Human Resources Industrial Placement 2024

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DEADLINE 12th January 2024
Kingston upon Thames | London | Port Sunlight

Human Resources (HR) 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 problem 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 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  

What will I be doing? 

In HR, our vision is “To Care for our People & Grow with Them”. We aim to unlock Unilever’s potential and drive business growth by building a diverse and inclusive talent powerhouse that delivers consistent, high-level performance.  

As a member of the HR organisation, wherever you are based in the business, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in driving culture change, managing employee relations, developing talented people and leaders, improving team performance, building skills and capabilities that each business area needs and much more.

All part of shaping the organisation to be future fit and maximise business performance and growth. 

What do we look for? 

People skills are essential. The role of HR in Unilever, as a core strategic business area, means we look for people with an interest in business and the courage to offer creative insights and execute change. We are looking to develop Future Career talents and Unilever's future leader’s pipeline. We need people who can drive performance by using data and insight to inform decision-making and continually think of new ways to simplify the way we work and bring creativity and an innovative approach to how we think and how we deliver impact for the business.  

With a strong performance culture, challenging goals and continuous feedback, we will support you to achieve your potential in an inclusive environment. You will thrive by gaining exposure to real business challenges where your energy and fresh thinking will have an impact. We also recognize that hands-on experience is the most effective way to learn and grow, which is why we encourage you to take on new challenges and gain valuable exposure to real-world situations. No specific subject degree is required. 

Students must have completed the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree by the time they start their placement and be returning to study after their placement. Our Human Resources Management Industrial Placements are a chance to showcase your thinking and skills bringing new ideas and perspectives, with total support from a line manager and a buddy.  

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:   

DEADLINE 12th January 2024