Senior Product Manager, D&A
Title: SENIOR MANAGER
Reports to: Ganesh Venkatesh, Organised Retail Analytics Director
Business Area (OU Group): Data & Analytics
Function / Sub-Function: UniOps / Business Operations
Standard Job Name: Senior Manager Profit Pool
Work Level: WL2C
UniOps’ purpose unleashes the power of people, experiences, technology, data, and performance to deliver experiences that grow, fuel, and protect Unilever and our stakeholders.
The Data and Analytics (D&A) team plays a critical role in driving Unilever’s Growth and Fuel for Growth, empowering our people to make smarter and faster solutions to unlock value. Our vision is to transform Unilever to become truly Data Intelligent, delivering performance through data-operating solutions.
About D&A – Context and Vision
Digital technology is transforming business, creating huge amounts of data. Our belief is that those companies that can truly harness data and deploy analytics at scale, will be those that succeed in the future.
Our vision is to elevate data and data use across Unilever, to transform Unilever into a Data-Intelligent enterprise, where every solution and action is powered by the best data and advanced analytics (AI) to deliver on our business goals. It’s about empowering our employees, helping them to make smarter and faster solutions and freeing up their capacity to focus on growth and the resolutions that matter. Resolutions about our categories, brands, channels, key markets, and our people.
We are helping to guide Unilever into the Future of Work, combining the best of human intelligence and machine through data-intelligent solution-making.
Who we are and what we do
We are a passionate team of over 350 data experts, data scientists, information experts, technical specialists, and business analysts. We operate as ‘One D&A’, made up of Global engagement and expertise teams, based in our key hubs including India, the UK, and US, and local UniOps in Market D&A teams, based in our key markets. Together, we combine the best of global for scale and efficiency, and local for intimacy and impact.
‘We are in the midst of a paradigm shift where the intelligence of machines will complement human ingenuity to do good, do better and smarter” – Sanjiv Mehta, Unilever President, South Asia
Our key aim as D&A are to:
Set the Unilever data strategy and lay the foundations to maximise the value of our data.
Deliver the connected Data Platform to accelerate access to integrated and trusted data at scale across the company for analytics and resolutions.
Embed core data and analytics capabilities, guiding to automation, AI, and Big Data to boost Unilever’s resolution intelligence.
Guide the Data and Analytics Culture to build a future-fit workforce those values and adopts data-intelligent solution-making across all levels.
We are also passionate about powering our growth with purpose, building a diverse and inclusive team and culture, for example through our #WomenInData program, and continuing to innovate in the use of data and AI to meet our sustainability goals.
If you are excited about data and insights and passionate about consumer product offerings with an innovative mindset for improvement, then we think this role is for you. You need to be a highly skilled market analyst who has a proven ability to strategize the full lifecycle of a product, from conception to release. We’re looking for a leader who can guide cross-functional teams in the creation of products that improve customer experience and grow market share.
Ownership of the overall product vision, strategy and direction (near term and long term)
Operate the data and analytics innovation agenda for the Partners4Growth (P4G) programme
Setup Adoption and Benefit Goals for P4G Program and provide split and target at Product level
Evangelize P4G and specific products constantly to markets
Ownership of the overall product roadmap, including strategic choices about “where to play” and how to maximise
Build and manage relationship with senior stakeholders within D&A and Business
Create necessary materials for senior stakeholder engagement
In charge of effectively directing, and managing the team as well as establishing and maintaining team ways of working
Support the Product Manager manage and expand product team
Working with data and engineering resources (Solution Factory) stakeholders to support product development
Directing change management, product adoption and benefits tracking activities
Programme RAID management and appropriate escalation where necessary
Vendor management and engagement
Assist in creating the annual budget
Secure funding for key projects/programs agreed as a part of the above strategy
Manage end to end budget to meet financial targets
Reports progress up to / manages direct engagement with senior stakeholder management (VP level)
Compiles monthly, quarterly, and annual reports
Develops a network of connections across the CPG industry to ensure constant knowledge of best practice and a focus on ruthless advantage vs opposition
ALL ABOUT YOU
We are looking for someone who is flexible with a positive can-do attitude. You are assured to pro-actively get the ball rolling and persistent to get the job done to a high standard. You use your creativity for innovation and problem solving. You understand the importance of Data and have an analytical mindset
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!
Overall 12+ years of relevant work experience, with minimum 5+ years in data and analytics
Proven success of delivering overall product vision, strategy and direction (near term and long term), including ownership of the overall product roadmap, incorporating strategic choices about “where to play” and how to maximise
Demonstrable experience of strong stakeholder management skills
Proven competency in managing and developing teams across reporting lines
Experience in building business cases and owning delivery of the projects/programs as well as the benefit realisation tracking
Working knowledge of:
End to end Solution Development Life Cycle
Design Thinking, DevOps models and Agile Scrum
Demonstrable knowledge of visualization tools like PBI, Webapp or other data blending tools
Previous CPG / retailer facing experience, ideally with exposure to Category Management
Exposure and good learning in Data Science
Have managed at least a 3M+ budget and a 10+ team of FTE and vendors
At least 8 years of experience in guiding cross functional teams
Ability to communicate complex analytic and data science solutions in a precise, and actionable manner to senior management
Key Skills Required - Professional Skills
Strong demonstrated leadership and delivery acumen
Ability to influence senior leaders on what data and insights solutions will best fit / meet their needs
Demonstrates strong "Inner game":
Strong Design Thinking/Agility and innovation mindset – intellectually curious, constantly looking to develop, embraces change with sense of urgency and enjoys positively demanding status quo
Personal drive and ability to inspire and engage others towards action
Personal mastery –emotionally resilient; always bringing the best of themselves
Demonstrates great "Outer game":
Credible business acumen – shows understanding of business, commercials and performance metrics. Has gravitas to effectively influence senior stakeholder within a functional and business context
Encourages experimentation, bringing the outside in, and intelligent risk taking
Brings the voice of the consumer and internal customer into everything they do
Passion for high performance – creating motivation and focus to operate execution at speed
A talent catalyst – encouraging collaboration and inclusivity, empowering teams to be their best
WHAT DO WE OFFER
From our foundation, Unilever has been a purpose-operating 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
Great work environment
Flexible work environment built on trust and freedom
Employee Assistance Program for you and your family
Well-being hub with access to benefits such as Healthcare, eye tests, health checks, occupational physio
Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of well-being and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes, and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all. And last but certainly not least - the chance to be a part of a dynamic team with the backing of the globally renowned Unilever brand.
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.
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.