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Innovation Lead, Ice Cream

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Supply Chain
Simcoe, Ontario
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We are expanding our team and are looking for a Sourcing Transformation and Innovation Lead at our Ice Cream Manufacturing factory in Simcoe, Ontario. Our factory produces brand names such as Breyers, Ben & Jerry's, Magnum, Klondike, and Popsicle!!

Background & Purpose of the Job

The main purpose of the job is to support the Ice Cream Transformation agenda for Canada by leading the delivery of innovation and renovation plans.

This position is accountable to a member of the Plant Leadership Team with dotted line responsibility into the Ice Cream Planning Manager.  The successful individual will be responsible for supporting from a Factory and Supply Chain perspective in delivering Innovation/Renovation projects, E2E management and support of new product launches and strategic sourcing of Canadian specific projects. The incumbent is responsible to drive growth for Canada through driving efficiencies to improve margin and reduce inventory levels. This role is intended to support the C4G model and should seek for optimal and creative solutions working with procurement, strategic planning, brand, R&D, manufacturing plant and Logistics balancing trade-off among Service, Cost and Inventory.

The role requires a high degree of leadership, agility to make decisions & people interaction with many functions and locations across Unilever NA & UNASCC and a deep understanding of the innovation process. The successful individual must be able to multi-task and wear multiple hats in this very dynamic role. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Manage the Ice Cream innovation project plans from kick-off through to implementation by helping to scope the project, defining activities and timings required to ensure capability is in place. Coordinating inputs from all functions holding individuals accountable to ensure projects remain on time.

  • Ensure that the Supply Chain has the necessary capacities and capabilities to produce the innovations for all assigned sourcing sites

  • Manage communication with all key project stakeholders, global and regional innovation planners

  • Coordinate required inputs to the business case for the innovation projects in terms of capital expenditure and SCC drivers, working closely with the global Procurement, Finance, Planning and Engineering teams

  • Prepare all gate documents and decision papers as inputs into the Unilever Innovation Project Management process for Ice cream projects

  • Own and maintain the overall project networks for new variants and new hardware projects, as required to ensure full on time delivery; by working closely with R&D, Marketing, Finance, Procurement, T&E, Quality and factories

  • Co-lead risk assessments, and make sure action plans are embedded in the project timeline

  • Lead Innovation agenda in cross functional and ICLT meetings to review project progress and share supply chain risks that have been raised through the NA Innovation Planning Team


  • Lead sourcing strategy in conjunction with UNASCC and Simcoe plant to drive fuel for growth

  • Primary & direct liaison between Canada GTM supply chain and the NA Innovation Planning Team.

  • Delivery of key innovation projects on time and in full

  • Service level delivery of innovation and transition Projects

  • Establish and nurture productive relationships across organizational and functional lines

Who You Are:

  • You’re a born leader: You will have the opportunity to lead meetings with cross-functional team members and drive decisions to achieve one common goal

  • You’re a dot connector: You will have the chance to put together timelines, with various dependencies, to successfully meet launch ambition

  • You love to win, and have fun doing it: You will face several hurdles that will put your launch date at risk, which you will need to overcome, in order to win

  • You’re a changemaker: You influence team members to develop creative solutions when things go off-course, resulting in a different way to execute the project

What You’ll Need To Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Business, Supply Chain, Engineering preferred)

  • 3 - 5 years’ experience in Supply Chain (Planning, Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering or Logistics) or in R&D with experience on new product development

  • Project Management skills

  • Working knowledge of MS Project, MS Office

  • Understanding of how manufacturing works; as well as molds and assembly for ice cream products, how are they developed and how they function

What We Can Offer You


Unilever Canada is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics, and a conviction for which a pardon has been granted.

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Unilever Canada est une organisation engagé à la diversité et à l'inclusion pour stimuler nos résultats d'affaires et créer un meilleur avenir chaque jour pour nos employés, les consommateurs globaux, les partenaires et les communautés. Nous croyons qu'un effectif diversifiée nous permet de faire correspondre nos ambitions de croissance et de stimuler l'inclusion dans l'entreprise. Tous les candidats qualifiés recevront la considération pour un emploi sans égard à la race, la couleur, la religion, le sexe, l'orientation sexuelle, l'identité ou l'expression de genre, l'âge, l'origine nationale ou ethnique, l'état matrimonial, la situation familiale, l'invalidité, les caractéristiques génétique, et une condamnation pour laquelle un pardon a été accordée.

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