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Global Procurement Manager Fine Chemicals

Posted: 7 Apr 2021 Closes: 7 Jun 2021
Port Sunlight, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL3644

Global Procurement Manager Fine Chemicals

Location : Port Sunlight, UK


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 through Industry leading business strategy of Clean Future and Positive Beauty – Delivering Superior, sustainable and affordable products.

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.


A successful procurement professional is expected to be:

  • Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking and that contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage.

  • Strong at selling ideas to his/her business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying value and communicating it accordingly.

  • Appreciative of the value and impact of outstanding execution – an eagle eye for detail.

  • Able to act as an entrepreneur, treats business as his/her own, sets trends and is willing to lead, follow or get out of the way.

  • Behave as a Partner to Win ambassador and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business.

  • Genuinely committed to Unilever’s sustainably led business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda.

  • This position has a team of two procurement assistants reporting in it. Therefore being a talent catalyst is a non-negotiable which includes: spotting, developing and retaining talent and creating an inclusive team environment


Professional sourcing of Speciality Chemicals (Polymers) whilst meeting the specified needs of the business at the most competitive commercial terms. Building and developing sustainable partnerships through innovative value creation.




  • To collaborate with senior functional leaders to establish both short and long-term business objectives basis insights on current and future markets trends for the business

  • Develop and implement strategies for the procurement of the respective portfolios in line with business objectives - Decides who to buy from, how to buy, when to buy

  • Identify, develop and manage strategic business relationships to enable implementation of business strategy

  • Deliver  cost and cash savings based on sourcing strategies

  • Ensure right level of service to the business

  • Ensure the supplier base is  Compliant with the Unilever standards (eg.  Regulatory, Quality and Responsible sourcing)

  • Initiate and drive complexity reduction projects (e.g. harmonisation of specifications and suppliers)

  • Identify metrics, tools and process to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies.

  • Work closely with the R&D and Category Procurement teams to support the launch of innovations and new product development

  • Support the business with accurate price forecasting. Prepares information on purchase prices and conditions to enable proper budgeting and cash forecasting.

  • 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 procurement organization

  • To develop, coach and mentor resources within a high performing and motivated team responsible for interfacing with internal stakeholders and suppliers.



Professional Skills:

  • Portfolio Strategy Development

  • Strategic Supplier Partnerships

  • Negotiation

  • Stakeholder Management and Communication

  • Talent Catalyst


Experience Required:

  • University degree

  • Experience in Procurement or Supply Management from the Chemicals Industry

  • Direct buying experience

  • Experience on large-scale change management projects

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity


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