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Packaging Procurement Assistant

Port Sunlight, Merseyside
£26535 - £33348 per annum
Closing date
20 Jan 2021
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Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our global FMCG client (the powerhouse behind brands such as Walls, Persil, Magnum and Knorr) as a Packaging Procurement Assistant to be based in Port Sunlight, Wirral (to commence working from home until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted). This is a full-time temporary role for 6 months, paying between £26,535-£33,348 pro rata, per annum depending on experience.

Please note, an ASAP start is required.

Key Accountabilities

Category Ownership:

  • Develop strategies that are aligned to the business direction.
  • Business partnering: manage internal and external stakeholders (e.g. R&D, logistics, operations, sourcing units).
  • Ensure competitive buying through industry benchmark, should-cost analysis, product innovation, market price movement monitoring.
  • Work with cross-function teams to achieve product spec and manufacturing optimization.
  • Be the Go-to Person for the assigned categories for procurement and supplier related tasks & questions.

Supplier E2E (end-to-end) Management & Ownership:

  • Strengthen business partnerships
  • Lead business reviews: together with cross function teams, measure and manage overall supplier performance to meet business KPIs
  • Commercial & Contract Negotiations
  • Innovation projects: OTIF (on time in full) deliveries
  • Savings: smart buying, product logic, cash, e-tender, volume rebate, 5s workshop, optimization projects
  • Onboard and partner with suppliers on business sustainability agenda
  • Account management: onboarding, RSP, USQS compliance, contract management (creation, update, signatures, systems administration), service level maintenance/improvement
  • Other operations: e.g. incident management, product specification confirmation

Procurement Activities:

  • Take part of the overall sourcing strategy of Customer Packaging in Europe
  • Supporting the team to achieve its goals and objectives and monitor target delivery
  • Owning and co-ordinating procurement/supply chain projects whereas required
  • Price forecasting (of assigned categories & suppliers)
  • Invoice management: DCIW, payment resolution
  • Support WoW (way of working) improvements: identify metrics, tools (e.g. digitalization), process, align and collaborate with cross-function teams to optimise WoW.
  • Support the Procurement Manager whereas required

Key Requirements

  • Procurement experience required, in particular in packaging and/or Unilever.
  • Strong analytical and IT skills: advanced Excel, PowerBI, SAP, iCAT, Aravo, DCIW (Invoice systems), SRS and PLM knowledge essential.
  • Contracting and supplier management experience essential.
  • Experienced in cross-function team collaboration.
  • Self-starter with high accountability & responsibility standards.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills: build relationships with people across functions, geographies and companies.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Good understanding of business economics.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills: ability to present key findings in a crisp way and get people onboard.
  • Strong project management and organization skills: strong at execution and proactively finding solutions and improvements.
  • Comfortable in fast paced, fast changing, complex and ambiguous environment.
  • Must be able to work independently and virtually


A job at Unilever is a career made by you, with development opportunities, benefits and a working culture that embraces diversity. So whether you’re looking for an internship, apprenticeship, graduate opportunities, or a job opening to progress your professional career, at Unilever you can shape your own path as you work with the brands and people that drive our sustainable business growth.

Contact Us
  • Manpower UK Ltd
  • C/O Unilever HPC
  • Port Sunlight
  • CH62 4ZD
  • GB
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