Mechanical Shift Artisan (Job Number: 1800089T)

    MAIN JOB PURPOSE: Maintenance lead across equipment repair and preventive maintenance services on sophisticated high-speed packaging equipment to ensure continuous operation of machinery and production processes. Performance aligned across the business unit consistent with Unilever goals and business unit Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to include safety, quality, productivity and customer service.

    • Responds immediately to equipment-related problems and installs, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs across all equipment in the business area to ensure minimal downtime
    • Manages and schedules repairs on operating equipment in the processing and/or packaging operations, whenever possible, and remains cognisant of quality standards as product quality can be easily compromised
    • Observes and tests operation of sophisticated hydraulic, pneumatic and/or mechanical as well as basic electrical devices to evaluate, identify and resolve operating problems
    • Dismantles equipment and machinery to identify, remove, repair and/or replace damaged or deteriorated components and reassembles appropriately
    • Monitors equipment meters and adjusts temperatures as needed
    • Performs preventive maintenance on equipment and machinery to include repair/replacement of bearings, valves, actuators, sensors, gearboxes, conveyors, lubrication of parts, cleaning of filters, recalibration of controls, changing line gaskets, adjusting components and/or cleaning of equipment
    • Maintains maintenance logs and work order documentation on equipment repairs using SAP and paper forms
    • Troubleshoots PLC controlled equipment with a computer and sensors, cameras and calls an electrical specialist when needed
    • Recommends continuous improvement ideas to the Team Leader or the Shift Coordinator and provides information related to technical issues and equipment problems
    Maintains an organised, clean and safe work area
    Observes all safety guidelines, company rules and regulations, and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in the performance across outputs and deliverables

    • Diploma or general education degree (GED)
    • *N3 Mechanical qualification is essential
    • Completion of an apprentice program and holder of a certified Mechanical Trade either Millwright, Fitter or Turner
    • 3 years’ industrial maintenance experience – specifically across FMCG
    • Work independently and take initiative is critical
    • Collaborate across a team and *must be willing to learn and share skills with fellow technicians
    • Concise thinking and systematic problem solving is essential to implement cost-effective efficient engineering solutions
    • Physical Demands: Must be physically able to work in restricted spaces to access machinery and equipment components. Frequent standing and/or walking is essential. *Must be able to move, lift or carry heavy objects or materials
    • Work Environment: Work is regularly performed near moving mechanical parts in a production setting. Work is frequently performed in high places and near conveyors and there is frequent exposure to hot, wet and humid conditions. The incumbent may also experience frequent exposure to sharp metal objects, hot liquid food products, caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock as well as fumes, dust, mold and mildew in the atmosphere. Protective equipment must be worn around metal objects, liquid product and caustic chemicals when exposed to these conditions. Work is performed near moving forklift tractors

    Closing Date: Ongoing

    Exports Planner (Job Number: 180008ZN)


    Unilever has set up a new Africa Hub office as the latest move in an ongoing drive to grow its business across the African continent and help create a Brighter Future for Africa with its portfolio of iconic brands. The Exports Planner will manage the planning and logistics movement of all Africa Hub export shipments out of the Ocean hub

    • Consolidate APO demand across customers to create shipments for Africa HUB customers
    • Weekly download/check customers’ requirements and upload projected deliveries
    • In advance determine requirements to shipping documents for export customs clearance, including weights, volumes, description of products, delivery terms, duties, tariffs, etc.
    • Prepare clear instructions for brokers/transport companies/drivers
    Create, monitor and complete export shipments in Excel to ensure timely, correct information is available to all parties concerned
    • Update file daily with shipment status information for maximum accuracy
    • Telecons with warehouses about update supporting documents
    • Telecons with customers/transport companies/brokers for new export routes
    • Prepare and gather/scan necessary documentation from all departments concerned for customer orders shipping
    • Submit accurate export shipping documentation to customs broker in time
    • Ensure that the proper paperwork aligns to compliance requirements of specific country/customer
    • Send original shipping documents (COOs, invoices, certificates, etc.) by courier mail upon customer’s requests to ensure smooth and timely import clearance. Unilever Rus provides special letter of attorney for documents sign
    • Manage non-standard export shipments (return/free of charge deliveries of rejected raw/pack materials, re-export deliveries)
    • Manage requests certificates of origin for further provision to governmental agencies
    • Submit/send original /or scanned invoices to customers for post payments/ prepayments, on time and in compliance with relevant local, country and international law and process
    • Process payments to suppliers (customs brokers) for customs clearance and warehousing services provided by creating purchase orders in ARIBA system (Buying role)
    • Book and confirm shipment space with carriers as appropriate (for sea exports)
    • Send pre-advises and scanned set documentation for all customers
    • Monitor all export deliveries, all changes and book slots for loading at the warehouse
    • Ordering / document preparation / sending samples of goods to customers by requirement
    • End to end monitoring of customer payments along with Customer facing and MSO finance

    • To be the main point of contact for the HUB manager on all export Customer service issues
    • Engage export MSO’s and ensure that pre-agreed parameters are adhered to (quantities/Lot sizes and release dates)
    • Build strong relationships with customer facing and COM teams to ensure correct orders shared
    • Build strong relationships with Imports planners and SA SU production planners/Supply planners to ensure stock availability
    • Ensure correct transfer prices applied and updated and resolve issues and queries

    • Build and maintain a strong relationship with service providers to ensure required legal documentation is processed on time to achieve high service levels

    • Analysis and report on MSO/Customer service(OTIF)
    • Recommend process improvement opportunities
    • KPI Analysis – Loss Tree Analysis – YTD vs YTG (Inv, BW)
    • 3PL Performance Management: Lead Inventory portion of weekly SLA performance with 3PLs to ensure performance
    • Ensure structural approach and management to eliminate top losses rather that daily incident management
    • Ensure SOPs for all processes exist and are signed off and followed
    • Ensure robust quality management processes and no inadvertent stock releases to the trade
    • Analyze the Weekly Inventory Scorecard and ensure robust investigation and actions plans are in place where red
    • Bi-Annual Stock Count – Prepare inventory team for the stock count. Attend the count and perform an Audit during the count. (Variance tolerance of 0.02%)
    • Team performance – daily review on action list and collaboration

    • A completed Degree in Supply Chain or equivalent
    • SAPICS Diploma in Inventory Management or equivalent will be an advantage
    • 3-5 years Export Planning and Sourcing from South Africa across Africa and International countries within FMCG/ Manufacturing industry
    • Proven international planning experience dealing with Suppliers
    • *Must have proficient Customs/ Clearance/ Exports/ Duty and Cross boarder experience
    • Stakeholder and Supplier management experience
    • Proficient Supplier; Material; Production and Projection background planning experience
    • Good working knowledge of Finance
    • Good mathematical ability and problem solving skills
    • Good working knowledge of SAP

    Closing Date : Ongoing

    Procurement Assistant Manager – Strategic Projects (Job Number: 1800090X)

    There has never been a more exciting time to be working in Procurement when you consider the sheer scale of what we are seeking to do in growing our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our Positive social impact.

    As Unilever Procurement adapts to the ever-dynamic business environment, we will need to be agile in order to continue our track record of delivery in contributing to the top and bottom line. Inevitably, given the consistent and high quality of our delivery over the past few years, we will be asked to continue this rate of performance and indeed go over and above this standard to ensure the value provided is further enhanced across the scope of our remit.

    As well as ensuring that we are best in class in delivering the basics, we also have to look to the future and continuously evolve to meet the needs of our changing environment – reinventing ourselves for sustained competitive advantage. And of course, we are only half of the picture. Our suppliers are at the heart of everything we do. We need to partner more closely than ever with suppliers to co-create sustainable practices and bigger and better innovations.

    We have 2 openings as follows:

    Procurement Assistant Manager – Strategic Projects
    Procurement Assistant Manager – Finance


    Lead and land VIP program across Africa. Support the Cluster Procurement Manager and Cluster Procurement teams. Integrating global / regional sourcing strategies with business and plant demands, balancing timing and conflicting interests. Working across the respective regions with multiple strategic Procurement teams each with a different culture and processes. 25% innovations, 25% VIP, 25% Category specific support and 25% procurement strategy support

    • Support Sustainability, Resilience agenda for Africa (BEE for SNA)
    • Supports early (as early as possible) “Inside-Out” Procurement involvement in category innovation and supply chain projects (facing & integrating with the Category/Geography, acting as the point of contact in brand / category / SC teams
    • Supports the Product Group Supply Chain team in Procurement issues related to the category/ geography
    • Acts as Custodian of the category/ geography relationship with Supply Managers, innovation project management and customer service
    • Ensures alignment between Category/ Geography needs and Supply Markets capabilities
    • Enable communication (Project review – Information flow – Target/goals & strategies)
    • Supplier Collaboration and Innovation
    • Represents Procurement in the category innovation projects (material cost, speed to market, complexity and coherence with strategy)
    • Support Suppliers selection to be involved in projects
    • Influence Suppliers strategy to fulfil Category business goals
    • Support material procurement in leveraging effectively external relationships to support the innovation process
    • Competitor Analysis and Benchmarking
    • Provide input to SC analysis on materials and suppliers drawing on expertise of the Procurement teams facing various supply markets
    • Directly leads or coordinates some Innovation projects as needed
    • Supports implementation and operational execution of PI Portfolio Procurement sourcing strategies and selected supply base into the category / brand / R&D teams and prevents use of non-selected suppliers
    • Supports supplier capacity planning and run strategy development, communication of UL requirements to suppliers and expediting of orders [placed by material managers] as needed
    • Participation in the category / brand / R&D innovation projects, cost savings teams as supply project manager and is the communication conduit for e.g. ideas, new technology, material cost, availability, risk, opportunity, supplier capital requirements etc. between the internal procurement groups, business operating teams and supply base
    • Communicates output of Supplier Evaluation Program and develops and follows up corrective action and review process with internal customers, supplier relationship managers and suppliers
    • To ensure the satisfaction of Unilever’s internal customers with the services provided by the procurement organization (same as procurement assistant)
    • Support the periodic Executive Summary for the Team by consolidating and reporting various KPIs (e.g. VIP)
    • To handle diverse customer, supplier or operational issues when they arise. (same as procurement assistant)
    • Support in preparing and executing of team/ project meetings/ telcons and visits (same as procurement assistant)

    • Degree in Supply Chain/ Finance/ Engineering or equivalent
    • 3-5 years Procurement and Sourcing experience within the FMCG/ Manufacturing industry
    • Proficient Project Management experience will be an advantage
    • Solid understanding of Supply Chain and FMCG ways of workings
    • Good economics understanding and numerical
    • Travel will be once or twice a year, within the Africa cluster

    Closing Date : Ongoing

    Millwright Artisan (Job Number: 180009IH)

    MAIN JOB PURPOSE: To provide multidisciplinary engineering and operations to skills to ensure general maintenance within specific unit of responsibility within prescribed guidelines
    Undertakes all non-specialized maintenance within specific unit of responsibility within definition
    Coaches and develops the engineering skills of other maintenance and operational staff
    Makes recommendation for continuous improvement
    Involved in WCM activities. Works within defined Engineering and SHE Policies and Standards
    Engineering: Diagnoses and interprets problems (fault finding) to optimize production output and with own team carries out the plant repairs
    Ensures that service levels are maintained at the required standards by carrying out all breakdown, preventative and predictive maintenance effectively
    Drive breakdown reductions off analyzing breakdowns, complying with the PPM requirement and implementing Continuous improvements
    Participates in strategic engineering plans to deliver maintenance and breakdown reduction benefits (RCM)
    Identifies the major engineering losses in his area and investigates using Kaizen problem solving methodology. (Fishbone, 5 Why etc.)
    Ensures that Company safety rules and regulations are adhered and maintaining Unilever safety and 5S standards
    Draws up, Coaches and develops engineering skills to other maintenance and operational staff using OPL and SOP’s
    N3 AND Trade Test Mechanical/ Electrical /Instrumental/ Millwright
    3 years Millwright experience in FMCG and Manufacturing
    Experience on high-speed packaging machinery will be an advantage
    Experience on Rotary Fillers will be an advantage
    Must have a valid driver’s license and be flexible within pattern of shift work and standby to accommodate factory shutdowns, training courses etc and emergency cover

    Closing Date: Ongoing

    Assistant Learning Manager/ Training & Development Manager (Job Number: 18000AUA)

    MAIN JOB PURPOSE: To provide training and development, coordinating support to the site’s manufacturing skills strategy.


    Manages the implementation of the learning and capability building plans for teams and individuals
    Works with managers and staff to ensure that they understand the learning and capability plans
    Provides insight on prioritisation of learning and capability needs to improve performance
    Facilitates internal learning events and workshops, delivering content as appropriate
    Engages with managers and employees to ensure that the organisation complies always with relevant training legislations
    Leads and facilitate TC meeting with trade unions and ensure skills development compliance
    Supports all WCM Pillar Leaders to roll out existing programmes to the business and manage changes to ongoing programmes
    Works with managers to ascertain and develop skills needs to drive high performance culture.
    Networks with Expertise team and externally to understand current learning trends and innovations to improve capability plans
    Keeps up-to-date with legislative changes and trains and coaches managers, training committee members and other site learning coordinators to ensure policies are followed and risks identified.
    Uses innovative technology in the capability development plans and implementation
    Ensures site WSP/ATR compliance and accurate submission
    Coordination of overall site training and development strategy for the sourcing unit
    Provide strong support for People Development pillar
    Lead and provide guidance to the Training Coordinator
    Ensures compliance of and aligns site training strategy to the overall Manufacturing skills strategy
    Monitors progress of training implementation against site strategy
    Reports on all training activities for the site
    Establishes and maintains a central interface between all key sub functions e.g. WCM/TPM, SHE, Q, Engineering, Operations, HR, Finance
    Ensures compliance of use of accredited training vendors to maintain consistency and quality in delivery of training
    Manages training budget
    Ensures BBBEE compliance
    Ensures training committees are entrenched and active
    Manages learnerships on site

    Internal: Production departments, TPM, SHE, Q, Engineering, Corporate – nature of contact involves information sharing and advice
    External: Vendors and SETA’s


    Degree in Mechanical/ Electrical/ Chemical/ Industrial Engineering/ Learning highly preferred OR Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical/ Electrical Engineering OR N6/ S4 in Electrical/ Mechanical/ Instrumentation OR equivalent
    3 years working experience in Factory Training in a Technical/ FMCG/ Manufacturing environment
    *Must be a Skills Development Facilitator – SDF with strong Skills Assessments experience
    Manex/ WCM/TPM experience will be an advantage
    Continuous improvement work and pillar lead experience preferred
    *Must have solid experience identifying and implementing training programs. Must have a wealth of experience with identifying training gaps and demonstrate how these gaps were closed
    *Must be proficient with leading training agendas
    *Must have proven track record on the impact of focused Programme and Development – use of training methodologies i.e. how this has improved productivity
    *Must have lead Learnerships/ SETA programs
    *Must have experience with SETA Grant Applications
    *Must have experience with starting up and implementing a Training/ Learning and Development systems, ability to generate reports, and build a plug-in exercise accessible across the business
    *Must have depth across Training Analysis
    Strong understanding of Unions (Unionised environment)

    Understanding of SAQA, NQF’s, SETA’s
    Assessor / Moderator
    Thorough knowledge of Learnerships/ Apprenticeships

    Closing Date: Ongoing

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