Global Packaging Director - Operational Excellence @ Principally accountable for delivering Unilever's Packaging Excellence Strategy, driving best practice and continuous improvement in the technologies, processes, tools and techniques used in end to end Packaging Development across twelve product categories. Also responsible for delivering the People strategy, building capability of existing resources and growing a talent pipeline for
Global Packaging Director - Operational Excellence @ Principally accountable for delivering Unilever's Packaging Excellence Strategy, driving best practice and continuous improvement in the technologies, processes, tools and techniques used in end to end Packaging Development across twelve product categories. Also responsible for delivering the People strategy, building capability of existing resources and growing a talent pipeline for the future. The role scope also includes supporting Unilever's Vice President, Packaging, in delivering the totality of the Packaging Capability programme for Unilever R&D. From April 2014 to Present (1 year 9 months) Leeds, United KingdomTechnical Brand Manager (Sunsilk) @ Responsible for ensuring projects are in place to deliver the R&D requirements of the existing pipeline of innovations, and providing technical project leadership for the bigger activities for Sunsilk Hair Care, a €1 Billion Global Brand. The first point of technical contact / "go-to" for the Global Brand Team, co-creating a consumer relevant technology strategy and innovation pipeline aligned to category and brand strategy, and delivering to the hugely complex needs of Sunsilk consumers.
Working with Research and New Technology Design Leaders to provide a test bed for new technology and to provide early feedback on market performance.
Nourishing Brand technology strategy by maintaining a strong awareness of the consumer relevant fashion trends relating to haircare, particularly in the variety of emerging and developing economies in which Sunsilk dominates.
Building Aerosol Capability within the Hair Category to ensure safety and rigour in the development process in support of the growth of the format. From February 2012 to Present (3 years 11 months) Global Innovation Planner (Deodorants, Axe / Lynx & Impulse) @ Responsible for the planning of a portfolio of global innovation and renovation projects for the Axe / Lynx & Impulse Deodorant Brands. The project portfolio includes a variety of projects with varying scope, from New Variant to full Range Refresh, and typically cover 2 – 4 year time horizons. Represent the Supply Chain on assigned global innovation project teams, and lead the definition and coordinate the delivery of supply chain workstreams for assigned projects including Capital Expenditure estimates, and developing capacity plans for new products. From December 2010 to February 2012 (1 year 3 months) Leeds, United KingdomGlobal Process Technology Manager (Deodorants Category) @ Responsible for the strategic development of processing technology and capability for Unilever’s Deodorants Category across it’s global operations. The role requires collaborative working with Marketing and Development functions to both influence future innovation programmes and to ensure that the Supply Chain is appropriately configured to deliver those programmes. Responsible also for the development and implementation of Processing Technology Strategy including the leadership of new technology capability projects, such as Semi Continuous process routes.Ownership of the Global Core Design for Process Plant and have designed new Aerosol manufacturing facilities. My Supply Chain portfolio includes 15 Sourcing Units globally. From January 2007 to December 2010 (4 years) Leeds, United KingdomOperational Excellence Manager @ Responsible for the management of Safety, Environment, Quality and Continuous Improvement of Manufacturing Operations using TPM at a large Sourcing Unit in Northern France, manufacturing 220 mu of Hair (Dove, Sunsilk & Timotei) Care Products and 100 mu of Toothpaste (Signal & Mentadent). From June 2003 to December 2006 (3 years 7 months)
BA (Hons), Communication & English Literature @ The University of Huddersfield From 1989 to 1992 Queen Mary's Grammar School From 1982 to 1989 Richard Ward is skilled in: TPM, Supply Chain, Demand Planning, Personal Care, Innovation Management, FMCG, Continuous Improvement, Production Planning, Supply Chain Optimization, OEE, Cross-functional Team Leadership, SMED, Supply Chain Management, 5S, Manufacturing, Management, Root Cause Analysis, Operational Excellence, R&D
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