Unilever Unilever Future Leaders Programme – Research & Development – Netherlands in Vlaardingen, Netherlands

Unilever Future Leaders Programme – Research & Development – Netherlands


Unilever Future Leaders Programme – Research & Development – Netherlands

Unilever is one of the largest global fast moving consumer goods company and manufactures some of the world’s best-known brands, such as Dove, Lipton, Knorr, Hellmann’s. In a business whose purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace and 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. The Unilever Future Leaders Programme R&D is about having a big impact, right from the start. It’s about growing iconic market-leading brands with sustainable living at heart, Unilever has a culture where growth means positive change, impact and influence as well as market share.

Unilever is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. Our approach to diversity and inclusion encompasses many aspects including developing an inclusive culture, promoting gender balance, respecting the contribution of all employees regardless of gender, age, race, disability or sexual orientation.

What will you be doing?

As an R&D management trainee you will lead global innovations for our famous brands. You will develop products from concept ideas to full-scale production – with a heavy emphasis on feasibility and understanding consumer needs. At our office you will develop technologies and science for specific products to make them healthier, more appealing, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. You will make sure that our products are able to run in the production lines of our factories. On top of that, you will work together with more than 50 different nationalities in a highly educative environment. Your first position will be within our foods category.

Ask yourself:

  • Are you currently conducting a master degree in areas such as Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, Life Science & Technology, Process Engineering, Food Technology or similar?

  • Are you a scientist/engineer with a genuine business interest?

  • Are you motivated to continuously develop yourself and to have a steep learning curve?

  • Do you have a great passion for FMCG and Research & Development?

  • Do you act in a pro-active and responsible way?

  • Do you have a growth mindset and feel like a true leader?

  • Do you want to work on products which have impact on two billion people every day and are sold in 190 countries?

What can you expect?

We have a proven tradition of developing our own purpose driven leaders and encourage innovative thinking. Future focused feedback and challenging goals will help you in driving innovation and support your ambition within an inclusive and 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.

The Unilever Future Leaders Programme R&D is designed to grow you into a manager in 3 years, through hands-on learning alongside world-class experts. You will develop your individual leadership skills by working on live projects which offer you all the experience you need to become ready for your first management role. The Unilever Future Leaders Programme R&D is focused on the foods category. To give you a more specific idea: it is possible that you can go work in product development or processing. You will turn a great foods idea into a great foods product!

As a R&D management trainee you will start with an exciting placement of two months in the Sales Force where you will get introduced to the core of our business, the store floor. During this period you learn more about our business, meet other Unilever future leaders, our clients and get familiar with our products.

Thereafter you will take on three R&D placements within three years, and may get the opportunity to work internationally. You will have the opportunity for one placement outside of R&D, to help you understand the full scope of our business. You will work in cross functional and global teams. You will get hands-on experience with real projects in which you can make a genuine business impact, for growth, for people, for brands and for sustainability.

Support and empowerment: we will support you every step of the way to senior management but much of your progress will be up to you. You'll need to be focused and ambitious to get where you want, identifying opportunities and taking responsibility for your own development.

Professional training: during the programme there will be a wide range of internal and external training programmes available to build specific R&D skills and knowledge. You will get all the support you need to build your personal development plan.


You can apply for the Unilever Future Leaders Programme R&D from October 1 onwards, but please be aware the application period will close as soon as we have received enough qualified applicants. To apply for the Unilever Future Leaders Programme R&D or to find out hints and tips on our UFLP recruitment process visit: www.unilever.nl/careers/studenten/uflp/research-and-development/ Please note:

  • We only consider your application when you applied in our system.

  • We only consider applications from EU based residents due to VISA restrictions.

Please note: sometimes, correspondence may end up in your spam folder. Therefore, it is important to regularly check your spam folder during the entire recruitment process.

In the application form there is a possibility to upload your CV. This will only be used for filling your personal details, and is not part of the selection process.

Job: Research/Development

Primary Location: Netherlands-Netherlands (Province level)-Vlaardingen

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Travel: No

Unposting Date: Oct-31-2017, 4:59:00 PM

Req ID: 17000EDF