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  • Posted: Nov 12, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life. With more than 400 brands focused on health and wellbeing, no company touches so many people’s lives in so many different ways. Our portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos...
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    Assistant Purpose, Strategy and Partnerships Manager


    Brands with purpose grow! Brands taking action for people and the planet are growing faster than the rest of the business. We’re a company that is committed to make sustainable living a commonplace, and we are the team who puts purpose into action. An opportunity to join the dynamic, agile, and purposeful team committed to driving purpose for Unilever brands across Southern Africa.


    You will have the freedom to make a difference. You’ll put your ideas into practice. The brands you will work on will positively contribute to lives of the people we serve. Connect with South African consumers and ensure that their voices are present and heard. Our dynamic, ownership-driven culture will bring the very best out of you every day.


    As the Assistant manager - Purpose Strategy and Partnerships you will help the Purpose Strategy and Partnerships Lead, to:

    • To lead and manage full deployment of the multi-branded, hygiene & sanitation schools programme for ULSA and department of Basic Education
    • Conceptualise and lead the execution of retail campaigns linked to brands with purpose
    • Engage and influence key external and internal stakeholders to achieve sustainable and impactful brand purpose
    • Help to develop and implement brand purpose strategies & plans to drive sustainable business growth across all 3 divisions that drive
    • Coordinate and work closely with a wide range of internal stakeholders (i.e. marketing, digital, shopper marketing teams & corporate comms) and external parties (i.e. agency partners, public and private sector partners) to manage purpose development, strategy, and execution in line with brands and partnership objectives
    • Promote the purpose, vision, and objectives of Unilever brands to external stakeholders
    • Develop and maintain strong, positive, and effective partnerships and purpose-led relationships that are relevant to the implementation of the purpose of the brands
    • Lead the design and implementation of the impact measurement evaluation and research study for all the behaviour change programmes for multiple brands with purpose to build external credibility (i.e. Advocacy)
    • Manage and lead the relationship with Agencies' research unit to ensure the credibility of the study
    • Capture and share learnings with brands, CSO, external partners and other markets to share best practice experience of delivering impactful behaviour change programs
    • Support and lead in identifying, developing and securing key public & private sector partnerships that will enable brands to land their purpose with credibility & impact
    • Update Senior Leadership teams at relevant times on key Brand purpose projects
    • Manage brand budget for above programme
    • Management of budget/s: 1) to implement the Schools Programme and 2) for Brand Purpose Projects
    • Lead the development and implementation of Advocacy campaigns for brands with purpose during key global & local moments, e.g. Global Handwashing Day, International Women’s Day
    • Key Relationships and Teams:
    • Purpose Strategy and Partnerships Lead
    • Strong working relationships with the SA Brand and Category Managers, Senior Leadership, CMI, Customer and Shopper Marketing teams
    • Strong relationship with the Global Unilever brand team
    • Strong awareness and be prepared to have a working relationship with various Public Departments (government, NGO’s etc.)
    • Relationships with media partners (PR, digital, media agencies)
    • Sustainability teams local and global


    • Relevant Marketing Degree
    • Minimum 3 years in a Marketing and / or Communications role with relevant experience detailed below
    • Interest, appreciation and knowledge in order to manage Agencies working on Digital Projects
    • Experience in working on digital projects in developing/developed market contexts – preferred
    • Experience in managing brand / communication budgets
    • Understanding of business and marketing principles
    • Communications experience is highly beneficial
    • Curiosity and a love for consumer (people) insight – ability to uncover insights and translate these into actions for brands
    • Passion for Purpose and making a difference
    • Strong project management skills for managing multiple stakeholders
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain strong relationships, cross-cultural understanding and versatility in dealing with a various people and environments
    • Ability to work on and with multiple brands and projects at a time

    Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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