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Launch Leader

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Supply Chain
Port Sunlight, England
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Job Title: Launch Leader

Location: Port Sunlight Factories


The successful applicant will work within a PSL making facility and be responsible for managing all change programs that are initiated within their area. The candidate will be a core part of the making operational team ensuring close links with project delivery teams, R&D, P&I and Procurement. The person will be responsible for ensuring all change programs are delivered robustly following a change management process.


  • Be the key contact to all external stakeholders (often R&D and P&I teams) for new change requests including MPT’s, formulation changes and new projects.
  • Ensure all factory requirements are built into project scopes and work processes.   
  • Manage end to end any main plant trials through the factory operational and planning teams.
  • Ensure all EEM activities are being completed for a project with direct responsibility on operational tasks and validation (such as AM & PM generation).
  • Ensure all training for any new equipment or processes is in place and delivered.  
  • Ensure all new materials are robustly evaluated from a process safety and operational safety perspective.
  • Ensure all systems are designed with the correct hygienic standards for the equipment/material.
  • Ensure changes are tracked and communicated through a robust governance process including weekly innovation meetings.
  • Lead the daily meetings during commissioning and ramp up between projects and operational teams.
  • Lead project post-mortem and any project related RCA’s.
  • Ensure all relevant project documentation is provided to the operational team at the handover stage.
  • Ensure all changes are validated effectively with clear performance criteria defined and tracked to closure.


Professional Skills

  • Chemical engineering degree qualified.
  • Skills and qualifications desirable in the below topics:
    • Process safety management
    • COMAH
    • Environmental
    • DSEAR



  • Management of factory process change programs.

Areas of relevant experience:

  • R&D process development
  • Project delivery/management


About Unilever

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 Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

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’.

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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