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  • Posted: Mar 25, 2022
    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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    Manufacturing Excellence Manager

    Main Job Purpose: 

    The Manufacturing Excellence Manager is responsible for driving manufacturing excellence across a number of factories, by overseeing the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and coordinating the WCM activities.  S/he also builds a regional/cluster WCM master plan, providing WCM coaching , developing and managing WCM skill, and delivering WCM training in Manufacturing and potential within the Supply Chain.

    The Manufacturing Excellence Manager has a direct impact on Manufacturing performance which includes but is not limited to Productivity, Reliability, Cost Improvement, Safety and Quality. S/he would interact directly with Sourcing Unit Directors and their teams, functional experts within the business and external consultants and agencies to align on business objectives and deliver projects/initiatives. This role reports to the Africa Manufacturing Excellence Director.

    Key Accountabilities:

    • Develop and drive WCM programme deployment, including external audits and Awards Management
    • Co-ordinate the self-assessment in preparation for external audits
    • Establish a common approach for implementing WCM in the factories, providing coaching, supporting training activities and providing effective knowledge and best practices transfer across the sites.
    • Maximize WCM similarities and synergies within the plants, developing action plans for
    • Provide direct support for the implementation of site improvement plans
    • Research and  exploit new continuous improvement tools available in the market, including a strategy for digital manufacturing as an enabler

    Professional Skills:

    • University degree essential – Engineering 
    • WCM/TPM/Lean Philosophy training

    Experience Required:

    • 10 years experience in manufacturing, ideally FMCG
    • Plant manager/ factory/ operations manager experience
    • Appropriate functional / technical expertise.
    • Strong WCM/TPM/Lean background is required
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Continuous improvement experience


    • Sourcing Unit Directors
    • Factory Managers (including support functions)
    • Category Technology Directors/Managers
    • Category Planning Directors/Managers
    • VP SC Category

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    Factory Leader

    Main Job Purpose:

    • Deploy and deliver annual plan and financial results including targets on service, costs, productivity, quality, innovation and OSHE
    • Recommend  Develop long term site strategic plans to the Regional Category and Supply Chain teams
    • Lead site to develop and implement continuous improvement plans to deliver site targets –manufacturing performance management
    • Manage and deliver the site’s financial results: annual budgets, sourcing Unit result, conversion costs and create programmes to deliver financial results
    • Engage and facilitate the implementation of innovations on site, for products, ways of working, service models and supply chain models
    • Propose, agree with Category Technology and implement the necessary capital investments to meet the planned production requirements, safety, environmental and cost targets
    • Pursue a site long term plan, including restructuring, re-engineering and retrofitting as agreed by VP SC Category; prioritize and plan resources development and deployment
    • Ensure that the technical standards of all manufacturing and non-manufacturing fixed assets are maintained.
    • Enable the factory operation to achieve high level of Customer Service at optimal cost
    • Support Unilever Manufacturing System (UMS) activities and teams by leading the UMS Steering Committee
    • Co-ordinate and direct the factory and co-packer operations to achieve the agreed production plans at the specified product quality with optimum labour, energy and materials utilization.
    • Ensure Working Capital management systems are effectively used, and deliver inventory targets set with Regional Category Planning Directors and Regional Supply Management Directors.
    • Co-ordinate and direct the quality management in line with QA system and ISO 9000 procedures.
    • Lead HR policy deployment and implementation on sites, including management of employee relations.
    • Ensure effective local stakeholder management and community issues aligned with Unilever policies
    • Guard and ensure the application of all Unilever Policies and governance requirements.
    • Lead on initiatives and projects aiming for sites integration and collaborative work along the extended supply chain
    • Lead Supply Planning
    • Be the statutory head of factory where there is a legal separation

    Experience Required:

    • 8- 10 Years experience in Supply Chain (Make/Technology, SHE, Quality are must, additionally Plan, R&D an advantage)


    • FMCG experience
    • Ice-Cream, Dairy, Foods & Refreshment
    • Ideally-Factory GCC (in the process of completing or completed)



    • All SC Departments in Unilever
    • CD / BB Team/Finance Department
    • Regional Teams (R&D/Category SC/SM)
    • HR / Legal/ Corporate Affairs
    • Unilever factories and MSO’s


    • Material Suppliers
    • Engineering, Utility and Equipment Suppliers, Contractors
    • 3PL Suppliers, Co-Packers
    • Trade Unions
    • Local Authorities

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