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Digital Supply Chain Director - Innovation Catalyst (R-27702)





Multiple locations, New Jersey, United States

** This role can be based in Trumbull, CT, Englewood Cliffs, NJ or remote from Europe**

Background & Purpose of the Job

The Unilever Supply Chain Excellence and Transformation Team (SET LT) was established in April 2021 as a continuation and evolution of the original Supply Chain Transformation team originally established in 2018. Beyond continuation of our transformation journey, the formation of this team also served to streamline leadership of all critical supply chain sub functions into one team. The SET LT is a critical enabler towards delivery of the larger Unilever Supply Chain Strategy and is achieved through the development, delivery, and performance management of critical functional capabilities. Delivery of the SET LT ambition is enabled by two core sub-teams, the Performance Excellence Team (XLT) and the Innovation Catalyst Team (iCat).

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

The role will be responsible for leading and setting the strategic agenda for the Innovation Catalyst team including the development and management of our external innovation eco-system.

The iCat team is responsible for inspiring for and delivering horizon 3 supply chain innovation required to drive functional supply chain excellence. This includes partnering with internal senior stakeholders to establish innovation priorities, developing and maintaining an external innovation ecosystem scanning the marker to proactively identify new and emerging technologies and partnerships, and governing the innovation process from pilot to scaled value.

  • Ensure continual development of horizon 3 innovation for the SET LT through leadership of the iCat team. Establish and deliver the iCat strategic framework

  • Execute against key strategic thrusts within the iCat framework

  • Build and inspire for innovation culture – bring outside in (ie ideation workshops, peer to peer, innovation networking, industry events)

  • Enhance visibility and governance of early-stage innovation and partnership workstreams across supply chain transformation platforms and functions

  • Engage functional and divisional supply chain leaders to define and solicit innovation needs and opportunities in order scouting and external partnering requirements

  • Build innovation funnel considering aligned innovation needs

    • Develop partnerships with key innovation eco-system partners to enable efficient market scanning and partnerships

    • Define problem statements and scouting briefs aligned to business needs

    • Lead Unilever participation in strategic innovation accelerators (Plug and Play Supply Chain Accelerator, Greentown Labs Carbon to Value)

    • Lead external partner and internal stakeholder introductions to determine if value in proceeding with partnership exploration

  • Manage partner innovation to value funnel (idea to feasibility to pilot to scale). ~approximately 100 leads, 20-30 active partnership explorations, 5 scaled partnerships

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelors Degree required with 10+ years industry experience driving change management within the supply chain, and solving business problems through developing new capabilities, and successful management of external partnerships

  • Track record of delivering Global multi-country projects

  • Proven thought leadership on challenging problems

  • Proven experience identifying, evaluating, fostering, and governing partnerships. Both established strategic partners and new partnerships

  • Proven experience operating successfully in a complex organizational environment

  • Experience interacting and influencing senior management; understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling their insight

  • Hands on experience with business cases and budget management

  • Experience of leading iterative design for process and technical development cycles, hackathons and agile development

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