Unilever Opportunities: IT Manager: CD Africa

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26 Aug, 2013

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Business Mgt Jobs in South Africa, IT Jobs in South Africa

Unilever IT Manager Job Opportunities 


The main purpose of the geography based IT Manager role is to support the IT Director as a representative for the whole of IT, including the IT Service lines, IT Service Delivery & Global Innovation, with the cluster business teams.

Therefore key to the role is to proactively develop a strong relationship with the customers – being the business teams in the cluster, and the suppliers- being Global IT Innovation, ES IT Service Line Owners and IT Service Delivery.

The IT Manager is responsible to ensure that the requirements of the business are understood, the strategy and plans for IT are clearly communicated and the overall IT plan and priorities within his/her areas of responsibility are clearly articulated and agreed.

The IT Manager will support the activation of the global innovation programs to support these plans in the cluster based on his/her area of responsibility

The IT Manager must ensure the review and proactive identification of improvements of all existing IT Services with his/her area of responsibility.

The IT Manager must at all times ensure alignment to IT Compliance and governance framework, and provide appropriate input to and management of IT Costs

Within the scope of his/her responsibilities the IT Manager may be assigned responsibility for the delivery of a reliable L&H application service and will help drive simplification and reduction of the L&H landscape

SCOPE OF JOB /Area ofResponsibility *
Geography Africa
Leadership Team Customer Teams in Africa
Functions Customer Development, Customer Marketing
Service Lines : Engagement via the DCS team
Legacy and Heritage Ultra Distributive Management Systems, Trade Category systems, Smollans systems
Number of Vendors/ Customers Local 6
Number of direct reports 3



Main Responsibilities

Within his/her area of responsibility* the IT Manager will undertake the following key activities


  1. Builds long-term relationships with business teams within his/her area of responsibility
  2. Undertakes the communication of IT Strategies, Roadmaps and Plans within his/her area of responsibility ensuring that business teams have good visibility of upcoming programs that impact them
  3. Works with business leadership and management teams to understand business requirements/demand for IT within his/her area of responsibility and as required engages with Global IT BP and Service Line Leads to detail the business requirements and understand how these will be met
  4. Engages with business teams within his/her area of responsibility to help prioritise and scope the IT plan in the area of responsibility aligned with overall roadmap and plans and ensure that responsibility during rollout are clearly communicated and that business steams are advised on how to govern and resource for these changes
  5. Conducts regular IT Service Review with key stakeholders within areas of responsibility


  1. Undertakes the necessary activities to activate Global IT Innovation & Services programs with his/her area of responsibility
  2. Manages projects to support local business growth programs as aligned with overall IT and business plan – working with appropriate Service Lines to ensure achievement of these programs


  1. Ensures the correct linkage with IT Services based on area of responsibility
  2. Adheres to service management framework in delivery of IT Services within area of responsibility


  1. Supports the Service Delivery team as the point of coordination of Urgent Incidents within his/her scope of responsibility for Integrated Services including problem management activities
  2. In the case of relevant incidents with core business processes works together with the functions in order to activate contingencies to minimize disruptions within area of responsibility (e.g: distribution sites, plants, IC agencies, etc)
  3. Inputs to the review of services with Service Delivery team as determined by scope of responsibilities and undertakes escalation of service issues and agreement of service improvement plans within scope of responsibilities
  4. Ensures alignment and adherence to standard support model


  1. Supports the Service Management & delivery of these Services within area of responsibility
  2. Engages directly with Service Lines in ensuring delivery of services
  3. Undertakes BRM role on Service Delivery for these Services within area of responsibility
  4. Supports the introduction on new Services or new Innovation in the Directly Consumed Service Lines
  5. Inputs to review of services with Service Lines including vendor review
  6. Reviews and agrees Service Improvement plans within area of responsibility
  7. Coordinates communication of urgent incidents for Directly Consumed Services on the ground within area of responsibility acting as local touch point for resolution teams Confirms extent of business impact and acts as liaison with local 3P and local vendors
  8. Works with business teams to ensure that the benefits of the existing service lines and new/updated services lines within area of responsibility are achieved
  9. Undertakes the necessary actions for Service Requests within area of responsibility


  1. Provides full application management service for L&H applications as determined by scope of area of responsibility including management of vendors to deliver this service aligned to overall Service Management framework
  2. Undertakes a regular review of L&H services and identifies improvement plans
  3. Ensure the achievement of Service Improvement plans
  4. Undertakes management of Incidents and Problems for L&H applications within area of responsibility
  5. Manages all local Innovation L&H applications within scope of responsibility
  6. Drives L&H application landscape simplification programs within area of responsibility
  7. Ensures compliance to all IT related policies mandated by the IT Operating Framework and escalates all non-compliance to IT Director.
  8. Ensures overall adherence to key IT Compliance and governance framework
  9. Ensure that appropriate DRP are in place within area of responsibility and supports plans to regularly test these plansIT COSTS
  10. Provides Input to IT Cost Drivers to support forecast within area of responsibility
  11. Manage receipt of actual costs within area of responsibilityOTHER KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  12. Manage WL1 direct reports
  13. Engage with vendor and 3P within area of responsibility either via feedback on globally managed vendors or through direct management of local vendors
  14. Deliver initiatives that ensure best leverages IT within area of responsibility




How to Apply

Click on this link to apply online

Closing date: Sep-04-2013, 4:59:59 AM

Schedule: Full Time

Primary Location: South Africa-KwaZulu-Natal-Durban-Unilever La Lucia Ridge Office

Shift:  Day Job

Job: Information Technology

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time


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