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Production Leader

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Supply Chain
North Rocks, New South Wales
Date posted:

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A job at Unilever is a career made by you, with development opportunities, benefits and a working culture that embraces diversity and hybrid working. We have a proud heritage in Australia since 1919 and a thriving, sustainable business today, so there's never been a better time to join us.

We are looking for a Production Leader who will be in charge of leading and overseeing the efforts of the production team, ensuring the production performance is carried out in adherence to business goals. This position will be responsible for the following reports: operators, mixers, production stores and casual employees across multiple shift patterns. The Production Leaders must also monitor the progress of operations and address issues and concerns, resolving them promptly and efficiently. Moreover, a production team leader must encourage and lead staff to reach goals while implementing continuous improvement projects.


Role Responsibilities:


  • Act as the management point of call for assigned Production and Mixing Areas

  • Ensure the efficient manufacture of production volumes to achieve customer service and inventory targets

  • To achieve predetermined Key Performance Indicators relating to costs, efficiency, quality, safety, employee morale, environment and reliability

  • Use and train others in tools such as SOP’s and OPL’s

  • Escalate issues that affect production to the appropriate persons in a timely manner

  • Deliver the daily plan and target line efficiencies (OEE)

  • Verify the accuracy of the loss data (OFS and tick sheets).

  • Develop understanding of loss management system and use data in Team Review Forums

  • Liaise with relevant departments regarding packaging and raw material shortage issues. Feedback outcomes to Plant Manager.

  • Ensure all rework is completed in a timely manner

  • Work with other PL’S and FFS Planner to ensure correct cover for Mixing requirements

  • Manage PSL locations to ensure inventory accuracy

  • Provide production support to the technical leader and engineering team with the implementation of SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies)

  • With appropriate support from Engineering and QA, ensure that all Capital and Innovation Projects relevant to the North Rocks site are implemented effectively

  • Responsible for implementation and upkeep of area housekeeping and 5S

  • Understand the principle of WCM and use WCM tools where appropriate

  • Ensure proper use of Effective Maintenance (e.g. CLI’s)


  • To provide effective leadership to the team of manufacturing personnel, including training, development, communication, and involvement

  • Ensure all workers on shift have completed the site induction, including temporary labour

  • Ensure employees complete relevant training and assessment

  • Participate in recruitment and on boarding activities for new team members

  • Responsible for the cost effective utilisation of labour

  • Responsible for managing short term absences in line with business requirements

  • Responsible for managing and ordering temporary cover

  • Regular performance conversations with employees including annual performance reviews

  • Conduct incident investigations and provide recommendations to the Plant Manager

  • Hold employee counselling/verbal warning disciplinary sessions

  • Liaise with payroll regarding shift patterns and overtime payments

  • Approve hours worked for employees using payroll system Kronos

  • Ensure that appropriate investment is made into Skills Training and Employee Development to maintain team members at the required level for the current and future operation


  • Understand and work within the scope of the North Rocks EBA

  • Understand North Rocks Site Master Plan and Strategy

  • Communicate relevant elements of Strategy and ensure team’s understanding

  • Drive activities that align with, and support, the Unilever Manufacturing System methodology

  • Understand and implement Run 2 Standard Strategy

  • Operate as a key member of the Site Management Team and represent operations on committees, continuous improvement teams, and cross functional groups

  • Ensure effective and appropriate consultative practices are adopted, including consultation with union delegates and officials when required


  • Ensure correct use of QA line sheets in order to ensure quality product

  • Agree with Plant Manager rework required and execute accordingly

  • Use the NCR system to manage rework/reject across production and mixing plants


  • To ensure that OH&S guidelines and company policies are understood and adhered to

  • Responsible for ensuring the completion of spills and near miss notification of injuries and subsequent investigations

  • Ensure all waste generation is minimised and disposed of correctly

  • Ensure that the site safety checklists are completed

  • Develop an appropriate appreciation of the importance of Safety Systems

  • Respond to spillage incidents appropriately

  • Ensure that appropriate PPE is available

  • Ensure correct use of the D-Card process

  • Conduct safety engagements and deep compliance checks

  • Support for all audits as per business requirements

  • Backup Emergency Controller / Incident Controller in line with the Site Emergency Plan

Does this sound like You

  • Tertiary qualification preferred

  • Experience in a manufacturing leadership role preferred

  • Experience with FMCG products preferred

  • People management experience preferred

  • Ability to coach and influence operations

  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills

  • Exceptional planning and communications skills

  • Technical understanding of manufacturing process improvement and leadership of continuous improvement initiatives

  • Demonstrates ability to apply change management principles and drive a cultural change agenda

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 organisation. 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.

At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! We encourage you to advise us at the time of your application if you require any reasonable adjustment so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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