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East Africa Homecare R&D Manager


Marketing & Communications

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3 weeks ago

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With billion people in over 190 countries using our products every day, Unilever is a business that makes a real impact on the world. Work on brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We are driven by our purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace, and it is our belief that doing business the right way drives superior performance. At the heart of what we do is our people â we believe that when our people work with purpose, we will create a better business and a better world. 

At Unilever, your career will be a unique journey, grounded in our inclusive, collaborative, and flexible working environment. We donât believe in the âone size fits allâ approach and instead we will equip you with the tools you need to shape your own future.


The role of East Africa Homecare R&D Manager is an opportunity to co-design and deploy novel and appealing market making innovation as well as driving cost saving initiatives across Homecare (Fabric solutions, Fabric Enhancers, Home & Hygiene). 

Specifically, working as the Homecare East Africa Manager, it is to gain deep seated specific consumer insights from the East African countries, and convert these into the design of products/packaging solutions that meet the consumer pain points at targeted cost, superior product delivery and in a sustainable way, via cluster and global R&D teams. This consumer understanding needs then to be converted into a product strategy that drives decisions, actions and initiatives which support and deliver the Business Group strategy, targets and plans. It requires the individual to business partner with Multi-functional teams like Marketing, Consumer Marketing Insights, Finance, the local business Leadership team and Supply chain, to name a few.


Find your purpose at Unilever. You will lead innovations, big and small, that will make our business win and grow. You will learn from brilliant business leaders and colleagues in a truly global and diverse culture to ultimately become a better you. If you are passionate about serving the African consumer by delivering tailored fit-for-purpose products, while making a positive impact to the planet, then this role is for you.


You will be responsible for:


Landing the R&D program for East Africa for all formats (Powder, Liquids, Home and Hygiene, bars) â Product and packaging design & Processing Business partnering with Marketing, Supply Chain and other R&D groups and suppliers to shape, influence and land the HC EA R&D program, in line with Clean Future (Homecareâs expression of sustainability). Understanding East Africa regulations and advocating with Regulatory teams to influence as needed. Approve process and product specifications. Troubleshoot where needed with factory teams when there is cost, time, quality or supply related constraints. Product and Process qualification including signing off on all validation testing and safety in conjunction with cluster and global R&D teams. Accountable for Maintaining safety and GLP for HC R&D lab and pilot plant. Produce product prototypes for consumer testing and for stability studies. Lead large, technically complex projects (innovations, localization and savings initiatives).  Work with consumer insights partners to ensure that product technologies are showcased in an impactful way relevant for EA. Develop and maintain relationships with existing and potential raw and pack material suppliers.


Leading a team in Kenya and Ethiopia to deliver the objectives for East Africa R&D Growing future talent - Managing peopleâs development, career plans and coaching. Includes succession planning, ensuring organization is fit to win both in the short and long term. Commit to personal development and professional growth by actively participating in personal development initiatives and applying developmental thinking within the context of planning and executing work.


Experiences & Qualifications

Technical education: Preferably Chemical Engineering, but may consider any of the following Science degrees (Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology) 5years experience in R&D and/or Unilever Supply Chain with experience in Homecare FMCG being preferable. Experience of complex Project management Evidence of connecting with cross functional and cross geographical partners to deliver a program/project. evidence of building external partnership to deliver strategic projects. Evidence of stakeholder management, including ability to prioritize the program. Evidence of Risk Management and mitigation Consistent performance and demonstrated R&D expertise. Strong business acumen Strong problem solving and organizational skills and proven ability to work in a fast-paced work environment. Demonstration of holding people accountable


Translation of consumer insights into mix design and impactful innovation Cost saving expertise (leading technical projects) Business partnering stakeholders and influencing. Digital tool proficiency and leadership Agile delivery Commercial acumen for R&D Coaching Product/Pack/Process design skills preferably in Homecare products (Powders/ soap bars/ Liquids)


You are an inclusive motivator of people. Your team deliver with real passion, growing and learning from each other whilst delivering quick wins. You are still responsible for your own results and as a manager, you also need to motivate others to deliver with passion, creating an inclusive and engaging climate around you. You can balance challenge with support and coaching. You understand the wider business context and you are emotionally intelligent enough to motivate people to deliver what is needed. Critical SOL (Standards of Leadership) Behaviors . PASSION FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE : Generates intensity and focus to motivate people to deliver results at speed. Takes personal responsibility and accountability for execution and results. CONSUMER LOVE: Invests time inside and outside to understand the needs of consumers. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Creates sustainable growth with purpose, engaging different partners across the system for change.

Unilever embraces diversity and encourages applicants from all walks of life! 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. 

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