Assistant Manager - Other Raw Materials Operations

On the 2 nd July 2018 Unilever completed the sale of the Spreads Business and it is now under the new ownership of KKR as "Upfield", therefore any successful applicants will be employed by "Upfield Foods" not Unilever. For more details on Upfield, please click here .

Assistant Manager - Raw Material Operations

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Do you know your Kale from your Quinoa or the difference between a Flexitarian to a Regenerative Grazer? We are looking for top talent for an exciting new movement within the Food Industry.

About Upfield!

Upfield is a global leader in plant-based nutrition with a great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Flora, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock, I Can't Believe it's not Butter and ProActiv.

We are a global food company with 6 business units operating in 95 markets. We have the mind-set of a start-up. This makes us fast, agile, entrepreneurial, cost conscious and accountable for our products - from seed to serving at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

We take quality seriously and around the world we taste products every 30 seconds. We take our consumers seriously and more than 150 people will taste test each of our new innovations before they hit the shelves.

Your Role

  • Support NA Procurement Head & RM Procurement Manager in implementation of commodities and other raw material procurement strategies at global and country levels (USA and Canada)
  • Analyse and develop deep understanding of the supply markets, including external economic factors which influence those markets
  • Support in identifying and building partnerships with key suppliers on an operational level and manage Supplier compliance (audits, specifications, general terms and conditions, claims CoBP)
  • Evaluate procurement requirements and need of the business units and technical community
  • Monitor stocks to achieve effective inventory management harmonized with demand planning to ensure high availability of raw materials
  • Act as a key contact for commodities and other raw materials related topics for operational team and factories regarding in time delivery, quality and supplier service
  • Together with NA Procurement Head & RM Procurement Manager develop contingency plans and alternatives to ensure supply security
  • Monitor overall performance of the supply network and ensure continuous improvement
  • Support delivery of bottom line savings by working together with Suppliers, R&D and the Supply Chain to identify and implementing cost saving programs
  • Support delivery of top line growth by working together with suppliers, marketing and R&D on Innovation program
  • Drive implementation of BCS's Sustainability agenda in Procurement area
  • Represent BCS at the relevant Industry Bodies


Skills and Experience Required
  • Higher professional education / university degree
  • Proven and relevant track record in the areas of commodities and raw material buying or other procurement areas for at least 3 years
  • Experience on large-scale change management projects and in international assignments is an advantage
  • Exemplify a high degree of personal integrity and interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and stakeholder management skills.
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communication
  • Enjoy working in a virtual and multicultural working environment


Reporting Channel, Contacts and Travel:
  • Procurement Assistant - NA Raw Materials reports into the Procurement Manager - Raw Materials and NA Lead
  • The portfolio covers oils and fats and other raw materials
  • Internal: Procurement Global and Cluster teams, Supply Chain teams, R&D team, Legal team, Marketing team, Finance business partners
  • External: Suppliers: Commercial management and Top management (CEO's) of Key Suppliers, Agents, professional organization, industry bodies and 3PM, NGO's, advisors and benchmarking organizations and others
  • Travel globally for Supplier meetings, Industry meetings, project meetings and team meetings. Travel intensity as per job requirements

Your Personal Power! :-

At Upfied we want you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete.

Mission Statement

At Upfield our purpose is clear......Making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!

If you are an entrepreneur at heart and have a passion for winning, a strong understanding of the FMCG business, ad would like to join us, apply and speak to one of our Talent Matchmakers!

On the 2 nd July 2018 Unilever completed the sale of the Spreads Business and it is now under the new ownership of KKR as "Upfield", therefore any successful applicants will be employed by "Upfield Foods" not Unilever. For more details on Upfield, please click here .


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