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”
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.
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.
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”
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.