Knowledge Transfer and Logistics Lead at Unilever

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Burton-upon-Trent East Midlands
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£20,000 - £21,999
Chemical Engineering Engineering Food and Drink Human Resources Logistics and Operations Manufacturing

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Formulating and implementing a training plan for the new starters joining the factory, as well as developing the warehouse design for the new factory

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

I have had an absolutely fantastic time working at Unilever Burton, where I was given a large amount of responsibility and opportunities to develop. Everyone who worked on site was extremely friendly and I felt welcomed into the family from day 1. Coming to work was always a pleasure and there was a great work/life balance, with a number of opportunities available to socialise outside of work.


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

I felt very valued by my team, being entrusted to lead weekly meetings and I was able to have influence over major decisions. Unilever creates a very inclusive environment, whereby everyone on site works together and my colleagues did not seem hesitant to work with me. At Unilever, you are not viewed to be lower as an IP, but truly a member of the team.


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

The management team at Burton are extremely strong, being knowledgeable and are always happy to help. From my experience, they really trust their team and encourage you to work somewhat independently and without micromanaging. However, whenever I had a question relating to anything in my role, I was always aware who to reach out to.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At the start of my placement, work was somewhat slow due to the project that I was working on being in the early phases. However, this gave me a great opportunity to get settled and learn about the company. Over time, my role and responsibilities expanded significantly to the point where I felt I had the opportunity to make an impact on a vast range of areas in the project. At this point, it seemed there were few times I didn't have multiple things to do, which I really enjoyed.


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

The amount of responsibility given to you at Unilever is what surprised me the most about the company, and also what I enjoyed the most. I was given large responsibilities, whereby I was leading teams and making decisions which impact the future of the factory. Young people are frequently given fantastic opportunities for leadership, managing projects, acting as line leaders or impacting the design of the factory.


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

I have developed a huge amount of knowledge during my time at Unilever, having the chance to observe and have an impact on the development of a new factory. This required me to develop my leadership, communication and organisational skills, as well as my general confidence - probably my most improved trait since joining Unilever. I have also massively improved my knowledge of supply chain, an area i am interested in. The only downside of my placement is that it offered limited chances to further my chemical engineering knowledge, though I knew this would largely be the case when I applied.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The general office environment was extremely friendly. Being an open plan office, everyone could easily interact with one another and ask people questions as necessary. However, if I needed to focus on some work I felt I could put my headphones on and sit in silence, without feeling judged. The general vibe was somewhat informal, avoiding getting bogged down in unnecessary formalities.


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

The overall organisation was good, receiving feedback through each step of the application process, and everyone was told when a decision would be made following the final interview (the following morning). This was great as it meant there was no nervous waiting for weeks afterwards. However, I was only told my placement location a few weeks prior to starting, which didnt leave me with much time to find a house, and I wasn't fully clear what my goals were until a couple weeks into my placement. There was also not a formal induction when I started, which would have been nice as well to get me comfortable right away.


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


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Financial Bonus
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home

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

Unilever offer a fantastic graduate program which provides an opportunity to move through multiple rotations, every 6 months. This is looks to be a fantastic opportunity, especially for people who are looking to get into leadership or management roles. This is something I am extremely keen to get onto myself, following my great time in Unilever.



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

There was a great social scene during my placement, with there being many graduates also working on site. We would often go out for drinks, and there was also a weekly 6 a side league which we participated in, as well as occasional badminton sessions. Everyone was extremely friendly throughout


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

My placement location was quite a cheap area, being a small town in the midlands. However, I am aware that some other placement students based in London do have to pay a lot for rent, living in Wimbledon and Vauxhall etc. My experience with this was good, but it is definitely something to keep in mind before applying.


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

The nightlife is quite lacking in Burton, as there are very few nice bar and clubs with the town being quite small. However, as the brewing capital of England, Burton does have a number of nice pubs which can provide some locally brewed beer! Many of the other placement students were based in Liverpool or London which of course have livelier night lives, though to be honest I don't feel this impacted my enjoyment of the placement at all.


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