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Formulation Development
As a Formulation Development Technologist, you will work in a diverse and exciting environment on various regional and local projects.  Whether the product is a deodorant, shampoo or ice cream, our role is to make the marketing idea come to life ensuring all the sensorial properties (taste, aroma, appearance, feel, smell) excite and delight the consumer.  This is done through a good understanding of the science of products and how this can be applied to give benefits for the consumer.

Regular interaction is required with Chefmanship, Marketing, Nutrition & Health, Packaging, Regulatory, Consumer Marketing & Technical Insights, Supply Management, Process Engineering and Technical Management teams in the relevant countries. 

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Packaging Development
Packaging is an essential part of the total brand offering which is critical to the success of FMCG companies. The battle for the "shelf" and for the consumer’s attention will be won or lost through the effectiveness of our packaging. It can also drive tremendous value for both the companies’ top-line and it's bottom-line.
 
A packaging professional’s role is highly complex, very diverse and multi-functional which spans the entire development process and has many business and technical connections. This entails developing the best structural packaging design concepts for the brands, and then engineering these into workable formats using the latest technologies. Key internal interfaces for the packaging team are with Supply Chain and Marketing, and externally with raw material, equipment and packaging suppliers. 

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Regulatory
Regulatory Affairs helps to ensure we can get Unilever's products into the market and keep them there. We work with R&D team members and Legal and Nutrition Advisors to ensure that our products meet the specific requirements of the countries and also with the country authorities to obtain Regulatory approvals to market our products. We help to guide project teams through Regulatory obstacles & opportunities to ensure a clear path into the market place with maximum impact. Externally to the Regulators, we are Unilever's face, representing the company's views & positions on technical aspects & issues and communicating the impacts back into the business. We are therefore key to growing Unilever's competitiveness by ensuring compliance of our products, facilitating speed to market and creating the Regulatory landscape that will allow Unilever to land it's outstanding innovations.

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Consumer Technical Insights
The Consumer Technical Insight role is to investigate how a consumer ‘need’ or ‘desire’ translates into a product.  What does it really mean in scientific terms to have shiny hair? When consumers say that they want thick bleach, what do they really mean? When they ask for tastier, spicy soup, what do they want? If you change the packaging of a deodorant can, can you predict how consumers rate the product?

Consumer Technical Insights leads and owns the link between the consumer and technology by obtaining feedback from consumers through consumer product evaluation, observation of consumer habits and sensory research.  In short, how can we create that do their job and enhance the consumer experience? 

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Processing Development (Engineering)
Unilever operates globally over a thousand processing units in approximately three hundred factories. In order to convert raw materials into products, a vast array of process technologies are applied, like drying, granulation, freezing, dispersion, filtration, grinding, neutralisation, pasteurisation, forming, extruding, dosing and homogenisation. Process development within R&D is the link between product design and factory processability.

Process Development is important in Product Technology (e.g. Structured Liquids), Category Innovation (e.g. new formats) and Supply Chain strategy (e.g. minimization of plant complexity). Accordingly, R&D Process Development interact closely with global and other regional teams.

The key interface is with Supply Chain who are the receivers of process specifications. The main working areas in this interface involve the execution of plant trials; development and maintenance of process and equipment specifications, which are the blueprints for new processing investments; and the input into manufacturing technology strategy. 

In addition Process Development will interact with Regional Marketing and Finance teams within project teams to grow and optimise product mixes.

Process Development experimental activities take place in Pilot Plants, which reflect the configuration of our current factories as well as capable of exploring new technologies. Pilot plants are operated and maintained with the same standards as factories. They need to be world class since high quality, efficacious and safe prototype and test products will need to be delivered to consumers

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Product Appraisal
Product appraisal/evalution is where in-vitro & in-vivo technical tests are conducted to perfect and verify product performance and the related claims we make. Unilever’s products are evaluated to ensure that we deliver products that meet consumer needs in the everyday environment. So when we make hard hitting claims, we know that our products really so deliver on these promises. 

Unilever’s Product Appraisal department works closely with the formulation design and marketing teams, using global best practices, to deliver a world class view of our products. 

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Measurement Sciences
Measurement Science is the core scientific and research base of the R&D function. The main expertise of Measurement Science is the application of latest advancement technology and globally endorsed Unilever standard methods to analyse all the ingredients and raw materials used in laundry detergents, machine and dish wash, skin care and food products.

The analytical information is used for quality control, storage stability clearance; pilot and main plant trial monitoring and other project related matters as well as for competitor product analyses. Additionally, tools are in place to identify new technology, which with the help of other global technology experts, can be linked to competitor patents and claims.
The MS team supports mainly formulation design in analysis of ingredients and products during development stages as well as product benchmarking exercises. It also gives advice and technical support to R&D, plants and corporate bodies.

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Chefmanship
As an Innovation chef, you will be required to draw on your extensive knowledge of food trends: regional and global; fusion of flavours; and consumer needs.

You will work closely with the teams of Food Technologists, Nutrition Scientists, Brand Development and Brand Building Marketers and Consumer Marketing and Technical Insight team members. The first step in every project is for the innovation chef is to create the ‘from scratch’ benchmark, which we as a team match in the form of an industrial product.

The innovation chef supports the technologists throughout the development process, assisting with taste sessions, formulation and recipe development, and ensuring that the make-up instructions on the artwork are correct.

It is this marriage of science and creativity that enables Unilever to deliver the best products possible. The power of mealtimes is brought to life through great innovation and the delivery of brilliant products that taste as good as homemade.

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Nutrition and Health
This is an exciting scientific area within R&D, where within AMET the function operates either regionally or locally. Nutritionists mainly support the introduction and maintenance of Nutrition and Health related product-innovations in the local country as well as ensure nutritionally sound communication and marketing of food products with a health proposition.  They represent Unilever in the external world of nutrition and build networks with key influencers of nutrition within the local country or regionally.

Nutritionists within the business mainly interface with Marketing, Corporate Communications, Product Development and Regulatory Affairs.  Nutritionists also network globally with the wider community of Unilever Nutritionists to share best practice, gain knowledge and keep up to date with the latest developments in science and nutrition. 

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Specification Management
The specification management team within R&D is the custodian of the information management process within the department; they ensure that all our technical information is stored in the form of a good quality specification.

What is a specification?
A specification provides the formal description of the properties an article must have to fulfill its purpose for Unilever.

So what really makes up a great margarine, deodorant or shampoo? What and how do we measure the attributes that need to be achieved in order to call it a good product? This is all maintained in our specifications!

The specification team is the link between the product designers within R&D and the information system that the business uses to ensure that we are getting the best possible quality finished goods out to our consumers – thus the quality of these technical specifications are critical to the functioning of Unilever.

If you are a technical minded individual who has a passion for rigour and order then the specification management team is the place for you! 

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Technical Management
The 1 Unilever TM (Technical Management) organisation is accountable for delivery of innovation and activation programs into local countries around the world, representing R&D at each country level.

The key activities that a potential candidate can expect in a TM role is project management, risk assessment, interacting with key opinion formers on health and nutrition issues, advising and getting approval on legal and regulatory matters, providing insight regarding consumer queries, keeping close to competitors and managing crises that do come up.   R&D professionals working in TM are the eyes and ears of the country with regards to competitors, consumers, regulators, influencing NGO's, customers and consumers.
 
 Individuals who are part of this organization will need to be eager to develop themselves  with innovation and technology execution and should be capable of making quick decisions; placing great emphasis on rigorous and detailed  execution ; as well as  be able to  interact with and factory  and business teams, as well as externally with suppliers .  The candidates should be passion ate for delivery on time in full and the ability to demonstrate high standards of leadership.

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Formulatation Development

Packaging Development

Regulatory

Consumer Technical Insights

Process Development (Engineering)

Product Appraisal

Measurement Sciences

Chefmanship

Nutrition and Health

Specification Management

Technical Management