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Head of Global Regulatory Affairs - Beauty & Wellbeing (Hair Care)



Providence, RI, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

Job Title: Head of Global Regulatory Affairs – Beauty & Wellbeing (Hair Care)

Location: Port Sunlight Research Lab


The B&W Regulatory Affairs Team partners with marketing, R&D and other functions to enable leading edge science across the whole portfolio and land market beating products and claims. We help to create, grow and protect the business, with our specific domain expertise, can-do mentality and taking end-to-end accountability.

Leads the regulatory strategy, organisation, and guidance for the global Hair Care category’s innovation programme.

Leads the global Hair Care regulatory advocacy agenda, and specific Beauty & Wellbeing topics.


Provides regulatory input to the Category Innovation projects

  • Delivers strategic regulatory guidance and operational inputs to the BG Design Centres and Science & Technology on global research and innovation projects and emerging technologies

  • Delivers regulatory strategies and risk assessments for the countries in which the product is to be marketed

  • Is an expert on regulatory developments worldwide which impact the category’s products, and ensures that these developments are incorporated into the category’s innovation programme

Leads the global Hair care category Regulatory Affairs network which

  • Monitors regulatory activities in markets as well as challenges in/out

  • Prepares global regulatory summaries for specific product / technologies areas

  • Maintains information sharing system to ensure access and alignment on regulatory topics and issues across the category, across Business Groups and in the regulatory affairs capability

Manages Regulatory Affairs for the category by

  • Being the global regulatory expert in the category claims co-generation process and seek creative solutions

  • Delivering global regulatory updates on legislation affecting the category, giving training as required

  • Deliver global co-ordination of the Unilever and B&W position in the face of new or changing regulations in local markets

  • Providing regulatory input to the management of globally relevant categories issues and opportunities

  • Anticipating regulatory challenges for the future, which may drive the external influencing agenda for the category

  • Providing regulatory input in case of mergers and acquisitions

  • Effective communication of issues management within Category, acts as issue leader in some specific cases, looks to predict new potential issues facing the category

  • Works with consultants and external regulatory experts related to category innovation projects if required

Manages and/or supports Beauty & Wellbeing Advocacy topics

  • Monitors the external and internal environment to identify threats/opportunities and communicates with impact to stakeholders

  • Delivers the aligned BW advocacy plan with assigned key topics

  • Defends Unilever and B&W position in the face of new regulations or amendment in regulations

  • Drives for change in regulation or establishing new product regulations to proactively influence to expand the innovation space

  • RA leader for specific key topics/issues, setting objective, delivery of plans, managing communications cross-functionally, stakeholder management etc

  • Represent Unilever externally for the specific key topics if required

Develops and maintains excellent interfaces with internal and external relevant partners

  • Represents RA in other UL functions (SEAC, Comms/External affairs, Legal, Quality etc) on assigned advocacy topic(s)

  • Has direct contact/represents Unilever in external bodies e.g. Trade Associations, scientific bodies, key opinion formers



  • Minimum MS, preferably a PhD in Biological Science, Toxicology, Environmental Science or Chemistry or equivalent


  • Significant experience of the regulatory requirements that govern the personal care and/or OTC industry, preferably globally, and preferably with experience in the hair care product development area. VMS expertise is a plus.

  • A proven track record in supporting global product and claims development, in active collaboration with R&D and non-R&D functions and 3rd party consultants/suppliers.

  • Preferable experience working with external bodies (such as trade associations, Regulatory Authorities, etc) driving a business agenda

  • Knowledge of Unilever and/or FMCG sector


  • Great collaborator in international team

  • Ability to assess and summarize regulatory risks and opportunities and the impact it has on the existing and innovation portfolio. Go beyond reporting and help create internal commitment across the functions and BG to help tackle these by creating the necessary unlocks.

  • Ability to apply argumentation in order to influence at all levels externally and internally

  • Pro-active self-direction with a high level of initiative and persistence and a very much hands-on approach to results delivery

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, in English

  • Project management skills

  • Digital minded


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’

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 working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible working options and what this may look like for you. We are open to candidates from any location across the UK.

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 embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self. To find out more, including about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Unilever | Unilever.

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