Research & Development

Research and Development

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 Bursary Programme

This Bursary Programme will offer you the support structure to complete your degree successfully and with the right capabilities.

Applications are now open. Download application form (DOCX | 2MB) ( 1.1MB )

Applications close on the 22 July 2015.

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 (DOC | 418KB)

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.

Unilever develops leaders

Our global learning programmes are regarded as the best in the industry. We have internal academies for each business area designed to develop employees in functionally specific capabilities.

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