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Unilever Future Leaders Programme

Are you passionate about making a difference in people’s lives? We are here to empower you on your journey.

Ignite the leader in you

Young voices have always been a powerful catalyst for change. At Unilever, you can make things happen with your positive energy, enthusiasm and original ideas. Bring your purpose to life in the work you do – and together, we can lead the way to a sustainable future.

Through the Unilever Future Leaders Programme you will:

Be empowered to make a positive impact.

Bring your purpose into action

Meet diverse but like-minded people.

Stay true to the causes you care about and bring your real self to work – it’s our differences that bring us closer together as one team

Be a force for good.

Take your sense of curiosity and open-mindedness into the world and help grow our business

Develop into your best self.

Commit to our training, mentorship and career development and you’ll have the ability to build a career with purpose

Programme overview

Our Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) takes place typically over three years and gives you the opportunity to learn all about our 400 diverse brands, business and sustainability efforts. You’ll not only bring your unique perspective to work, but you’ll also explore your purpose across a number of placements. You’ll benefit from formal training, dive into on-the-job experiences and have a mentor by your side that’s there when you need one. Try something new every day and explore an exciting career journey right here at Unilever.

What does the programme look like?

2-4 years of accelerated development

Leading and being a part of purposeful work

Diverse roles and experiences

Multiple rotations in and across functions

Each region may also include their own selection criteria to qualify for the programme, please check the local country job descriptions

Non-traditional learning experiences

Global exposure

A personalised development journey

A dedicated senior career sponsor to help guide you as you craft your career

Minimum requirement: Bachelor's degree (any field or discipline will be considered)

Your personalised development journey

As a part of the UFLP you will be assigned a dedicated career sponsor who will guide and mentor you throughout the programme. You will work with your career sponsor to craft your goals for your career and map out the experiences required to achieve them. These experiences will include:

  • Functional critical experiences in your specialisation function
  • Flexible goals to create value through business, sustainability, and leadership impact
  • International experiences working in multi-national teams through virtual global projects or international placements
  • Empowerment to build your leadership skills and agile thinking

Your journey may also include various non-traditional developmental experiences including:

  • Working with NGO partners to be a force for good
  • Sustainability projects for a better world
  • Short-term, fast-paced projects working with flexible cross-functional teams

Benefits and rewards

At Unilever, we feel good about the work we do. We are working to build a better business, a better world and a better you. We care – it’s what we’re known for. And it’s why we support our people with flexible benefits and rewards that help them bring their purpose to life.*

*Please note this is not an extensive list of benefits and rewards of being at Unilever. More information on the benefit package will be available upon joining the organisation. Policies are subject to change and may vary from those described.

Competitive salary

When you join Unilever, you will start on a competitive salary and receive an annual bonus based on performance.

Learning and development

We support everything that enables you to grow in your role and beyond – from hands-on experience to mentoring and training programmes.

Health and wellbeing

Being healthy is important to us all. Where possible, we provide on-site gym facilities, regular health checks and an extensive suite of mental health and wellbeing resources.

Flexible working

Unilever encourages all employees to take regular leave to ensure a healthy work-life balance.

Relocation and placement support

Where possible, we provide relocation support when moving placements.

Application process

Complete the online application form. It is a simple and easy process with the option of filling out your details using your LinkedIn profile. You may only apply to one function in your application.

Complete a profile assessment which consists of 5 short online games that look at different elements of your cognitive, emotional, and social traits. You will receive personalised feedback after completing the games.

The digital interview will consist of 3 short questions followed by a business case. You will be asked to solve real-world problems using Unilever scenarios. You'll be able to record and complete your interview anytime and anywhere.

You will be invited to a virtual ‘day in the life of’ a Future Leader at Unilever. You will get to experience a number of exciting activities including project meetings, business challenges, a team meeting with colleagues, and a one-to-one meeting with your line manager.

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