Assistant HR Business Partner at Unilever

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£16,000 annually
Review Date:
13th April 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


This role is part of the Central Marketing and Communications HR Team in Unilever. It will provide support in the delivery of the HR agenda to both the global teams and those employees based in the UK. This will include preparing analysis and materials for HR Planning and other HR processes to support the global teams they partner. In addition they will support and at time lead projects and initiatives across the organisations they support globally.

The roles offer an opportunity to develop HR business partnering skills and experience at management level, and to operate as a key member of the global CMCO HR team.

The roles are suited to someone who has an ability and willingness to support in driving broad-based HR business partnering focused on both operational practices as well as activation of global agenda within a large population group in CMCO.

The environment is dynamic and fast-paced so the successful person will need to have a high level of flexibility, an ability to juggle a variety of tasks, and a knack of being able to manage their time to focus on the important priorities.

As a self starter who takes pride in the quality & accuracy of their work, the successful individual will thrive in a fast-paced and rewarding environment, savouring the rich diversity and complexity in our teams. The variety of this role will provide a fantastic platform for building a successful career in either generalist or expertise HR.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have undertaken MBTI training comprising of numerous workshop days as well as online modules so that I am now an MBTI Certified Practitioner. I have also gained a lot of knowledge and understanding of not only the corporate world and FMCG companies but also of HR. I have learned theory behind HR and what we do, completing many internal training courses. I am now extremely organised, have learned people management skills, developed my communications skills to align bias for action and have grown in confidence.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Very much, so much so that I attend careers fairs to promote the scheme and show people just how much I enjoy it, hopefully encouraging more individuals to join the programme and follow in my footsteps.

4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?


Unilever as a whole makes employees feel valued, we have a large wellbeing programme and this highly values employees and their health and wellbeing, making me feel that they truly care about every individual.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


We have very regular meetings with our support officer who comes into the office and has 30 minute slots with all apprentices on site - these are very helpful. We also have regular contact with our assessor who is also very responsive and we are aware that we can contact her at any time and feel comfortable in doing so.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Both the assessor from PDS and support officer from AEA are extremely supportive and I feel very comfortable in approaching them both on any matter I may have.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Again this is very high, I have weekly 1 hour 1-1's with my line manager and also have a very close working relationship with not only my line manager but my whole team - closed and extended. Everyone feels very invested in me and my future.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Very well, I consider it a well paid apprenticeship, and the london waiting accommodates for travel.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Lots. Theere are always volunteering opportunities - I am doing an evening at a foodbank which we partner in 2 weeks time and have participated in Dove Day. the Unilever policies allow time off (paid) for volunteering. We have an onsite gym which offers free timetables classes, and a vitality centre with a masseuse. There are socials happing all the time, whether it's with work colleagues or the network of apprentices.

9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

It is such a good alternative to University, and the apprenticeship is such a great step into the company. Unilever is a friendly and not overly corporate company who have an extremely supportive way of working from agile working to wellbeing programmes.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *

In the application process, be yourself! This is the biggest tip I could give. They are looking for your personality to see where in the business you would fit in and what you would enjoy - you are always likely to do a better job if you enjoy what you're doing. Never be afraid to ask questions, there is always a plethora of people willing to help, from colleagues to other apprentices.

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