[Vacancy]: MRP Lead and Local Materials Planner Needed at Unilever

February 22, 2024

Job Description


  • Unilever is the place where you can bring your purpose to life with the work that you do—creating a better business and a better world.
  • The MRP lead and local material planner are critical to the delivery of supply chain business commitments which means consistency with service across all Brands down to SKU level.
  • The Material Planner manages Raw and/or Packaging material call-offs to ensure adequate cover for the production plan and manages stocks within working capital targets. Also needs to ensure that both Suppliers and Supplier Management understand material requirements while coordinating and planning the delivery of materials to ensure uninterrupted production and timely delivery of stock.
  • The role involves analyzing inventory levels, forecasting, and liaising with suppliers to optimize supply chain efficiency., If you are passionate about ensuring optimizing supply chain efficiency. then this role is just for you!


  • Analyze inventory levels and forecast demand to determine material requirements for all production facilities.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with suppliers to ensure reliable and timely delivery of materials.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including production and procurement, to prioritize material orders based on production schedules and demand forecasts.
  • Monitor inventory levels and implement strategies to minimize stockouts and excess inventory, aligning with Unilever’s sustainability goals.
  • Identify opportunities for cost savings and efficiency improvements within the supply chain while adhering to Unilever’s ethical sourcing guidelines.
  • Generate reports and provide analysis to support decision-making processes and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Stay updated on industry trends and market conditions to anticipate potential material shortages or price fluctuations.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations, Unilever’s policies, and quality standards.

Experiences & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, Logistics, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • 2 years of experience in material planning, procurement, or supply chain roles, preferably in a manufacturing or production related environment.
  • Proficiency in inventory management and business-related applications, including ERP systems
  • Knowledge of industry best practices, regulatory requirements, and emerging trends in supply chain management.


  • Business Acumen: Ability to analyze data, including inventory levels, demand forecasts, and supplier performance metrics, to make informed decisions and optimize material planning processes.
  • Supply Chain Management, inventory management and material requirements planning: Understanding of supply chain principles and practices, including inventory management, procurement strategies, and logistics coordination.
  • Self-Mastery: Strong verbal and written communication skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams, develop proactive engagement with suppliers, and provide clear instructions and updates regarding material requirements. Ability to prioritize effectively, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Detail-oriented: Thoroughness and accuracy in monitoring inventory levels, tracking orders, and identifying discrepancies or potential issues in the supply chain.
  • Passion for high performance: Capacity to identify and address challenges in material availability, production scheduling, or supplier performance to ensure uninterrupted operations.


  • You are energized by delivering fantastic results. You are an example to others – both your results and your resilience. You are constantly on the lookout for better ways to do things, engaging and collaborating with others along the way.
  • As an individual, you are the one responsible for your own wellbeing and delivering high standards of work. You must also focus on the Consumer and what they need. You are humble and have your head up, looking around to interpret evidence and data smartly, spot issues and opportunities to make things better.
  • Critical SOL (Standards of Leadership) Behaviors
    • PASSION FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE: Takes personal responsibility and accountability for execution and results. Has an owner’s mindset, using data and insight to make decisions.
    • PERSONAL MASTERY: Sets high standards for themselves. Actively builds own wellbeing and resilience.
    • CONSUMER LOVE: Whatever their role, always looks for better ways to serve consumers. Invests time inside and outside to understand the needs of consumers.
    • PURPOSE & SERVICE: Has humility, understanding that leadership is service to others, inside and outside Unilever.
    • AGILITY: Explores the world around them, continually learning and developing their skills.

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