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Factory Director

Job ID:
Supply Chain
Saint Albans, VT
Date posted:

Background & Purpose of the Job

The Factory Director will lead people and activities in Vermont factories to achieve supply chain success. They own supply chain targets including service, costs, productivity, quality, innovation, OSHE and employee engagement. The Factory Director inspires, develops, and leads the local management team to implement and sustain supply chain and category strategies including those in safety, quality, World Class Manufacturing, employee relations, performance management and development of talent.  This person is a critical member of the broader supply chain leadership team, leads the development & sharing of best practices across the network and works across silos to deliver the Supply Chain objectives and key results.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

You’re a born leader: You thrive in manufacturing leadership environments and can galvanize a team to deliver results and reach goals.

You’re a strategy guru: You’re a person with a plan- able to create a site long term strategy, including restructuring, re-engineering and labor as agreed by VP SC Category; prioritize and plan resources development and deployment.

You’re a paradox navigator: You thrive in complex problem solving, able to maximize the end-to-end supply chain and work with brand teams to deliver competitive growth through supply chain operations.

You’re a culture & change champion: You have a pioneering spirit and a growth mindset- and can develop this in others. You are a believer in transformational change and can bring people with you on the journey. You can build a winning culture through relationships and inspire others to deliver continuous improvement.

You will create and deploy operational and financial plans to deliver targets on service, costs, productivity, quality, innovation, SHE and employee engagement. You will also work with the broader brand, supply chain and technology teams to develop and implement long term strategic plans.  You will lead the site on continuous improvement strategies to improve operational efficiency and drive innovation in product as well as ways of working, cost & service models, and the supply chain structure. You will own the factory culture agenda, developing future-fit manufacturing teammates who are able operationally strong and consumer focused. You also will connect with the broader local community and serve as a Unilever ambassador in the immediate factory area.

Other duties to include:

  • Own operational KPIs for the site including safety, quality, service, productivity, and cost

  • Develop and deliver to site annual budget and through programs to achieve competitive results

  • Manage site leadership team to deliver daily excellence and develop future technical leaders in Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Accelerate World Class Manufacturing (continuous improvement) methodology and culture as the way to deliver sustainable results and improve performance

  • Foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion where team members thrive

  • Drive a step change in manufacturing capability with a focus on flexibility and responsiveness

  • Lead across supply chain, breaking down silos to deliver end to end results and deeper connection to business and consumers

  • Drive digital transformation, including automation, to improve site efficiency and enhance manufacturing capabilities

  • Own the sustainability agenda to reduce the environmental footprint

  • Foster a culture that develops both salaried and hourly team members and creates an environment of positive employee relations

  • Review and approve facility plans and audits to address ongoing needs of operation, compliance with governing rules, regulations and leasehold requirements and ensure minimized exposure to environmental risk and hazards

  • Ensure site competitiveness through ongoing identification and implementation of value improvement projects (VIPs)

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, or related field.

  • Minimum of 15 years in a Supply Chain role (Manufacturing, Technology, EHS, Quality).

  • Minimum 3 years working in a role leading an entire factory, preferably at the Director level.

  • Experience leading in a union environment

  • Experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) is strongly preferred.

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Unilever: Life | LinkedIn | Strategy | Unilever | Why work for Unilever | Supply Chain at Unilever | Careers at UnileverUnilever Global Website

For office-based, Research & Development, and remote positions, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be eligible for employment. Religious and/or medical accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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