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    Procurement Manager Sustainability

    Procurement Manager - Sustainability - Tea Division

    Work Location: Netherlands

    Job Type: Fulltime

    Travel required: 20% or limited travel. Now limited due to CV19 restrictions

    About the Tea Business

    Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.

    The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.

    The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers.

    As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company.

    As the Procurement Manager of the Tea Business, the primary focus of this role is to drive the actions for the Sustainability agenda. The Sustainability Manager has to work with Internal stakeholders to implement and drive the overall Sustainability agenda.

    The Leader will need to:

    • Collaborate with other Cross Functional Teams

    • Creating inspirational, realistic, and achievable plans

    • Managing and embedding change

    • Stakeholder influencing and management

    • Commercial acumen

    Your Role:

    • Execute Actions on the Work of Regenerative Agricultural Programs in line with the Tea Business needs and requirements and the Principles defined and agreed with the Leadership team.

    • Drive Actions on Impact programs with an impact on Soil, Water and Biodiversity.

    • Drive agenda and plans for No-Deforestation Agenda within the Tea Business.

    • Implement policies for Compliance and Monitoring of various policies. For eg: RSP policy

    • Drive various certifications as required and needed per Business agenda and needs.

    • Work closely with other Labour agencies and Supply Partners to ensure that the Living Income plans for workers are ensured and protected.

    • Drive agendas on establishing Traceability in our end to end Value chain and ensuring engagements and actions for decarbonisation roadmap.

    • Measure and manage overall performance of suppliers on various topics within the overall Sustainability Agenda.

    • Engage with R&D teams on development of sustainability programs leveraging the plantations as a place to further the development of our understanding of sustainable tea

    • Work closely with brand teams, developing sustainability strategies that add value to the positioning of the brands

    • Engage externally representing the tea business in key multi stakeholder forums

    Your Key Tasks:


    • Implement and drive the Sustainability procurement strategies.

    • Ensure high level of drive and commitment on Overall Business impacts which are linked with Sustainability.

    • Continuously improve ways of working and optimise procurement activities.

    • Ensure the satisfaction of Internal customers with the services provided by the procurement organization.

    • Support the collaboration with senior functional leaders to establish both short and long-term business objectives.

    • Implement cross-functional initiatives and represent Business interests in the management of external strategic relationships.

    • In the context of Partnering with Purpose, to identify, develop and manage strategic business relationships to enable implementation of the Business strategy.

    Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:



    • Procurement operations team

    • Global Logistics Procurement Network (GLPN)

    • Global Procurement Digital Team

    Supply Chain:

    • Logistics Operations and Excellence

    • SC Factory Ops and Engg Teams

    • Manufacturing

    • Quality

    • SSHE

    • Inbound Logistics

    • Import / Export


    • Suppliers

    • Government bodies

    • NGO’s

    • Associations or Certification Bodies / Houses

    • Audit companies

    Skills and Experience


    • Self-starter & independent operator

    • Bias for action and strong executor

    • Strong in holding people accountable

    • High Business Acumen

    • High Analytical Skills

    • Framing

    • Change management

    Who we are looking for


    • University degree (Engineering or Business preferred)

    • At least 3 to 5 years’ experience in Procurement

    • Experience on large-scale change management projects

    • Relevant procurement experience in Strategy and Sustainability will be an advantage

    • Experience in supply and portfolio strategy development (added advantage)

    • Experience in working in a virtual team and regional/global scope

    • Experience in leading a team and people management


    • Certifications in Sustainability or audits will be preferred.

    Excited about the Role?

    Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

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