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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analyst/Practitioner

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Sharnbrook, England
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JOB TITLE: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analyst/Practitioner
LOCATION: Colworth 


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace”.

We are a global team who innovate boldly to create the products and experiences that improve people’s health, confidence and wellbeing and positively impact the health of the planet. This in turn drives sustainable, profitable growth for Unilever and our much-loved brands.

We are the innovators, scientists, engineers, chefs, technologists, regulatory experts and data scientists, bringing to life our ambitions, without being afraid to challenge our own thinking to get there.

We are award-winning leaders recognized for our expertise, celebrating the diversity and creativity in each and every one of us that makes our innovations come to life.

We are Unilever R&D.


At Unilever we make products that people love – and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, built around the three core beliefs: brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last and people with purpose thrive. Find out how our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is driving long-term growth while reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.

Unilever is the place where you can bring your purpose to life through the work that you do, creating a better business and a better world. You will work with brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us.

We want consumers to be confident that our products are safe for them and their families, and better for the environment. The scientists at Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) play a key role in ensuring that our products are safe and our business is environmentally sustainable. SEAC’s world-class reputation for safety ( & sustainability science ( plays a key role in Unilever achieving its purpose, by working across the business to build safety and environmental sustainability into everything we do. We are committed to safety without animal testing and are leaders in non-animal safety science. We strongly believe that we should #UseScienceNotAnimals.

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As an LCA Practitioner in SEAC, you will work with colleagues from across Unilever’s business in the areas of Foods, Home Care, and Beauty and Personal Care to better understand the environmental impact of our products, help drive innovation and strategy to reduce environmental impacts, and input into advocacy activities.

Additionally, you will be involved in conducting research to help advance life cycle and related approaches needed to improve the assessment of environmental impacts related to business actions. You will have the opportunity to build collaborations and partnerships with relevant academic, governmental and industrial groups and to present your research at international conferences.


We are looking for talented and experienced LCA practitioners to join our SEAC team, working in the areas of:

  • Environmental sustainability assessment (LCA, GHG footprinting, etc.), of products, new sustainable materials, technologies, formats and business models (e.g. related to the circular economy concept). This includes performing LCAs, interpreting the results and preparing communications for internal and external audiences.   

  • Science development activities in the areas of LCA, footprinting methods, carbon standards or offsetting mechanisms. Strong digital capabilities are required to enable cutting edge approaches in this area, e.g. LCA packages, python, R, MAtlab, SAP, Blockchain.


We are looking for people with the right attitude, mindset and competencies. You’ll need to be able to work effectively and with impact in cross-disciplinary teams and in multi-cultural environments and be flexible and willing to adapt within a fast-changing business environment.

We would expect the successful candidate to:

  • Have a relevant PhD or Masters, ideally with several years of industrial/consulting/post doc experience.

  • Have experience in the application of LCA or footprinting methodologies.

  • Strong knowledge and experience in LCA modelling, using software such as, SimaPro, GaBi or OpenLCA.

  • Willingness to explore and learn new approaches to support environmental assessment such as developing / employing data, methods and tools for spatially resolved impact assessment e.g. GIS, InVEST, AWaRe.

  • Be able to communicate complex scientific information and rationales on environmental sustainability to individuals from other disciplines or from non-technical backgrounds as well as via publications.

If you have the following skills, that’s an added bonus but not essential:

  • Experience in the development of Life Cycle Impact approaches and potentially associated standards, protocols, or databases.

  • Experience of employing approaches to assess variability and uncertainty in impact assessments.

  • Experience of using Input/Output (I/O) – hybrid LCA analysis.

How you’ll work with us – our values:

  • We COLLABORATE to build our networks to unlock creativity & deliver innovation

  • We are open, honest & TRANSPARENT in our communications

  • We take control over how, when & where we work to ensure we are HIGH PERFORMING

  • Our personal, physical, mental & emotional WELL-BEING always takes priority

  • We EXPERIMENT & LEARN in a safe space to meet Unilever’s needs

  • We are guided by our collective purpose & passion for PIONEERING new approaches to protect people & planet

  • People come first; we are SUPPORTIVE, we embrace flexibility, jump in to help out & ask for help when we need it

  • We are INCLUSIVE; every voice counts & trust, respect & kindness are part of all we do


Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, a free gym, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

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