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Senior Data Manager - Global Supply Chain



Operations, Data Science
Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Reports to: D&A Director Data Centre of Excellence

About Unilever

Be part of the world’s most successful, purpose-led business. Work with brands that are well-loved around the world, that improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We promote innovation, big and small, to make our business win and grow; and we believe in business as a strength for good. Unleash your curiosity, confront ideas and disrupt processes; use your energy to make this happen. Our brilliant business seniors and colleagues provide mentorship and inspiration, so you can be at your best.

Every individual here can bring their purpose to life through their work. Join us and you’ll be surrounded by inspiring and supportive peers. Among them, you’ll channel your purpose, bring fresh ideas to the table, and simply be you. As you work to make a real impact on the business and the world, we’ll work to help you become a better you. At Unilever, you’re much more than your job title. Here, you can uncover the work you’re most passionate about. And you can put your fresh thinking into action to create real impact across the world.

Data & Analytics at Unilever

For Unilever to remain competitive in the future, we need to continue the path to become data intelligent. The purpose of the Data & Analytics team is to help Unilever become Data Intelligent and a clear analytical competitor- partnering with the business to power key decisions with data, insights, advanced analytics and AI.

Our ambition is to enable democratisation of data, information and insights as a completely agile organisation that builds fantastic careers for our people and is accountable for delivering great work that maximises impact and delivers growth.

The Data & Analytics function endeavours to create clear accountability for all aspects of Data Strategy, Data Management, Information Management, Analytics, and Insights. We are accountable for impact of solutions, maintaining market relevance and minimising unnecessary overlaps in analytics products, ensuring simplicity and that our solutions better meet the needs of our users.

We have four key operating principles: (1)One team, (2)Connected to the business, (3) Deploying with pace and discipline and (4)Designing for experience

Our vision is to make Unilever data intelligent, partnering with the business to power key decisions with data, advanced analytics and AI to accelerate growth. Our 5 strategies to achieve this are:

Accelerate & simplify access to relevant data, information and insights

Build in-house, leading-edge data, information, insights & analytics capability

Lead the data & insights culture and careers to empower employees across Unilever

Rapidly embed analytics products, solutions and services to drive growth

Advance Information Automation at Scale

Job Purpose

Data as a Platform (DAAP) program is a flagship program with Data and Analytics (D&A) org to build a cross functional data lake to help data democratization. To achieve Unilever strategic business objectives, it is important that our gold standard analytics products can effectively leverage this underlying data foundation. The purpose of this role is to act as a bridge between core data SME team and analytics product managers to ensure data roadmap is aligned to big product milestones and meets quality standards expected from the analytics products.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Global Digital Supply Chain (i.e. Procurement, Make, Logistics, Quality etc) Team as part of Data & Analytics, Data Centre of Excellence. This role is tasked to deliver the data foundations needed to deliver maximum value from data to drive business and organisational performance.

Role Purpose

The role has three main accountabilities:

Define, execute and embed the data and analytics strategy, delivering the data platform foundations needed to fuel our analytical products and deliver the democratisation of our data across the whole organisation.

Defining and embedding a strong enterprise data governance and data quality programme within the Data Lake to properly govern our internal, 2nd and 3rd party data assets and to ensure we have end to end quality from source to product.

Partnering with our functions and analytical products to consulting and innovate on data components of products within a function / country / cluster: establishing data as a product, data as an enabler, then data as a service (and maybe eventually data as a business).

The position will be a Senior Manager responsible for Global Digital Supply Chain partnering with analytical products, business groups and functions, to define and design specification for the data platform . You will work with the Data CoE Director to masterfully execute and collaborate with senior stakeholders to (i)drive cultural shift around data within the organisation; (ii) explore innovation opportunities around new data channels, new data feeds; (iii) identify interdependent activities and bias towards front-loading high impact work.


  • Accountable for delivering data design for Supply Chain data and analytical products, owning the data delivery timelines in the overall data build plan

  • Owns the common data model and ensures maximum standardization across similar markets for data & product.

  • Ensures readiness of data and flags risks to function / products leadership team as required

  • Defines the scope of data remediation activities and activates necessary resources for on time completion.

  • Leads the resolution process for any data related challenges to meet delivery milestones. This includes working with broader data COE and solution factory teams to define a clear roles and responsibilities matrix and driving that on ground.

  • Manage the delivery through data factory, applying Agile principles around scrum / sprint / kanban delivery process.

  • Works with central data quality team in data as a platform program to ensure automated checks are built for monitoring and control.

  • Leads the data governance for product related data and activates it by working with broader data COE organization.

  • Oversee product data related functional/ non-functional design and ensure Capability Teams’ members of the squad develop solutions which meet the business requirements.

  • Manage the transition to DevOps for post support model post product go live.

All About You

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded commercial and analytics professional. They will have a good knowledge of operations and value chain in a consumer goods company, that is complemented by working knowledge of data management, data strategy or business information intelligence, and emerging technologies required to deliver a world class data service. Most importantly, the ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and ability to work with peers and demonstrate vertical and lateral influence and will enjoy rolling their sleeves up to drive towards outcomes.

Experience, skills, and qualifications required:

We encourage you to apply if you meet 80% or more of what we’re looking for below. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have skills we didn’t know we need!

  • Experience within Supply Chain organization preferred

  • Experience in driving business value realisation from data and business intelligence preferred

  • Strong track record of working with senior business leadership (VPs+) to drive definition, alignment, data driven foundations to address complex business questions

  • Ability to manage multiple requests and priorities simultaneously in a highly VUCA and competitive market

  • Proven competency in managing and developing teams

  • Data Governance understanding preferred

  • Azure experience preferred

Professional Skills

  • Data lifecycle management – Fully Operational

  • Analytical power and actionable insights generation – Working Knowledge

  • Data modelling and architecture – Working Knowledge

  • Supply Chain management / process knowledge – Working Knowledge

  • Business Intelligence / Data Modelling and Visualisation – Working Knowledge

  • Technical knowledge SQL – Working Knowledge

  • Coding Skills in R, Python –Basic Appreciation

Your Network


  • Data Platform Leadership Team

  • Digital Supply Chain Leadership Team

  • D&A Leadership Team (D&A Head of Analytics Products, Data Science, Key Markets, Operations Factory)

  • Enterprise Data Executive

  • Global Business Groups and Functional Leadership Teams

  • UniOps IT Innovation Technology Team


  • Data and insight 3rd parties / strategic partners

  • Targeted Universities for developing innovations and recruiting talent

  • Foundry, Industry Groups and Communities

What we offer

From our foundation, Unilever has been a purpose-driven company. Today, our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace. We are working to create a brighter future every day with brands and services that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. That includes us – the people who work for Unilever, as well as the world around us. Unilever’s flexible rewards and benefits are designed to help us all have sustainable households, for whatever life stage you are at now and in the future. These include:

  • Great work environment

  • Flexible work environment built on trust and autonomy

  • Pension scheme

  • Employee Assistance Program for you and your family

  • Well-being hub with access to benefits such as Healthcare, eye tests, health checks, occupational physio

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing the development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

Reasonable Adjustments

Unilever embraces diversity and encourages applications from people with a disability. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment journey. Candidates will be asked at the time of their application if any support or reasonable adjustments to complete their application and any subsequent recruitment journey with us at Unilever.