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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyst

Job ID:
R-76870
Category:
Research/Development
Location:
Sharnbrook, England;
Wageningen, Gelderland
Date posted:
02/26/2024
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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyst (several positions available, across a range of pay grades)

Location: Primary: Colworth, Sharnbrook, UK; Secondary: Hive, Wageningen, NL – hybrid

Benefits: Competitive salary, annual bonus, pension, private healthcare, company share schemes, continuous professional training and development opportunities.

Unilever is seeking LCA analysts who have a passion for environmental sustainability to join a growing team of experts in our Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC). This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to use their scientific expertise to make a significant positive impact, whilst working in a supportive, team-based environment. These pivotal roles will enable you to work on tackling some of the key global environmental challenges of our time, such as climate change, packaging waste and biodiversity loss.This is a science role.  It is not an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) or Corporate social responsibility (CSR) role.
The preferred location for this role is Colworth (Sharnbrook, UK) but we may consider candidates based in Hive (Wageningen, NL) based on experience and skillset.

JOB PURPOSE

As an LCA analyst in Unilever, you will work with colleagues from across the globe to provide scientific support to our business groups (Nutrition, Ice Cream, Home Care, Beauty & Wellbeing and Personal Care). You will apply life cycle thinking and related approaches to better understand the environmental impacts and improvement opportunities related to product portfolios, supply chains and innovations. 

Science is an international and multi-disciplinary endeavour, and our work remit reflects this, providing opportunities to conduct collaborative research with leading universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and industrial groups around the world. You will have the opportunity to help develop partnerships to advance environmental sustainability sciences.  Publication and presentation of research at international conferences will be encouraged, as well as other opportunities for technical advocacy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Environmental sustainability assessment (e.g. LCA, Sustainable by design) of products, new materials, technologies, and business models. This includes performing LCAs, interpreting the results and preparing communications for internal and external audiences.   
  • Application of computational approaches such as Python, R, MATLAB to enable cutting-edge approaches to be applied in LCA.
  • Science development activities in the areas of impact assessment and accounting (e.g. GHG, water, biodiversity), including writing reports and publications.
  • External engagement with universities, research groups, trade associations and suppliers.

ALL ABOUT YOU

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 Masters degree or PhD, ideally with several years of industrial/ consulting/ post doc experience using LCA.
  • Strong experience in the application of Life Cycle Impact Assessment and/or footprinting methodologies and associated standards, protocols, and databases.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in LCA modelling, using software such as, SimaPro, GaBi, OpenLCA, Brightway or novel computational approaches for LCA and data gap-filling.
  • 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.
  • The ability 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 a bonus but not essential:

  • Experience in the development of Life Cycle Impact Assessment methodologies
  • Broader sustainability expertise in any of the following areas: bio-based systems, agriculture, green chemistry, circular economy, industrial ecology.
  • Experience of employing approaches to assess variability and uncertainty in impact assessments.
  • Experience of using Input/Output (I/O) / hybrid I/O analysis and related methods.
  • Prospective modelling ideally with a focus on ex-ante LCA, sustainable consumption and/or land system changes, e.g. understanding and experience of using Land Change models.

HOW WE WORK – OUR VALUES

  • We COLLABORATE to build our networks to unlock creativity & deliver innovation
  • We strive for open, honest & TRANSPARENT communication
  • We take control over how, when & where we work to ensure we are HIGH PERFORMING
  • Our personal, physical, mental & emotional WELLBEING 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 science 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

LOCATION

Colworth Science Park is a vibrant scientific ecosystem with around 800 employees (500 from Unilever R&D) based on site from over 30 nationalities, with 88 PhDs, 8 Professors, 50 apprentices. On site there are various facilities including a restaurant, a nursery and a gym. There are many social and recreational activities to take part in such as going for a lunchtime walk or run in the beautiful surrounding countryside, the Colworth choir, and netball team to name just a few.  London, with all its attractions, is a short 40-minute train ride from Bedford.

ABOUT SEAC

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 and 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; find out how at SEAC.unilever.com.

ABOUT UNILEVER

Together we can change the way the world does business.

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 we're harnessing our brands, our people and our partners to tackle the issues our consumers and stakeholders care deeply about, such as climate change, plastic pollution and inequality to deliver our ambitious sustainability agenda.

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.

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