1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
R&D Technologist Leaf Tea Development Team for Unilever Brands in Europe This involves innovation, roll-out and maintenance of the current portfolio and business. Most commonly partnering with marketing and supply chain. Working 50% in the lab and 50% in the office.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained a BSc Food Science & Technology degree and attended a number of internal and external courses for personal and team development.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Unilever has a relaxed but motivating culture that provides an environment to learn and develop whilst maintaining a good work/life balance.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
Extremely valued based on the responsibilities and trust that you are given. Business partners highly value R&D and give respect regardless of being an apprentice.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well organised and improving as the scheme is relatively new. There is a formalised rotation system so apprentices can experience more of the business and support is provided through a buddy and mentor.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As expected from University, no different to a full time student.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Great support network and always people around to help. Great amount of effort for general well-being.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Great pay and bonus schemes. Travel and University is sponsored by Unilever. And an annual performance/ pay review.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Unilever allow you to take volunteering days in addition to regular holiday days, They also provide sports facilities, including a gym, tennis courts and a golf course.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Fantastic opportunity if you are motivated and want to work for a great company, doing meaningful work with a purpose.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
Always stretch yourself and don't be intimidated by the fact Unilever is a huge company. It is made up of lots of great individuals.
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