Unilever believes in sustainable growth and driving positive change through our business, brands and partners. Our Sustainable Living Plan has 3 main goals:
- Improve health and well-being for more than 1 billion.
- Reduce environmental impact by ½.
- Enhance livelihoods for millions.
While these seem ambitious and rather challenging goals, we can begin our path working locally and making a change in our immediate community. Employees from our Leatherhead office, UK are working in partnership with Epsom Job Centre to develop the skills and opportunities of those involved.
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:
Here you’ll find our A to Z of tips for applying to Unilever. Some tips are general, some are more specific and some are not just applicable to your initial application but also the rest of the process. We hope they give you some help and reassurance in seeing the application through. Enjoy!
James Bruce – Executive VP Enterprise Solutions and Information & Analytics
- Studied Economics at The University of Warwick
James was initially driven by the need to put a roof over his head, coming from a family of small business owners with limited success. His original aim was to work for a large company, gain experience and return the family business to profit.
What has made you stay with Unilever your whole career?
Having not set out with the intention of becoming a ‘lifer’ but new opportunities presented themselves as James excelled in each role he was given. The size of Unilever lends itself to an abundance of opportunity.
Unilever’s sustainable corporate philosophy has inspired me from the very beginning. Working for a company with a clear purpose and a lot of great people motivates me every day.
Annika is completing her UFLP in R&D and is motivated by Unilever’s sustainable business ethics.
What I do is what I believe in.
My name is Annika and I joined the Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) as a Research and Development Trainee in March 2016. My trainee programme takes me to many different places, where I can gain experiences in various categories, job roles and functions. Therein, I gain insights in local, regional and global aspect of the company. Besides project management, current examples from my daily routine are tasting sessions or dealing with specifications, which describe e.g. contents of our products, the way they are produced or the final product labels.
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.
Sophie Crompton – UFLP Supply Chain
What inspired you to apply?
I was first introduced to Unilever when my flatmate convinced me to go to a talk at University, like many people I think I knew the brands way before I knew about Unilever.
The presentation was really interesting. The thing that stayed with me most after the presentation and during the recruitment process was that Unilever has brands with a purpose.
Hello, I am Ney and it is not easy to start describing this working experience but I will try to explain my expectations before I got in Unilever, what I have been learning and how working life is..
I applied for this position in supply chain because it has everything I was interested in: working for an international company with one of the most important brands in the world but at the same time with a huge environmental commitment.
The expectations I had were quite high, but when I knew I was accepted for this position I was so excited and looking forward to beginning this adventure.