Unilever has formed a global alliance with Jacobs Engineering Group to help it develop it supply chain to meet its growth targets.
Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever’s chief supply chain officer said: “This is about reinforcing our technical management capabilities with one of the best engineering companies in the world. It is another example of Unilever building a new business model focused on long term sustainable value creation and not only in opportunistic short term cost savings. We will work as a team to ensure the sustainable growth model will benefit all, focused on our aim to Design once and Deploy everywhere.”
The aim is to implement operating cost reductions, drive co-innovation, and implement the harmonisation and cross-category standardisation of designs.
The alliance will also be responsible for working with Unilever’s supply chain teams to support increased speed to market and develop engineering designs that reduce carbon, water and waste footprints across its manufacturing sites.
Unilever has more than 250 manufacturing sites and is expanding aggressively, mainly in developing and emerging markets to support its growth agenda. The company expects the emerging markets to drive around 70-75 per cent of its growth in the long term.
Jacobs is one of the world’s largest providers of technical, professional, and construction services.
The alliance will be managed from Singapore and provide engineering services for Unilever’s manufacturing sites around the world. Additionally, within Unilever’s capital expansion programme, the alliance has been forged to make improvements in project delivery, addressing all aspects of cost, speed to market, operations and sustainability.
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