Skip to main content

This job has expired

You will need to login before you can apply for a job.

Procurement Finance Manager, Central Finance Excellence Team (CFET) -2

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

Job Details

JOB TITLE: Procurement Finance Manager, Central Finance Excellence Team (CFET)

JOB LOCATION: Bangalore, India


Procurement Finance partners the Global Procurement function in delivering the expansive cost and cash agenda for Unilever. Procurement Finance is a diverse global team with representation from 20+ nationalities, spread across 3 global hubs and multiple market locations.


Reporting to the CFET Senior Manager, the candidate will own the material price forecasting process for select portfolios and clusters, for on time and in full delivery. The candidate will play a pivotal role in leading the forecasting process, building understanding of the material price forecast, and driving insights for decision making.

The role would be to mainly:

• Drive the material price forecast process for select portfolios and clusters

• Lead process improvement initiatives and simplification projects

• Support wider transformation programs in the forecasting space

• Drive analytics and insights to enable value-focused business decisions and actions

• Understand drivers of forecast impact to partner Procurement and Finance teams on the forecast

• Lead a team of 3-5 Assistant Managers and / or Senior Executives to deliver to business objectives

The ideal candidate is required to see the big picture while being capable of drilling down to the details to drive insights and resolve operational issues. They should be able to drive and improve a large, complex process, while partnering and engaging with Procurement and Finance teams. Strong analytical skills, robust process leadership, good stakeholder management, high accountability and resilience are key to succeed in this role.


Material Forecasting

• Lead forecast cycles for select portfolios and clusters, driving timeliness, accuracy and prioritization

• Engage with and support buyers to improve quality of the forecast while reducing effort

• Drive analytics and insights to guide business decision making and focus

• Understand impacts from price movements in key commodities to estimate impact on forecast

• Understand drivers of forecast impact to partner Procurement and Finance teams on the forecast

• Land material prices and forecast impacts with Markets / Business Groups

Process Improvement

• Streamline the forecasting process through prioritization, simplification, standardization, and automation

• Lead continuous improvement initiatives
• Support forecasting transformation programs through process expertise and thought leadership

Stakeholder Management

• Engage with Supplier Operations and third party to get relevant output to run the forecast and give them input for process improvements

• Engage with FBPs to land the forecast, answer queries, help build a narrative and partner business on the forecast

• Engage with Procurement to drive various elements of the forecasting cycle

• Engage with Supply Chain Finance on forecast-related topics such as volume collection, material prices delivery, etc.

• Engage with various transformation programs to share expertise and lend thought leadership

Team Management

• Lead a team of 3-5 Assistant Managers / Senior Executives

• Ensure each team member has the required skills and competencies to do his / her role effectively by providing feedback, support, coaching and guidance

• Take ownership of the wellbeing and development of the team

• Create a collaborative working environment within and across teams

• Engage in performance management processes, in line with Unilever's performance culture, to ensure each team member achieves his / her goals

• Effectively manage team changes and issues such as promotions, resignations, absence management, etc. in line with Company guidelines


• Performance Management & Operations Director

• Central Finance Excellence Team (CFET)

• Finance Business Partners (FBPs)

• Performance Management Lead

• Forecast Champions and Buyers

• Supply Chain Finance Services (SCFS)

• Country FET teams

• Third Party service provider


• Qualified Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountant / MBA with 5 - 8 years' experience

• Relevant experience in Financial Planning, Forecasting and / or Finance Operations

• Prior experience in Procurement Finance or Supply Chain Finance preferred

• 2+ years' experience in leading teams

• Strong people management skills to engage, steer, and motivate the team for high performance

• Strong analytical skills, Excel skills and attention to detail

• High accountability and ownership

• Passion for high performance to drive and continuously improve the process

• Resilience to cope with challenges of a demanding forecasting cycle

• Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders

• Strong communication skills



Montage of different people doing different jobs

Be part of the most successful purpose-led business in the world. Have the opportunity to see the true impact that you’re having in the work you do - every small thing counts. The personal contribution you make means you feel good about what you do and proud that you have a career with a higher purpose. Be empowered to make a positive impact, by bringing your purpose into action.

Be a force for good. Unleash your curiosity and pioneering spirit to make our business win and grow. Use your confidence to challenge the status quo for the better, while you learn, grow and make a positive impact

"Diversity & Inclusion is one of the things that we want Unilever to be famous for.

This means making sure our business is fair, attracting and retaining

the very best talent and helping them unlock their full potential."

Alan Jope, Chief Executive Officer

Dove, Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Lynx, Knorr, Surf. Our world-famous brands are totally different – and as people, so are we. Be surrounded by individually different but like-minded people who share your values, commitment and desire to start or pursue a career across different cultures and levels of seniority where you do good things every day. Bring your real self to work, here we combine our differences to achieve greater things.

Develop into your best self. Get inspired by leaders and peers and create life-shaping experiences for yourself. Unilever offers an inspirational working environment where you will be mentored and nurtured by bright minds and purpose-led leaders. Use your skills and knowledge, and the tools we provide you to experience all that Unilever can offer across brands and around the world. You have the ability to craft a flexible – and global – career.

Our policies & flexible working

At Unilever, we have a range of market-leading, family-friendly and flexible working policies, which enable our employees to balance their day-to-day responsibilities.

These policies and practices include:

  • Agile working, which gives employees the possibility to work remotely and flex their own hours, whilst ensuring business needs are met.
  • Flexible working arrangements including, but not limited to, part-time and job share opportunities.
  • Enhanced leave policies - all employees taking maternity or shared parental leave have up to 16 weeks’ paid leave and some eligible employees can have up to 39 weeks’ paid leave. In addition, our Maternity & Paternity Services portal provides online resources to support employees at all stages of parenthood, as well as tailored guidance for line managers.
  • Practical support including, nursery benefits and back-up care for parents and carers.
  • A constant focus on wellbeing for employees, including regular health checks, mental health support and our Employee Assistance Programme.

Mentoring & training

We have a strong culture of mentoring, training and learning across the organisation, with a range of resources and initiatives available:

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Leadership and general business skills training, including unconscious bias
  • Learning for all, via access to internal and external resources
  • Workshops which support personal and team development.

Our ambition: unlocking talent through disability inclusion

The World Health Organization estimates that there are one billion people in the world currently living with a disability. That’s about 15% of the global population, or 1 in 7 of us. And the statistics suggest that people living with disabilities are among the most marginalised populations in the world in terms of employment and educational opportunity.

Removing the barriers facing people living with disability is a priority for our business. It isn’t just the right thing to do – we believe that creating equality of opportunity will unlock a huge pool of talent. It also gets to the heart of the ambition to ‘leave no one behind’ – and could contribute to the five Sustainable Development Goals which explicitly reference disability and to the wider sustainable development agenda.

In 2018, we set ourselves global commitments to achieve by 2025:

  • to be the number one employer of choice for people with disabilities, and
  • to increase the number of employees with disabilities to 5% of our total workforce.

These are ambitious targets. They involve transforming the way we recruit and train our people. And they mean adapting both the way we work and our workplaces, so that we can support people with disabilities to reach their full potential.

"We cannot be an inclusive organisation unless we ensure that we have created the conditions

and the culture for people with a disability to thrive."

Leena Nair, our Chief HR Officer

We are keen to find out about your talent, and offer the support you need. 

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert