Building a Better Plant-Based Future together

Procurement Strategic Project Manager

Procurement Strategic Project Manager

Hackensack, NJ


At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that’s free from plastic.  We’ve got iconic brands like Rama, Country Crock, Blue Band and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We’ve been a trusted category leader since 1871 and yet we feel like we’re only just getting started.

Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world.

We have big ambitions to grow this business and we want to attract the right people – those that love what they do, thrive on responsibility and are looking for career defining opportunities.


About the Role!

The purpose of the role is to be procurement’s project management lead for all M&A and industrial projects and to play a coordinating role between Procurement, Supply Chain and RD with a responsibility to maximize Supply Chain opportunities and efficiencies.

This role is part of the Americas Procurement team and reports into the Head of Procurement - Americas.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead M&A and Business Development projects with a focus on key partnership with suppliers and projects with a target to optimize supply chain costs and efficiencies.
  • Lead savings and simplifications projects that cross over functional areas like: portfolio optimization and harmonization, organizational structure improvements (coordinating implementation of operational and strategic initiatives between rd, planning, procurement and operations.
  • Drive internal organizational improvement and simplification initiatives.
  • Lead end to end Supply chain initiatives, like Private label business pricing optimization.

Key Stakeholders

  • CPO
  • COO
  • Head of RD
  • Head of planning
  • Head of Operations
  • Head of Procurement - Americas


About you!


Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in international food product production/processing incl. vegetable fats, margarine and/or dairy-spreads.
  • Deep understanding of global oils and fats markets, supplier landscape and cost drivers.
  • Hands-on understanding and knowledge of planning and admin processes.
  • Practical knowledge of fat-based food science and technology.
  • Proven track record of successful team collaboration across geographies and cultures.
  • Commercial savvy.
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Project management skills and track record.
  • Self-steering, pro-active and can-do attitude
  • Excellent communicator


You’ll have to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and it will take hard work and determination; we will give you the ownership you need to make an impact. 

You’ll have to deliver on the commitments you make. And we’ll give you the freedom and flexibility to do your job and build your own career. 

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



About Upfield!

We are the largest plant-based company in the world, and we believe in doing what’s right for our people, our customers and the planet.

We are a highly entrepreneurial fast-paced team running a multi-billion Euro business across 60+ countries with the mind-set of a start-up! We are agile, creative, fast-to-market and obsessed with customers and consumers.

If you want to make an impact where it matters apply now!