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Surviving the Scheme: Rosie Smith, R&D UFLP

So I find myself writing this blog whilst I wait for my flight out to one of Unilever’s regional deploy centres for ice cream in Caivano, Italy. I am now 10 weeks into my first placement and I have been exposed to a whole range of fabulous opportunities, including an induction week in Liverpool, training courses in London, trials in Paris and last but not least, a visit to our ice cream factory in Gloucester. Read more “Surviving the Scheme: Rosie Smith, R&D UFLP”

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Enactus and Unilever

In your time at Unilever as a graduate or placement student, you are set your work goals under a framework known as your “3+1’s” which are linked to the Standards of Leadership (you can find out more about here: http://www.unilever.co.uk/careers-jobs/graduates/application-process/).  Typically, the “3” of the goals are on “main role” at Unilever and the “+1” is your chance to support and develop Unilever’s graduate recruitment goals. This could mean being a part of an on-campus team promoting Unilever at a university or managing the onboarding process for the next group of students and graduates to join. From now on, you’ll also have the opportunity to work in developing Unilever’s relationship with Enactus UK.

Together with Abs Islam (Marketing Placement Student) we were lucky enough to join at the beginning of this process. As a sponsor company, we were given the opportunity by Enactus to launch our very own Individual Topic Competition to work with individual Enactus projects or whole Enactus teams – that choice, was down to us.

The award gave us an opportunity to really show off Unilever’s proudest asset: Our Sustainable Living Plan (USLP). If you ask everyone here what were the reasons they joined or the main reasons that they stay, the USLP often features in their top 3 (just above free Ben & Jerry’s, obviously). We were then able to pick an issue related to the Sustainable Living Plan that is very important to us and that Enactus projects could benefit from our support… we chose waste – the sexiest of topics!

Waste is an incredibly important issue around the world and Unilever is taking responsibility for its own impact and its influence everytime somebody uses one of our products – 2 billion times a day, by the way.

Our award is set up to incentivise projects to come up with entrepreneurial means of addressing the issue of waste whether that’s through a product or packaging innovation or even consulting businesses in communities to tackle waste across the value chain.

Throughout the year we were able to work directly with Enactus teams from across the UK – whether it was conference calls or one of the two project dens we hosted at Leatherhead and 100VE (Blackfriars). We’re serious about pairing up our expertise to support projects that share our aims and hope the competition and partnership with Enactus will continue to be a great way for us to do that with university students.

That way, as all Enactus students will say… #WeAllWin

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A not-so-typical day in the life: Gus Kennedy, Customer…

Hi! I’m Gus and I am spending the year working in Customer Management on the Industrial Placement Scheme. Customer Management or ‘CD’ as we call it internally (Customer Development) is essentially a function that focuses on working with our customers to achieve an outcome that achieves great results for us, our customers and most importantly our consumers (insider tip- this is known at Unilever as a “triple win”). I work in the Impulse/Out of Home Ice Cream business and it’s my role to lead the 2015 Visibility agenda. This basically means I am overseeing the procurement and design of all of our point-of-sale marketing materials, and ensuring they get to market quickly, efficiently and effectively to help our customers sell more ice cream. The role is massively cross-functional, and I often find myself spending more time with our marketing team than our sales team! Visibility is a massive part of the OOH Ice Cream business’ operation and to be given such a massive amount of responsibility from day one is an awesome opportunity that keeps me incredibly motivated and is testament to why the Unilever Industrial Placement is so well thought of.

As cliché as it sounds, there really isn’t a “typical day in the life of” for anyone working for Unilever. As the market and the needs/wants of our customers change we have to flex and adapt. This is true of almost every role I can think of. On almost a daily basis everything your role can change and the goalposts can move as all aspects of FMCG come with a massive degree of unpredictability and variance- this is what makes it so much fun. In my role for example, I could spend the morning in a London design studio and the afternoon in a wholesale depot. Each day all my skills are tested, and whether I’m creatively challenging our art agency to make a Magnum pavement sign look as “on brand” as possible or analytically planning the optimal route to market for 7500 Flying Banners… I am certainly never bored!

My top tip for applying to Unilever would be to really spend some time thinking about the strengths you want to communicate and whether or not these demonstrate the Unilever Standards of Leadership. When applying, you’ll have a whole bank of life experience you can draw on to show what a great candidate you are however it is the candidates who are selective about what they choose to draw on during selection who are successful. “Cherry-picking” different strengths (and evidences of strengths!) that demonstrate the Standards of Leadership is what the talent selection team are looking for. As I mentioned, from day one I was amazed (and a little scared) by what a huge chunk of our operation I was responsible for. Very quickly it becomes clear exactly how necessary the ability to lead is… There’s no one you can offload work to or expect to get ideas from- it’s all you from start to finish!

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Welcome IPSP Supply Chain!

Welcome to our 2014/2015 Industrial and Summer Placement Supply Chain students!  Here they share with you their profiles, what attracted them to Unilever and top tips for future applicants:

Adam-Fox

Name: Adam Fox

University: Sheffield Hallam

Course: Business Economics

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Group Manufacturing Sustainability Industrial Placement

What attracted you to Unilever?

It’s a huge organisation and consequently has a well structured placement scheme. Also the fact it produces well known products played a part. Unilever has also embraced the drive for greater Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability which has directly impacted my role, and shows it to be at the forefront of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods market.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Take note of the standards of leadership and gear your application towards them. They really are an important part of the organisation and even form the basis of performance reviews. Be open to change and try to learn at every opportunity. This will probably be easiest if you enjoy your role here so make sure you know what the role entails and try to choose the right function that you think you would enjoy most.

Amelia-Coe

Name: Amelia Coe

University: Oxford

Course: History & Politics

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Supply Chain Innovation Analyst

What attracted you to Unilever?

I was interested in the experience of working for an international company with as wide a range of scope and functions as Unilever in order to gain an understanding of the inner workings of a global company. I was also sold on the strength of principles and genuine drive for sustainability in all aspects of the business that stood out as clearly different to other companies in the sector and across various industries.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Ensure you attend any recruitment events at your university and make a note of who you speak to and the responses they gave to your questions. This will be useful in interviews and assessments in order to demonstrate your active interest and research into the company.

Don’t downplay previous experience no matter how small, you can find useful demonstrations of key skills in even the most unlikely of experiences you have had (I spoke in my Assessment Centre and interviews of a range of things from obvious examples of leadership roles in University teams and societies to my previous catering job and the experience of helping friends in difficult situations) – as long as you are clear about how the experience proves a time you showed an essential skill, it is worthwhile and interesting. Don’t be tempted to panic if you feel you do not have clear examples such as being a Captain or President of a club or society – it’s about genuinely drawing on your experience.

Eric-Baumgartner

Name: Eric Baumgartner

University: Strasbourg Business School [France]

Course: Business Management

Function: Supply Chain Management

Role Title: Requirements Planner

What attracted you to Unilever?

I was attracted by Unilever’s offer of an industrial placement in Supply Chain Management promising real responsibility, all the necessary support to be successful, vast insight into the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry and into Supply Chain’s strategic interactions with other business departments. Furthermore, I was very interested to work for the company producing some of my favourite brands, such as Lynx!

Any top tips for future applicants?

I’d strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with Unilever’s Standards of Leadership, Sustainability Living Plan and culture. The knowledge will help you throughout the application process. Use the STAR (Situation, Tasks, Actions, Result) method whenever you can. Don’t forget to express your passion for a/some Unilever brand/s! You should also think about your reasons for a summer or industrial placement and how Unilever can meet your expectations. Finally, use your university’s career service as much as you can.

George-Morton

Name: George Morton

University: Birmingham

Course: Chemical Engineering

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Waste Reduction – Norwich SU

What attracted you to Unilever?

Unilever is a huge company with a great reputation and wealth of opportunities to take advantage of. I also think for me supply chain represents an opportunity to explore other areas of the business rather than a purely engineering role.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Be true to yourself, if you really want the position it will come across in your application and interviews and you are probably more likely to be successful!

Hafsa-Ahmedi

Name: Hafsa Ahmedi

University: Loughborough

Course: Chemical Engineering

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Waste Reduction

What attracted you to Unilever?

All the great brands

Any top tips for future applicants?

Do your research!

Harriet-Hill

Name: Harriet Hill

University: Newcastle

Course: Business Management

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Customer Service Operations

What attracted you to Unilever?

The pride Unilever takes in its Corporate Social Responsibility and the opportunities that would be made available to me due to the size of the organisation.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Apply as soon as possible!

James-Phillips

Name: James Phillips

University: Loughborough University

Course: Management Sciences

Function: Supply chain

Role Title: Supply chain innovation analyst

What attracted you to Unilever?

The opportunity to work for a massive global company, whose brands I personally use on an everyday basis.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Feel relaxed and be yourself at all stages of the application. This may seem very obvious, but is the most key tip I can give, as the assessors are looking for people who can fit into the Unilever way of life.

Kim-Stehling

Name: Kim Stehling

University: University of St Andrews

Course: BSc Economics

Function: Supply Chain Management

Role Title: USP Supply Chain Management

What attracted you to Unilever?

The scale of operations and the extent of the brand portfolio offer a vast range of opportunities across the supply chain. All the information I could find allowed me to get a really good picture of what it would be like to work at Unilever and I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to be given real responsibility in a supportive and challenging business environment.

Any top tips for future applicants?

I found that the key to a successful application is genuine enthusiasm for Unilever’s brands, backed up with an understanding of the industry and function you are applying to. There is no need to be too nervous about the interview or the assessment centre – I really enjoyed the day and everyone I met was incredibly nice and approachable.

krishna-mistry

Name: Krishna-Kamal Mistry

University: Aston University

Course: Economics and Management

Function: Supply Chain Management

Role Title: Industrial Performance IP

What attracted you to Unilever?

I wanted experience in an Multi-National Corporation and company that cares for the world. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan was the biggest attraction for me as it moves away from the Corporate Social Responsibility model which can be very controversial and known as a broken model.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Make sure you are fully aware of Unilever competencies (the Standard of Leadership) and have strong examples for them. Also try to enjoy the process, it’s not as terrifying as you think.

Matthew-Ridout

Name: Matthew Ridout

University: University of Leeds

Course: International Business and Economics

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Global Manufacturing Sustainability

What attracted you to Unilever?

I was attracted to Unilever by its reputation, brand focus, Sustainable Living Plan and the opportunity to gain experience working for a global company. I was particularly keen to work in a company that had links to retail and worked in the consumer goods industry and Unilever offered all of this, along with a challenging but exciting placement scheme.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Make sure you do your research on the business, as this is essential throughout the entire application process to demonstrate an interest in the business and that you have spent time to also get to know the business. Both Facebook and Twitter are great ways to find out about Unilever. Make sure you enjoy the assessment centre, as this will allow you to be yourself and showcase your personality and skills accurately. Preparation is key, but just because you are not the most outspoken or most qualified doesn’t mean that you won’t get on to the scheme.

Matthew-Spedding

Name: Matthew Spedding

University: University of Leeds

Course: Economics and Management

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Requirements Planner

What attracted you to Unilever?

The brands! The chance to work to develop some of the world’s biggest brands drew me in!

Any top tips for future applicants?

Always consider the end customer in every stage of the process. When giving situational examples, highlight the impact it had or has on the customer.

 

Name: Murray Tainton

University: University of St. Andrews

Course: International Relations

Function: Supply Chain Management

Role Title: USP – Supply Chain Management

What attracted you to Unilever?

A fantastic opportunity to work with some of my favourite brands in an incredibly successful company.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Make sure you have done your research on the company. This includes knowing all the aspects that your function may cover and current global issues that may affect them.

Oscar-Donovan

Name: Oscar Donovan

University: University College London (UCL)

Course: History

Function: Supply Chain

Role Title: Global Workplace Sustainability Assistant

What attracted you to Unilever?

The company’s commitment to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan as a business model rather than as some Corporate Social Responsibility on the side, its futuristic approach to where and how people should work, and the fact that it makes some of the best brands on the market utilising one of the best supply chains in the world.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Really get your head around all five Standards of Leadership and feel confident of your experience and competencies in each of those areas. Don’t pretend to be the finished product (because nobody is), just be open and friendly whilst proving your potential!

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Welcome IPSP Finance!

Welcome to our 2014/2015 Industrial and Summer Placement Finance students! Here they share with you their profiles, what attracted them to Unilever and top tips for future applicants:

Abbie-Thistlethwaite

Name: Abbie Thistlethwaite

University: Loughborough University

Course: Accounting & Financial Management

Function: Finance

Role Title: CD Finance Analyst, Tesco

What attracted you to Unilever?

The UFLP (Grad scheme) and free ice cream

Any top tips for future applicants?         

Know the brands and understand Unilever’s core competencies. It was also useful to understand that the company has a strong marketing focus, which was highlighted as a strength during my assessment centre.  Just be confident in your abilities!

Alex-Bick

Name: Alex Bick

University: Nottingham University

Course: Economics with French

Function: Finance

Role Title: ETS Finance Support- IT Geography

What attracted you to Unilever?

Initially, the prospect of working for a world leader in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry- a constantly evolving industry- was the main attraction to working at Unilever. Unilever’s global presence also offers a huge number of opportunities to work abroad, meet people from different cultures and travel within your work which appealed to me, as a keen traveller. I was attracted to the Finance role particularly because it offered a chance to add real value to the business and promised immediate responsibility at the start of my placement for personal growth in my work. In the second week of my placement, I was communicating with Unilever employees based across Europe, resolving issues with actuals that would make a real difference in next month’s reports. Working for a company that owns renowned brands like Ben & Jerry’s also has its perks!

Any top tips for future applicants?

Do your research! Know the real reason you want to work at Unilever, why working at an Fast Moving Consumer Goods company appeals to you and what attracts you to your chosen function.

Be yourself! Your assessors want to get the best out of you and find out if you are suited to the company. They want you to show your best side.

Matthew-Haughton

Name: Matthew Haughton

University: University of Oxford

Course: Mathematics

Function: Finance

Role Title: Unilever International Finance Analyst

What attracted you to Unilever?

So many things attracted me to Unilever! One great aspect of Unilever is that it is a truly global company with over 2 billion consumers using a Unilever product every day! Unilever has a huge variety of brands in its portfolio from Cif household cleaning products to Magnum ice creams.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Ensure that you understand Unilever’s Standards of Leadership as these form an important part of both the recruitment process and Unilever’s culture. It is very helpful to try and think of examples of experiences where you have demonstrated each of the five Standards of Leadership.

Romilly-Smith

Name: Romilly Smith

University: University of Edinburgh (& 1 year at University of California, San Diego)

Course: Social Anthropology and Politics

Function: Finance

Role Title: ROMI Finance Analyst

What attracted you to Unilever?

Opportunity to work for a Fast Moving Consumer Goods company with potential roles abroad.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Do not let your degree title put you off applying for any of the functions – it really does not matter in the assessment day, they just want to see how you think and whether you can be analytical in a general sense.

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Welcome IPSP Marketing!

Welcome to our 2014/2015 Industrial and Summer Placement Marketing students! Here they share with you their profiles, what attracted them to Unilever and top tips for future applicants:

Jeannie-Richardson

Name: Jeannie Richardson

University: Northumbria University

Course: International Business Management

Function: Marketing

Role Title: Marketing Assistant – Out of Home Ice Cream

What attracted you to Unilever?

Unilever’s portfolio of diverse and world-renowned brands definitely sparked my initial attraction, and the more I delved the more passionate I became about working for Unilever. From their Sustainable Living Plan and striving to make the world a better place, to 57% of their business taking place in emerging markets.

Any top tips for future applicants?

You can never be over prepared, read everything and anything you can find about Unilever, their brands and what they stand for as a company, you never know when it might come in useful during your assessment day. And be yourself!

katie-westerby

Name: Katie Westerby

University: Newcastle University

Course: Marketing

Function: Marketing

Role Title: Assistant Brand Manager for Flora Pro.activ

What attracted you to Unilever?

I wanted to work for a company who cared. When Unilever came to my University and held a talk at my careers service I was really impressed by the unique personality of the company. Unilever does a lot for its employees and consumers everyday such as Project Sunlight and the Sustainable Living Plan. Beyond that Unilever is well known for crafting brands for life. I wanted to be a part of this and experience marketing in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods world.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Gain as much experience you can now in the role you want to apply for. Do your research on the company not just for the interview – but also for your own benefit. The best thing about Unilever is the added extras the company delivers.  And finally, be yourself.

Maddy-Boulton

Name: Maddy Boulton

University: Loughborough

Course: Retailing, Marketing and Management

Function: Marketing

Role Title: Out of Home Ice Cream Marketing Intern

What attracted you to Unilever?

The chance to work in marketing for some of the best brands in the UK and the light-hearted work culture portrayed.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Really try to be yourself in the interviews. I don’t think qualifications/ pass marks etc. are what they are most interested in- they want people who share common views, will work well within the company and will really bring something exciting/ different to the table.

Megan-Armour

Name: Megan Armour

University: University of Leeds

Course: Economics and Management

Function: Marketing

Role Title: In Home Ice cream for Desserts UK

What attracted you to Unilever?

The scale and success of Unilever initially attracted me to the company. I love change and travel and I am always looking for variety within my work. I felt that Unilever could offer diverse working roles and the opportunity to work around the UK and also abroad. It’s an exciting idea to work amongst such a powerful and vast array of brands that dominate both UK and Global markets, yet also be surrounded by innovative and driven individuals that are moulding our modern world.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Try to differentiate yourself as a candidate when applying and make reference to situations that will make you stand out as an individual yet allow your skills to shine through. Never take a defensive or overly competitive position in interviews, as Unilever is looking for approachable team players. Also be sure to know your brands and have an opinion!

Niall-Fay

Name: Niall Fay

University: Lancaster University

Course: BBA Management

Function: Marketing

Role Title: Assistant Brand Manager for Comfort and Household Cleaning

What attracted you to Unilever?

Unilever gives new employees a great deal of responsibility from day one. As an individual, you will actively be able to make a difference to whatever projects you are assigned to. The company culture is relaxed, yet focussed on achieving the best results. Additionally, the marketing placement scheme at Unilever is valued by all employees and is a fantastic name to have on your CV. The opportunity you have to also land a place on the graduate training programme is in your hands – which is something not all companies can boast about.

Any top tips for future applicants?

There is no substitute for compiling thorough research on the company prior to any telephone interviews/assessment centres. The more information you know about the company, the more likely you are to impress who you are being interviewed by. Knowing lots of Wikipedia facts won’t be enough to persuade someone to give you the job. Instead, keep up-to-date with developments that Unilever are experiencing and have a good knowledge of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry at the moment – the challenges it faces, the new opportunities that are being explored and how Unilever differentiates itself from competitors.

Ridhi-Puri

Name: Ridhi Puri

University: University of Warwick

Course: BSc Economics

Function: Marketing

Role Title: Assistant Brand manager for Stork, ICBINB, Bertolli, and Emlea

What attracted you to Unilever?

I really liked the company’s values and being one of the largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies, I knew I would get a lot of exposure and responsibility very early on. Also everyone was so friendly when I came for the Spring Programme, I had to come back!

Any top tips for future applicants?

Make sure you do your research so you don’t come across as general. I read articles, watched youtube videos, and scanned through the Unilever website before starting my application.

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Welcome SP Research & Development!

Welcome to our 2014 Summer Placement Research & Development students! Here they share with you their profiles, what attracted them to Unilever and top tips for future applicants:

Andrew-Wilkinson

Name: Andrew Wilkinson

University: University of Birmingham

Course: Chemistry

Function: Research & Development

Role Title: Open Innovation summer placement student

What attracted you to Unilever?

I chose Unilever because of the seemingly endless opportunities on offer.  Also I got on well with all of the employees that I had met; they were friendly and approachable so I knew I would fit in well.  Not to mention the cool brands that you get to work with here.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Watch out for Unilever at careers fairs and don’t be afraid to have a chat.  Make sure you ask lots of questions to find out as much as you can about all the opportunities on offer.  If you get on well with them you will fit in nicely!

Conor-Gask

Name: Conor Gask

University: University of St Andrews

Course: Biology

Function: Research and Development

Role Title: Laundry Liquids Design Summer Intern

What attracted you to Unilever?

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP). I was intrigued to find out how an Fast Moving Consumer Goods company were planning to implement such ambitious goals and how this would affect their business. The opportunity to own my own research project also attracted me, as the findings you make really can have an impact on a huge scale.

Any top tips for future applicants?

The first week and a half can be quite slow getting projects in place, so use this time to talk to as many people as possible in your office. Within 3 days of being here I was able to arrange lunch with the Director of Laundry Liquids, giving me an opportunity to ask lots of questions about career paths within Unilever. Employees here are very welcoming and will generally make time to help you out with tours and introductions, don’t be shy!

Jaipal-Sachdev

Name: Jaipal Sachdev

University: Imperial College

Course: Chemical Engineering

Function: R&D

Role Title: Summer Intern

What attracted you to Unilever?

The emphasis put on self and team development and the fast changing pace of the business.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Research Unilever thoroughly; make sure you understand the Standards of Leadership. Make sure you have an example in your life that has helped develop each of these standards.

Kathryn-Tipping

Name: Kathryn Tipping

University: University of Nottingham

Course: Biochemistry

Function: R&D Summer Placement

Role Title: Formulation Scientist

What attracted you to Unilever?

I was attracted to doing a summer placement at Unilever as I felt it would be a highly valuable experience, working for a world leading multinational company with a great reputation. I was also attracted by the potential to gain a huge breadth of knowledge of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods market, through the wide variety of products developed here. The potential opportunities that may arise from the placement were also very attractive.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Be confident, work hard and try your best to succeed, but most importantly be yourself!

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Welcome IP Business & Technology Management!

Welcome to our 2014/2015 Industrial Placement Business & Technology Management students!  Here they share with you their profiles, what attracted them to Unilever and top tips for future applicants:

Caroline-Godson

Name: Caroline Godson

University: University of Birmingham

Course: Business Management with Year in Industry

Function: BTM

Role title: Social Activation Analyst

What attracted you to Unilever?

Unilever provides so many opportunities to build networks and skills within a global business environment and the breadth of experience they offer in the space of 12 months is amazing. Their organisational culture and values were also greatly attractive to me and I really enjoy working within a team of motivated individuals in a flexible and agile way.

Top tips for future applicants?

Be proactive and apply early – the earlier you apply the earlier you could secure yourself a job and relax! During the application process ensure to stay up to date with Unilever’s current news, what projects they’re focusing on, and try to integrate this information into your answers – particularly on the telephone interview. Prepare in detail for interviews/assessment centre with competency based question examples, knowledge of Unilever and remember to be confident! The application process is mostly about the company finding out about the kind of person you are, so be yourself and be sure to listen to others – it’s important to take other people’s views into account and not try to lead the entire time.

Ioanna-Yiallourides

Name: Ioanna Yiallourides

University: University of Bath

Course: Politics with Economics

Function: Business and Technology Management

Role Title: Digital Planner, Digital Marketing Services Europe

What attracted you to Unilever?

Its unique approach to doing business, its diversity of accounts and opportunities and its global scale.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Be yourself throughout the process and try to enjoy it.

James-Tinson

Name: James Tinson

University: University of Reading

Course: Business and Management

Function: BTM

What attracted you to Unilever?

I had been looking at the reviews on Ratemyplacement.co.uk and similar sites and Unilever was highly rated by placement students, and the opportunity to work with some of the world’s biggest brands of course!

Any top tips for future applicants?

When it comes to the selection day, be yourself! It’s better to feel comfortable than to be on edge and over thinking your actions.

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Welcome IPSP Human Resources!

Welcome to our 2014/2015 Industrial and Summer Placement Human Resources students!  Here they share with you their profiles, what attracted them to Unilever and top tips for future applicants:

Alexandra-Rigg

Name: Alexandra Rigg

University: University of Liverpool

Course: Business Studies with a Year in Industry

Function: Human Resources

Role Title: Supply Chain HR Business Partner

What attracted you to Unilever?

The company’s values and ethics

Any top tips for future applicants?

Preparation and research is essential! Make sure you’ve researched the company and the role before you apply.

Ben-Spells

Name: Ben Spells

University: Oxford

Course: Maths

Function: HR

Role Title: HR Summer Placement student

What attracted you to Unilever?

Unilever is a global company with lots of exciting brands so I thought it would be a great place to work… and indeed it is!  I was also really impressed by Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan and its work in creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Do loads of research about Unilever: the more you do, the more passionate you will be to work here, and that will come across at all stages of the application process.  Have a good look at Unilever’s Standards of Leadership and try to think of examples of when you’ve demonstrated these!

Charlotte-Penn

Name: Charlotte Penn

University: University of Warwick

Course: History

Function: Human Resources

Role Title: HR National Programs

What attracted you to Unilever?

The brands and their commitment to not just good business but corporate social responsibility and communities.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Preparation, preparation, preparation! Thinking on the spot can be hard, so make sure you have examples of your competencies and experiences fresh in your mind.

Grace-Onipede

Name: Grace Onipede

University: Aston University

Course: Psychology BSc

Function: HR

Role Title: MCO HR Generalist/ Business Partnering

What attracted you to Unilever?

Firstly, noticing that most of the brands I use and love are all made by Unilever, so I automatically knew I was interested in the company.  Likewise, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan caught my attention, I thought working for a company that is willing to help consumers worldwide is invaluable and self-fulfilling.  Furthermore, the importance of leadership and growth within Unilever was definitely a bonus, as I always look for development opportunities for the future.

Any top tips for future applicants?

I believe to work for Unilever, you must have passion about the company, this could be the USLP, Brands etc.

Hannah-Lennon

Name: Hannah Lennon

University: University College London

Course: History

Function: Human Resources

Role Title: HR Operations – Training (at Purfleet Sourcing Unit)

What attracted you to Unilever?

Having the chance to work on projects where you are given real responsibility and the chance to develop something which will have a legacy. It’s also brilliant to work with products which form such a big part of everyday life!

Any top tips for future applicants?

Make sure you follow Unilever on social media sites, like Twitter, as there are links to lots of great articles which give you the chance to get to grips with what Unilever is doing at the moment.

Hannah-Young

Name: Hannah Young

University: Nottingham Trent University

Course: BA (hons) Management

Function: Human Resources

Role Title: Industrial Placement, HR Expertise

What attracted you to Unilever?

I was recommended to look at Unilever as a prospective employer by a man who began his career at Unilever in the HR team and it has opened many opportunities to him. After looking at the company, I liked the work ethic, management styles and focus on ‘a brighter future’. I was also influenced by the working environment, agile working, and performance and development focus.

Any top tips for future applicants?

Be confident in yourself and your ability. Research the role, our Standards of Leadership, our sustainability plan, and our Project Sunlight, know them well and know if you would fit into an environment where these concepts will be reflected in everything you do. If you are right for the role and the role is right for you, everything else will come naturally.