With so many different places to start, and so many different places to go, there is no telling just how far a career at Unilever could take you.
The possibilities are endless and through our people you can discover their experiences and advice below. From agile working, to mentorship and accelerating your career from graduate to manager – each story will inspire you to create a bright future.
Going on a university exchange programme to the United States, at the age of 20 really opened my eyes to cultural variations and was a life-defining experience. This motivated me to pursue a career that would give me international exposure; this was key to my decision to work for Unilever.
My son is studying Marketing at university. The most important piece of career advice I feel I can give him is to make sure that all the roles he looks for in the future lean heavily towards digital and e-commerce fields – this is where the future really lies.
I came to the US from Colombia with my family in 1985 when I was nine years old. With hard work and determination, I was fortunate to earn a scholarship, gain entry to a university to study business – and get to where I am today.
We are living today in a volatile, uncertain and dynamically changing landscape. Technology is changing the way we work, live and interact. We see numerous challenges all around us: issues of extreme poverty and income inequality, the devastating impact of climate change.
No one is ever truly ready for the consequences of nature’s severity. The devastation a disaster brings reverberates across countries, homes, businesses, communities and the individuals responsible for holding them together. The residual effects can last a matter of days, months, even years.
I began my journey on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme last year. I started as a junior brand manager for Hungary and the Adria region. Within one year, I was working with global personal care brands Dove and Dove Men+Care, as well as the local children’s brand, Gabi.
I have not always been as concerned about the environment as I am today. I only paid brief attention to environmental issues, until, that is, at the age of seventeen, something happened that would change my view quite dramatically.
It was a proud moment in my career when Unilever was named the winner of the Global Healthy Workplace Award 2016. The award reflects the amount of effort we have put into our workplace health and wellbeing initiatives, and the fact that we view our employees’ physical, mental and emotional fitness as a genuine business priority.
Working at Unilever gives me a real opportunity to play a part in helping tackle some of the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges - whether it be helping to eliminate disease, tackling climate change or championing equality.
At the end of 2016, women comprised 46% of Unilever’s management team, up from 38% in 2010. Three women sit at the very top, on the Unilever Leadership Executive today: Leena Nair (Chief HR Officer), Ritva Sotamaa (Chief Legal Officer) and Amanda Sourry (President, Foods). I am proud to work for an organisation with a gender-balanced Board.
Since joining Unilever as a graduate in 2003, I have progressed through a series of roles in Australia, South Africa and China to become Managing Director of our New Zealand business, leading a team of 140 people passionate about making a positive difference to our world.
Every 21st century professional is aware of the benefits of a diverse workforce. Inclusive cultures perform better financially, are better at innovating, enjoy superior reputations, and are driven by more motivated staff who are able to anticipate and meet the needs of an increasingly diversifying customer base.