Procurement specialist-plastic rigid

  • Fulltime
  • Rotterdam
  • 1 maand 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.


Leads Professional sourcing of Rigid Packaging for the Unilever Business Units in Europe, meeting the specified needs of the Business at most competitive commercial terms. This includes the selection and management of suppliers with the appropriate technology and capabilities to deliver goods that meet the requirements of Unilever. The role will also involve leading tenders and other productivity initiatives for the supply of injection molded components (Tubs and Lids) in Europe, meeting the specified needs of the Business at most competitive commercial terms and according to Unilever sustainable standards


  • Support the development and implementation of the Rigid Packaging Procurement strategy, in line with the Global Lighthouse strategy (achieve material cost reduction targets, while maintaining supply reliability and delivery of the required innovation plan).
  • Ensuring the timely negotiation of all supplier agreements including the implementation of contractual agreements.
  • Represent the procurement function and ensure that other functional areas (e.g. Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain) receive reliable, timely procurement assistance.
  • Lead Tenders & productivity initiatives to help achieving yearly cost targets.
  • Closely and constructively team up with the Global Rigid Packaging Team, with Strategy & Insights, with Commodity Risk Management and with Market Procurement.
  • Work closely with categories and suppliers to drive key Sustainability initiatives (PCR inclusion, plastic reduction, improved recyclability etc).
  • Manage the supplier base across all key business dimensions: supply, resilience, agility, quality, sustainability, cost and cash.
  • To ensure suppliers are paid on time and respond to payment and supplier financing queries.
  • To build and manage relationships with suppliers & internal customers/stakeholders.
  • Manage the quarterly price update process by checking the resin price updates and analyzing the digitized price list prior to issuing to suppliers.
  • To help resolve customer, supplier or operational issues.
  • To support Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in the procurement of materials and services.
  • To develop, coach and mentor resources within a high performing and motivated team responsible for interfacing with internal stakeholders and suppliers


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.
  • Act as an entrepreneur, treats business as his/her own and sets trends
  • Nurture Partnerships and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business.
  • Genuinely committed to Unilever’s sustainably lead business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda.

Behave as a Partner with Purpose ambassador and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business.


  • University degree
  • Strong experience in Procurement or Supply Management (minimum 3-5 years)
  • Medium scale project management experience
  • Strong track record of delivering cost savings and business value
  • Packaging/FMCG experience is a plus
  • International trades experience is a plus


  • Self-Management (priority setting, risk analysis, resources)
  • Take ownership and responsibility; have energy and drive
  • Be result and solution oriented; be able to solve (unexpected) problems (in short notice)
  • Networking and relationship management
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Drive for team alignment; be able to work in networks; be able to work independently
  • Multi-culture communication & stakeholder management
  • Procurement and Supplier relationship experience highly desirable
  • Excellent analytical and IT skills; SAP/DCIW knowledge highly desirable
  • Knowledge of injection mould technology
  • Negotiation skills
  • Good understanding of Key Cost Drivers and Price Trends
  • Formulating and Implementing Procurement/Sourcing Strategies and Communicating to the Business
  • Driving Sustainability through Procurement

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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