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Communication and Sustainability Industrial Placement 2024

Rolling deadline
Kingston upon Thames | London | Port Sunlight

Communication & Sustainability Industrial Placement (IP) - UK & Ireland.

About Unilever     

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze, Vaseline, Sure, Wall’s, Colman’s and Pot Noodle.    

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the desire for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’.      

What we offer  

Not only do we offer a competitive salary of £22,550, we also offer an end of placement bonus and a discounted staff shop. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.    

Diversity at Unilever is about championing inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. To celebrate this, we have internal networks and communities created to raise awareness for a cause, which work to create change within the business. These networks include Proud, Empower, Enable and Unity and our communities include Thriving Parents, Carers and All Inclusion Club.  

We give full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.    

We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes, and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.     

Do you require any adjustments in the application or assessment process?   

If you do need any adjustments, please inform the Talent Acquisition team who will contact you to discuss the accessibility options available. E.g., If required extending time spent in any ‘timebound’ assessments/interviews.  

*We also provide accessibility options such as magnifying glass, decrease/increase font size, change font & colour, screen ruler, screen mask for everyone who would require support.  

Please contact the Talent Acquisition team at  

The role: Communication & Sustainability IP 

A placement in the Communications & Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Teams puts you at the heart of shaping Unilever’s reputation as the leader in sustainable business.

From planning, delivering and communicating corporate and sustainability strategy through to managing reputational issues and advocating for systemic change, everything we do drives towards strengthening faith in our brands, our company and our people.

You’ll gain skills in campaigning, media relations, advocacy, partnerships, innovation, digital communications, research, content, writing and strategic issues management in a fast-paced, externally facing environment, with a unique insight into agendas that cut across the whole business.   

What will I be doing? 

During your placement, you could work with teams from different areas of the business. You could be:  

  • Landing stories in the media about topics from the growth of Unilever’s brands with purpose, through to ground-breaking innovations or our commitments on sustainability.  
  • Working with our brands to manage issues that have the potential to impact reputation  
  • Managing the roll out of a global campaign to our employees  
  • Contributing to the evolution and execution of Unilever’s Sustainability Strategies.  
  • Researching and brief writing on key emerging sustainability issues.  
  • Developing partnerships that bring purpose to life for brands  
  • Advocating on key issues for Unilever, the planet and its population. 

Our application process involves

  • Online application  
  • Digital interview   
  • Virtual Discovery Centre 


Our placement opportunities are available throughout the UK. All opportunities are available at Kingston, Port Sunlight and London Blackfriars (100VE). Please note that only Supply Chain and Research & Development opportunities are available at Leeds, Gloucester, Burton and Colworth has R&D opportunities only.

If you are successful, we will try our best to match you to your location preferences, however, this cannot be 100% guaranteed. Please note, the requirements of your role will ultimately determine your location.  

Closing date

We will close for applications as soon as we receive enough applications for the business area. We, therefore, advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  

If you have any questions about your application or if you require special arrangements/reasonable adjustments to be made to complete any part of the application process, please contact the Future Careers Team.

If you would like to discuss any mitigating circumstances before making an application, please also contact the team using the following contact details: Phone: 020 3650 2304 or e-mail:   

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