UFS R&D Savoury & Plant-Based Lead - SEA & SA

Unilever (Bangkok)
Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭
Unilever Thai Group of Companies is a fast-moving consumer goods company with a strong presence in Thailand for more than 80 years. Unilever offers Thai consumers a wide range of leading brands in four categories; Home Care, Personal Care, Foods and Ice cream products. Our Thai portfolio includes major brand icons such as: Comfort, Lux, Vaseline, Citra, Sunsilk, Clear, Pond’s, Dove, Axe, Rexona, Close Up, Breeze, Omo, Sunlight, Knorr, Wall’s, Magnum, Cornetto, Lipton and luxury division Unilever Network. Unilever Thailand employs around 4,000 people and generated annual sales of Baht 40,000 million in 2014.

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Unilever is currently hiring for R&D Manager - Savory & Plant-based


• Build savory & plant-based R&D strategy in SEA region while providing expertise and capability support for other relevant R&D Teams in South Asia, Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Israel
• Plan, execute and monitor technical deliverables of innovation & renovation projects on-time in-full across R&D functions (formulation, packaging, processing, CTI-claims, regulatory), implement project management best practices in agile ways to drive efficient project execution and ensuring adherence to budget and quality standards.
• Co-develop strategic initiatives with relevant Stakeholders to identify growth and improvement opportunities within SEA savory and plant-based category aligning with business objectives, which include building category roadmaps, define projects scope and manage projects execution.
• Build long term technology capability roadmap within savory and plant-based category in SEA to drive strong product competitiveness in the market.
• Work closely with the RDC Retail co-locating in the same location to ensure the savory and plant-based capability in R&D is built and deliverables in the key sourcing units within SEA are aligned, optimized and quality is uncompromised while delivering the UFS ambition of growth and margin.
• Lead the R&D elements in Unilever Sustainability Living Plan agenda.


• Above 8 years working experience within R&D, Supply Chain or other technical functions.
• Proven track record in managing projects and delivery with speed, agility and consistently high standards of work and results. Experience in leading end-to-end innovation management will be preferred
• Innovative mindset on getting things done with a balance capabilities of food technology, theoretical scientific understanding, engineering knowledge along with commercial awareness with broad range of R&D experiences across the organization (Global/Cluster/Local).
• Strong exposure and engagement to business teams and cross functional teams is key and comfortable in working in a matrix organization and a complex environment.
• Those with experience in Foods in particular Savory or Plant-based is preferred.