creation and stewardship of relevant key performance indicators


  • 2-5 years of procurement or shopper marketing experience.
  • Experience in managing complex portfolio/category, at global or multi-regional level is desired
  • Good at negotiation and contracting
  • Understanding of supply market, value-chain, and FMCG knowledge. Knowledge of POSM portfolio and supply markets a strong plus.
  • Experience in strategic supplier relationship management
  • Experience on large-scale project management is plus.

General Skills & Competencies

  • Comfortable working in conditions of ambiguity
  • Delivers change whilst managing the interface between “day to day” and improvement projects.
  • Passion for continuous improvement
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including creation and delivery of effective presentations
  • High financial and business acumen
  • Good at project and time management
  • Stakeholder management and people skills

Passion and practical creativity

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