Each year Unilever takes on group of placement students across our various functions and gives them the opportunities to work on some great brands or with our customers on particular accounts. Currently we run several placement schemes, so whether this is for a couple of days on our Spring program, or a longer term summer/industrial placement. Or if you are even thinking for a longer term career on our UFLP scheme, we can find something to suit you and your passions!
As we are now well into the 12 days of Christmas, we thought it was only right to share our 12 pieces of advice from some of our current Industrial Placement students and Unilever’s Future Leaders:
- Know yourself
It is important that candidates understand and are able to articulate their own Unique Selling Point (USP). Know what makes you stand out from other candidates and don’t be afraid to share this. Consider your strengths but also be able to identify any areas where you would like to improve. Most importantly, be yourself. Unilever loves people with passion. If you’re not passionate about the company then maybe Unilever is not the company for you!
Hi all! My name is Charlotte and I work across the many deodorant brands in the Personal Care category. Currently I am 4 months into my marketing Industrial Placement and based in Leatherhead, UK.
Within deodorants, Unilever has a diverse and broad portfolio each suited to different lifestyles, demographics and passions. Some of the brands I have assisted on include: Sure, Dove, Lynx and Impulse.
Today, I am going to give you 3 reasons why Personal Care is a great category to be involved in:
Hi, I am Dorena and I am a Customer Development Trainee at Unilever. I joined the Unilever Future Leaders Programme in September 2016.
What I like most about the Customer Development UFLP is that you get the chance to dive into different areas of the business – including interfaces such as Trade Management or support functions like Category Management. You also have the opportunity to learn more about Brand Building. The majority of the time, however, you will spend in the Key Account Management. This is a key role in our business, making sure that our products are available to our consumers and being the direct and first contact to our trade partners.
My first rotation of the UFLP was in the German e-Commerce department. The role gave me the great opportunity to Read more “Learn skills necessary for your future!”
Megan Chadwick – UFLP Marketing
A little bit about me…
I am from a large, working class family in Gloucester (1 of 7 children). I studied Business & Marketing at Oxford Brookes because this offered an IP year. Even though I achieved 1st grade at university I feared I would not get a place on the UFLP because I did not go to a red brick university.
I have always wanted to work in the FMCG industry and spent my Industrial Placement year at GSK.
What inspired you to apply?
I was inspired by the brands and the gigantic selection. Unilever offers the opportunity to work in a global company, but with the ability to move around.
Sometimes working from home, as opposed to what many might believe, can boost the productivity, creativity and work-life balance of an employee!
Did you know that Unilever strongly supports its people to work from home?
Hi! My name is Afrodite and I work for Unilever Greece (Athens offices) as a Marketing Trainee. One reason I really enjoy working here is because of the possibility of working from home.
Working from home doesn’t mean “slacking” or taking the day off, but rather setting the day on your rhythms, avoiding distractions and getting to be productive and work efficient while being you; no outfits, no dress codes, no formalities, just you and your ideas!
Unilever receives many applications each year from budding graduates and placement students hoping to get a piece of the action in the world of FMCG!
If you are successful in securing a graduate/placement scheme you will be placed in one of our categories… but do you have a preference?
Unilever offers much excitement, learnings and opportunities across all categories so wherever you are placed we guarantee a great and unique experience 😀
Jolanda, a Assistant Brand Manager within the Food Category tells us about her experience…
BCS, Ice Cream, Personal Care – At Unilever I am particularly fascinated by its variety
Hi everyone, my name is Jan-Eric and I am Marketing Trainee in the Unilever Future Leaders Programme. In the Marketing UFLP in Germany you pass through three different placements. The first rotation usually takes you in the field force. The second station is completed in the Brand Building department, which is the local marketing for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Finally, the third rotation often leads you abroad, mostly to our European or Global headquarters in Rotterdam or London. There, the Brand Development takes place, which corresponds to the global marketing.
Having now worked at Unilever for 6 weeks, some Summer Placement students reflect on their experience as they reach the half-way point…
Charndeep Singh, Supply Chain
Office Location: Manufacturing Excellence Centre (MEC) Port Sunlight
Most exciting experience so far: Leading Autonomous Maintenance training sessions for operators.
Key skill learnt you will take back to university: People management skills. Having to coordinate with and motivate operators and engineers to comply with standards set and improvements made has been challenging but highly rewarding.