Esteban’s career began with a sales internship at Delphi in Brazil. Unbeknownst to him, this internship would jumpstart his career: he received a proposal to join Delphi’s South American Corporate Purchasing team. He quickly learned about automotive practices and procurement, tied to a unique economical moment in Brazil that required strong negotiation skills to ensure supply. During this time, he learned the “big three” manual of Global Sourcing and, most importantly, the dynamics of working in a global organization.
This experience served him well in his next role as a Purchasing Group Leader for ThyssenKrupp Automotive. In addition to getting a leadership position with the multinational conglomerate, he underwent extensive training and mentorship to prepare him to take over Steel purchases (representing 70% of total purchases) for the whole group. In parallel, Esteban had the chance to take initiative on a global scale by developing alternative steel sources around the world.
Always striving to challenge himself in new ways, Esteban stepped down from ThyssenKrupp after five years in order to enter a different industry and category. He took on a complex challenge from Nokia Brazil to build a new Marketing Sourcing team for Latin America, expanding the entire Indirect Sourcing footprint. Over the next seven years he worked his way up to increasingly responsibilities, all while handling the unique challenges of making the organization a reality on a wider scale. In 2011, he was offered the opportunity to deploy sourcing support for the technology group in Sunnyvale, CA, which gave him additional experience in the US business and broader exposure to technology.
Prior joining Unilever he worked as Senior Purchasing Manager for Tesla Motors, a new organization led by a fantastic mind and with potential of significant growth. At Tesla Motors, Esteban was in charge for Indirects and Raw Materials group. His time at Tesla was brief but impactful; in less than 6 months, he contributed to develop a new Aluminum supply strategy for Auto body (a record in terms of automotive industry). During his time at Tesla, he had the privilege to meet and interact with the premier entrepreneur of this time, Elon Musk, the CEO who actively manages Tesla. Esteban also developed the Indirect Procurement footprint, aiming to move organization from a transactional to a sourcing role.
In 2013 Esteban Messuti was offered an exciting opportunity to change his job life once again, and he moved to New Jersey to join Unilever.
As head of Indirect Procurement for the Americas region, Esteban has worked as an integral figure in Unilever’s business presence — enabling the company’s activities and maintaining cooperation with stakeholders. And more important, he had a chance to build a passionate and dynamic team, not afraid of challenging status quo and very confident to act differently.
Esteban is a Mechanical Engineer (Maua-Brazil) with a Masters in International Trade (USP/ Brazil, Grenoble/ France). He resides in New Jersey with his wife and their two children. Esteban is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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