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Procurement Assistant – Auction

Job ID: R-36933

Category: Supply Chain

Location:Mombasa, KE

Purpose of Role

The purpose of this role is to assist in the running of tea tasting operations, storage & disposal of tea samples, auction data receipt and management as part of the overall auction procurement process

Qualifications & Experience Required

Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Procurement or relevant field

Key Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 suite and data analysis applicatiosns  
  • Knowledge of Tea Tasting will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


Tea Tasting Process

  • Liaises with tea brokers for delivery of pre-auction samples
  • Prepares tasting lists for use by Saleroom Supervisor
  • Coordinates tea batch preparation and sample tasting scheduling
  • Supervises the preparation of weekly tea muster samples
  • Ensures correct note taking for tea tasters and categorization of tea across all sourcing channels
  • Ensures Tea sale room operations are conducted as per laid down Good Saleroom Practices (GSP).
  • In liaison with Lead Taster, ensure select samples of purchased lots are tasted and categorized correctly in the tea procurement system
  • Responsible for training new users in tasting note taking


  • Liaises with tea brokers for weekly delivery of electronic pre-auction catalogues.
  • Assist Procurement Specialist Operations in compiling auction volume availability for auction buyers


  • Coordinates dispatch of tea samples as per instruction from Unilever Asia Private Limited and advice thereof
  • In liaison with Procurement Specialist- Auction, ensure purchased samples are received, tasted and archived.

Data Management

  • Authenticates tasting data prior to tea categorization of auction catalogues and upload of pre-auction catalogues in the tea procurement system
  • Authenticates complete auction catalogues
  • Generates catalogue pre-sort report for tea tasting exercise
  • Coordinates the entry of auction buying results into the tea procurement system including data entry.
  • Coordinates bidding confirmation exercise with service provider, ensuring right teas are allocated as per customer requirements


As per the job/site requirements, local travel likely.

Leadership Behavior

Should meet expectations on the Unilever Standards of Leadershipopens in a new window behaviors relevant to this work level.

Key Interface


  • Procurement Auction team
  • Procurement Finance team
  • Ekaterra Tea Blending Team


  • 3P suppliers and service providers
  • Auction Tea brokers


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