Assistant Strategic Sourcing Manager Business Services – Workforce Management MEU

  • Fulltime
  • Rotterdam
  • 2 maanden geleden geplaatst


With 3.4 billion people in over 190 countries using our products every day, Unilever is a business that makes a real impact on the world. Work on brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We are driven by our purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace, and it is our belief that doing business the right way drives superior performance. At the heart of what we do is our people – we believe that when our people work with purpose, we will create a better business and a better world.

At Unilever, your career will be a unique journey, grounded in our inclusive, collaborative, and flexible working environment. We don’t believe in the ‘one size fits all’ approach and instead we will equip you with the tools you need to shape your own future.

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.


Part of the Supply Chain family, Procurement is responsible for over 30B Euro of material and services spend globally with more than 60,000 suppliers, over half of them in MBS. Getting the right services and materials, sustainably sourced and ensuring responsible procurement is critical to ensuring our brands with purpose grow. Our teams work closely with the business to understand stakeholders needs, bring innovation to meet changing consumer, employees’, and customers’ needs, and drive financial value for Unilever through competitive buying. We’re at the forefront of digital procurement, bringing new tools and analytics to drive data-based decisions.

Our strategy is ‘Procurement with Purpose’ and focuses on buying responsibly, buying better, and growing together with partners around the world. Our ambition is based on three key drivers: being Purpose-Led, Value-Driven, and Future-Fit.

MBS, Unilever’s Marketing and Business Services Procurement team, is responsible for Unilever’s sourcing and supplier strategy and execution for all third party spend across Marketing, Business Services, and IT, supporting the business requirements of Brands, Divisions, Markets, and functions to drive 4G growth through strategic supplier management, cost and value management, sustainability, and innovation, aligned with Unilever’s Compass. The team manages an annual spend of ~9B Euro with a supplier base of about 40,000.

Within MBS, the Assistant Strategic Sourcing Manager -Business Services , Workforce MEU country is responsible for supporting the sourcing strategy development, implementation, and procurement of external workforce (contingent labour, consultancy, finance, legal, recruitment, insurance, R&D & Supply Chain Service) and this role will be reporting to the Strategic Sourcing Manager Workforce&HRS MEU&EE

The role will need to foster and build a culture of collaboration and support excellent execution of our strategies while fostering deep relationships with our stakeholders and suppliers.


Unilever is the place where you can bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world.  If you are ready for new challenges, then this role is just for you!


  • Supports the execution of regional strategic sourcing projects and is responsible for local negotiation planning & execution, ensuring commercial benefit (savings) captured in benefits tools and signed off by finance
  • Working with Strategic Sourcing Manager, Portfolio Lead, regional stakeholders, and supplier ops to determine preferred supplier listings and agreeing rate cards for regional suppliers
  • Proactively work with Supplier Ops to ensure day to day transactional work is being supported and making use of eProcurement tools to deliver increased value
  • Working closely with Key PMU stakeholders and Strategic Sourcing Manager to develop and delivery market specific portfolio strategies
  • Providing credible market data and local supplier segmentation, creating detailed budget and spend analysis to identify sourcing pipeline and plan that meets local business needs
  • Ensuring contractual commitments are in place and signed off by stakeholders, legal and finance as appropriate
  • Manage escalation issues arising from markets and seek help from Strategic Sourcing manager or Portfolio lead as needed
  • Proactively ensure transparency and compliance with business policies for sourcing activities in the PMU.
  • Ensuring that stakeholders are complying to company policy and guidelines, providing tips and tools to help local buying in markets where procurement resource is unavailable


  • <3+ years of procurement experience (Indirect Procurement experience will be preferred)
  • Knowledgeable in Sourcing, negotiation and contracting
  • Understanding of supply market, value chain, and FMCG knowledge. Knowledge of HR,Workforce and other business services portfolios is a strong plus.
  • Experience in supplier relationship management
  • Experience on small-scale project management
  • Knowledge of Unilever business systems is a plus i.e., Coupa, CLM, SRS and Aravo, as well as Analytical tools (Excel, powerBI)
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a complex global environment balancing a broad spectrum of stakeholder requirements
  • Comfortable working in conditions of ambiguity and learning through change
  • Able to support the adoption and execution of a shared vision and strategy for change, whilst managing the interface between “day to day” and improvement projects
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders cross effectively and efficiently functionally to understand their needs and deliver effective balanced solutions
  • Passion for continuous improvement
  • Robust verbal and written communication skills, including creation and delivery of effective presentations as an added advantage
  • Working knowledge of financial and business acumen
  • Stakeholder management and people skills
  • Passion and practical creativity
  • Accountability and responsibility


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.
  • Under the Hybrid Working principles, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 40% in the office or at customers, suppliers or partners to connect and collaborate.  For the time you work from home, we will ensure you are well equipped. When you are at the office , 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).
  • Home work allowance
  • Company laptop and mobile phone
  • Green Mobility Policy.


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.

For the recruitment of this position, we would like to emphasize that local conditions apply to the position and for this vacancy in principle we will first consider candidates based in the Netherlands. If you are based outside of the Netherlands and you are interested to apply, please feel free to do so but we can only take your application on if a decision is made to also recruit outside of the Netherlands.

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

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.


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