I was based in Port Sunlight on the Wirral during my summer placement, working within the Supply Chain Academy (SCA). During my eight weeks I was given numerous projects, all relating to learning within the Supply Chain Management business area. One of my main projects involved working with people from all over the world, and collating data into a spreadsheet that could then be transferred into a pre-built scorecard. I also looked at improving the current reporting systems and making the reporting tools more user-friendly. I created training guides on using SCA reporting and also conducted an introductory Live Meeting Session on how to use the reporting tool.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working at Unilever and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the chance to come and do a summer placement. ”
Probably the biggest challenge I faced whilst working here was getting to grips with all the information I needed in order to complete my projects. The Supply Chain Academy works with many elements of the supply chain at a global level, and I found the Unilever intranet site incredibly helpful with this. But the best way to find out about things was just to ask - my colleagues were extremely helpful and always happy to answer any questions I had. With their help I now feel confident talking about the Academy and I have even taught some people about using the reporting on SCA.
Working in the Academy in a global role gave me real insight into the size of the business and the levels of communication that are needed. I also learned a lot about Unilever itself, from the company vision and ethics to people’s enthusiasm and enjoyment in working here. I’ve been told several times during my placement that once you work here working elsewhere is never the same and I can see why (and not just because I got free Ben and Jerry’s!).
I thoroughly enjoyed working at Unilever and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the chance to come and do a summer placement. My line manager was fantastic and was always there if I needed help. I also met several other summer placement students and graduates on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) whilst I was here, all of whom were incredibly good fun and always willing to give me advice if I needed it. Meeting lots of graduates on the UFLP made a real difference and gave me an insight into what working for Unilever on the UFLP could be like – it looks great! I also got to go to a tea factory, a soap factory, see the Chimp suits from the PG Tips adverts and eat free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream; what more could you want from a Summer Placement?