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    Logistics Procurement Manager

    Logistics Procurement Manager – Global Ocean/Air

    Department: Procurement

    Profession: Supply Chain, Logistics

    Reports To: Procurement Director – Logistics Global & Europe

    Location: Netherlands


    Local conditions apply.


    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 Unilever Procurement adapts to the ever-dynamic business environment, we will need to be agile in order to continue our track record of delivery in contributing to the top and bottom line. Inevitably, given the consistent and high quality of our delivery over the past few years, we will be asked to continue this rate of performance and indeed go over and above this standard to ensure the value provided is further enhanced across the scope of our remit.

    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.

    This places great demands on the skills and expertise of all of us as Procurement professionals.

    Main Job Purpose:

    The Global Logistics Procurement Manager is responsible for the strategy and direct procurement of globally managed portfolios. This position will business partner and work closely with the global logistics operations team to create sourcing strategies that align with overall business needs.

    This position will be responsible for the procurement of Sea & Air Freight, with 95% concentrated on Ocean freight. Pallets and Parcel contract with heavy emphasis on last mile e-commerce delivery are also part of the broader global portfolio.

    This is a leadership position with responsibility for the delivery and professional development of up to 5 direct reports.

    Ensure uninterrupted service, YOY cost reduction, cash improvement with compliance to the Unilever Code of Business

    Key Accountabilities:

    Direct sourcing responsibility for the assigned portfolio:

    • In charge of the whole process from internal needs understanding, through definition and implementation of the right procurement strategy for the scope and running of sourcing events (Rfx), leading negotiations, contracting as well as contract approval cycles and signing.

    • Build market intelligence to understand cost drivers, inflation development and potential new service providers/technologies that could disrupt the business and help extra capacity creation.

    • Work with local and global stakeholders to analyze and collate information regarding current requirements and future needs.

    • Business partnering to the logistics operational team in the markets to deliver ZBB/5S projects to achieve cost and service level targets and drive benchmark activities

    • Develop, implement and drive the procurement strategies for the portfolio and suppliers

    • Proactively identify and deliver Savings and/or Cash in line with set targets through identification and proposals for cost reduction/continuous performance improvement (supplier) opportunities. Yearly Business Plan development with the Global procurement team and Partnering with Finance on tracking performance on a monthly basis.

    • Drive Supplier management in line with their strategic importance to the business and PwP approach. Maintain frequent contact with suppliers, to review/resolve day-to-day issues and to develop current insights into suppliers’ business conditions. Build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers. Develop supplier service Levels, track and analyze supplier performance data, proposing priorities for performance improvement and follow up monitoring actions. Address / escalate supplier non-performance as appropriate. JBDP with key suppliers to drive value delivery.

    • Act as point of contact for the business issues/questions relating to assigned portfolio. Manage escalations/disruption with suppliers and the business

    • Driving Sustainability initiatives for CO2 reduction and innovation relevant for Logistics within those markets e.g. Ocean Sustainability

    • Develop & lead the Logistics procurement digital agenda for this portfolio

    • Support Strategic projects such as Control Tower transition


    • Spend Managed 270 million Euros; Suppliers Managed: 50-100; Network: 200+ warehouse and factories across all markets; People: Manages 3-5 WL1

    • Additional responsibility will be added, especially in area of transformation and innovation in logistics space.

    Skills & Experience Required:

    Below are the differentiating skills which are important to be effective in this Portfolio Sourcing role. Further details about the meaning of each skill can be found in our Portfolio Sourcing Role Plan.

    These skills include:

    Key Skills: A list of skills that are required at the highest skill level for the role.

    Additional Skills: These are other skills useful for this role.

    Key Skills

    • Procurement sourcing strategy

    • Supplier analysis

    • Value chain understanding

    • Supplier negotiation

    • Contract negotiation

    • Strategic partnerships

    • Sourcing resilience

    • Collaboration

    • Stakeholder management

    Additional Skills

    • Risk management

    • Industry analysis

    • Competitive analysis

    • Cost modelling

    • Contract management

    • Supplier relationship management

    • Sustainable sourcing

    • Innovation sourcing

    • Crisis management

    • Effective Communication

    • Program management

    • Financial acumen


    • 10+ years in SC, with at least 5-7 years in Procurement

    • Demonstrated success in implementing logistics/portfolio procurement strategies

    • Logistics procurement knowledge in addition to strong program and project management skills.

    • Expert at negotiation techniques and procurement of logistics and Ocean Freight

    • Familiarity with 3PL activity-based cost modeling and contracting strategies

    • Experience on large-scale change management projects

    • Experience of managing cross-cultural/ distributed teams

    • Experience in Logistics and Ocean Freight Procurement is a plus

    • Experience of Inclusive leadership, Team Coaching and Development skills.


    • As per job/site requirements – Flexibility to travel




    • Procurement teams (Portfolio, Sourcing, S&I, Supplier Operations, PwP and Sustainability)

    • UPLT

    Supply Chain

    • Logistics stakeholders in markets and Global


    • 3rd Party Logistics Service Providers

    Excited about the role?

    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.

    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.

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