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Asst. Procurement Manager Global Sea and Air Freight

Posted: 20 May 2022 Closes: 21 Jun 2022
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands Competitive
Permanent & Full-time UNI_R-38582

Note : Deadline for applying is 23.59 the day before the Job Posting End Date.



Location: Weena, Rotterdam


Local conditions apply

Salary: 44-62 K gross depending on background and experience

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world`s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. We reach 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. We make products that people love - and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands including global brands such as Knorr & Dove, but also local brand such as Calvé (the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas) and of course our products of the Vegetarian Butcher. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you'll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them.

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.

Job purpose

Global Procurement of Ocean and Air Freight, meeting the specified needs of the Business at most competitive commercial terms. Work closely together with the Procurement manager to develop and drive Business Strategies based on needs of the business. Collaborate with Exporting/Importing countries and other regional stakeholders. Manage Supplier Relationships & continuously building capability in the areas of Ocean and Air Logistics by supplier engagement, collaborative planning and supplier performance management and market insights.

What will your main responsibilities be?
  • Execute Procurement of Ocean and Air Freight Portfolios: Decides what to buy, where to buy, how to buy, when to buy.
  • Manage Total spend of €140 million, up to 40 suppliers, 3,000 sea freight lanes, 200,000 TEU, 5k Tons airfreight and manage 1 direct report and India based Cap Gemini operational support team of 3.
  • Work closely with the Logistics/Export and Import teams to support Operational efficiencies.
  • Provide consultative advice to Internal business network as a subject matter expertise on Ocean/Air Freight
  • Manage supply chain issues (e.g. crisis management).
  • Participate and Facilitate in the global and regional sourcing studies by providing expertise advice in the area of freight
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Delivery of the VIP programmes and Key initiatives.
  • Deliver Cash targets.
  • Identify metrics, tools and process to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies.
  • Work closely with suppliers to drive key initiatives such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
  • Initiate and drive complexity reduction projects (e.g. harmonisation of specifications and suppliers)
  • Measure and manage overall performance of suppliers.
  • To assess, identify and select the appropriate supplier base that would meet the needs of the business
  • To continuously improve ways of working and optimise procurement activities.
  • To ensure the satisfaction of Unilever's internal customers with the services provided by the Global freight procurement team.
  • To develop, coach and mentor resources within a high performing and motivated team responsible for interfacing with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
  • To lead cross-functional initiatives and represent Unilever's interests in the management of external strategic relationships.
  • In the context of Partner to Win, to identify, develop and manage strategic business relationships to enable implementation of the Unilever growth strategy, revenue achievement and new development initiatives.

Skills you should have
  • Target driven. Negotiation Skills and Strong Analytical skills.
  • Advanced Excel Skills and ability to work quickly with large amounts of numerical data.
  • In-depth Ocean Freight & Trade knowledge.
  • Highly skilled at ocean & air freight operations
  • Superior stakeholder management, both internal (across all WLs and functions) and external (with suppliers and consultants).
  • Experience in procurement function, running procurement processes/contracts, and relationship management.
  • Proactive and positive team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strategic and strong organizational skills
  • Fast learner and self-driven.

Experience expected

  • University degree.
  • At least 5 to 8 years experience in Ocean Freight, Procurement/Supply Management or Operations.
  • Experience in International Ocean Freight is highly preferred.

  • Previous experience of and involvement with RFQ and Tendering processes.


As per job/site requirements

What does Unilever offer
Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do - creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!
  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme.
  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever.
  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained.
  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy.
  • At the moment, we work from home. We will ensure you are well equipped for this. Once back to work, you can enjoy our tasty canteen with prepped food and own products.
  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products.
  • My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription).
  • Green Mobility Policy.

Excited about the role?

Join Unilever and our team! 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.

Looking forward to meeting you!

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.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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