Position Summary :
The incumbent will lead the ideation and implementation of business and product optimization opportunities and serve as a strong liaison between Design to value cell and business divisions.
Candidate will lead and develop a team of Design to value functional resources from Procurement, R&D and Product Group backgrounds, to grow and build the program within Supply Chain in Africa.
The positon reports to the Product Group Director for Home Care Division but has a responsibility across all Divisions and Multi Cluster Organization's.
The role offers the opportunity to drive a strategic change agenda that is underpinned by a cost cutting / P&L management focus and leveraged through advanced consumer and competitor insights across product design, production strategies and portfolio positioning linked to brand purpose, demand needs and preference drivers.
Develop a Design to Value strategic roadmap, prioritised through short, medium and long term business needs via GM hotspot analysis.
Leading a team of internal resources and external consultants / resources (labs etc.) that develops the database required to ensure efficient workshop facilitation.
Provide value chain information that benchmarks Unilever’s product design, sourcing strategies, planning, manufacturing approaches and portfolio positioning, to external sources across suppliers, competitors, market trend analytics, supply markets.
The role will also manage, model and develop tracking of the benefits delivery via the creation of a Design to value dashboard.
Develop and maintain a spend data model per category.
Facilitate strategic thinking discussions on lean R&D design working closely with these teams to bring recommended changes into market. Delivered through :
oConsumer Based Technical Insights
oProduct design benchmarking
oPackaging design optimisation
oRegulatory limitations / opportunity leveraging.
oProcess engineering design optimisation / Harmonisation.
Supporting and leveraging insights through strong partner to win initiatives that could build into the Design to Value funnel, leveraging the external resource economy available.
As custodian of the data and information used in ideation, to ensure the integrity, robustness and consistency of such.
Develop the Design to value workshop roadmap and maintaining the budget commitments required for delivery.
Model the potential benefits and articulate the associated risk / rewards clearly to business units.
Demonstrate expert level of R&D and SC knowledge through analysis, research and networking across the global teams.
Present portfolio adjustment strategies to maximise profitability, benchmarked vs key competitors and work through the marketing teams to validate and support execution of such initiatives.
Senior stakeholder engagement post workshop ideations to obtain buy in through the various divisions and maintain follow up through the delivery of agreed projects.
Driving Design to value as a key pillar reviewed under the various CCBT forums.
Building the Design to value business pillar through new approaches and enhancing its position within the organisation.
Minimum Requirements :
BSC Engineering, Business Science,
Experience in leading design to cost initiatives within the FMCG sector
Advanced level of strategic consulting, data analysis and interrogation tools and methodologies
Excellent project management skills and support
Cross functional exposure across R&D and SC
Minimum 2-3 years management experience
Business Team leadership preferred
Ability to develop good working relationships & networks across multiple business teams and stakeholders levels.
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Experience in remote supporting teams.
Strong Record of Team leadership