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Technical Leader

Job ID:
Supply Chain
Hellendoorn, Overijssel
Date posted:

Technical Leader

Location: Helledoorn, The Netherlands


Local conditions apply

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world`s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with interest across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods product categories. We make products that people love – and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands including global brands such as Knorr & Dove, but also local brand such as Calvé (the Netherlands) and Suave (the Americas). Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them. 

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model. 

About the Job

There is one place in Europe where a tub of ice cream only gets fuller instead of emptier.

Within the walls of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Hellendoorn, about 150 employees make the best ice cream in Europe. From Hellendoorn, all ice creams find their way to about 25 countries in Europe. All Ben & Jerry's ice cream on the European market comes from Hellendoorn. Hellendoorn is the center of this great process. Everything revolves around making delicious and honest cream and vegetable ice cream with natural ingredients and a lot of attention for the environment and society. For example, all the ice cream from Ben & Jerry's that is produced in Hellendoorn is 100% Fairtrade and the factory is looking at how we can produce as energy-neutral as possible.

Are you looking for a new challenge as a TECHNICAL LEADER?

These are you Main Responsibilties

Main Job Purpose:

To manage the technical teams responsible to deliver Projects, Technical Innovation, Infrastructure and Services to the site.

The Technical Leader is part of the site management team and is pivotal in defining strategy as well as translating strategy into a technical masterplan and roadmap.

You leads the full technical function, which includes project engineers, reliability engineers, utility/cooling engineers and maintenance technicians.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop, deploy and implement plans to ensure the best technical condition and utilization of assets in the site as well as supervise and give guidance on the maintenance of such assets

  • Manage the technical teams responsible to deliver Projects, Maintenance, Infrastructure and Services to the site

  • Capital budget preparation and management

  • Support innovation delivery

  • Create and implement plans to continuously improve site infrastructure needs such as energy, water, treatment, steam and all infrastructure services, contracts and contractors.

  • Coach and develop the human resources across the site on technical and technology issues.

  • Manage the projects, overhauling and innovation budgets

  • Work collaboratively with the operations leader and digital & sustainability leader to Improve site and line efficiencies, reduce waste and improve our CO2 footprint

  • Develop, build and make available in the organisation the Product, Process and Packaging Expertises relevant to the asset base

  • Act as liaison to the global icecream engineering community and Ben&Jerry’s USA

This is what you bring as Technical Leader

Professional Skills:

  • Occupational Safety, Framework and Functional Standards

  • People leadership skills

  • WCM in Engineering

  • Machinery design and specification

  • Line layout design and control philosophy

  • Installation and construction

  • Construction Safety

  • (Preventive and predictive) Maintenance management

  • Sustainability in engineering design including energy water and waste management

  • Core design requirements and principles for engineering

  • Management of CAPEX expenditure

  • Digital and PLC knowledge

  • Preferably cooling technology experience

Experience Required:

  • >10 years in Engineering and/or maintenance roles

  • Food manufacturing

  • Track record of transformation

  • Track record of >€3m/year expenditure management

  • Track record in digitized maintenance management systems

  • Proven people leadership skills

  • Bachelor or Master in engineering

What do we offer?

Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme

  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever

  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained

  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy

  • At the moment, we work from home. We will ensure you are well equipped for this. Once back to work, you can enjoy our tasty canteen with food prepped with own products

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products

Excited about the role?

Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application. 

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.

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