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Site UMS Manager

Job ID:
Supply Chain
Port Sunlight, England
Date posted:


Location: Port Sunlight Site, Wirral, UK


  • Would you like to work in Unilever’s largest Homecare factory in Europe leading an exciting continuous improvement journey? The person we are looking for loves interacting with others; coaching, convincing and encouraging people to learn the Unilever Manufacturing System (UMS) methodology and apply it with rigour to achieve outstanding business results.

  • You have a passion for learning, and for teaching. You are forever striving to achieve better - never just accepting things “because that’s how we do it here”. You have a logical and systematic approach to problem solving and can see the bigger picture and make connections between activities.

  • You look externally for best-in-class approaches and bring the outside in

  • You will be a visible “UMS Champion” on site – passionately promoting and displaying the value of the zero-loss journey.


  • This role responsible for delivering the UMS capability across the full PSL site to deliver business results

  • This role will define and lead the execution of the site UMS strategy to deliver excellence in manufacturing.  It will play a key role in execution of this strategy across all technical pillars (Safety, Business Priority and Cost Deployment, Focused Improvement, Autonomous Maintenance, Professional Maintenance, Quality, Customer Service and Agility, Early Equipment Management, People Development and Environment).

  • The role will lead and drive the Site Continuous Improvement Cost Savings plan to achieve and accelerate savings

  • This role will provide skills development and coaching for Pillar Leaders, area leaders, engineers and operators and drive the staffing and succession planning for pillars leaders and work with the PD Pillar to drive pillar capability measurement through radar charts

  • The role  will support the UMS culture change agenda ensuring that everyone understands the concept of the zero loss factory and believes in it. They will promote the spirit of continuous improvement and champion the value of the programme in all functions/areas of the site.

  • Own and drive Site Master planning and PDCA process

  • Own and drive Site benchmarking process to learn best in class results and approach from inside and outside Unilever

  • Own and drive site daily meeting process and capability

Key Deliverables/KPIs

  • Continuous Improvement Cost Savings M€/yr

  • Site OEE

  • Pillar Capability - % roles qualified versus GP

  • Pillar Health check Completion and compliance


  • The ideal candidate will have strong problem solving and communication skills

  • They will possess a logical approach coaching problem solving

  • They will have a learning and “zero re-occurrence” mindset

  • They will be organised and have experience with project management

  • They will be people focused and able to influence and deliver through others

  • They will be experienced in coaching people and passionate about the development of others.

  • They will have experience leading people through change

  • They will be in touch with the shop floor and be able to Coach/ Mentor/ Instruct/ Manage as appropriate

  • Prior WCM or equivalent experience & knowledge of the methodology is an advantage

  • Prior experience as a process engineer and line/area leader in FMCG Making & Packing technologies is an advantage


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, free gym, 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 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. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self.

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