Procurement Manager (Talent Pool)
La Lucia, Durban, South Africa
3d ago

Main Job Purpose :

Professional sourcing of products / services meeting the specified needs of the Business at most competitive commercial terms

Key Accountabilities :

  • Executive Procurement of the materials / services Portfolios : Decides what to buy, where to buy, how to buy, when to buy
  • Develop and implement strategies for the procurement of the respective portfolios.
  • Follow market conditions, prepare price trends and formulate future markets trends for the business.

  • Support the business with accurate price forecasting. Prepares information on purchase prices and conditions to enable proper budgeting and cash forecasting.
  • Identify metrics, tools and process to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies.
  • Work closely with the Procurement operations teams to support the launch of innovations and new product development
  • Work closely with categories and suppliers to drive key initiatives such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Initiate and drive complexity reduction projects ( harmonisation of specifications and suppliers)
  • Delivery of the VIP programmes for the specific materials.
  • Deliver the Operation Cash Flow and Working Capital plans for the specific materials / services and suppliers.
  • Manage supply issues ( crisis management).
  • Measure and manage overall performance of suppliers.
  • Responsibilities :

  • To develop, implement and drive Unilever procurement strategies
  • To assess, identify and select the appropriate supplier base that would meet the needs of the business
  • To directly lead or co-ordinate large procurement projects him / herself as needed.
  • To deliver cost savings based on sourcing strategies and compliance management.
  • To continuously improve ways of working and optimise procurement activities.
  • To handle complex and diverse customer, supplier or operational issues within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • To ensure the satisfaction of Unilever's internal customers with the services provided by the procurement organization
  • To lead the rationalization of suppliers, materials and services that meet Unilever's business requirements
  • To develop, coach and mentor resources within a high performing and motivated team responsible for interfacing with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
  • To support the collaboration with senior functional leaders to establish both short and long-term business objectives.
  • 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 product development initiatives
  • To support Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in the procurement of materials and services.
  • Experience Required :


  • University degree
  • At least 5 years experience in Procurement or Supply Chain

  • Experience on large-scale change management projects

  • Experience in international assignments is a plus
  • Reporting Channel :

    Procurement Director Workplace & Indirects Europe

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