What's your job about?
Unilever is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods company across the globe, managing well known brands such as Dove, Omo and Ben & Jerry’s. The Unilever graduate program is 3 years consisting of 3-4 rotations, each spanning 6-12 months. Supply chain is the department responsible for the end-to-end journey of the product including procurement of raw and packaging materials, manufacturing, logistics and delivery, and planning.
I am currently in my second year of the program in a project engineering role at our North Rocks factory. I manage around seven factory projects ranging from factory automation, value improvement projects to optimise the factory layout and working to expand capability to handle new products. This role involves working both in teams and solo, to design long lasting solutions to factory problems. It develops your professional people skills as you liaison with suppliers and present proposals to Unilever leadership teams.
One of my projects is to introduce collaborative robots to depalletize empty aerosol cans onto a feed table to then be manufactured into deodorant. This involved working with multiple suppliers to design a suitable solution, negotiating prices and terms of the work, writing and presenting a proposal for Unilever to invest in this automation project. I thoroughly enjoy applying my problem-solving skills and working with purpose to improve the manufacturing process.
The Unilever graduate program exposes you to many areas of your chosen department and the larger business. The fast paced rotations challenge you to learn quickly and adapt, ultimately shaping you into a better leader.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes, the Unilever graduate program is open to many disciplines and offers lots of mentorship and training. As long as you are open-minded and have a positive attitude towards learning, you will succeed.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
Being able to walk into stores and view your work on the shelves. Unilever is everywhere and this makes you feel apart of something much larger. It is a unique sense of achievement when you can physically see the brands and impact you have.
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