Project manager needed in Unilever

Unilever is a global multinational and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company with products sold in over 190 countries and more than 2 billion consumers across the world who use our amazing products everyday.


Unilever Nigeria Plc is a major player in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) segment of the Nigerian economy. Some of the company’s world class standard brands are Close Up toothpaste, Lipton Yellow Label Tea, Blue Band Spread, Knorr and Royco Cubes, Omo and Sunlight laundry powder, Lux and Lifebuoy soaps. Our business is founded on a sense of purpose, and our unique heritage still shapes the way we do business.

Job Title: Project Manager, Grow Africa – Plantations
Department: Plantations
Profession (Marketing, Finance, etc.): Supply Chain
Work Level: WL2C
Location (City, Country): Lagos, Nigeria

Main Job Purpose:
The Grow Africa team (Procurement, Plantations, Sustainable Sourcing) is responsible for driving the identification and delivery of strategic partnerships, multi-stakeholder approaches and the sourcing of value-added agricultural products to meet our growing raw material requirements at globally competitive costs.

The job holder will be responsible for developing and driving Grow Africa projects in Africa, primarily in Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana in West Africa & Ethiopia, Rwanda and Mozambique in East Africa to create sustainable agriculture supply chains, which deliver against Unilever’s commitments to the G8 under the Grow Africa initiative, and other agriculture supply chains that can be developed to deliver raw materials to the business.

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The incumbent will be responsible for liaising with the implementing partners on the ground, the public sector, international funding agencies, and other private organizations in designing and executing the projects.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Leading projects to fulfil Unilever’s commitments to the G8, Grow Africa and the New Alliance
  • Identifying opportunities for raw material sourcing from Africa
  • Working closely with the Procurement and Category teams, to develop strategically, concepts of where Unilever should create supply chains within Africa
  • Identifying strategic partners and multi-stakeholder approaches to develop appropriate joint ventures
  • Developing certifiable, traceable and sustainable business models
  • Leveraging public private partnerships and government incentives


External Affairs Director to establish and assist in interaction with government and donor funding organizations

Procurement managers across the organization and specifically in Africa, to source the output from JV’s and/or partners

Procurement Operations to ensure demand is established and verified for the long term as the backbone of the supply chain

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SC Capability Teams to help deliver on new vertically integrated factories

Legal & Finance Business Partners

External contacts:

Public sector
Government officials
Government consultants
Inter-governmental bodies (WEF, Grow Africa, G8)
Donor funding organizations
Sustainability Certifying bodies
Other 3P private enterprises
Partners in supply chains
Agricultural companies
Spanning West Africa, but specifically: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique
Stakeholders – the Grow Africa program is being directly monitored by the CEO’s office, External Affairs, CSCO and CPO
Reporting Channel:
Strategy Director, Supply Chain Africa (line manager is based in J’burg, SA)

5 year(s)
Bachelor’s Degree/HND
Not Specified
Experience Required:

5-10 years procurement / supply chain / finance related experience
Degree required – multi discipline but finance, supply chain and / or agriculture preferred
Previous experience – Supplier Development in Agriculture
Procurement skills including supply market intelligence and analysis, supply strategy development and implementation, managing alliances, relationships and negotiation.
Project management skills, business process experience will be a key advantage
Good Interpersonal skills to manage external & internal stakeholders

Fluency in English is a must. French would be an asset
Financial analysis & project management
Highly skilled at negotiations and political influencing
Must be a diplomatic, self-starter with a strong bias for action and entrepreneurial mindset.
Must be a strong executor
Must be able to work independently and virtually.
Must lead both processes and people across a broad and diverse geographic and business environment.

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Must be able to travel frequently around the region and continent

Skill Profile
N/A : Not Applicable     BA: Basic Appreciation     WK: Working Knowledge     FO: Fully Operational     LE: Leading Edge

Functional Skills

Developing and Executing Supply Chain Strategies Aligned to Business Goals – FO
Building Internal and External Networks – FO
Adopting a Customer Service Mindset in all our Relationships – FO
Implementing Supply Chain Improvements – FO
Adopting a Health and Safety and Environmental Care Approach – FO
Managing Quality – FO

General Skills

Business Strategy and Formulation – FO
Business Planning and Implementation – FO
Project Management – FO
Change Management – WK
Business Process Design and Management – WK
Information Management – WK
Application and Exploitation of Information Technology – WK


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