R&D Assistant Manager - Confectionary/cold Chain Industry

R&D Assistant Manager - Confectionary/cold Chain Industry

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Job Description

R&D Assistant Manager is responsible for a defined product portfolio in set category as technical business partner for the go to market organization (marketing, sales, quality, legal, consumer care lines as main functions) in implementing and activating products in the local market to drive sales and to be compliant with UL and local legislation and market requirements. In this context they work closely with other R&D capabilities like nutrition, regulatory and packaging as well as their RDC (Regional Deploy Centers) counterparts within the SEA region and need to ensure consistent country messages across the different functions. Main accountabilities & decision-making requirements:
- Responsible and accountable to deliver agreed IC R&D program in the country in close partnership with RDC
- Accountability for project leadership for VN IC leadership team and OTIF delivery Vietnam IC projects
• Delivery of project on time in full (OTIF)
• Clarifying scope, objectives and milestones with stakeholders
• Ongoing stakeholder management
• Managing interdependencies, risks and trade-offs across the project
• Leading and managing a cross-functional project team
• Driving the business to key decisions points
• Ownership of gate documents, presentations to key gate-keeping meetings and Intellectual Property Management - First point of call for any country activities that requires R&D input for IC
- Competitor monitoring and 3C reporting - Accelerating the KBS (Knowledge Based Selling) concept or Selling stories (UFS). Training of relevant Operational Company business partners (production, consumer care line, quality assurance, customer development and brand building) on technical aspects of the relevant product portfolio/category and/or new product launches
- Technical implementation of relevant product innovations, brand-led growth and sustainability initiatives for the Vietnam market
- Technical approval of all product relevant messages in advertising and activation (point of sale, TV, print, outdoor, PR/media) in cooperation with legal, regulatory and nutrition; providing substantiation where required for localized claims based on provided claims substantiation document
- Generating learning from project implementations (PLE) on local deploy part
- Support packaging development to deliver OTIF agreed Vietnam UFSs sustainable packaging plan
- Ensuring product compliance (artwork approval, ingredient registration) according to local regulatory requirements as well as Unilever policies and standards in cooperation with local interfaces (legal, regulatory and nutrition) as well as regional product development
- Works closely with Cluster Design to provide local legal, customer and consumer requirements/insights (local market needs, distribution/usage conditions and secondary packaging requirements, sustainability and quality requirements), as well as competitor intelligence into product development, interfacing with other capabilities (regulatory, nutrition, packaging, specification) as required
- Identify and estimate potential innovation quality issues based on local market knowledge, investigating quality complaints and as first point of contact for local quality assurance advocate/work with the RDCs to solve the issue
- Support and provide technical input during competitor and authority challenges, PR issues and consumer enquiries
- Deliver efficiency target/ resiliency/ contingency activities in close partnership with RDC/GDC/SC/Capability Leaders/Suppliers
- Harmonization of existing RMs in plant for innovation project to reduce complexity in close partnership with RDC/GDC/SC/Capability Leaders/Suppliers
- Alternative Supplier Approval/ Alternative Materials Approval for Vietnam business continuity+B52
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Job Requirements

Key Skill
- Creativity, Flexibility, Good business partnering, Good problem solving approach, Adequate level of autonomy
- Structured, logical in thinking and in doing
- Good in project management
- Setting a vision for a project and driving a team to deliver it OTIF
- Taking total ownership for all elements of project delivery
- Bringing clarity to interdependent issues and able to solve problems
- Good communication - able to shape information, able to communicate at all levels and for all needs
- Good technical knowledge in manufacturing, product development
- Good knowledge of local regulatory requirements for foods
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Positive attitude and energy
- Team spirit

Relevant Experience
- Proven experience within R&D, Marketing and/or Supply Chain including people management and project management
- Broad experience and proven track record Technical Project Leadership of innovation projects/business change programs.
- Finance fundamental understanding

Leadership Behaviors
- Have a solid understanding of Vietnamese Consumer and Customer
- Accountability and Responsibility
- Growth Mindset

Job Locations

Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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