Assistant Procurement Manager - Indirect

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July 12, 2018
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Unilever Nigeria Plc is recruiting for fulltime Assistant Procurement Manager - Indirect.

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Unilever is a global multinational and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company with products sold in over 190 countries and more than 2 billion consumers across the world who use our amazing products everyday!
Unilever Nigeria Plc is a major player in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) segment of the Nigerian economy. Some of the company’s world class standard brands are Close Up toothpaste, Lipton Yellow Label Tea, Blue Band Spread, Knorr and Royco Cubes, Omo and Sunlight laundry powder, Lux and Lifebuoy soaps. Our business is founded on a sense of purpose, and our unique heritage still shapes the way we do business. 

Job Title: Assistant Procurement Manager- Indirect
Department: Procurement
Profession (Marketing, Finance, etc.): Supply Chain
Work Level:      WL1
Location (City, Country): Nigeria-Lagos State-Lagos-Oregun - Head Office

Main Job Purpose:
Responsible for tactical sourcing of Indirect Procurement goods and services in Country cluster Nigeria for portfolio Business Services

Key Accountabilities:

  • Integrating global / regional sourcing strategies with business and category demands, ensuring timely inputs to global/regional project development and OTIF execution of global/regional projects in the cluster.
  • Act as first point of contact for the business for issues/questions relating to Indirects Procurement goods or services in assigned portfolio, Ariba Buyer and the service from IP 3rd party service provider (IBM) for Sourcing Unit/business unit
  • Work with users in the Country cluster to analyse and collate information regarding current requirements and future needs.
  • Efficient, timely and transparent communication to internal customers and suppliers
  • Work within defined Procurement procedures (Ways of Working) and adhere to the Code of Business Principles at all times
  • Work in an effective, cohesive team environment (Ability to understand all areas of Indirects Procurement)
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Flexibility to travel.  Average travel anticipated 2-4 days per month

Procurement Strategies

  • Develop, implement and drive procurement strategies for tactical sourcing in the cluster
  • Support the procurement organization to meet goals and objectives in support to the overall Unilever strategy
  • Engage with Procurement Managers (Strategic Sourcing team) to understand if a sourcing strategy and strategic contracts are in place for the portfolio.
  • Implementation of Tactical and Strategic sourcing agreements at assigned site cluster level within the portfolio
  • Support Procurement Managers and Cluster lead by providing timely and accurately assistance on relevant topics and initiatives as required


  • Support Tactical and Strategic sourcing projects as required
  • Co-ordinate procurement projects him/herself as needed

Vendor management

  • Identification and initial assessments of suppliers for assigned portfolio and site clusters
  • Prepare and manage supplier selection process for assigned spend and site clusters using available tools  (BW) when applicable and standardised templates (RFI’s, RFQ’s)
  • Work with the Legal Counsel and/or Patents to finalise commercial agreements using Unilever contractual operating framework of UPAs or MSAs. Manage and maintain contracts for the assigned spend and site clusters.
  • Maintain frequent contact with suppliers, to review/resolve day-to-day issues and to develop current insights into suppliers’ business conditions.
  • Build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers.
  • Develop supplier service Levels, track and analyse supplier performance data, proposing priorities for performance improvement and follow up monitoring actions.
  • Address / escalate supplier non-performance as appropriate.

Business engagement

  • Ensure the satisfaction of Unilever's internal customers with the Indirects Procurement goods or services provided by the suppliers within the portfolio
  • Measure compliancy by business users to Procurement policies and contracts and take corrective actions as appropriatePortfolio Management
  • Manage individual Ariba Buyer Purchase Requests from the business including escalation from IBM, expedition of emergency orders, facilitation of Goods Receipt processes
  • Source and negotiate for assigned spend and site clusters goods or services above €7.5k, where no contract exists and that are not strategically sourced.
  • Identify opportunities to standardise purchasing requirements, and enable this in the form of a catalogue that can be loaded into Ariba Buyer


  • Proactively identify and deliver Savings and/or Cash (via payment term extension) and Ariba operations in line with set targets
  • Identify and propose cost reduction/continuous performance improvement (supplier) opportunities.
  • Identify, implement and record Value Improvement Programs (VIP) and/ or Action Driven Buying Results (ADBR) in Savings Tool (ISIS).


- Cluster lead for country cluster
- Tactical sourcing team for country cluster
- Indirects Procurement Managers / teams (Strategic Sourcing)
- Procurement Services

Supply Chain:
- Sourcing Units
- Manufacturing
- Engineering
- UEnS

- Marketing (Brand /Category Teams)
- Customer Development
- Finance
- Enterprise Support
- Legal

  • Suppliers
  • IP 3rd party service provider (IBM)

Reporting Channel:

  • Procurement Manager / Cluster lead

Job Requirements

Min Required Experience:

3 year(s)

Min Qualification:

Bachelor's Degree/HND

Desired Courses:

Not Specified

Other Requirements:

Professional Skills:

Job Skill Profile

N/A : Not Applicable     
BA: Basic Appreciation     
WK: Working Knowledge     
FO: Fully Operational     
LE: Leading Edge

Supply Management Skills

  • Collecting Relevant Information N/A
  • Analysing Supply and Demand Market Behaviour N/A
  • Understanding key cost drivers and price trends N/A
  • Applying Market Insight N/A
  • Communicating and Sharing Market Intelligence BA
  • Translating and aligning Business and Supply Chain Strategies BA
  • Performing Risk Analysis BA
  • Formulating & Implementing  the Sourcing Strategy BA
  • Negotiating BA
  • Developing Strategic Sourcing BA
  • Communicating Supply Management Strategies to the Business WK
  • Analysing Suppliers BA
  • Screening and Selecting Suppliers BA
  • Constructing Suppliers Agreement BA
  • Assessing Supplier Performance WK
  • Supplier Qualification WK
  • Assessing and Reviewing the supplier BA
  • Managing the Ongoing relationship to deliver values to the business BA
  • Managing a collaborative relationship BA
  • Creating an integrated network BA
  • Managing  collaborative contract agreements with suppliers BA
  • Delivering  Deal Compliance BA
  • Understanding Category/function needs and ambition BA
  • Developing and communicating supply market innovation capabilities WK
  • Assessing Economics of Different Options BA
  • Incorporating commercial Aspect of Supply collaboration WK

Cross Supply Chain Skills

  • Developing & Executing Supply Chain Strategies Aligned to Business Goals BA
  • Building Internal & External Networks N/A
  • Adopting a customer service mindset in all our relationships N/A
  • Implementing Supply Chain Improvements N/A
  • Adopting a SHE care approach N/A
  • Managing Quality N/A

General Skills

  • Business Economics BA
  • Negotiation BA
  • Using Information Technology BA
  • Project Management BA
  • Change management N/A
  • Knowledge & Information Management BA
  • People Management N/A

Other SC Functional Skills

  • Demand Planning BA
  • Supply Planning BA
  • Demand & Supply Reconciliation & Gap recognition with the S& OP Process BA
  • Strategic / Category Planning N/A
  • Defining & Developing Customer Service Strategy N/A
  • Collaborating with Customers N/A
  • Managing Customer Service N/A
  • Optimising and Managing Re – Packing Operations N/A
  • Managing Warehouse and Distribution N/A
  • Managing Manufacturing Processes N/A
  • Engineering & Asset Care N/A
  • Category Technology N/A

Experience Required:

  • 3-5 years on indirects procurement in FMCG


  • As per job/site requirements

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About Unilever Nigeria Plc

  • Type: Public
  • Headquarters: 1 ,Billings Way, Oregun Industrial Estate, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Unilever Nigeria Plc, was incorporated as Lever Brothers (West Africa) Ltd on 11th April, 1923 by Lord Leverhulme, but the company’s antecedents have to be traced back to his existing trading in...Know More about Unilever Nigeria Plc

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