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Head, Policy, Advocacy & Risk Management – North America, GRA, Health & Wellbeing

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Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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Unilever is building an exciting new team to grow its presence in the Health and Wellbeing sector. Our goal is to help millions of people improve their health with solutions they can understand and trust. With a growing portfolio of purpose-led dietary supplement brands; Olly, SmartyPants, ONNIT, and Liquid I.V. and plans to add more, we’re looking for a Head, Policy, Advocacy & Risk Management -  North America, GRA, H&W.

Are you excited to join an expert team to ensure US quality & regulatory compliance for fast-growing market leading supplement businesses? If so, this could be an ideal role for you!

As Head, Policy, Advocacy & Risk Management -  North America, GRA, H&W, you will be providing leadership in the development and implementation of H&W policy priorities and strategy underpinning Unilever H&W as leaders in the OTC/Med Device/VMS industry. The work includes identifying and monitoring policy trends, leading stakeholder coalitions, and shaping the policy environment.

You will be advancing H&W’s policy priorities to key allies and decision makers in the industry: FDA, trade groups (CRN), CHPA, NSF, USP, etc. You will be contributing to the development and execution of a strategy to drive change based on science and data to advance and win our H&W policy agenda. This includes:

  • Leading H&W’s charge to position ourselves and our agenda strategically and powerfully with policymakers and influencers.
  • Cultivating and building powerful relationships with key policymakers and influencers in service of our agenda.


This role will provide YOU the opportunity to work with fast-paced businesses to progress YOUR career. Some of the responsibilities are as follows:

  • Engaging with diverse groups of stakeholders, including, but not limited to H&W operating companies, trade organizations; researchers; advocacy organizations; government administrators; and elected officials;
  • Crafting and delivering persuasive arguments; identifying key messages and messengers; mapping power and influence; and otherwise advocating to drive the H&W policy agenda;
  • Gathering stories and perspectives; analyzing data; and synthesizing research or other evidence to inform H&W stakeholders on proposed and existing policies;
  • Drafting of policy memos, factsheets, reports, and other written publications as well as summarizing content into visually appealing materials for a variety of audiences;
  • Actively representing H&W relevant to our mission, priorities, and agendas;
  • Provide strong credibility to the voice and opinions of H&W using creativity and deep legal/regulatory insight to help externally drive change priorities in the industry.
  • Have direct impact on the H&W business, partnering with a close-knit team and collaborate with business partners to understand their priorities.
  • As the resident SME, you will provide direction, advice, and insights into risk and regulatory compliance across multiple brands.
  • Provide expert support in the development and implementation of the Company's external regulatory engagement strategy.
  •  Comprehensive knowledge of laws and regulations in an FDA regulated environment, pertaining to the manufacture and marketing of H&W products.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a collaborative environment with a positive leadership style and a hands-on approach that emphasizes teamwork, collaboration, influencing, motivating, and consensus and team building.
  • Progressive, successful management experience with ability to mentor and oversee experienced staff.
  • Excellent strategic and agile thinker with deep business acumen and problem-solving track record.
  • Superior facilitation and communication skills both written and oral, including public speaking.
  • A "big picture" perspective, taking personal responsibility for actions and maintaining a commitment to consumer trust, quality, and integrity.
  •  Ability to work alone or as part of a team and willingness to "role up your sleeves" to get the job done.
  •  Demonstrated ability and track record of working in a deadline-driven environment and handling multiple concurrent assignments.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Lead compliance initiatives to protect the brands while driving growth ambition.
  • Lead and implement strategies, policies, and objectives in accordance with Company strategic plans.
  • Participate in external policy and advocacy to create, grow, and protect the business. Represent company on appropriate forums.
  • Partner with other functions like R&D and supply chain to ensure timely regulatory deliveries.
  • Provide risk assessment, and management throughout the product lifecycle: New Product Development and Commercial projects across multiple brands.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and training within legal/RA team/department as required.


  • Master’s degree in science with a focus in regulatory affairs, science, medical sciences, pharmacology etc. JD preferred.; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the key accountabilities of the job required.
  • 15+ years of direct US dietary supplement/OTC/Consumer Healthcare GMP/legal/regulatory experience.  
  • In-depth Knowledge and experience on FDA and Health Canada quality & regulatory and applicable laws and regulations, as well as of cGMP standards.
  • Proven legal/regulatory advocacy skills with measurable deliverables in the H&W product portfolio space in US.
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines, and reporting
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.


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, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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