Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation
Unilever is one of the world’s largest FMCG businesses with 2 billion consumers a day in more than 190 countries. The Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation is an expert on road transportation and responsible for creating policies and standards for Unilever operations globally. This is an excellent opportunity for a transportation professional to work with people and logistics operations across the world, in a role with high exposure and career opportunities.
Unilever is one of the world’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses and has products across Personal Care, Homecare, Refreshment and Foods categories. The company has around 400 brands, ranging from world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo, to trusted local names and innovative brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Calvé, The Dollar Shave Club and Dermalogica. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries, and a Unilever product is found in seven out of ten households in the world. Revenue has consistently been over USD 50 billion since 2015. Moreover, it has 2 billion consumers a day, and 161,000 employees.
Unilever as an organization also prides itself in the personal experience of its people. The company provides flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a broad range of training opportunities and wellbeing resources. This, combined with its inclusivity policies (e.g interchangeable public holidays and 6 weeks paid paternity leave) allows employees to develop and enjoy long-term careers within the organization.
Unilever is organized around five commercial units with independent P&Ls; apart from these commercial units, sales & operational planning, customer service, and logistics is centrally organized. Logistics is split into various regions. Each region, as well as the central logistics team, reports to the head of customer operations.
Vacancy: Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation
The Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation is an expert on road transportation and is part of Unilever’s global logistics team. The role is responsible for creating policies and (digital) standards for Unilever operations around the world, based on the global transport strategy. This strategy aims to improve operational performance in terms of cost, service, and carbon emissions, thereby ensuring a future-fit transportation organization both today and in the mid- to long-term. For the role, a strong analytical aptitude and ability to identify opportunities and solutions within regional and local logistics operations is required. A deep understanding of transport management systems, routing solutions, and simulation tools is essential. The role covers inbound for raw materials and packaging, factory to warehouse, warehouse to customer, as well as last-mile distribution in various operational designs for transportation (e.g. Full Truck Load, Less than Truckload, Multi-Drop, Network Pooling, etc).
In addition to the analytical side, the Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation collaborates extensively with stakeholders across the globe to create a 3D understanding of regional road transportation challenges and to support local teams. Excellent communication and networking skills are therefore highly relevant, and increasingly so as interactions can range from Customer Operations Leadership Team members in Europe to blue collar transport employees in Japan.
It is expected that after the first year, the Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation knows all relevant stakeholders and operations across the globe, has completed some smaller projects, and is ready to take on larger (transformational) projects. This means the Senior Manager of Global Road Transportation has become an expert Unilever counterpart that knows what is going on and can brainstorm with local logistics teams, from Brazil to Indonesia.
“The role is exciting because you are exposed to many people, places, and cultures, and learn to understand the role of transportation in these specific markets. Also, the role allows you to interact with many people and operations of Unilever globally, creating an exciting launch for a career in Unilever!”
This is an excellent opportunity for a transportation professional eager to take on a global role and work with people and logistics operations across the globe. Also, given the high exposure of the role within the organization, the opportunity offers an attractive growth path.
The role is part of the global logistics team based in Rotterdam, while day-to-day peers can also be project-based and sourced from Unilever organizations globally. Given global projects and stakeholders, the role involves 20-30% travel.
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