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Assistant Learning Manager

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Supply Chain
Boksburg, Gauteng
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Unilever is currently hiring for  : Assistant Learning Manager

Function: Supply Chain

Reports to: Supply Chain National Learning Lead

Location:  Khanyisa and Lordview

Terms & Conditions: Full time factory-based role


With 3.4 billion people in over 190 countries using our products every day, Unilever is a business that makes a real impact on the world. Work on brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We are driven by our purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace, and it is our belief that doing business the right way drives superior performance. At the heart of what we do is our people – we believe that when our people work with purpose, we will create a better business and a better world. 

At Unilever, your career will be a unique journey, grounded in our inclusive, collaborative, and flexible working environment. We don’t believe in the ‘one size fits all’ approach and instead we will equip you with the tools you need to shape your own future.


Unilever is the place where you can bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. If you are kean in leading the site strategy and factory masterplan on capability plans for the site and to lead the People Development agenda for UMS and to support the digital transformation journey. Also Manage the programmes under Skills Development (Internships, Learnerships, PWD, Operator Skills programme and Apprenticeship programme). Ensure alignment to support the BBBEE Strategy and managing the partnership with the relevant SETA and management of the grants process and reporting for the site.  then this role is just for you!


Learning Programs (IST, PWD, Interns, Apps & UL)

  • Managing Training Programmes
  • Sign off on approved FTE.
  • Managing the recruitment process in line with supporting the Employment Equity strategy.
  • Onboarding and managing the training plan and document submission.

CHIETA DG & MG application and inflow tracking & Workplace approval

  • Validation and timely submission of WSP/ATR reports
  • Application and sign off for all Descretionary Grant for relevant planned programmes
  • Timely submission of all tranche claims to the SETA
  • Tracking the inflow of funding and notification to finance of payments
  • Managing renewal of workplace approval for the site

Management of strategic capability programmes

  • Develop your site capability plan based on skills assessments and critical skills shortages.
  • Work with site HRBP on recommendation on talent agenda based on skills needs and securing necessary training budget to support the implementation of the programmes.
  • Leading the Unilever Manufacturing System / UMS programme for People Development.
  • Engineering programmes – ensuring the right skills for the factory and manage the artisan assessment process.
  • Operator Development programme – support Manex on implementation of WCM programmes such as Run to Standard and UMS.  Ensure that there is budget and a strategic plan around technical operator development.
  • WL1 Development programmes for Leadership and career development or SC Priority skills development.

Legal compliance and Auditing

  • Safety Health Environment Quality - (SHEQ) compliance training – audit and report on SHEQ compliance training and present in monthly Central Safety Health Environment Committee – (CSHEC) meeting.
  • Drive accountability and ownership for Standard Operating Procedure- (SOP) / Plan Job Observations- (PJO) compliance with Factory Operations team as well as all legislated trainings to ensure legal compliance.
  • Auditing of PJO’s to ensure the right standards are applied.
  • Annual review of SOP’s for the site.
  • Support site on any site audits (eg Corporate Audit, Quality & Safety Audits)

Training & Development Committee & Employment Equity Committee

  • Ownership of Training & Development Committee to ensure regular meetings are held (at least every second month). 
  • Support HRBP on Employment Equity Committee with regards to skills agenda.

Support Factory Digital agenda and adoption.

  • Ownership of the Buildapp People Development Module in terms of maintaining skills matrixes and online capability programmes for frontline workers.
  • Promoting and driving digital adoption for the site. 
  • Driving utilization of online learning programmes in line with global SC Priority skills strategy and role plans.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing learning dashboards.

Budgeting and Cost Governance

  • Compile training plan based on learning needs analysis and ensure stakeholder engagement and sign off for the required budget for the following year.
  • Sourcing of accredited providers and working with Procurement to ensure the right SLA’s are in place for contractual agreements at a competitive price.
  • Tracking and reporting on monthly training spend and managing accruals process with finance partner. 

BBBEE Compliance and Audits

  • Regular quality checks on submission by the Learning Coordinator for BBBEE.
  • Track the monthly training spend for internal submission.
  • Sign off quarterly internal audit done by the Learning Coordinator for BBBEE.
  • Responsible for annual external audit submission for your site.

Training Centre

  • Manage the accreditation renewal (Skills Development Provider / Trade Testing).
  • Utilisation and upkeep of the facility.
  • Ensuring the quality of the programmes being run.

First Line Management of Learning Coordinator

  • Provide leadership support and direction for the Learning Coordinator.

Experiences & Qualifications

  • Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering highly preferred OR Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering OR Diploma in Electrical or Mechanical OR equivalent.
  • 3 years working experience in Factory Training in a Technical/ FMCG/ Manufacturing environment.
  • Unilever Manufacturing system /Total Productive Maintence / Lean Manufacturing/ Continuous Improvement and Peaople development pillar lead experience preferred.
  • Skills Development Facilitator  with strong Skills Assessments experience (or willing to study towards)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly unionised environment.
  • Understanding of SAQA, NQF’s, SETA’s
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking to develop a learning needs analysis plan to support the site capability agenda.


  • Learning Management Syetem.
  • Computer (MS - Office, Excel, Oulook and Teams)
  • Strategic thinking
  • Stakeholder management
  • Coaching and Mentorship

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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