Supply Chain Production Business Partner


Supply Chain Production Business Partner 1 Position

Nairobi, Kenya

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Posted 1 week ago

Job Description

On any day, 2 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life-giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future. Great products from our range of more than 400 brands give us a unique place in the lives of people all over the world.

Main Job Purpose

Key business partner to supply chain leadership team whose main responsibilities are:

  • Translate Supply chain strategies into a financial plan
  • Business performance management delivering high-quality insights facilitating effective decision making
  • Scenario analysis on innovations and capital investments

Job Summary

  • Translate Supply chain strategies into financial plan and monthly financial forecast
  •  Ensure weekly tracking of supply chain performance against forecast
  • Identify value opportunities that require a particular intervention/project support from Finance Business Partner resources
  • Evaluate projects in process to ensure they have a favourable payback and return on investment
  • Drive better decision making around resource allocation and budget setting
  • Undertake major performance interventions if needed
  • Support supply chain team at the key decision gates of innovation business cases
  • Review impacts of performance interventions
  • Identify major risks and opportunities
  • Facilitate the development of corrective actions to close gaps to targets
  • Facilitate identification and implementation of savings opportunities
  • Ensure that a robust Capex expenditure process is in place and enforced

Business partnering and insight

  • Collect data for base assumptions and liaise with Supply Chain, and relevant cross-functional teams to build the base business case and sensitivity analysis
  • Perform Business Case modelling (or facilitate self-service) and articulate business case characteristics to non-Finance stakeholders
  • Provide support in innovation funnel review analysis
  • Embed the rigour, discipline and continuous improvement around Post-Launch Evaluations (PLEs) for implemented projects
  • Provide insights to MCOs and Categories on innovation performance, contribution to company growth, PLE earnings and innovation trends

Process ownership and delivery

  • Act as subject matter experts in building Innovation Business Cases
  • Track Business Case (BC) progress including CAPEX projects
  • Own the BC tool and seek continuous improvement, simplification & standardisation
  • Build proactive Innovation Performance Management capabilities - maintain and continuously improve self-service tools and reports to track delivery of Innovation Business Cases (e.g. in market performance of key launches)
  • Provide training to Business Partners on standard Business Case tools
  • Develop a knowledge repository of best practices and share learnings with categories and countries

Key Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree and professional qualification CPA/ACCA
  • 4-5 years’ experience in finance business partnering with at least 1 year in manufacturing or supply chain
  • Experience with the identification of risks & opportunities in the P&L
  • Experience in driving P&L performance improvements (e.g. closing gaps vs. target) and holding others accountable (particularly peers and senior leadership)
  • Significant experience managing a large and complex set of stakeholders
  • Experience in presenting to and communicating with senior Finance and non-finance stakeholders
  • People management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Strong analytical skills, Excel modelling skills and attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Strong engagement, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to work fluidly with data and across systems
  • Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner
  • Qualified accountant or equivalent
  • Influencing skills
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Nairobi, Kenya

2 - 50 people

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