Requirements Planner at Unilever

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Leatherhead South West
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Business Analytics Business Intelligence Business Management Manufacturing

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8.9/10

The Role
9.3
Organisation
9.0

Socialising

8.0

The Role

Role Description

Responsible for ensuring a high level of service in the UK Beverages category whilst also minimising inventory where possible.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement this year! It was well co-ordinated and the company's work environment is fantastic with flexible hours and lots of social events. It never felt like a chore coming into work. All employees are friendly and helpful and a lot have similar interests to myself. I would highly recommend a placement at Unilever.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

At Unilever teamwork is highlighted as a key factor within business. Everyone I work with seems to work together in order to achieve the best result possible. It's great to be able to interact with different functions across the business, such as marketing, customer development and other roles within the supply chain too!

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Each week I had a one to one with my line manager to discuss any concerns I had at that time or to determine which areas I need to develop and how. The induction material I received when starting the placement was great, as it gave a broad idea of what my role entailed and how I was expected to interact with other functions during my placement.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

On some days, naturally, I was busier than others, especially when working to specific deadlines or on major projects. The flexible hours work very well with regards to this. If I ever needed to work later on a certain day due to a deadline, the hours always balanced out if I needed to leave earlier on another day.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

After 3 months in the role I was responsible for the whole of the UK Beverage portfolio within the planning sector of supply chain. This included both retail and food solutions. I was essentially responsible for making sure service was maintained whilst also managing the inventory levels at the DC.

9/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The soft skills I have developed whilst on placement were invaluable and will further help my progression on a professional and personal level. The knowledge acquired on business acumen will be of use in any future role and I believe this wouldn't have been achieved at other smaller scale companies.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was always energetic and positive and there was never a dull day in the office. There is always something going on at the Leatherhead site, whether it be after work drinks each month at the Terrace bar on site or free-bee giveaways in the spotlight area during lunch.

10/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was well organised once I had started the role. The placement students were always made aware by HR of any requirements (e.g. completion of our end of year review etc.) in ample time. The induction during the first week of the placement was great to provide a key insight into Unilever as a business and the dynamic within the company.

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The company offered numerous development workshops throughout the year to help advance particular skills/qualities. These were often ran by external speakers from different companies enabling a key insight into other business' structures. During the induction period, numerous internal development classes were arranged including Excel training. In addition to this, all IPs were assigned a "buddy" to help in training to conduct the role assigned.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
9/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

The UFLP (Unilever Future Leaders Programme) is a great opportunity for after the placement! Depending of performance ratings, IPs are able to either secure a place on the grad scheme or get fast tracked to the assessment centre. The grad scheme is rotational, meaning all grads are able to move roles every 6-12 months, and hence develop their understanding of the function across numerous sectors.

9/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

All IPs got along very well and the initial induction helped a lot with the friendships formed at the start of the placement. The Facebook group set up by the company (including all IPs) allowed groups to get together and arrange accommodation prior to the start of the placement too!

9/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Being based in Surrey, the cost of living was relatively high (when compared with previously living in Manchester). A lot of IPs chose to live in Wimbledon, however this increased their rent/travel costs by up to £500 per month (when compared to living in Surrey on the direct rail line).

7/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Leatherhead night life is pretty none existent, however being only a 40 minute train from Waterloo made it easy to travel into London for any social activities. Clapham/Wimbledon are also great areas within London on the direct train line that have a good social atmosphere with plenty of bars and clubs.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes! The customer development team set up a internal netball league at the Leatherhead sports centre each Tuesday. There were 16 teams in the latest league which helps in getting to know people from different roles/functions. The Thrive in Supply team (which I was part of) also tried to arrange as many social events as possible (within budget).

8/10

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