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MU Logistics Lead - Australasia

Job ID: R-11501 Category: Supply Chain Location: Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality Date posted: 05/19/2021
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About the Tea Business

Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.  

The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value. 

The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers. 

As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company. 

The MU Logistics Lead is responsible for the end to end finished goods logistics in the Australasia Management Unit (MU).  This includes managing 3rd party logistics providers (3PLP) as well as managing primary transport, secondary transport and warehousing logistics operations across the geography, ensuring service to customers and delivering year on year improvements and cost savings via your team located across several countries. You will be responsible to lead and develop the logistics team within the MU to support the growth ambition of the company. The Logistics Lead will as well be responsible for the smooth transition from a Unilever Operation (under TSA) into a TeaCo independent operation. This includes the design and planning of future network changes as well as contract/ 3rd PLP changes.

Your Role:

  • Build and develop a logistics team in the MU to ensure business continuity after Unilever demerger as well as talent retention, attraction and succession planning.
  • Drive Logistics operational costs measured as %TO at least flat regardless of volume, through efficiency, network optimizations, innovative ways of working across the transport and warehousing space.
  • Drive service to customers (warehousing and secondary transport) in coordination with Customer Service and Supply & Demand Planning teams.
  • Drive sustainability within logistics in the MU
  • Manage relationships with 3PLs in the countries.
  • Support customer engagements with Country SC and Customer Service management to create value and build relationships with the trade, including value creation capabilities from logistics.
  • Develop and agree a strategy for the future tea distribution in the Australasia MU together with the Go to market teams and move the organisation towards it.
  • Identify opportunities to improve key performance metrics, develop proposals to develop these opportunities, and implement where feasible.

Your Key Tasks:

  • Responsible for Logistics in direct markets and sales markets within the MU
  • Engagement with MU-level strategy and performance management forums
  • Reports to the MU Supply Chain Lead
  • Expected FTEs within organisation: 4

Key interfaces:

  • Sourcing units, Planning functions, Customer Service teams, Other TeaCo Logistics units outside your geography
  • BB/ CD / Finance / IT team


  • 3PL suppliers, product suppliers, freight carriers

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:


  • University degree
  • Significant senior Supply Chain and/or Logistics experience in FMCG or other relevant industry (Retailer or 3PL environment)


Science, Engineering or Economics degree, ideally with a Logistics or Supply Chain element

Must Have:

  • Fluent in English
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong financial and business acumen
  • Building and managing Teams, ideally cross-country & virtual Teams

Skills and Experience

  • Management style that encompasses setting tough goals and involving all at the supply chain in finding solutions to achieve them, and which is appropriate to a medium sized agile business.
  • Ability to quickly move between large scale strategic decision making and deploying tactical resources to solve short-term supply chain challenges
  • Highly adaptable and entrepreneurial
  • A passionate Networker
  • Driven by Innovation and strong change affinity
  • Embrace a high growth mindset with strong love for consumers, shoppers and customers
  • Have strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills with diverse, multi-functional stakeholders
  • End to end management ability to understand the big picture but also comfortable with details and managing the operations
  • Independent self-starter, ability to discover opportunities and grow the business

Unilever is an organisation 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. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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