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Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Manager - Tea Division

Job ID: R-13119 Category: Finance Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ Date posted: 05/27/2021
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About the Tea Business:

Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.  

The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value. 

The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers. 

As we move through this journey towards separation, we are looking for a Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Manager who wants to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company. 

Your role:

  • Manages advocacy areas relevant for Tea Company Americas

    • Sets and agrees agenda of advocacy topic(s)

    • Drives the position on the topic and related communication plan with other functions

    • Stakeholder management and reporting (internal as business partner, external as advocate)

    • Shapes regulatory affairs strategy for the Americas

    • Is an active member of the global regulatory network /team

    • Ensures effective cascading of information to key functions within the Tea Division Americas

  • Defines and leads advocacy priorities

    • Monitors the external and internal environment

    • Drives for change in regulation or establishing new product regulations

    • Defends Tea Division position in the face of new regulations or amendment in regulations

    • Issue management (pro-active planning) acts as (in some cases) issue manager (External Affairs own the process)

  • Develops and maintains excellent interfaces with relevant internal and external partners

    • Strengthens/builds networks as required (with technical regulators and relevant KOFs)

    • Has direct contact/represent Tea Division in external bodies e.g. TAs, scientific bodies, key opinion formers

  • Represents Tea Division with external bodies (Trade Associations, regulatory authorities etc)

  • Leads Claims Strategy as well as Regulatory and Compliance Programme in collaboration with Science and Innovation Teams

    • Communicates information on issues, issue management, and regulatory news

    • Ensures regulatory requirements are integrated in core business process (innovation, product changes, new claims and communication)

    • Shapes claims strategies and proactively engages with Brand and Business teams in creating progressive and robust compliance framework

  • Identifies and manages consultants, external RA experts related to the innovation projects of the category

Who we are looking for

  • Bachelor’s degree required, M.S or Ph.D. in Food Science, Biological Science, or Chemistry or equivalent

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience

  • Must have regulatory experience in foods, beverages or supplements

  • Pro-active self-direction with a high level of initiative and persistence and a hands-on approach to results delivery 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Has the ability to identify claims opportunities as well assess regulatory risks and the impact it has on the business 

  • Clear and logical thinker with the ability to recognize patterns and develop innovative solutions


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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