Eoghan

Supply Chain Placement

  • Mathematics
  • Bath, University of
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • Unilever

How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Even as a placement student, I was given real responsibility and accountability, leading a number of my own projects. These included technical process feasibility and financial evaluation of process equipment installation, investigation of key packing line machine tolerances and the design/building of a pilot rig to prove deodorant stick processing capabilities. I also presented my work numerous times to senior stakeholders such as factory managers and other senior management.

“Even as a placement student, I was given real responsibility and accountability, leading a number of my own projects”

What did you find out/were you surprised to find out about Unilever that you didn't know before you did your placement?

I was really astounded by the sheer scale of the company. Even working just in deodorants, I was working with numerous factories, with vast product portfolios. One of the key plus points was working within a global team, which has enhanced my understanding of how a global company operates, aligning regional/ global business goals and the sharing of best manufacturing practice. Even now as a graduate trainee at Unilever, I am still discovering new areas of the business as I move through new roles.

Supply Chain Placement

Describe an average day

Every day was different and that’s what I loved about working at Unilever. Every day would bring new challenges and milestones to overcome. One day I could be working on a business case, the next managing contractors on a production line to understand packing line machine tolerances.

What was your biggest achievement during the placement?

I led a project to identify if there was a business case to install new processing equipment in a deodorant sticks manufacture plant in South America. I had to work with various stakeholders, from factory engineers, financial management to R&D. Once the business case was built, I presented the results to the factory manager and other senior stakeholders. Although the business case was not taken up, I valued the responsibility and learnings I took from the process.

“On a broader level the placement allowed me to improve my leadership, presentations, IT and communication skills as well as my overall confidence”

How did the skills you developed and the training you received, assist you in the final year of your degree?

I developed my project management skills, such as learning how to manage stakeholders, using project networks to ensure I met deadlines, financial assessments and budget control. On a broader level the placement allowed me to improve my leadership, presentations, IT and communication skills as well as my overall confidence. Since finishing the placement, I have completed my degree in Chemical Engineering MEng from Bath, and have joined Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) as part of Supply Chain Management.

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