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Research and Development Placement

  • UK, Europe
  • £20,000 per annum Pro Rata

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in the world. It makes some of the world’s most loved brands: Dove, Lynx, PG Tips, Ben & Jerrys, Sure, Magnum, Knorr and Hellmann’s, to name a few. Unilever takes care of the whole supply chain of its products, from development and sourcing right through to production, marketing and distribution. 172,000 people globally produce brands that are sold in 190 countries and used by 2.5 billion people daily.

 Around the world, Unilever products help people look good, feel good and get more out of life. What's Unilever’s challenge? To double the size of the business, while reducing its environmental impact and increasing its social impact. Unilever is looking for talented graduates who have the will and the drive to help Unilever achieve this ambition.

We have a strong performance culture with challenging goals, future focussed feedback and drive for innovation and ambition in an inclusive informal environment. We will push you to achieve your potential and make a big business impact where you learn from the best. First-hand experience - it’s the fastest way to learn. 

Job Description

Our purpose is to create a brighter future with you and for you, and that future begins in Research and Development (R&D). If you want to develop into your best self while feeling part of a global organisation that can take you in any direction you choose, this is the programme for you.

Areas you could go into -

  • Designing new product innovations and rolling these out across the globe
  • Looking at longer-term science and technology projects in one of our Global R&D Centres.
  • Developing products from concept idea to full-scale production – with a heavy emphasis on feasibility and understanding consumer needs
  • An opportunity for a placement outside of R&D to help you understand the full scope of our business

Our Programme

Students must have completed the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree by the time they start their placement and be returning to study after their placement. 

Our Summer (3 months) is a chance to showcase your ambition, thinking and skills, with total support from a line manager and a buddy. Students who successfully pass our programme will be fast-tracked to the final stage of the selection process for the UFLP programme – The Discovery Centre Day. 

We also have excellent benefits to support you through your placement including a salary of £20,000, 20 days annual leave and online training. 

In R&D, we require a strong technical qualification in a Chemical, Biological, Physical or Food-related Science. We also accept Chemical/Material and Engineering-related disciplines.

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