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Manufacturing Cell Lead

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Supply Chain
Covington, TN
Date posted:

Background & Purpose of the Job

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 ways. For us, sustainability is integral to how we do business. With 7 billion people on our planet, the earth’s resources can be strained. This means sustainable growth is the only acceptable model of growth for our business. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple our growth from our environmental impact, while at the same time increasing our positive social impact.

The Covington factory is a 24/7 high paced dynamic work environmentemploying 800 associates on site delivering ice cream to our consumers. We achievesuccessthrough collaborative cross functional teamsleading the delivery of products to our supply chain.  The site’s rich history dates to 2001 and fosters a deep passion for delighting consumers throughthe iconic icecreambrandnames ofBreyers, Klondike, Good Humor,PopsicleandTalenti. We are committed to developing leaders equipped to handle challenges across thebusiness. We are proud to be the largest Ice Cream manufacturer in North America.

Who You Are & What You’llDo

TheCell Leaderis criticalmember of the teamin our quest forWorld Class performance, which meanszero defects, zero waste and zero losses.Covington operates with cell structure where similar technology lines are grouped and managed together with a dedicated team. Cell Leader works as the owner of the cell and accountable for theoverall performance.World Class Manufacturing (WCM) is the umbrella program for continuous improvement in the site and within WCM, we apply 18-week sprints called Run to Standard (R2S) for each cell to define and restore standards and basic conditions, establish governance to sustain them,attack chronic losses with kaizen events, and capture learnings and know how to develop our people.

CellLeader runs the R2S sprints and ensure each part of the program is applied consistently with the cell team and coordinating with line and shift teams. Cell team consists of process engineer and focused technician in addition to the cell leader.CellLeader demonstrates servant leadership to increase engagement on the shop floor by making sure that the link with the big picture is well understood, people feel appreciatedand supported, and their contributions are properly measured.

Cell Leadercommunicates with the shift teamsand ensures all insights, improvements and learnings are implemented consistently with each shift crew and results are properly monitored. S/he supports training plan based on findings.

Your line manager will be the Manufacturing Manager for thearea/departmentwho reports to the Factory Director.

Key Attributes toSuccess

  • You’re a changemaker: You willlead the implementation of R2S Program and leading the change on the cell.

  • You’re aservant leader: You support line teams and remove obstacles,coachand grow them.

  • You love towin andhave fun doing it: You will find creative ways to leverage factory talent, train employees on WCMand R2Sconcepts, and leadactivities. You will be able to apply digital enhancements to processes and workstreams to source data or drive change.

  • You’re a culture champion: As we progress towards World Class performance our people need to take more decisions and lead improvement activity. You will be key in setting the road map to achieve this goal and drive the culture change through everyday actions.

What You’ll NeedtoSucceed

  • BA/BS degree inpreferably in Engineering or equivalent work experience in manufacturing setting.

  • Must demonstrate a flairfor leading, coaching and developing people.

  • Attention to detail, bias for action, accountability, written and verbal communication skills, data collection and analysis, problem solving, decision-making, teamwork, andsoundjudgment.

  • Related experiencein change leadership and program/project management.

  • Hands-on experiencein kaizen activityand/or continuous improvement program (WCM, TPM, 6-sigma, Lean,etc) implementation in manufacturing environmentisa plus.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in a 24/7 factory environment, donning all necessary Personal ProtectiveEquipment.  Essential functions include, but not limited towalking,sitting, standing, climbing stairs, and exposure to varying weather conditions.


Unilever 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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