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Production Lead (Minto)

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Supply Chain
Minto, Campbelltown Municipality, New South Wales
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We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business. It goes back to the days of our founder William Lever, who launched the world’s first purposeful brand, Sunlight Soap more than 100 years ago, and it’s at the heart of how we run our company today. In 2022 Unilever Australia & New Zealand became a Certified B Corporation™ (B Corp), joining a growing network of organisations committed to galvanising a stronger, more inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy for all.  

A job at Unilever is a career made by you, with development opportunities, benefits and a working culture that embraces diversity and is pioneering flexibility. There’s no better time to join our team! 

At Unilever ANZ, we have also embarked on something special: we are proud to be undertaking a 4 Day work week trial. This trial will see our staff retain 100 percent of their salaries, while working 80 percent of the time and delivering 100 percent of business outcomes. The Mix Plant Production Lead is designed to be fully functional in the 4-Day work week trial.

Job Summary

We are looking for a Mix Plant Production Lead to join our factory team in Minto, Australia. This role is a leadership role with direct leadership and supervision of the production workforce, including Stores / Warehousing, Mixing and all Production and Shift Reliability roles. In addition to this supervisory function, this role will lead small cross functional improvement teams to drive continuous improvement activities, delivering safety, quality, cost and performance improvements. The role will apply rigorous monitoring of real time performance on the plant and ensure everything is always available to ensure the best outcome, including direct labour, support labour, materials and all resources required for the production teams to succeed.

What awaits you:

  • An opportunity to be part of a purpose-led business.
  • A dynamic, flexible and inspiring work environment.
  • Be part of a Global community and progress your career by working on challenging projects both locally and internationally.
  • Employee benefits include:
    • Amazing discounts on external company products
    • Attractive Employee Referral award
    • Attractive Insurance benefits

Role Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Plant Manager and when necessary to lead day to day tasks and be a primary contact for site in related matters.
  • Provide direct leadership and supervision to the production operators and shift maintenance staff.
  • Monitoring and eliminating machine losses and material wastes and ensuring the right quality output.
  • Making decisions based on the priorities to achieve the optimal output of the factory.
  • Ensure labour, including indirect support labour, is always appropriately engaged, always focused and prioritized with the changing needs of the production environment.
  • Conduct immediate Root Cause investigations into all deviations, including safety incidents, quality incidents, breakdowns, unplanned downtimes and ensure corrective actions are suitable and rolled out.
  • Build effective relationships with Engineering and Production to aid identification of key improvement areas across production lines.
  • Day to Day management of crewing, leave and timekeeping, ensuring effective crewing is always maintained as well as managing both planned and unplanned leave.
  • Lead Focused Improvement activities and deliver agreed results in conjunction with the site master plan.
  • Spotting and developing talents, initiating further career development opportunities.
  • Provide effective time in attendance, break and fatigue management practices, as well as being responsible for direct input of time in attendance data.
  • Initiate disciplinary actions when needed.
  • Requires flexibility on shift patterns to meet changing business needs.

Does this sound like You?

  • Highly desired a Tertiary qualification in Manufacturing/Engineering related disciplines preferred, but previous experience may supplement with the right candidate.
  • Strong embedded safety, quality and hygiene culture.
  • Experience in a similar role within FMCG or manufacturing industry.
  • Solid knowledge & experience WCM, TPM, Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma principles.
  • Experience leading improvement projects and teams.
  • Strong influencing, training and stakeholder management skills.
  • Exceptional analytical, planning, problem solving and communications skills.
  • “Can do” attitude with high desire to succeed and take your career to the next level.
  • Practical examples of improving a process for the betterment of a larger group.

What awaits you at Unilever?

The core of Unilever’s culture is captured as Human, Purposeful, Accountable. You will be joining a dynamic, flexible, and inspiring work environment that truly cares about your wellbeing, values what you do and celebrates your success.

This is your opportunity to be part of a purpose-led business and a global community where you can progress your career both locally and internationally. You will also benefit from amazing discounts on external company products, attractive employee referral reward program amongst other benefits.

This is a great opportunity to work within an iconic and global organization. We have gained our reputation as one of the world's most admired employers by providing an environment where individuals can achieve their goals, both professionally and personally.

Make no mistake we expect a lot from our people as they do of us. So, if you can rise to the challenge, don't waste any time - apply now!

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Unilever is an organization committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities.

This means we encourage people with all backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Māori and Pacific Peoples, and people with disabilities. Interested in learning more, check out our Reconciliation Action Plan and Workplace Adjustment Policy on the Unilever webpage.

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