Innovation & Technology Management
Six teaspoons of Flora Pro-Activ a day. Just six. That’s all you need to actually, substantially lower someone’s cholesterol. But how do you create a new product that has such extraordinary medical benefits? How do you ensure that the active ingredient remains active when mixed in with all sorts of other ingredients? How do you give the product a long enough shelf life? How will you make it taste good? And how do you create the technology, processes and facilities to make enough of it, quickly and cost effectively?
Innovation and Technology Management (ITM) throws up many fascinating challenges. Because we’re constantly working with scientists, Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain to develop a whole range of new ideas for brands, products, packaging, manufacturing processes and technology – assessing everything from how feasible an idea is to how good a final product actually tastes. And it’s a vital area for us too; not least because, in such complex global markets, our success depends hugely on keeping our brands alive, original and valuable to consumers.
What will you do?
ITM gives you both a scientific and commercial insight into Unilever – and of course the satisfaction of seeing your ideas end up on the shelves. You’ll enjoy between four to six placements: rolling out projects within one of our Regional Innovation Centres or Global Technology Centres; looking at longer term science projects within one of our Global Research & Development Centres; or focusing on manufacturing projects, working out how we take a prototype all the way to full scale production. In each area, you’ll be working closely with a whole range of teams across the business to gain a broader commercial view. To add to that still further, you’ll also take one placement outside of ITM.
Who is it for?
Whether you’re figuring out how to cram 700g of tomatoes into a 500g jar of Ragu sauce, or helping to develop the latest 24 hour fragrance for Lynx, you’ll need a strong background in science or engineering and a degree in either Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry or Food Science. This is perfect for people who want to use science to benefit a big business – and millions of consumers. Could that be you?