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Head of Supply Chain & R&D Finance – Elida Beauty

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Head of Supply Chain & R&D Finance– Elida Beauty 

Work Location-London

Job TypeFullTime

Who we are … we are ElidaBeauty

Elida Beauty is a very exciting new beauty business within Unilever.  We are re-found iconic brands by remixing them for today’s generation, making them even bigger beauty hits than they were first time around.

Our remixes democratize beauty, because we want everyone on the ‘beauty dance floor’ with our top-quality products at a great value.

Driven by our colleague’s creativity, agility and close connection with consumers,customersand suppliers we are able to unleash the true potential of our loved brands with a fresh start.  We‘Re-Found’ them using a start-up mentality that always ‘finds a way’.  Our ‘no silos’, one team approach drives both personal and business growth so that together we deliver outcomes that are music to the ears of consumers, customers, colleagues and the planet alike.

YourRole & Key Responsibilities

Your Role

AsHead of Supply ChainFinance and member of the Supply Chain Leadership teamreporting to the Group Controller.You willpartner and developtheGlobalSC strategy forElida Beautydriving both the innovation growth agenda and a stretching savings target to generate fuel for growth.Together with two direct reports you willtakenfull responsibility forkey processesand controlsacross the supply chain includingproduct costing, transfer pricing, inventory controland commercials across3rdparty supplier/service networks.The role reports to the Group Financial Controller. 

The Elida Beauty Supply chainisa globalorganisationrun principally from the UK with presence across key markets for serviceexecution.The Elida supply is set-up to be lean and responsive with manufacturingvia astrategic3rdpartysupplierandlogistics network run through a combination ofElida Beauty warehousing and 3 party logistics providerswhilst R&D is run through a combination ofin-house, 3rdparty and partnerships. 

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Decision Support:Partnerstrategic decisions and trade-offs among cost, inventory & serviceand pro-actively bring risks/opportunitiesfwdfor consideration

  • SC Performance management:You willset and monitor KPIs (Qual & Quant) across the supply chain focusing across safety,serviceand cost

  • Savings:Create, own, and drive large value impact programs (5S, Supplier Network Transformation, Complexity reduction) to keep the financial growth engine running

  • Commodities:Partnering with procurement you will pro-activelymodel the impact of inflation working closely with the marketsto support marginand pricing decisions across the business

  • Gross Margin:Leader for gross margin initiatives across the business, owning the methodology and reporting for Gross Margin Variance Analysis and improvement initiatives across the business 

  • 3rdParty Contracts:Partner the supply chain teamon across commercials aspects of 3P Manufacturing and Logistics contracts and management of commercial escalations  

  • Product Costing:Working across the supplier network take responsibility for product costs and allactivity-basedcosting tosupport robust and insightful cost and margin analysis across the portfolio 

  • Transfer Pricing:Working with the Tax teamtake responsibility for the deployment of the transfer pricing model across the Elida Beauty group

  • Balance Sheet Control:Responsible for balance sheet integrity and control for all inventory and supply chain assets

  • FX Management:Work closely with the Tax & Treasury Manager to mitigate risk and exposure to FXthrough the supply network

  • Procurement & NPI:Partner to the procurementorganisationacross all non-productioncosts leadinginitiatives todriveefficiencies and savings 

  • R&D: Partner the R&D teambringing decision support and budget control.

What you will bring to the role

  • Drive and results orientation:Natural bias for action and willing to make a positive difference to achieve higher levels of performance.  Sets stretchinggoals for self and team, exploits opportunities and strives to achieve beyond what is expected, even under adverse circumstances.  Takes direct ownership of objectives and peripheral activities, balancing caution,courageand flexibility.  Has high levels of self-assurance and shows resilience and belief in own ability to achieve goals.

  • Analytical power:  Brings powerful analysis to issues and has a roving eye for detail and uses an intelligent mix of logic and intuition inn decision making and judgement.  Rapidly absorbs new information, knowledge and applies new techniques,technologyand procedures.

  • Strategic orientation:Can deftly articulate evolving priorities for the business and have a point of view on shaping the agenda for the future.  Sees the bigger picture and provides new perspectives and clarity.  Spots issues in the future and responds to the dynamic environment.

  • Collaboration & Influencing:Is impactful and flexible in communicating and influencing the issues with the ability to work across matrices of functions.  Builds informal networks, activelylistensand responds to the concerns and feelings of others even when not explicitly stated – high levels of emotional intelligence.

  • Controlling Culture:Is able tobalance the two halves of a CFO, Commercial Drive and Controllership.Fosters a control culture in the business where we encourage risk taking but have zero compromise on financial controls and accounting principles. Proven technical ability across controlling to both lead and do across the controlling agenda. 

  • Passion for People: A coach,mentorand the obvious desire to devote personal time to build people skills and with a flair to lead people and command fellowship.  The candidate should have the maturity and deftness to understand nuances in different inter relationships and find the best way to get the job done –holding themselves and their colleagues accountable at all times.


Must have:

  • Broadcommercial finance experienceacross FMCG/Retail sector

  • Proven ability to partner and influence across a broadand senior stakeholder base

  • Proven ability in technical finance areas including transfer pricing andcontrollership

  • Proven ability to innovate and manage change

  • Strong grasp of the Supply Chain function and value drivers within

Join us…

To ensure that your personal creativity helps to unlock our potential, we will upskill and reskill you. We will develop leading-edge digital marketing skills and best-in-class teamworking capabilities. 

Most importantly, we will give you the autonomy to use them like a ‘founder’. We will help you to think like a CEO so that we all focus on delivering our Purpose and so you drive growth as you develop. Imagine how good we will feel when we see that our creativity reignites growth in the business because consumers embrace our new ideas.

Better for our consumers, better for the world and better for each of us

The way we manufacture,packageand distribute our products will be better for everyone and for the planet. We will bring a new meaning to diversity and inclusion by providing access to beauty products that suit every kind of skin and hair.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch toprovide you with an update on the status of your application.

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