Unilever Associate Innovation Project Manager in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Associate Innovation Planning Manager

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

HM: Priya Notani

TA: Molly Santangelo

Background & Purpose of the Job

The main purpose of the job is to coordinate the delivery of flawless innovation plans for the Deo Category, across N. America (USA and Canada). This role supports the development of new variant projects as well as hardware changes across multiple brands; through guaranteeing being on time in full, with the highest quality and lowest cost possible.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

  • Manage the innovation project plans from Bosscard/Kick-off, through to implementation. This is achieved through helping to scope the project, defining activities and timings required to ensure capability is in place, and then following up on these timings throughout the project
  • Manage the overall project networks, via MS project, coordinate inputs from all functions and hold individuals accountable for the delivery of their activities to ensure the project remains on time
  • Ensure that the Supply Chain has the necessary capacities and capabilities to produce the innovations for all assigned sourcing sites
  • Manage communication with all key project stakeholders and with global and regional innovation planners
  • Coordinate required inputs to the business case for the innovation projects in terms of capital expenditure and SCC drivers, working closely with the global Procurement, Finance, Planning and Engineering teams
  • Prepare all gate documents and decision papers as inputs into the Unilever Innovation Project Management process for all assigned innovation projects
  • Ensure delivered Quality for the innovations, maintaining also Unilever safety standards
  • Own and maintain the overall project networks for new variants and new hardware projects, as required to ensure “on time in full” delivery; by working closely with R&D, Marketing, Finance, Procurement, T&E, Quality and factories
  • Co-lead risk assessments, and make sure action plans are embedded in the project timeline
  • Support complexity reduction activities and sourcing analysis for the innovation projects, by working closely with Strategic Planning and Finance

You’re a born leader: You will have the opportunity to lead meetings with cross-functional team members and drive decisions to achieve one common goal

You’re a dot connector: You will have the chance to put together timelines, with various dependencies, to successfully meet launch ambition

You love to win, and have fun doing it: You will face several hurdles that will put your launch date at risk, which you will need to overcome, in order to win

You’re a changemaker: You influence team members to develop creative solutions when things go off-course, resulting in a different way to execute the project

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor Degree (Business, Supply chain, Engineering preferred)
  • 3 - 5 years’ experience in Supply Chain (Planning, Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering or Logistics) or in R&D with experience on new product development
  • Project management skills (working knowledge of MS Project, MS Office)
  • Basic appreciation level of how manufacturing works; as well as moulds and assembly for personal care products, how are they developed and how they function

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability

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Job: Supply Chain

Primary Location: United States-New Jersey-Englewood Cliffs-Englewood Cliffs -700 Sylvan

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Unposting Date: Feb-09-2019

Req ID: 18000H1N