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Future Leaders Programme - Marketing

Unilever is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world. We make some of the world’s most loved brands: Dove, Lynx, PG Tips, Ben & Jerrys, Marmite, Magnum, Persil and Hellmann’s, to name a few, and they have a powerful role to play in realising our vision for a brighter future. Marketing develops our brands and communications, building and maintaining relationships that can influence change and last for generations. You will have the opportunity to work on some of these brands across some fantastic categories.

What will I be doing?

You’ll be constantly deepening the already expert knowledge of our brands and the people who use them. You’ll use this level of insight to help develop our products’ personalities and bring them to life. That could mean working on the launch of a new ice cream, undertaking research on the latest trends in hair care, looking at sponsorship opportunities or planning a brand’s digital campaign. Our people have the opportunity to make a big impact every day on a local level, across Europe, and around the globe. 

What do we look for?

Creative flair will see you go far, but marketing is commercially focused and demands strong business skills to actually make things happen. It takes a deep sense of logic, ambition, organisational, and analytical skills, a head for figures and great gut instinct. 

What will the programme involve?

The three-year, world-class development programme is packed with variety and challenge, with the opportunity of promotion to manager level after 2 years. You’ll develop your individual leadership skills by working on live projects that offer you all the experience you need to become ready for your first management role. Over three years you’ll cover up to three placements:

  • During your local (UK & Ireland) brand-building placements you will get exposure to commercial marketing and have the opportunity to work with iconic brands like Dove, Persil, Sure and Marmite, managing brand mixes across all their elements
  • You may also get the chance to work with our brand development teams on strategy, real innovation and advertising development at a global or regional level 
  • You will get hands-on exposure to Customer Management (Sales), where you will build relationships, analyse relevant data, own financial forecasting, agree a tailored business plan, or negotiate promotions.
  • First-hand experience – it’s the fastest way to learn. The Unilever culture is varied, friendly and encourages innovative thinking. We will push and support you to achieve your potential, whilst giving you the chance to shape your career path according to your own interests, strengths and ambitions.

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