Unilever Future Leaders Programme - Research and Development

Salary: £30,000 + benefits + Bonus
Location: Nationwide
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Computing & IT, Management, Science & Technology, Research & Analysis

Unilever is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world. We make some of the world’s most loved brands: Dove, Lynx, PG Tips, Ben & Jerrys, Marmite, Magnum, Persil and Hellmann’s, to name a few. For a business whose very purpose is to create a brighter future, that future begins in Research & Development (R&D). This is the hotbed of ideas for brands, products, packaging, manufacturing and technology. Your work could impact millions across the world.

What will I be doing?

You’ll be undertaking research to understand what consumers want and need, and developing the technology and science to bring new innovations to life. You’ll be helping to make our brands even healthier, more appealing, more efficient and more environmentally friendly – improving our products in any way possible. Our people have the opportunity to create a brighter future every day on a local level, across Europe and the globe. Working within R&D across our four big categories: Personal Care, Home Care, Foods and Refreshment, you will be part of teams building the next generation of product, packaging, manufacturing and technology capabilities that will allow us to keep making products people love.

What do we look for?

You’ll need a strong technical qualification in a Chemical, Biological, Physical or Food-related Science or similar discipline. You need to be geographically mobile and the kind of scientist/engineer who has a genuine business interest: bags of enthusiasm mixed with commercial acumen. You should be passionate about making an impact, contributing towards a more s stainable brighter future through exciting and forward thinking innovations.

What will the programme involve?

Over three years you will undertake a world-class development programme packed with variety and challenge. You’ll develop your individual leadership skills by working on live projects which offer you all the experience you need to become ready for your first management role. Over at least four placements you’ll work with teams from different business areas;

- Looking at the science and technology behind our products and designing new product innovations

- Deploying our global brands in a locally impactful way or helping to grow our local brands (like PG Tips) to be market leaders

- Developing products from concept idea to full-scale production – with a heavy emphasis on feasibility and understanding consumer needs

You will also have the opportunity to work across a range of R&D areas including Discover, Design and Deploy as well as our R&D capabilities such as Digital R&D, Open Innovation or Unilever’s Sustainability and Environmental Assurance Centre. In addition to this will be an opportunity for to work in another business area for a period of time. First-hand experience – it’s the fastest way to learn.

The Unilever culture is varied, friendly and encourages innovative thinking. We will push and support you to achieve your potential, whilst giving you the chance to shape your career path according your own interests, strengths and ambitions.

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