R&D Summer Placements

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. For a business whose very purpose is to create a brighter future, that future begins in Research & Development (R&D). This is the hotbed of ideas for brands, products, packaging, manufacturing and technology. Your work could impact millions across the world.

What will I be doing?

You’ll be undertaking research to understand what consumers want and need, and developing the technology and science to bring new innovations to life. You’ll be helping to make our brands even healthier, more appealing, more efficient and more environmentally friendly – improving our products in any way possible. Our people have the opportunity to make a big impact every day on a local level, across Europe and the globe.

What we look for

You will be a motivated and ambitious future leader who can offer their expertise in chemical/biological/physical/engineering/food related science or similar discipline. You will understand the importance of commercial success and be passionate about making an impact, contributing towards a more sustainable brighter future through exciting and forward thinking innovations.

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. 

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.

Research and Development Summer Placements are a chance to showcase your thinking and skills, with total support from a line manager and a buddy.  Students who successfully pass our Summer Placement programme will be fast-tracked to the final stage of the selection process for the Unilever Future Leaders Programme – The Discovery Centre Day. 

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

Our application process involves;

  • Online application with competency based questions
  • Telephone interview
  • Half day selection board. 

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