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Assistant Procurement Manager – Lakmé Innovations, Shop & Deploy

Supply Chain
Mumbai, State of Mahārāshtra

Role- Assistant Procurement Manager – Lakmé Innovations, Shop & Deploy

Location- Mumbai, Maharashtra

Grade- 1D

Lakmé is one of the most promising brands under the Beauty & Wellbeing umbrella of Hindustan Unilever Limited. It is among the oldest & largest Indian cosmetics & skincare brands with a wide array of good quality, reasonably priced, innovative products.

With innovation being key in the world of beauty, this role will be at the centre of all innovations in the Lakmé brand. As the procurement lead for Lakmé innovations and shop & deploy, you will be responsible for scouting, negotiating & connecting all materials to land innovations as per the launch calendar while also handling end to end buying & sourcing operations from our shop & deploy finished goods (ODM) manufacturers.

Roles & responsibilities:

  • Lakmé Innovations:
    • Responsible for all procurement-related activities for on-time & in-full launches planned under colour cosmetics & skincare categories for Lakmé
    • Share all cost-related inputs for preparing business case for potential launches – for existing & new materials - working with R&D and suppliers.
    • Close pricing, cost models, MOQ, lead time decisions for all new raw & pack materials being introduced through new products
    • Coordinate with factory & suppliers to ensure material connectivity for new launch production as per expected timelines
    • Represent Procurement in monthly Lakmé Brand Innovations Team meeting
    • Specific focus on Agile networks to launch express innovations

  • Lakmé Shop & Deploy (S&D):
    • Lead the vendor landscape for Lakmé S&D universe (ODM)
    • Manage buying & sourcing operations for a spend of €10Million
    • Scout for new vendors & products to bring outside-in view of key trends in the market (global & local), arrange product samples, share feedback with vendors
    • Lead onboarding of new vendors – registration, compliance, audits, contracting
    • Negotiate & close costing along with cost models (split into RM, PM & conversion costs)
    • Lead cost savings & resilience programs
    • Be a core team member for development & deployment of in-house digital tool for S&D


  • Brand Innovations team
  • Innovations network planners
  • R&D
  • Supply Planners
  • Factories

Professional skills required:

  • Expert business partnering & stakeholder management
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with owner’s mindset
  • Negotiation & communication skills
  • Financial acumen for understanding business cases & reporting
  • Basics of procurement processes, packaging & costing formats

Background/experience required:

  • University degree (MBA preferred)
  • 2 to 5 years of previous supply chain/procurement experience OR experience in innovations/ project management roles
  • Experience in FMCG industry (beauty industry preferred)
  • Working with MS Excel & Powerpoint

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