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Associate Innovation Planning Manager - Home Care



Full Time

On Site


Burlington, Vermont, United States

Five Strong Values Are At The Heart Of SVG
Care Wholeheartedly. We have big hearts: they are full of our love for the planet, our consumers, our people, our partners, our products and our brand.

Collaborate Deliberately. It takes a village right? Together we can achieve things that we could never have done by ourselves. Not to mention it’s a lot less lonely.

Nurture Nature. Nature got it right. We know it. That’s why we aspire to design products from plants not petroleum, from fields not factories.

Innovate Disruptively. If you always do what you have done you will always get what you always got. We think innovation and creativity can change the world.

Be a Trusted Brand. Can a company be a friend? We like to think so. We love our consumers and we hope they love and trust us.

Background & Purpose of the Job
The Innovation Planner is responsible for delivering the supply chain aspects of new product development. A successful Innovation Planner will collaborate on cross-functional teams,contribute to project timelines, advocate design for supply chain, engage relevant partners andmanage system/network set up for new items. The key deliverables are 1)Delivering innovations on-time and in-full 2) SAP/Item setup execution 3) Waste mitigation - materials, FG, capex4) Continuous improvement - innovation forecast accuracy, product leadtimes etc. and 5) Flawless project hand-offs to production/Supply Planning team

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

  • Partner on cross functional teams to deliver innovation and renovation projects and support the project owner in delivery. In some instances, the innovation planner will be the project owner.

  • Help to scope projects, define supply chain activities and timeline required to ensure ability to launch, then deliver on thetimeline throughout the project.

  • Own the supply chain elements of innovation project plans from kick-off/scoping through first delivery, engaging with the relevant supply planner to transition from innovation to steady state production.

  • Ensure that the Supply Chain has the necessary capacities and capabilities to produce the innovations for all assigned sourcing sites engaging strategic planning and procurement as needed.

  • Coordinate required inputs to the business case for the innovation projects in terms of capital expenditure and SC drivers, working closely with the Procurement, Planning and Engineering teams.

  • Prepare Supply Chain inputs for gate documents and decision outlines as needed for the project owner.

  • Own and maintain the overall project networks for new variants and operational projects, as required to ensure “on time in full” delivery; by working closely with R&D, Marketing, Finance, Procurement, Engineering, Quality and factories.

  • Signal SC risk on innovation assortments to project teams – advise on options to mitigate alt sourcing, product mix etc. balancing margin/revenue tradeoffs and original project scope.

  • Develop plans to reduce lead times, improve margin over time.

  • Support project lead in risk assessments, gather inputs from supply planning stakeholders and make sure action plans are embedded in the SC timeline.

  • Support complexity reduction activities and sourcing analysis for innovation projects by working closely with Strategic Planning and Finance.

  • Manage communication with all key project stakeholders relating to Supply Chain activities.

  • Coordinate with country/customer teams to ensure their requirements are folded into the innovation design process and that roll-out plans are prepared for the follower markets.

  • In partnership with Procurement maintain a Risk and Contingency Planning (RACP) matrix for all key raw/pack materials and ensure that risk mitigation actions are in place for the innovation projects within your portfolio.

  • In partnership with Strategic Planning team, ensure that the capacity and bandwidth analysis for key suppliers and sourcing units pertinent to the innovation portfolio is complete.

  • Support transition/flawless hand off from supply chain innovation to steady state supply planning.

  • Ensure rigorous application of best practice innovation planning tools.

  • Ensure delivered Quality for innovations, maintaining all Unilever safety standards.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor’s degree (Business, Supply chain, R&D, Engineering preferred). 

  • MBA or APICs Certification is 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

  • Location: Burlington, VT; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; or Hybrid

This position can be filled remotely in the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin.

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