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#HeadofU

Why is #HeadofU so important?

Big brands can make big differences. So that’s what we aim to do: at Unilever, we believe in creating a better future every day. With 155.000 colleagues in over 100 countries our motto is: ‘A better world. A better business. A better you’. And that’s not just some fancy slogan. We actively work on improving the lives of our employees, our consumers, our partners and our communities, by listening to them and responding accordingly. Actions speak louder than words.

We expect great things of young  talents. They’re the ones who keep us on our toes, show us the way forward, and inspire us to keep evolving. We want to take them on board and work together. That’s why we’re always looking for ambitious new talents who want to build a brighter future with us. So why not put three young  talents in charge of this task?

A diverse workforce is the only way forward. We believe in individuals and their talents, no matter what colour, shape or experiences this talent carries. We strive to look at things from different perspectives and take various points of view into account, so for us diversity is always a plus! Every year, we put our efforts into attracting young talents, and this year we strive more than ever for a team that shines through diversity and inclusion.

With #HeadofU we want to give you a flavor of what working at Unilever can look like and how your insights and opinions as a young talent matter. We want to empower you to apply for an internship, a traineeship or any other career path at Unilever. Future Leaders of tomorrow, we’re ready for you!
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Who is becoming a #HeadofU?

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Nabil Time
Video maker and comedian.
His mission?
Making mental health a topic you can openly talk about.
His challenge?
We want our people to thrive on each aspect of their Wellbeing – physical, mental, emotional & purposeful. We aim to create a culture where everyone can be happy and their true self. Nabil’s challenge is to create a Wellbeing  program and internally communicate it in a way that ensures that all our employees are engaged and aware of the opportunities available to improve their wellbeing.
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Lara Roozemond
Model, actress and writer.
Her mission?
Helping people to be confident in and with their bodies
Her challenge?
The Dove Self-Esteem Project mission is to ensure that our next generation grows up with a healthy and positive view on body image and self-esteem. Lara will work on setting up a social campaign aimed to inform parents about the resources available to help young people raise their self-esteem & realize their full potential.
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Sisi Bolatini
Traveling Turbanista and fashion icon.
Her mission?
Empowering women to pursue their dreams.
Her challenge?
Magnum believes that a day without pleasure is a day lost. Within our campaigns and with our products, we are encouraging everyone to be true to themselves and seek out what brings them pleasure. The challenge is to work on setting up an influencer and social campaign on how to bring this mission alive.

Who are the Unilever Experts?

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Babet Siemerink
​​​​​​​As a Digital Brand Specialist, Babet works with various Unilever brands in the Personal Care division. Her focus is on optimizing online marketing campaigns, consumer journeys and overall digital capabilities. Additionally, she is involved in implementing data strategies and analytics tools for our brands performance.
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Tirozh Mazoori
​​​​​​​As HR Business Partner for Unilever Netherlands local business, Tirozh partners with the leadership teams on the strategic people agenda. Next to that, she is the driver of our Wellbeing initiatives and our Diversity & Inclusion agenda.
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Anne Schreuders
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As Product Owner, Anne is responsible for the vision of brands Magnum, Cornetto and OLA. Together with the team, she is responsible for the brands from products, to innovations, marketing & PR and activation campaigns.

What’s next for #HeadofU?

     •    Nabil, Lara and Sisi have been working on their projects with the management teams at Unilever. Curious to find out about their progress? We’ve got an update for you! The three of them came up with ideas to give Unilever and its brands a taste of their talent.
      •   Of course, we’re not here to just show off, we actually need your opinion! Help us decide who put their purpose best into action, by voting on your favorite idea underneath, and you might just become one of the three lucky winners to receive a goodie bag filled to the brim with amazing Unilever products. That’s enough for now, you will have to wait and see!

#HeadofU solutions

Make everyone’s Mental Health great again: “It’s great that Unilever offers workshops on stress management, healthy work behaviors, mindfulness, sleep management, yoga and so on, and I think all these initiatives can be leveraged to make the employees participate and make sustainable changes.”, says Nabil. So, he suggested that we need to make mental health a topic you can openly talk about, then motivate employees to participate in workshops and make sure to engage them for the long run. How? Well, by making it fun and easy to do so, and by using social media challenges to reach everyone!

The right time for Dove to help you: To help young girls with their body confidence, Lara figured you also need to reach out to the parents and educators. Dove had tons of resources out there. The trick is simply to get the right resources to the right people, at the right time. What better way to reach young people than through social media? Right. And what better time than to take important mo-ments in the lives of these girls, where self-esteem is low and insecurities are high? Lara established important breaking points to promote the Dove Self Esteem project including the Back to School period, Valentine’s Day, International Women’s and Men’s Day, Christ-mas Holidays and New Year, Summer holidays, International Day of Self Love and so many more.
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Show the diversity of Magnum-lovers: Sisi pin-pointed exactly what comes to mind when ice cream lovers hear ‘Magnum’ through lots of research and numerous brainstorms. She analyzed the results and came to the con-clusion that the traditional Magnum-commercials can put its purpose of encouraging every-one to be true to themselves  into action by including more diversity and ‘everyday people’, instead of seductive models. Because it’s the ‘everyday people’ who actually eat the ice cream. Her mission? Change the way we see and understand seduction by rethinking the commercial presentation of Magnum ice cream.
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Do you think you’ve also got what it takes? Apply now for our Future Leaders Programme. Because the future is right a #HeadofU, and we’re waiting for you!