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Category Innovation Planner – Skin Cleansing

Supply Chain
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Background & Purpose of the Job

The main purpose of the job is to orchestrate the delivery of flawless innovation plans for the Skin Cleansing Category, within North America (USA and Canada).  This role supports new product development through leading end-to-end supply chain design, and ensuring the product lands on time in full, with the highest quality and lowest cost possible.

Who You Are

  • 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 Do

  • Manage the innovation project plans from Start Gate, 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
  • Own and maintain project timelines, via MS project, coordinate inputs from the cross-function and hold individuals accountable for the delivery of their activities to ensure the project remains on time
  • Lead Supply Chain functions to ensure implementation of sourcing strategy, with the right capacities and capabilities to produce the innovations.  
  • Support complexity reduction activities and sourcing analysis for the innovation projects, by working closely with Strategic Planning and Finance 
  • 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
  • Ensure delivered Quality for the innovations, maintaining Unilever safety standards
  • Co-lead risk assessments, and make sure action plans are embedded in the project time plans.
  • Manage communication with all key project stakeholders and with global and regional innovation planners on project status and risks to delivery.
  • Prepare all gate documents and decision papers as inputs into the Unilever Innovation Project Management process for all assigned innovation projects

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor’s degree (Business, Supply chain, Engineering preferred)
  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in Supply Chain (Planning, Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering or Logistics) or in R&D with experience on new product development preferred.
  • Position requires excellent communication skills and team commitment and proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft project.
  • Good quantification and analytical skills in a dynamic environment requiring the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities. 
  • Ability to problem solve, influence, and lead others in a fast-paced environment.


Unilever 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

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