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Procurement Manager: Portfolio Strategy Lead-Commerce, Promotional Services - North America



Full Time

On Site


Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States

Background & Purpose of the Job

The North America Marketing and Business Services Procurement (MBS) organization manages over € 1 Billion spend including Marketing Bought In Services such as Agency, Ad Production and Market Research, various Marketing & Sales Promotions spends such as POSM, premium, field force, consumer promotions and shopper marketing, as well as various Business Services such as Employee Benefits, Facilities, Travel & Expenses, Contractors & Consultants Outsourced Services, and company-wide IT services. The role will belong to the global MBS organization.

For the Promo Service part of the role the ideal candidate must be a thought leader with a demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex scope comprised of more than €350 Million Spend across a diverse portfolio covering Shopper Marketing, Events and Activations and Field Force portfolios. Stakeholders will span CD and Marketing Organizations. The geographic scope are US and Canada.

As a Portfolio Strategy Lead this role requires a creative, high-energy leader who demonstrates strength in creating new strategy, explore white space and is comfortable interfacing with and influencing senior leaders to land and implement new business models, delivering business growth and bottom-line impact. Key deliverables include savings and cash delivery, ROI, sales lift, demand management, and cost avoidance. To deliver, it is essential to quickly learn the respective businesses in coverage, establish credibility with stakeholders, and understand vendor/market capabilities to ensure Unilever is fully leveraging supplier partnerships. As such, SRM/CRM expertise is essential. You must be viewed as a key business partner by internal stakeholders, and as a sharp, challenging steward of Unilever resources by external vendors.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

You’re a born leader: Appreciative of the value and impact of outstanding execution – an eagle eye for detail. Act as an entrepreneur, treats business as his/her own, sets trends and is willing to lead, follow or get out of the way. Has ability to adapt leadership style to achieve high-performing motivated teams.

You’re a strategy guru:Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking to contribute creating sustained competitive advantage.

You’re a dot connector:Having a strong understanding of the Market Research, IT/digital 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. Candidate will need nurturing, willing to give positive and negative feedback.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study

At least 7 years of Prior ShopperMarketing, Events and Activations, Field Force and/or procurement experience

Prior experience in creating a global strategy for a specific portfolio, preferably within mentioned categories

People management skills with emphasis on listening

Advanced analytical skills with emphasis on Data Science

A strong command of communication skills in English language – both written and spoken – with an ability to convey often complex data to a variety of audiences

A tenacious commitment to solving challenges

Proven abilities in Stakeholder Management

Thinker, challenger; somebody who will not accept status quo

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