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Unilever Future Leaders Programme - Digital Analytics

Job Rotterdam, NL
Posted 1 Apr 2021

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Job function


Required language

English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 2 years

Start date

1 September 2021


23 Apr 2021 00:00

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Our Future Leaders Programme will ignite the leader in you. This unique programme is designed to develop Unilever’s Future Leaders (UFL) by providing challenging and purposeful opportunities that accelerate their readiness to take on business leadership roles.


Unilever is one of the largest global fast-moving consumer goods companies that owns some of the world’s much-loved brands such as Dove, Robijn, Ben & Jerrys, Lipton and Unox. Our products sold under our many brands are used 2 billion times a day and in over half the households on the planet.

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.


By joining the Unilever Future Leaders Digital & Analytics Programme, we want to show you the various elements of our digital teams and how our data analytics teams come together. We are on a journey of transforming our organization to adopt agile ways of working, through tools, practices, and principles – as well as a flexible mindset and culture.

Our Digital vision is to become the most consumer centric FMCG in the benelux, through holistic consumer insights, digital innovation, value-based content delivery and fit for channel sales. Technology and data-driven working are at the heart of this. This can be as part of our commercial digital teams working on optimizing online customer experiences to optimizing our back-end operations processes through automation and tooling.

We firmly believe that to become the most consumer centric FMCG, we need to get digital analytics expertise in our DNA, both build digital and data knowledge with all of our employees as well as building expertise teams with the right capabilities.

In one project you might be initiating the migration of our core brands’ websites from start till end, while on another project you are partnering with the Brand and Digital team on website optimization or visualizing data in dashboards to unlock our consumer insights. In another project, you might be working with experienced data scientists & engineers on improving the demand forecast process for our Sales and Operations cycle or you are optimizing our processes with predictive models and using machine learning to drive better accuracy in forecasting and impact positively our delivery rates directly impacting our business results.  The limitless opportunities at Unilever creates fully engaging innovative entrepreneurship.  Our people have the opportunity to make a big impact every day.


It might come as a surprise, but you don’t need a specific degree background. A genuine passion for business, brands, digital technology, and data is a must. You need to have a natural affinity for data analytics and data-driven decision, and some basic knowledge on how to use this with tools. It takes a mix of analytical insight and creative business thinking to succeed.

You have a strong affinity with digital and business intelligence, and you can expand your mind to think as a consumer. You bring a digital mindset and will be tackling business challenges in an agile and disruptive manner. If you’re ambitious, determined, and excited by the most recent technological developments whilst liking to think strategically about how their value could be harnessed on a global scale, then this is the career path for you.


The program is designed to grow you into a manager, within 3 years, through hands-on learning alongside world-class experts. You'll develop your individual leadership skills by working on live projects that will offer you all the experience you need to become ready for your first management role. You will have at least three rotations within your role; these will give you a wide range of experiences in a broad range of dynamic and exciting areas of the business:

  • You will start your career joining our Field Force team for two months, to learn our core business, consumers and customers During this period, you learn more about our business, meet other Unilever future leaders, our clients and get familiar with our products.Please note that for Unilever the safety and health of our employees is top priority – therefore the continuation of the two-month Field Force rotation will depend on the Covid-19 situation at that time and the policy we have on travels. Either way we will make sure to create an exciting onboarding!
  • The programme is packed with variety and challenge, designed to lead you through to your first managerial position. You will complete different rotations partnering many of our different business functions, including Operations, (Digital) Marketing, Customer Development (Sales), Supply Chain, Finance, or HR.
  • Career possibilities: During this time, you’ll take on a variety of roles, be that working on digital strategies, landing solutions in our markets or working outside of the data or analytics function to learn more about our broad organization. You’ll gain hands on experience with real business challenges. From using data analytics to implement new disruptive ways of working up to collaborating with a digital agency on partner platforms. First-hand experience is the fastest way to learn and you will have real responsibility afforded to you from day one.
  • During the program you receive on-going development through a learning roadmap to build your skills and leadership but also to build specific Digital and Analytics skills and knowledge. Next to this, each UFLP is assigned a mentor to guide you through the 3 year program. 
  • 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, identifying opportunities and taking responsibility for your own development.
  • 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. 


  • Work with exciting brands that give you a chance to make a genuine impact on people’s lives.
  • A real job from day one that continuously tests and develops your skills.
  • Local & international exposure to stay close to local consumers and harness global expertise.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to see the big picture
  • Support along the way with great (learning) development opportunities
  • Competitive primary and secondary benefits such as salary and company pension 


  • Eligibility to work in the Netherlands at the start of the program. Search year / orientation year visa is accepted as well. ;
  • You have obtained your Masters degree at the start date of the UFLP (1 september 2021)
  • Fluent level of English is required for our Digital & Analytics track.


Our online application period runs from Thursday 1 April till Friday 23 April 2021. You need to have finished up till stage 3 (the digital interview) at the end of the online application period to be eligible for the Unilever Future Leaders Programme. We work on a first come, first serve base so finish all stages as soon as possible. In case of many good candidates, we may decide to close earlier. In that case, we will communicate this.

The entire selection process consists of 

Stage 1: Online Application*

Stage 2: Profile Assessment

Stage 3: Digital Interview

Stage 4: Discovery Center Day**

Stage 5: Job Offer.

*In the application form there is a possibility to upload your CV to fill out your personal details. This is not part of the selection process.  

**Our Discovery Center days will be held between 25 May and 18 June 2021.

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- A better world. A better business. A better you -
We’ve been pioneers, innovators and future-makers for over 120 years. The success we’ve achieved means that, today, 2.5 billion people will use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life.
Our brands (such as Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Domestos/Glorix & Robijn)...

- A better world. A better business. A better you -

We’ve been pioneers, innovators and future-makers for over 120 years. The success we’ve achieved means that, today, 2.5 billion people will use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Our brands (such as Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Domestos/Glorix & Robijn) give us a unique opportunity to create positive change, to grow our business, and to achieve our purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.

Active in 190 countries
155,000 employees
50% men - 50% women
Average age is 30 years

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