2023 Jobs At Unilever: Africa Collaborative Manufacturing Capabilities Lead

2023 Jobs At Unilever: Africa Collaborative Manufacturing Capabilities Lead

Unilever is inviting South African youths to apply for the Africa Collaborative Manufacturing Capabilities Lead job.

Company: Unilever
Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Closing Date: Not Specified

Business Context and Main Purpose of the Job

The Collaborative Manufacturing Capabilities Lead as a member of the SC CM team for Africa is responsible for combining supply chain, technology, manufacturing, and product knowledge with financial acumen to develop a Collaborative Manufacturing strategy for Africa.

The strategy developed will move Africa beyond using CM’s for tactical purposes, and leveraging CM’s to create a competitive advantage to drive Value.

Main Accountabilities

  • Development of the cross-category CM Manufacturing strategy:
  • Interface with key PG/MCO stakeholders in defining business needs/strategy.
  • The strategy will proactively identify opportunities to improve gross margin, identify the capacity required to achieve service levels goals, and unlock innovation capability.
  • Business partner functional stakeholders (PG, R&D, Finance, etc) for cross Business Group needs as related to CM sourcing activity.
  • Support Product Group & Sourcing Unit teams to conduct Portfolio Segmentation Analysis in order to identify opportunities to drive Overall improved Business Value.
  • Partner with Product Groups & R&D teams in order to identify Next Generation Capability Road Map.
  • Partner with Product Group & Import teams to identify & evaluate Localisation Opportunities.
  • Develop Advanced CM playbooks, Way of Working and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be rolled out to CM Operational teams via training platforms. Ensure these playbooks, WoW’s & SOPs are maintained with changing environments and cascaded accordingly.
  • Single point of contact for Africa as an expert for CM business. Define and develop the end-to-end processes and Governance framework for Collaborative Manufacturing. Custodian to ensure governance is followed through with regular audits and checks.
  • Develop and Maintain a CM Landscape Mapping to support resilience, agility, and reactive/responsive requirement.
  • Develop and manage digital platforms for CM reporting, supplier base, and product catalogs
  • CM External benchmarking and specialist skills deployment in Africa
  • Support in the development of CM P&L development to track financial progress and identify hotspots requiring action from CM operational teams, Product Groups, and/or CCBTs.
  • Develop & Drive Africa CM Savings program. Ensure the saving programs are landed in each cluster and rigor in the development and execution of such.

Required Skills

  • Excellent understanding of an integrated supply chain network.
  • Excellent understanding of financial drivers, including make or buy analysis and decision making
  • Strong Customer Service orientation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team commitment
  • Excellent team-working and networking skills
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to work well with a team of diverse staff
  • Ability to work with peers and demonstrate the lateral influence
  • Sound understanding of technical areas
  • Good at managing customer expectationsManaging and delivering service through strategic partners
  • Good knowledge of Unilever’s business and processes

Essential Experience:

  • 3+years experience in Overall SC, Technology, Engineering, R&D processing, or Manufacturing role
  • Wider Unilever functional experience with at least 2 roles in a wider function (e.g. Source, Make, Plan, Deliver, or Finance)
  • Proven experience in technology evaluation and delivering business needs
  • Experience in Excel & Power Bi
  • In-depth commercial knowledge


  • Good project management skills
  • Previous experience is in SC studies and\ or business modeling.
  • SAP Experience

Professional Skills:

(The minimum requirement from the job skills profile should be described, including degrees/qualifications preferred.)

  • A relevant degree in commerce, engineering, or supply chain field.
  • A Financial Experience / Diploma will be an advantage
  • Experience in FMCG supply chain
  • Demonstrated commercial acumen
  • Cross-functional business process knowledge

How to apply

Apply Online for the Unilever: Africa Collaborative Manufacturing Capabilities Lead job.

Experience Required:

  • More than 3+years experience in SC, Technology, Engineering, R&D processing, or Manufacturing role
  • Experience as a business analyst or business consulting advantage
  • Demonstrated track record of working on complex problem solving, tight deadlines with quick turnaround times.