Unilever Sourcing Lead, Supply Chain in Toronto, Ontario

Background and Purpose of the Job

Are you a Supply Chain Sourcing specialist? Are you passionate about growth and exhibit high degree of leadership, agility to make decisions & thrive working with multiple stake-holders ? We are looking for you!

At Unilever, we act fast to anticipate consumer needs, fast to translate ideas into new products, and fast to make, distribute and market them. We build products that people enjoy, trust and use in their daily lives. Which is why, as part of Unilever, you could make an impact on a global and local scale.

A job at Unilever is a career made by you, with development opportunities, benefits and a working culture that supports diversity. You can craft your own career path as you work with the brands and people that drive our sustainable business growth.

As a Sourcing Lead, you will be accountable to the Planning Manager Foods, Refreshments & House Hold Care, in the management and support of new product launches and strategic sourcing of Canadian specific projects. The role requires collaboration with many functions and locations across Unilever North America & UASCC and a deep understanding of the innovation process. You will based out of our Toronto - HQ located at 160 Bloor St. E. in Toronto.

What You'll Do

A) be the lead for local innovation

B) be the local contact to follow up on global/regional innovation

C) be responsible to find alternative sourcing to drive efficiencies (i.e. margin/cash improvement, increase supply chain responsiveness, optimize inventory).

D) drive growth for Canada, ensure the Canadian Supply Chain voice is represented during the innovation process and support the C4G model.

To succeed in this role you will required to work closely with Procurement, Strategic Planning, Brand, R&D and Logistics functions to balance trade-off among Service, Cost and Inventory.

Job Summary:

  • Oversee all our Innovation activities & Project Requests for Foods & Refreshments categories.

  • Support North American innovation teams and ensure appropriate early management rigor in delivering On Time In Full through the wider supply chain.

  • Work with Planning Team and Marketing/Trade teams to tackle issues that might arise during Innovation Projects.

  • Lead our Innovation agenda in Cross-Category and Country Category Business Team meetings to review project progress and share supply chain risks that have been raised through the Planning Team

  • Coordinate with our Demand Planner to validate new product launch forecasts and ensure that demands are in SAP aligned to timeline requests.

  • Review batch size strategy for innovation SKUs to deliver innovation pipeline without exceeding inventory targets.

  • Lead transitions forums with Brand, Trade, Demand Planning and Customer Service to review soft and hard transitions.

  • Align with Customer service shipping dates for innovation items and assure stock will be available at the Canadian Distribution Centre for the shipping dates.

  • Monitor innovation service performance and implement tools to improve service.

  • Be Supply team representative for projects such as 5S & NRM that support growth objectives, innovation, cost reductions, operational efficiency improvements, and other Strategic initiatives.

  • Lead strategic local and international sourcing projects as required.

Deliverables :

  • Organize and Institute alternative sourcing to ensure optimization

  • Primary & direct liaison between Canada Go-To-Market supply chain and the NA Innovation Planning Team.

  • Delivery of key innovation projects on time and in full

  • Service level delivery of innovation and transition Projects

  • Establish and cultivate positive relationships across multiple functional lines

  • Constantly look out for new sources for current portfolio to increase profitability and drive supply chain efficiencies

What You'll Need to Succeed

  • 5+ years of relevant experience

  • Post secondary completed

  • Creative thinking

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Partnership & Negotiation

  • Critical thinking

  • Agile decision-making

  • Project management

  • Risk Management


Unilever Canada is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics, and a conviction for which a pardon has been granted.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at 1-855-239-5459 or NAAccommodations@unilever.com at mailto:NAAccommodations@unliever.com < mailto:NAAccommodations@unilever.com at mailto:NAAccommodations@unliever.com > . Please note: These lines are reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and are not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

Unilever Canada est une organisation engagé à la diversité et à l'inclusion pour stimuler nos résultats d'affaires et créer un meilleur avenir chaque jour pour nos employés, les consommateurs globaux, les partenaires et les communautés. Nous croyons qu'un effectif diversifiée nous permet de faire correspondre nos ambitions de croissance et de stimuler l'inclusion dans l'entreprise. Tous les candidats qualifiés recevront la considération pour un emploi sans égard à la race, la couleur, la religion, le sexe, l'orientation sexuelle, l'identité ou l'expression de genre, l'âge, l'origine nationale ou ethnique, l'état matrimonial, la situation familiale, l'invalidité, les caractéristiques génétique, et une condamnation pour laquelle un pardon a été accordée.

Si vous êtes une personne handicapée qui a besoin d'aide à tout moment au cours de notre processus de recrutement, veuillez communiquer avec nous au 1-855-239-5459 ou NAAccommodations@unilever.com at mailto:NAAccommodations@unliever.com < mailto:NAAccommodations@unilever.com at mailto:NAAccommodations@unliever.com >. Veuillez noter: ces lignes sont réservées aux personnes handicapées ayant besoin d'aide et ne sont pas un moyen d'enquêter sur les postes.

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