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.
UFLP is a 3-year graduate programme for graduates and people with up to 5 years of work experience, designed to prepare Unilever’s Future Leaders for business leadership roles through innovating projects, challenging tasks, and leadership opportunities. The programme encompasses rotations within, and across, functions in an accelerated learning environment. This includes extended leadership contact, formal training, field sales placements and professional development.
Are you interested? Click here to find more information about the six exciting and challenging disciplines and what experience you can gain during the UFLP programme in Supply Chain, Finance, Digital & Analytics, Commercial, Research & Development and Human Resources.
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:
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?
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.
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.
Our 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.
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!
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:
A BEACON of inclusion
At Unilever, we strive to be a BEACON of inclusion for the LGBTQI+ community and allies amplifying their voice in society and at Unilever to enable them to be their true authentic selves. From peer-to-peer support by our proUd network to policies that promote and protect a fully inclusive workplace via our #Unstereotype program, we have a variety of resources that will support colleagues and allies on their LGBTQI+ exploration journey.
First of all, ProUd is a global employee network within Unilever which now has more than 1,250 members and plays an essential role in supporting employees and creating change in the workplace. The Netherlands had its PRIDE network founded in 2013 and merged into proUd in 2020 with around 55 active members now, and that number is growing every year. In the Netherlands, we actively support Pride Rotterdam and Pride Amsterdam.
For colleagues, we’ve also set up Safe Spaces to provide an understanding support channel for our LGBTQI+ community in areas where support may be difficult or unsafe to find. We also provide tools and advice for employees on how to be an ally and designed a Queer-iosity learning pathway to deepen one’s knowledge and awareness of the richness of the LGBTQI+ community.
Externally, Unilever was recognized by Workplace Pride in ’21 as a company in the private sector that made the most progress in terms of LGBTIQ+ inclusion and in 2020 Alan Jope signed the Declaration of Amsterdam a global statement of support for LGBTQI+ rights.
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.
"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
Connect with us
We’re always looking to connect with those who share an interest in a sustainable future.
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