Name: Astrid Barsk
Degree: Economic History (MSc)
University: London School of Economics
Based at: 100VE
First role: Global Financial Analytics
What attracted you to Unilever: Last year I was working at the U.N. in Rome, but I knew that I wanted to move in to the private sector. I was interested in the strategic aspect of decision making within a company and wanted to gain exposure to this across a wide range of business areas.
I applied to Unilever because the finance function, as a whole, aims to address many of the strategic questions such as “Where do we have to position our business geographically to ensure strong growth in the future” or “How to navigate changing demographics in our consumer base?” that I was interested in learning about.
In the end, I chose Unilever because the UFLP programme structure means I wouldn’t be pigeon holed in to one role. Instead, over three years I would get a wide breadth of experience: from sales, marketing, or supply chain through business partnering to a very macro-level understanding from my current placement!
Name: Daisy McElhinney
Degree: Political Science (BA Hons) Carbon Finance (MSc)
University: University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh
Based at: 100VE
First Role: Global Sustainability Finance
What attracted me to Unilever: As someone from a sustainability and climate change background in my masters, the USLP was a huge influence in my decision to apply for the UFLP at Unilever. The fact that I would be working for a company that not only did big business, but did it well and did it responsibly really stood out against a list of purely profit driven companies. We also make PG tips, who doesn’t want to work for the company that makes PG tips?!Name: Samantha Kelly
Degree: Law (LLB)
University: University of Leeds
Based at: Kingston
First role: Global Operations IT Services – Enterprise and Technology Solutions
What attracted me to Unilever: There are few graduate schemes out there which provide you with the opportunity to become a manager within two to three years of starting with the business. I wanted to be challenged, given responsibility from the offset, and be provided with the opportunity to add real value to the role and team I would placed in. To date, the UFLP has exceeded my expectations in each of these areas. Furthermore, the roles within Finance are vastly varied – the rotations provide a broad range of experience which builds an excellent foundation upon which to start your career in Finance. On a lighter note, working for a business which owns brands such as Lynx and Ben & Jerry’s makes a much more interesting conversation than introducing yourself as an accountant!
Name: Stephanie Galliers
Degree: Criminology and Psychology (BA Hons)
University: University of Liverpool
Based at: 100VE Blackfriars (Global UK Office for Unilever)
First role: Global Business Partner for one of our 5 Global brands in Household Care
What attracted me to Unilever: I joined the programme as part of the Finance function along with 8 other graduates in September this year. What initially attracted me to Unilever was their reputation and global presence. Such a large organization has the ability to offer huge potentials for personal growth, and the possibility of international travel. After researching into the finance graduate opportunities I was further drawn to the prospects that were available and the clear investment that Unilever would make in terms of funding the CIMA qualification for each of us. Despite having worked here for almost 2 months, I am still grasping the variety of opportunities available and still amazed at the responsibility that I have already acquired in my role.
Name: Stuart Hoddinott
Degree: Government and Economics
Based at: 100 VE
First Role: Managing Russia and Ukraine for brand development deodorants
What attracted me to Unilever: I did a Summer Placement here last year and after a few weeks I decided that it was one of the best companies I could imagine working for. I had never done any kind of placement before where I was involved so heavily and given so much responsibility from the first day I walked through the door. After seeing the kind of work that year’s grads were doing, I was convinced that I wanted to come back and work here after Uni. Luckily for me, everything went to plan with the interview and here I am a year later doing an incredible role where I am constantly challenged.
Name: Owen McMahon
University: University of Exeter
Based at: Leatherhead
First role: Customer Finance – Sainsbury’s and Waitrose
What attracted you to Unilever; Unilever’s exposure and success in emerging markets was what made them really stand out to me. I could see clearly that Unilever was a company that understood the importance of developing and emerging markets, and as a result of this they are extremely well positioned for the future.
Name: Ravi Pall
Degree: Physics MSci & ARCS
University: Imperial College London
Based at: UK&I HQ (Leatherhead)
First Role: Finance Business Partner UK&I Ice Cream
What attracted me to Unilever: The idea that I would have an opportunity to work for a leader in in an incredibly interesting industry (FMCG). Also, the Unilever graduate scheme offers amazing career prospects of becoming a leader in Finance after 2-3 years on the scheme and a qualification in CIMA. From the role profiles posted on the website and graduate blog, I realised that I would get the chance to make real tangible decisions in a company that impacts the lives of over 2 billion people every day.