Design to Value Manager Wanted- Unilever South Africa


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.

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  • Develop a Design to Value strategic roadmap, prioritized 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:
  • Consumer Based Technical Insights
  • Product design bench-marking
  • Packaging design optimization
  • Regulatory limitations/opportunity leveraging.
  • Process engineering design optimization/Harmonization.
  • 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

If you meet the above requirements, please use THIS LINK to apply for the post.