Driving competitive advantage
Alex Dinsdale, Digital Planning Manager, IT
Where IT and Marketing meet at the moment is a really exciting place
Unilever Information Technology (IT) is a truly integrated function that puts innovation at the heart of what we do to drive competitive advantage.
Our global function employs more than 1,700 employees in a diverse range of roles and projects. You could be exploring emerging markets and new ways to work globally, partnering a major retailer to develop web-enabled tools for promotions planning, or helping to support our brands’ digital presence.
We leverage state-of-the-art technology to support Unilever’s sustainability and Agile Working agendas, by facilitating virtual ways of working and finding ways to meet local needs by leveraging our global scale.
Chief Technology Office
Here we manage technology deployment to support Unilever’s business goals. This stretches from identifying emerging technologies and techniques to implementing change initiatives and setting policy.
Our innovation team evaluates functions and processes within the business and identifies improvement opportunities to drive business growth.
Geography-based business partnering
IT Business Partners provide advice and leadership to ensure IT products and services are fully leveraged.
Our services team is responsible for partnering with service providers to continuously improve service delivery.
IT in Action
Unilever, in partnership with Facebook and charity PSI, has developed an digital application, called Waterworks™, which allows people to connect with individuals and communities in need online.
Using the technology, people to sign up to Waterworks™ and connect the application to their Facebook Timeline. They will then be partnered with a PSI-trained Waterworker and choose a small daily donation – as little as €0.10.
Each Waterworker uses a mobile phone, preloaded with a custom Waterworks™ J2ME application, to send back updates to her donors on Facebook, demonstrating how their funds are making an impact in her community.