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In the Netherlands, our 2,500 people work to bring our brands to consumers all over the world and contribute to make a difference and sustainable living commonplace. We have a strong presence in the Netherlands, with our Foods & Refreshment headquarter, Marketing & Sales organization and Europe Supply Chain in Rotterdam; our Global Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen; the Vegetarian Butcher office and factory in Breda; and our Ben & Jerry’s factory in Hellendoorn.

Our colleagues here are experts in everything from manufacturing to sales, R&D to technology. Unified by their difference our people play to their strengths to grow our business and sustain our world. Together, with our established knowledge and your new thinking, this is where we can do courageous, innovative, better work. We believe our employees are not defined by their job titles, but by the positive impact they make through the work they do.

Did you know?

Did you know that Unilever Netherlands has a key part in Unilever’s heritage? It was the joint venture between Jurgens and Van Den Bergh (Margarine Unie) in the Netherlands and Lever Brothers in the United Kingdom that formed Unilever in 1930? It all started with margarine and soap, but soon after Unilever started expanding its product portfolio and and still does to date.

Want to learn more about our heritage? Find out more here.

Our sites

Across all of our Dutch sites, we work as a team to be faster, simpler, more consumer- and customer-centric, and future-ready for the connected world. Find out more about our 5 locations in different parts of the country, and which teams are located where:

Netherlands

Rotterdam – Global Foods & Refreshment Headquarters, Weena 455

Our global Foods & Refreshment Division is around 40% of the total Unilever business. It has been headquartered at the Weena in Rotterdam since 2018. Around 1,200 people work at the Weena, and next to our Foods & Refreshment Division, this location also hosts our Europe Supply Chain teams and a number of Global roles in functions including Supply Chain, Marketing, Customer Development, HR, Finance, Tax, and Procurement. Did you know we also have a hair salon in our building, where we test our own products as well as welcome colleagues to drop in during working hours for a haircut?

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Rotterdam – Benelux Operating Company, Hofplein 19

In our Hofplein office, colleagues work to bring our products to the Dutch consumer. Calve Pindakaas, Andrelon, Unox, Zwitsal, Magnum, Robijn and Knorr are among the >40 brands that are available on the Dutch market, and which you have probably come across with in your own household. Around 750 people across disciplines work in our brand-new office location in the vibrant Rotterdam Central District, which is designed to support activity-based working with different types of workplaces and zones: from open collaboration spaces to areas closed to allow concentration; from Scrum rooms for Agile teams to a game room for relaxation, and a Lipton Bar to re-energize.

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Wageningen - Hive, the Sillicon Valley of Foods

Unilever has six Global Innovation Centres around the world. Our new Global Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen, called “Hive”, is one of these six and located right at the Wageningen Campus.

Hive is home to 450 research and development professionals with expertise in nutrition, product formulation, packaging, food processing and data. Here, we grow and nurture food brands like Knorr, Hellmann's and Unilever Food Solutions. The centre is part of a wider innovation network present in the ‘Sillicon Valley of Food’, working in close collaboration to create the Food for the Future.

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OOur Ben & Jerry’s factory is located in Hellendoorn since 1985. Their aim is, and always has been, to make the best possible ice cream, in the nicest possible way. The factory produces for 23 different European countries, and our employees here help to produce a stunning 239 (!) different types of ice cream throughout the year. We use the milk from Dutch cows to create our famous ice cream, but nowadays also make vegan flavours.

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Our Vegetarian Butcher office is located in Breda, with both an office space as well as a factory. The Vegetarian Butcher's mission is to remove animals from the food chain by offering a complete and tasty alternative to meat. This will not only bring enormous benefits in terms of efficiency, nature, environment, climate, biodiversity and world food supply, but also for animal welfare. The Vegetarian Butcher products are now sold in over 30 countries worldwide and is increasing rapidly: the business is currently growing double-digit!

De vegetarische slager | Onze merken | Unilever Nederland

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What we offer

Here at Unilever, we believe that our brands with purpose grow, but that this is only made possible by our people. Therefore, it’s just as important that people with purpose thrive within our company. We encourage our employees to live their purpose everyday and offer whole range of benefits, including:

Attractive total remuneration package

With Unilever, you will get a good annual salary and holiday allowance. You also receive a yearly bonus, dependent on company performance, and you will have the opportunity to take part in our Share scheme. We have a strong pension fund, for which Unilever contributes a big part of the contribution.

Personal development

Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever. We encourage personal development and provide financial support for training. With so many talented colleagues, there are many people around you who can coach and mentor you in your development. Learn more about our benefits here.

Holidays

We offer plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained.

Flexi-time

Our flexi-time scheme gives you the opportunity to work your way. Whether you’re studying alongside work, you’re a parent of young children or you care for someone, you have the opportunity to cater to the important things in life.

Inclusive policies

We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life in for instance through the option to swap public holidays, use paid paternity leave of 6 weeks, and through our transgender policy;

  • Interchangable holidays: Do you celebrate Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, Lunar New Year or other holidays that are not reflected by the official National Public Holidays in the Netherlands? In line with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion priorities, we want to better represent all employees that work at Unilever in the Netherlands. This comes with the recognition that cultural or religious holidays are equally important, but individually driven. This special leave policy allows you to take these days and celebrate your holidays by choosing to exchange/swap holidays.
  • Paternity leave: next to the regular 16 weeks maternity leave we offer to our female colleagues, we offer 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave after the birth of a child for the partner.

Working from home

At the moment, we work from home. We will ensure you are well equipped for this. Of course we hope to welcome employees back in our offices soon, where everyone can enjoy our tasty canteens with food prepped using our own products.

Unleashing the potential in others for a better business and a better world is my purpose. I don't believe in ‘Human Resources’, I believe in people wanting to be at their best. No one wants to waste their talent. As a sports fan, I learnt that team-play gets the best out of people and makes them thrive.
– Jeroen Wels, Executive Vice President HR - Beauty & Personal Care, Talent & Performance Development at Unilever

"Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual and the talent they have. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or national origin and will not be discriminated against disability.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at Recruitment-Benelux@unilever.com

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