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Unilever Future Leaders Programme - Supply Chain

Job in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Degree level


Job function

Supply chain

Required languages

English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 2 years

Start date

March 2, 2020


Oct 31, 2019 10:59 PM

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Unilever is one of the largest global fast moving consumer goods company and manufactures some of the world’s best-known brands, such as Dove, Robijn, Lipton and Unox. Getting a delicious ice cream like Magnum into the hands of a consumer in the right condition at the right time and price takes serious business expertise. Supply Chain Management is responsible for the whole process, from sourcing the raw materials to producing it, and to delivering a good quality product onto the supermarket shelf.

What will you be doing?

You could be finding a new way to get 12,000 litres of ice cream across the desert without it melting, be responsible for setting up the supply chain network for a product innovation, or designing a more efficient distribution network to enable us to store and deliver our products more sustainably to our customers. When you work at Unilever you will have the opportunity to make a big impact every day on a local, regional, and global level. There’s always a new challenge to take on. The limitless opportunities at Unilever ask for your innovative entrepreneurship.

What do we look for?

Whichever area you work in – Planning, Customer Service, Manufacturing, Logistics, Innovation or Procurement – you’ll need to be ambitious, an excellent analytical thinker with a drive for getting things done and a real talent for delivering through others. While we are open to applications from all disciplines, typically (but not exclusively) a technical education or background in Engineering, Supply Chain, Logistics, Operations Management, Science or Maths can be an advantage.

For the Unilever Future Leaders Programme for Supply Chain at least a minimum level of speaking and understanding the Dutch language is required.

What will the programme involve?

The programme is designed to accelerate you into a manager in 3 years (if your performance is up to our high standards). You’ll develop your individual leadership skills by working on live projects and roles which offer you all the experience needed to become ready for your first management role. Over three years you’ll cover at least three or four rotations to gain experience in several key areas.

  • In the end, we sell our products to consumers every day. That is why every UFLP will start their career joining our Field Force team for two months, to learn all about our consumers and customers. Both in retail (Supermarkets) as in Food Solutions (Chefs in Restaurants) and in Out of Home (all other outlets like gas stations & themeparks). It’s a great opportunity to really get to know the other “Future Leaders”.
  • Following your stint in the Field Force team, you will cover rotations in several parts of our SC organization to build a broad understanding and experience as a SC professional. This can be in the MCO Benelux (local Go-to-Market organisation), in a Sourcing Unit (e.g. Hellendoorn; Ben & Jerry’s factory), one of our Hubs and/or Procurement.
  • Your rotations could be based at different business units across Europe and you will need to be flexible about where you are based during your time in the programme.
  • Support and empowerment: We'll support you every step of the way to senior management, but much of your progress will be up to you. You'll need to be focused and ambitious to get where you want, find opportunities and take responsibility for your own development. You will be linked to a mentor, who is a senior SC leader, who can support and advise you.
  • During the three years of your programme you will be learning and developing in the rotations you will be doing, having real responsibility and impact. This development is supported with a learning roadmap full of internal and external training focused on developing your individual leadership skills.
  • We have a proven tradition of developing our own purpose driven leaders and encourage innovative thinking. Future focused feedback and challenging goals drives innovation and ambition within a performance culture and an inclusive and informal environment. We will push you to achieve your potential and make a big business impact where you learn from the best. Firsthand experience – it’s the fastest way to learn. 

Why should you apply?

  • Exciting brands: 160 million times a day, someone somewhere chooses a Unilever product. That means you'll be working with a strong portfolio of brands which will give you a chance to make a genuine impact on people's lives.
  • A real job from day one: Real roles with real responsibilities that provide you with fantastic insight on the organization, and require you to continuously test and develop your skills.
  • Local & international: Reaching more than 190 countries, Unilever is a successful and respected business. We focus on the needs of local consumers by harnessing global expertise and team work. For you, that means exceptional exposure and experience.
  • See the big picture: You'll quickly begin to see how the functions operate closely together. To help you better understand that interaction, you'll often work as part of cross-functional teams.  
  • Great development opportunities: We'll support you every step of the way, with hands on experience which includes functional and cross functional rotations. You’ll also have access to World class learning programme.

Application Process:

Online Application >> Profile Assessment >> Digital Interview >> Discovery Center Day >> Job Offer.

Requirements for application

  • Please note we only consider applications from EU based residents due to VISA restrictions. In order to enter the UFLP you will need to have a valid working permit for the Netherlands.
  • Additionally, note you will only be able to apply for a UFLP position once every 12 months.
  • In order to be eligible to apply for the UFLP in the Netherlands, you must have attained a minimum of a Master’s degree on the date you will start your UFLP at Unilever (starting date to be 1st of March 2020).
  • For Supply Chain a minimum level of knowledge of Dutch language is required. In order to gain the full experience of our Supply Chain, such as working in the local Benelux MCO or our Hellendoorn factory, fluency in the Dutch language is recommended.
  • Please note that we only consider your application when you applied in our system and that we work first come, first served. So complete the first rounds as soon as possible.
  • In the application form there is a possibility to upload your CV. This will only be used for filling your personal details, and is not part of the selection process. 
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Unilever is het grootste bedrijf in fast moving consumer goods in de Benelux. In Nederland brengen we zo’n 40 bekende merken op de markt.
Deze bekende merken vertegenwoordigen een uiteenlopend assortiment producten onder merknamen als Axe, Bertolli, Biotex, Calvé, Cif, Conimex, Dove, Glorix, Hertog, Knorr, Lipton, Neutral, OLA, OMO, Prodent, Unox, Zendium en Zwitsal.

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