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Senior Manager, Global Sustainability Advocacy- Home Care

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London, England;
Rotterdam, South Holland
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Job title: Senior Manager, Global Sustainability Advocacy- Home Care

Location:Preferably London or Rotterdam (Hybrid)

Work Level: Senior Manager


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace”.


The Sustainability Team provides the strategic leadership, capabilities and expertise to support Unilever’s ambitious approach to sustainability. The team is split between the Central Sustainability team, which supports Unilever’s cross Business Group agenda, and the Business Group Sustainability teams, which develop category-specific sustainability strategies to deliver Unilever’s sustainability agenda.

This role is in the Sustainability, Communications and Corporate Affairs team of the Home Care Business Group, working as a strategic resource to realise Home Care’s Clean Future (Home Care’s sustainable growth plan) through advocacy.

The Home Care Business Group is a ~€11bn global business home to some of Unilever’s most famous brands (Omo/Persil, Sunlight, Domestos, Comfort, Seventh Generation, CIF…). The Business Group is a global leader in fabric care, home and hygiene as well as water and air purification. It serves over 2 billion consumers a year. Its products portfolio and truly global geographical footprint set Home Care at the forefront of Unilever’s purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.


Home Care has launched its bold Vision in September 2020: Clean Future which intends to win consumer preference and accelerate our brands to faster competitive growth through a unique positioning: sustainable, noticeably superior and affordable. Clean Future encompass several sustainability commitments aligned to Unilever’s Compass– Net Zero, virgin plastic reduction, biodegradable formula, etc - to drastically reduce our Home Care products’ environmental footprint. This is a big undertaking that requires a supportive external policy environment in our key markets.

The Senior Manager Sustainability Advocacy will set, lead and coordinate Home Care’s global advocacy agenda and ensure it remains fit for purpose. The role will work closely with Home Care’s Regulatory affairs function and our network of Communications and Corporate Affairs officers in markets. The role will report to the Head of Sustainability, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Home Care.


  • Provide expert direction on the advocacy priorities, policy developments and stakeholders relevant to the achievement of sustainability commitments relevant to the Home Care Business Group.  
  • Lead the development and orchestrate the execution of global advocacy campaigns and partnerships on the following topics:
  • Environmental Policies for Home Care products aligned to our sustainability commitments
  • Policies in support of virgin plastic reduction in our packaging
  • Policies in support of the uptake of non-fossil carbon for chemicals
  • Draw on the expertise and execution power of a vast network of colleagues in the Sustainability Team, Corporate Affairs and Communication teams, the Regulatory Affairs/R&D team, our Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC).
  • Lead Unilever’s input into key global and European industry platforms and represent Unilever at key advocacy moments/events.
  • As part of our flex programme and culture, the successful candidate will be able to work with brands and marketing teams for upskilling and development purposes.

Key Stakeholders:

  • Central Sustainability team
  • R&D Teams
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Environmental sustainability experts in our scientific arm (SEAC)
  • Comms and public affairs Teams
  • Dedicated Advocacy consultancies


Key Skills:

  • Strategically strong but also hands-on
  • Influencing skills
  • Impact driven
  • Strong personal drive
  • Highly collaborative, facilitator mindset

Relevant Experience:

  • Advocacy and policy influencing (ideally with experience in the EU)
  • Interface with consortia, business coalitions, trade associations
  • Chemistry, Packaging

Leadership Behaviours – Standards of Leadership

  • Curiosity and intellectual agility
  • Passion for high performance and impact
  • Purpose & service


Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.


In September 2020, Unilever announced the intention to build a new sustainable campus site in Kingston, London to house the employees who currently work in 100 Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars, Lever House in Kingston, Unilever House in Leatherhead and Graze in Richmond. We are creating our own Unilever sustainable, agile work environment, purposefully bringing us together in our own Unilever ecosystem. The campus is due to be completed in early 2025 and will consist of two interconnected buildings, as well as landscaped surrounding areas. 

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