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AI Strategy Lead



Software Engineering, Data Science
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023

Job Title: AI Strategy Lead

Location: 100VE


The AI strategy lead is a key role in the technology department, who will work closely with the enterprise architecture team, the D&A AI strategy leads, the business stakeholders, and the strategic technology vendors to understand the current and future state of the organization's IT landscape and identify where AI can have a transformational impact. The AI strategy lead will also evaluate the AI capabilities and roadmaps of the vendors and advise on the best course of action regarding integration, build, buy and deploy of AI solutions.


  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the organization's enterprise architecture and business processes to identify the pain points, gaps, and opportunities for AI intervention.
  • Develop a strategic vision and roadmap for AI adoption and implementation across the organization, aligned with the business objectives and the technology strategy.
  • Collaborate with the enterprise architecture team to ensure that the AI solutions are compatible, scalable, secure, and compliant with the IT standards and policies.
  • Engage with the strategic technology vendors to understand their AI offerings, roadmaps, and best practices, and provide feedback and input on their AI strategy and direction.
  • Recommend the optimal approach for sourcing, developing, integrating, and deploying AI solutions, considering the trade-offs between build, buy, and partner options.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Manage the AI Innovation project portfolio, prioritizing the initiatives based on the business value, feasibility, and readiness.
  • Advise on AI project delivery, ensuring that the solutions meet the requirements, quality, and expectations of the stakeholders.
  • Benchmark the performance and outcomes of the AI solutions, and report on the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Advocate and promote the AI governance framework, policies, and best practices, and ensure that the AI solutions adhere to the ethical, legal, and regulatory standards.
  • Build and maintain the AI competency and capability within the organization, by providing training, coaching, and mentoring to the staff and fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or a related field.
  • Relevant experience in IT strategy, enterprise architecture, or AI consulting.
  • Proven track record of delivering successful AI solutions in a complex organisation environment
  • Experience leading commercial discussions with technology partners in technology innovation
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the AI landscape, trends, technologies, and vendors.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, with the ability to translate business needs into AI solutions.
  • Outstanding communication, presentation, and influencing skills, with the ability to communicate complex technical concepts to various audiences.
  • Highly collaborative, team-oriented, and customer-focused, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and innovative, with the ability to drive change and continuous improvement.


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’


In September 2020, Unilever announced the intention to build a new sustainable campus site in Kingston, London to house the employees who currently work in 100 Victoria Embankment in Blackfriars, Lever House in Kingston and Graze in Richmond. We are creating our own Unilever sustainable, agile work environment, purposefully bringing us together in our own Unilever ecosystem. The campus is due to be completed in early 2025 and will consist of two interconnected buildings, as well as landscaped surrounding areas.

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

To find out more, including more information about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here.

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