Regulatory Affairs Manager North Africa MAIN JOB PURPOSE “Regulatory Affairs Manager – North Africa” delivers Unilever’s mission through a proactive approach that assures regulatory compliance protecting the Brands and our Consumers. The position provides input for innovation projects regarding the national regulatory specific situation and supports country specific claims development and substantiation. “Regulatory Affairs Manager” supports issues management and influencing activities.
Actively advocates Unilever positions and concerns towards the local governmental bodies by direct representation or by adequate representation through the appropriate national sector associations on developing legislations, emerging issues to ensure that the business has the desired freedom to operate.
“Regulatory Affairs Manager – North Africa” acts as first point of regulatory contact for the Home Care Personal Care and Foods & Refreshment R&D teams for the local MCO and Brand Business partners within NAME.
Job Summary Regulatory Compliance: Provides the regulatory support for North Africa countries and ensures on-going regulatory compliance affecting products First point of contact and expert of local regulatory and compliance requirements (regulatory review) Provides advice and guidance to related departments for compliance tasks Provides regulatory risk analysis for compliance issues in partnership with R&D, Supply Chain, Legal and other related departments Carries out periodic Regulatory Affairs Compliance Audits on a number of marketed products, participating to a concerted Central Audit scheme Innovation Leads the regulatory strategy, organisation and guidance for the innovation projects (of a selected area/category) in the region Manages Regulatory Affairs in the region Provides regulatory updates on regulations affecting the cluster/category on the specific area/category , gives training, interprets legislation Contributes to claims approval process (through claims forum for regional/local claims) Provides regulatory support to the management of relevant issues/opportunities in the country Anticipates regulatory challenges for the future which could drive the external influencing agenda for the country as input for the advocacy agenda, innovation plans (identify changes) Performs regulatory assessments for the country (e. g. local jewels) up to validated (local) regulatory reports, participates in stress tests Provides regulatory input to the category innovation projects Supports to the R&D programs on innovation projects Provides a regulatory review and assessments local/own country in which the product is to be marketed Acts as an expert on regulatory developments which could affect the (category) products in the country and ensures that these developments are incorporated into the innovation plans Acts as the issue leader of topics related to own expertise and country Contributes to category RA network/represents country Monitors the trends in the markets / challenges in/out Prepares regulatory summaries on country specific areas as in put for cluster/category summaries Communicates information on issues, issue management, and regulatory news of the country within R&D Translates regulation (relevant for country) into set of rules (RA rule engine) Advocacy Responsible for the management of Advocacy topics; sets and agrees agenda of the advocacy topic Agrees ownership with relevant local/MCO business partners Drives the position on the topic and related communication plan with other functions locally Responsible for the Local stakeholder management (internal as Business Partner, external as advocate) Inputs into global/cluster RA strategy Gives input to the Cluster regulatory advocacy network (topic specific) Ensures cascading to local interfaces and supports internal local requests Acts as Regulatory Affairs expert on advocacy topic for the country/MCO: Monitors the external environment: Drives for regulatory change or new product regulations (=proactively to expand the innovation space) Defends Unilever’s position in the face of new regulations or amendment in regulations Issue management (proactive planning) and/or acts as (in some cases) issue manager (External Affairs owns process) Maintains excellent interfaces with (mostly local) internal and external relevant partners Represents Regulatory Affairs and works in alignment with other local Unilever functions (External Affairs, legal, Nutrition. . ) on advocacy topics Strengthens/builds local networks as required (with technical regulators and relevant Key Opinion Formers) Has direct contact/represents Unilever in local external bodies e. g. Trade Associations , experts, key influencers Key Requirements Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering or related discipline; preferably with Master / MBA Degree Minimum 6 years of experience in related field preferably within a FMCG environment with expertise in related legislations Proven track record in active collaboration with R&D and non-R&D functions as well as 3rd parties in support of the innovation programme Proven record in interacting with, and influencing Country Regulatory Authorities Solid expertise in Regulatory Development Successful track-record on assessing regulatory risks / opportunities; the impact on the existing and innovation portfolio Solid experience on managing complex stakeholder relationships and ability to integrate diverse business interests Excellent command of Arabic and English