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Collaborative Manufacturing Operations Lead

Job ID: R-16307 Category: Supply Chain Location: Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Date posted: 06/09/2021
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The Purpose of Role:

  • Leading the Collaborative Manufacturing (CM) Cell for SEAA Foods and Refreshment (F&R) Division.

  • Driving cost, savings and efficiency initiatives, improvement program for the F&R Supply Chain as a business partner to the Product Supply Head – F&R.

  • Ensuring CM Innovation program delivery, initiatives, scoping for future business growth opportunities in support of Product Supply Head – F&R.

  • First point of Contact for F&R Collaborative Manufacturers for operations, delivery, and capacity utilization.

  • Driving CM segmentation program mitigating risk and utilization across quality, spend, volume and turnover.

  • Leading the people/planet and sustainability programs for CM partners in SEAA for the F&R division.

Team Structure:

  • Reporting to: Product Supply Head

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing CM capabilities and network strategy to drive growth for the F&R division.

  • Network strategy alignment with CM Procurement, R&D, Quality, Management Services Organization (MSO) Planning and Safety.

  • Leading the operational onboarding and reallocation program.

  • Lead CM roadmap to optimize CM network managing product transfer and back up.

  • Representing Supply Chain in the individual Trio Teams for F&R Division.

  • Collaborating with other divisional CM cell leads and Supply Chain leads to leverage best practices.

  • Scoping for new technologies and future innovation capabilities in alignment with category and market/Country Category Business Teams (CCBT) and MSO input.

  • Landing innovation projects On-Time-In-Full of CM.

  • Network Management of technical projects with CMs.

  • Support and govern a continuous improvement program within the divisional CM network to drive growth and cost improvements.

  • Identifies, lead and report on the saving projects from CM.

  • Drives Safety, Health & Environment and Quality assessments, intensive care, and non-conformance monitoring.

  • Governance, reporting and improvements of global and regional KPIs.

  • Driving the agility and segmentation program for the CM network.

Key Stakeholders:


  • Portfolio & Innovations Managers & teams

  • CM and Regional Procurement

  • Quality Managers and teams

  • Logistics

  • Category R&D leaders and teams

  • Supply Chain Finance

  • CCBT leaders and local MSO Planning teams


  • CM Factory teams include Site Director, Manufacturing, Quality and Maintenance Managers, Quality Analysts

  • Material Suppliers

  • Collaborative platform and service providers


25-50% of the time for traveling.

The Qualities We Look for In You

  • Broad-based Manufacturing and Supply Chain experience.

  • Professional experience in relationship building with cross-functional internal teams and external parties.

  • End-to-end mindset and very good communication, negotiation and influencing skills.

  • Proven and recognized achievements in project management on technical and innovation projects.

Essential Experience/Skill/Knowledge:

  • The candidate is expected to have relevant qualifications in Supply Chain, Engineering, or equivalent industrial experience.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years professional experience in the Supply Chain/Procurement environment.

  • Production and finance broad knowledge.

  • Professional experience with external manufacturers and suppliers.

  • Project Management and analytical skills.

  • Professional financial/costing skills.

Desirable Experience/Skill/Knowledge:

  • Supply Chain technology background.

  • Procurement and Planning experience.

  • Depth of experience within categories.

  • Experience in large-scale change management projects.

  • Ability to proactively identify and solve issues using strong analytical and strong decision-making skills.

How to Apply:

Please apply online and add your updated resume. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application if shortlisted.

About Unilever:

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