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Unilever is a leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. We own brands such as Sunlight, Vaseline, Axe, Dove, Ola and Knorr. We are rated the number one global business for Sustainability by Climate Counts and we offer one of the best work life balances in our industry.

We have a great growth ambition, to double the size of our business whilst reducing our environmental footprint. So not only do we look ahead with ambition, we look ahead to do the right thing for our consumers, communities and the world we live in.

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Past Unilever Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Unilever, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Unilever hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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Job types

  • Graduate Jobs (50%),

  • Internships (50%),

Disciplines

  • Engineering (25%),

  • Engineering Chemical Processing (25%),

  • Science (25%),

Locations

  • Johannesburg (75%),

  • KwaZulu-Natal (25%),

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    Past Unilever Graduate Jobs & Internships

    Check out some of Unilever's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


    In-Service Trainee - Engineering

    Job type:

    Graduate Jobs

    Disciplines:

    Engineering

    Locations:

    Johannesburg (South Africa)

    QA Analyst- Graduate

    Job type:

    Graduate Jobs

    Disciplines:

    Science

    Locations:

    KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

    In-Service Trainee - Quality

    Job type:

    Internships

    Locations:

    Johannesburg (South Africa)

    In Service Trainee - Engineering

    Job type:

    Internships

    Disciplines:

    Engineering Chemical Processing

    Locations:

    Johannesburg (South Africa)

    About Unilever

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    About Unilever

    On any day, 2 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.

    Making sustainable living commonplace

    Great products from our range of more than 400 brands give us a unique place in the lives of people all over the world.

    When consumers reach for nutritionally balanced foods or indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps that combat disease, luxurious shampoos or everyday household care products, there’s a good chance the brand they pick is one of ours.

    Seven out of every ten households around the world contain at least one Unilever product, and our range of world-leading, household-name brands includes Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo. Trusted local brands designed to meet the specific needs of consumers in their home market include Blue Band, Pureit and Suave.

    Our Brands

    Seven out of every ten households around the world contain at least one Unilever product, and our range of world-leading, household-name brands includes Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo. Trusted local brands designed to meet the specific needs of consumers in their home market include Blue Band, Pureit and Suave.

    Unilever South Africa

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    About Unilever South Africa

    Over two billion people choose a Unilever product at any given day, from feeding their family to keeping their homes clean and fresh! Our brands are part of everyday life!

    The company has over 3 500 full-time employees across two corporate offices and seven manufacturing locations in the country. For three years in a row, the Top Employer Institute rates Unilever South Africa, established over 100 years ago, as the country’s No 1 employer in South Africa.

    Sustainability in South Africa

    Our vision is to create a brighter future for all South Africans, where people can improve their quality of life without increasing their environmental footprint. Unilever launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) in 2010, with a local chapter for South Africa.

    Globally, the company has set three big goals to achieve by 2020:

    • Halve the environmental footprint of our products
    • Help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and well-being
    • Source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably

    Our Vision, Purpose & Values

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    Our Vision, Purpose & Values

    Purpose & Values

    Our Corporate Purpose states that to succeed requires "the highest standards of corporate behaviour towards everyone we work with, the communities we touch, and the environment on which we have an impact."

    Purpose & Values

    Always working with integrity

    Conducting our operations with integrity and with respect for the many people, organisations and environments our business touches has always been at the heart of our corporate responsibility

    Positive impact

    We aim to make a positive impact in many ways: through our brands, our commercial operations and relationships, through voluntary contributions, and through the various other ways in which we engage with society.

    Continuous commitment

    We're also committed to continuously improving the way we manage our environmental impacts and are working towards our longer-term goal of developing a sustainable business

    Setting out our aspirations

    Our Corporate Purpose sets out our aspirations in running our business. It's underpinned by our Code of Business Principles which describes the operational standards that everyone at Unilever follows, wherever they are in the world. The Code also supports our approach to governance and corporate responsibility.

    Working with others

    We want to work with suppliers who have values similar to our own and work to the same standards we do. Our Supplier Code, aligned to our own Code of Business Principles, comprises eleven principles covering business integrity and responsibilities relating to employees, consumers and the environment.

    Unilever Future Leaders Programm

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    Unilever Future Leaders Programme

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    Unilever’s Future Leaders Programme develops tomorrow’s leaders, today.

    This Graduate Programme is designed to develop business leaders of tomorrow. The Unilever’s Future Leaders programme (UFLP) aims to provide the graduates with on-the-job training. The Programme encompasses rotations within and across functions in an accelerated learning environment. This includes international stints, extended leadership engagement, mentoring, formal training and professional development.

    Key facts on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme

    Location: South Africa with an International stint

    The Unilever Future Leaders programme is designed for rapid promotion and professional training and development. It is a rotation based programme, which includes coaching, mentoring and the opportunity to work abroad.

    Application Process

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    Application process

    Through our innovative approach in UFLP Digital Selection we will recruit the very best young talent for the future using gamification, video interviews and big data to give us deep insight into candidates to make the best hiring decisions in a VUCA world.

    Better hiring decisions will help us to double our business and reduce our environmental footprint and become the No.1 Employer of Choice in 50 markets by 2020.

    Unlike other graduate recruiters in this highly competitive market, we will offer a pioneering, quick, simple and engaging digital selection experience focussed on the candidate with feedback at each stage to help both the successful and unsuccessful candidate grow and learn from the selection journey with us.

    The experience is two-way and gives candidates the opportunity to learn more about working with Unilever whilst recruiters are supported by reliable and robust data leading to higher quality candidates in the final Discovery Centre stage of selection.

    Application process summary

    Online application

    Complete the online application form. It is a simple and easy process, with the quick option of filling out personal details using your LinkedIn profile. You may only apply to one function in your application and the types of functions available varies according to each region.

    Profile assessment

    Play 12 short online games that look at different elements of your cognitive, emotional and social traits, which form part of your profile assessment. These will help to evaluate your level of fit for the UFLP, as well as the suitable function for you. You will receive personalised feedback after completing the games.

    Digital interview

    You will be asked to solve real-world problems using Unilever scenarios, giving you the the chance to learn more about our company culture and the way we do business.

    The digital interview will be split into two components, which consists of three short hypothetical questions, followed by a business case. You’ll be able to record and complete your interview anytime (up until a deadline we’ll set) and anywhere, whichever suits you best. All you need is a computer, webcam and/or smartphone, and most importantly, a good and stable internet connection.

    Discovery centre day

    This is the final stage of the recruitment process and provides you with a truly immersive experience and the chance to live ‘a day in the life’ of a Future Leader at Unilever. 

    You get to experience a number of exciting activities and projects that include:

    • Project meeting with colleagues from your function
    • Short meeting with Senior Management regarding a current business challenge
    • Team meeting with the other candidates
    • One-to-one meeting with your Line manager

    These exercises are designed around a real business case study, enabling us to assess your potential, while giving you a further insight into what it is like to work in Unilever.

    Unilever Culture

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    Unilever Culture

    Nandi Strachan, R&D Unilever Future Leader

    The culture is informal and people are approachable, but at the same time we are also competitive and results driven.

    Linzi Frost, Unilever Supply Chain Future Leader

    I’ve only been at Unilever for a few months and already I’ve been able to work in 3 different brands which are Tea, Food Solutions and Ola. Over the next 3 years I’ve got a rotation plan on the UFLP that’s extremely exciting. I’ll have an opportunity to work in departments like Procurement and Maintenance and my final goal is to be an Engineering Manager. At Unilever, there is a pride in what people do.

    Customer Development

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    Customer Development

    “My proudest Unilever moment was launching a Personal Care booklet that was distributed to almost 2000 merchandisers across the country. This helped ensure flawless execution at store level.” - Ntombesizwe Vabaza, Customer Development Unilever Future Leader

    No matter how appealing our products are, if they aren’t on shelves they can’t sell. It’s up to our Customer Development team to work with our Customers (e.g. Shoprite, Pick and Pay and Wholesalers) to develop strategies on how best to serve our consumers. This includes joint business planning, strategic negotiation and ensuring that the shopper always chooses Unilever brands as their products of choice.

    The Customer Development experience you'll get on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme

    Rotation in Category Operations:

    You’ll drive category growth through the execution of relevant activities and innovations. Some of the activities involve managing trade budgets for your categories, providing input to Supply Chain in terms of demand and partnering with Finance to ensure profitability.

    Rotation in Brand Building:

    You will understand the brands you sell from a consumer and shopper perspective. You will take the brand toolkit and make it come alive in your market, as well as exploring different channels to explode your brand messaging.

    Rotation in National Accounts:

    You will be the face of Unilever to our key retail and wholesale customers and will work directly with them to ensure that our products are available to their shoppers in the right place and at the right price, thereby ensuring profitable growth.

    Other short rotations will include:

    Field Sales and CD Operations.

    Above is just a guideline, this may vary according to business needs.

    Click here to begin application process.

    Application openings vary per country (SA opens 19 April 2017)

    Finance

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    Finance

    “I’m currently a Supply Chain Accountant. On the Future Leaders Program I’ve experienced different and dynamic situations that have allowed me to make more balanced business decisions.” - Veronica Moloi Finance Unilever Future Leader

    At Unilever, Finance is so much more than numbers. It’s the lifeblood of our business, touching every area and informing multi-million Euro decisions.

    You will influence the future of our brands, the way we work with customers and how we run our factories and supply chains.

    The Finance Experience you'll get on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme

    Rotation in Category Finance:

    You’ll partner with the Marketing teams with a focus on effective investment in brands. You will link marketing with value-based management to ensure maximum return on the brand related expenditure.

    Rotation in Financial & Management Reporting:

    You’ll be responsible for all financial accounting operations, including the presence of appropriate controls to ensure timely and accurate reporting. This will be in accordance with company guidelines and statutory/fiscal requirements.

    Rotation in Customer Development Finance:

    You’ll support the business in strategic investing for growth in customer trade channels. You’ll deliver the best in customer service, win at point-of-purchase and build brands through customers.

    Other rotations may include:

    Develop a deeper understanding of customer and trade marketing or sourcing and supply management.

    Above is just a guideline, this may vary according to business needs.

    Click here to begin application process.

    Application openings vary per country (SA opens 19 April 2017)

    Human Resources

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    Human Resources

    “Working with different people, building teams and managing talent keeps me interested and excited every single day.” - James Hu HR Unilever Future Leader

    Here’s your chance to support and develop Unilever's most vital asset: our people.

    We need insightful, creative and inspired people to join our HR team. You’ll help to shape Unilever in a dynamic and diverse culture by building capabilities and driving business performance.

    The Human Resources experience you'll get on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme:

    Rotation in Business Partnering:

    You will help create and implement HR strategies that are aligned to key business initiatives. This includes talent management, driving a performance culture and capability building.

    Rotation in HR Services:

    You’ll understand HR policies, systems and operations. Monitor and manage service levels to ensure customer expectations are met.

    Rotation in Expertise:

    You will gain an in-depth understanding of Talent, Learning, Organisational effectiveness and Reward.

    Rotation in Factory HR:

    You’ll help implement HR strategy that’s always aligned to our business strategy while gaining experience in employee and industrial relations. This also includes talent and performance management and capability building.

    Above is just a guideline, this may vary according to business needs.

    Click here to begin application process.

    Application openings vary per country (SA opens 19 April 2017)

    Marketing

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    Marketing

    “My proudest Unilever moment was launching a brand new product into the market.” - Portia Gumede, Marketing Unilever Future Leader

    Unilever Develops Leaders

    Unilever is the second largest advertiser in the world.

    The Marketing team brings great products to life in the eyes of consumers. Building our brands and communications, means building relationships that can last for generations

    The Marketing experience you'll get on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme:

    Rotation in Brand Building:

    You will treat your brand as a growing business. To this end you will understand your brand from a consumer / shopper and customer perspective. You will take the brand toolkit and make it come alive in your market. You will work closely with shopper and consumer insights to find the spot that works for your brand, as well as exploring different channels to explode your brand messaging.

    Rotation in Customer Development:

    This unique function allows you to work with external customers e.g. Shoprite, Pick and Pay, and Wholesale Distributors to create great joint marketing campaigns that help grow both businesses. You will need to work strategically with our Customers to ensure that plans are executed brilliantly into the trade.

    Rotation in Brand Development:

    You will help decide the strategic direction our brands will take in different markets. You will work with global teams in crafting brand and consumer strategies that will ultimately influence consumer behavior toward our brands.

    Above is just a guideline, this may vary according to business needs.

    Click here to begin application process.

    Application openings vary per country (SA opens 19 April 2017)

    Research & Development

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    Research & Development

    “My proudest Unilever moment was having the opportunity to design, build and commission a global pilot plant for Food Solutions.” - Sarah Westergreen R&D Unilever Future Leader

    Our Research and Development (R&D) teams are among the world's best.

    In an R&D role with the Unilever Future Leaders Programme you’ll join teams using in-depth understanding of consumers and expertise in science and technology to create innovative, effective and sustainable products.

    R&D Business Challenge

    The Challenge will put students “in the shoes” of a typical R&D team, and by using the skills they’ve learned, they will design and make a new innovative and profitable product till the point of being released into trade.

    Application Form

    The Research & Development experience you'll get on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme:

    Rotation in Formulation Development:

    Whether the product is a deodorant, shampoo or ice cream, as a formulation technologist your role is to make the idea come to life. You need to ensure all the sensorial properties excite, delight and deliver functional benefits to the consumer.

    Rotation in Processing Development (Engineering):

    With two hundred and fifty factories worldwide, a vast array of process technologies are applied in order to convert raw materials into products. You’ll be the link between product design and factory implementation to ensure first time right production.

    Rotation in Packaging Development:

    The battle for the consumer’s attention will be won or lost through eye-catching and functional packaging. You’ll develop the best structural packaging design concepts and then engineer these into workable designs using the latest technologies. You’ll deliver this by partnering with Supply Chain and Marketing.

    Other rotations may include:

    A stint in Supply Chain.

    Above is just a guideline, this may vary according to business needs.

    Click here to begin application process.

    Application openings vary per country (SA opens 19 April 2017)

    Supply Chain

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    Supply Chain

    “I like being in Procurement but I want to become an all round Supply Chain expert. Rotations in the UFLP will foster this.” - Vithal Harase, Supply Chain Unilever Future Leader

    We manage every stage of our supply process, starting with resource planning and sourcing sustainable raw materials through to the manufacturing and production, and ending with timely delivery.

    A Supply Chain placement on the Unilever future Leaders program exposes you to all areas of Unilever’s largest business unit which also plays a major role in our sustainability mission

    The Supply Chain experience you'll get on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme:

    Rotation in Planning:

    You’ll estimate the future demands of our customers and ensure we have the correct combination of materials to create our products.

    Rotation in Supply Management (Source):

    We’re strategic in how we source the many raw materials, packaging and non/production items that we use. You’ll be in the front line building a partnership with suppliers and driving our sustainability agenda.

    Rotation in Supply Engineering (Make):

    You’ll be responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of our leading edge, highly automated manufacturing plants.

    Rotation in Customer Service Excellence:

    Efficiency is vital to meet the demands of customers and consumers.

    Rotation in Customer Development:

    Our strong Customer Focus means Supply Chain works closely with Customer Development to continuously improve service levels.

    A rotation in Research and Development:

    This is required for Supply Chain Engineering UFLPs.

    Above is just a guideline, this may vary according to business needs.

    Click here to begin application process.

    Application openings vary per country (SA opens 19 April 2017)

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