Graduate scheme


Our Future Leaders Programme will ignite the leader in you. This unique programme is designed to develop Unilever’s Future Leaders (UFLs) by providing challenging and purposeful opportunities that accelerate their readiness to take on business leadership roles.

The Unilever Future Leaders Program (UFLP) is a global initiative enabling Unilever to build a strong talent pipeline that will support and lead our business growth. In the UK, our UFLP is a 36-month rotational leadership development program for which we recruit top-performing undergraduate talent who demonstrate the potential to become managers within our business. It’s designed to grow you into a manager, through hands-on learning alongside world-class experts. You’ll be hired into a function and develop your leadership skills by working on live projects which offer you all the experience you need to become ready for your first management role. At the heart of it, it’s about developing tomorrow’s leaders, today.

From Day 1, you will take on real business challenges within your own function and across the organization. Along the way you will develop deep core professional skills and leadership skills, and build a robust support network. On top of all that, you will have a lot of fun along the journey.

We look for people who want to get to grips with the inner workings of a vast business and a desire to understand how it works. It’s about commitment, real people skills and a deep-seated interest in the business as a whole. You’ll become part of a leading-edge company, where you’ll work with outstanding brands and outstanding people to drive sustainable business growth.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze, Vaseline, Sure, Wall’s, Colman’s and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the desire for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’.

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary of £35,000 and a pension scheme, but we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Diversity at Unilever is about championing inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. To celebrate this, we have internal networks and communities created to raise awareness for a cause, which work to create change within the business. These networks include Proud, Empower, Enable and Unity and our communities include Thriving Parents, Carers and All Inclusion Club.

We give full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes, and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Do you require any adjustments in the application or assessment process?

If you do need any adjustments, please inform the Talent Acquisition team who will contact you to discuss the accessibility options available. E.g., If required extending time spent in any ‘timebound’ assessments/interviews.

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The role: Human Resources (HR)

In HR, our vision is “ To care for our people & grow with them ”. We aim to unlock Unilever’s potential and drive business growth by building a diverse and inclusive talent powerhouse that delivers consistent, superior performance.

What will I be doing?

As a member of the HR organisation, wherever you are based in the business, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in driving culture change, managing employee relations, developing talented leaders, improving team performance, building skills and capabilities that each business area needs and much more. All part of shaping the organisation to be future fit and maximise business performance and growth.

What do we look for?

We are looking for future HR leaders who are motivated by a passion for people and are trusted partners to the business to get things done. We need people who can drive performance by using data and insight to inform decision-making and continually think of new ways of doing things, fuelled by their dissatisfaction with the status quo. Whilst people skills are critical for the Unilever Futures Programme in HR, there are no specific qualifications necessary. We need HR people who are mindful and responsive to contexts, audiences and individuals and are inspired to develop colleagues and the capabilities required for our winning business.

The role of HR in Unilever as a core strategic business area means we look for people with enthusiasm, an interest in how businesses operate and the bravery to offer creative insights and execute change. People who can build relationships, collaborate with others, have a data-driven mindset and possess strong influencing and negotiation abilities. Business challenges are always changing and evolving so remaining constantly curious and keen to learn, demonstrating agility and able to think differently in different contexts is key.

What will the programme involve?

The three-year, world-class development programme is packed with variety and challenge, with the opportunity of promotion to managerial level after completing the programme. Throughout the programme, you’ll develop your leadership skills by working on live projects that will prepare you for your first management role. The programme includes 4 placements of 9 months each, including time spent in the following areas:

  • HR Business Partnering working in a local, regional or global role across a business group, business unit and/or global functions team
  • HR in Factories across various locations in the UK
  • HR Expertise including Reward, Learning, Talent, Organisation Development & People Analytics
  • People Experience is the heart of our function delivering the best HR experience for all Unilever employees across the entire employee lifecycle from hiring to retiring.

All rotations present responsibility and accountability from day one – it’s the fastest way to learn and grow. You'll have the opportunity to shape your own career adventure based on your unique strengths, skills, interests and aspirations. We will support and guide you through stretching assignments whilst enabling you to maximise the experiences available for you to achieve your potential.


During the programme, you will be placed in various business units throughout the UK, therefore it is important to remain flexible regarding your location.

Is travel required? 10-25%

Closing date:

We will close for applications as soon as we receive enough applications for the business area. We, therefore, advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions about your application or if you require special arrangements/reasonable adjustments to be made to complete any part of the application process, please contact the Future Careers Team.

Discovery Centres

Please note that the HR discovery centres will take place in person, if you are selected to attend, you will need to be available on one of the following dates (2024): 29th January, 30th January, 31st January or 1st February.

Recruitment Fraud

Cyber criminals advertise fake job adverts with prestigious employers as a way of stealing information or even defrauding people out of money. In the most sophisticated cases, they will set up fake websites, which have a similar address to companies like Unilever. They even conduct fake telephone interviews and then offer candidates a role with the proviso they pay a fee for background checks or to cover work visa costs. These types of attacks are becoming more common as more people are looking for employment in the economic climate.

How is Unilever tackling this?

Many of Unilever’s recruitment sites publish a warning to candidates about recruitment fraud. The Cyber Security team also proactively scan for signs of people setting up fake Unilever sites and act to close them down.

What can I do?

If you become aware of potential recruitment fraud, spot fake Unilever recruitment adverts or fake LinkedIn profiles, report them via Una Live Chat.

Unilever does not accept responsibility or liability for any candidates who are financially impacted by recruitment fraud. Your vigilance is key!

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