Unilever Future Leaders Programme - Finance (2020)

Oct 21, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
Job Role
Finance Graduate
Contract Type
Full Time
Level of qualification
CIMA, Not qualified

Job Title: Unilever Future Leader’s Programme – United Kingdom & Ireland

Function: Finance

Analytical mind-set? Business brain? Aspirations to become a FTSE 100 CFO? A career in Financial Management could be right for you. At Unilever, Financial Management is about so much more than numbers. It’s the lifeblood of our business – touching every area, informing multi-million euro decisions, and directly influencing the development, growth and health of our brands. Unilever is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in the world. We make some of the world’s most loved brands: Dove, Lynx, PG Tips, Ben & Jerrys, Marmite, Magnum, Persil and Hellmann’s, to name a few. You will have the opportunity to work on some of these great brands across some fantastic categories.

What will I be doing?

You will work across local, regional and global teams. Right across the business we are an integral part of the teams that make strategy and investment decisions, bringing digital insights and business analytics to the table to help make better-informed choices. Your influence will directly determine the future of our brands, the way we work with our customers and how we run our supply chain – all having global sustainability implications.

What do we look for?

It might come as a surprise, but we don’t have a specific discipline requirement, so you don’t have to have a background in finance or economics.  We’re looking for strong analytical skills, ambition, a talent for influencing people and a real desire to understand how a business operates and succeeds. Enthusiasm and commitment go a long way. We’re looking for our future Financial Management leaders.

What will the programme involve?

The three-year, world-class development programme is packed with variety and challenge. You’ll develop your individual leadership skills by working on live projects that offer you all the experience you need to become ready for your first management role. Over three years, you’ll take on three stretching placements across our businesses, and you may also have the opportunity to work internationally. 

You’ll gain experience both in financial and management accounting and you’ll be business facing, communicating with key business contacts. First-hand experience – it’s the fastest way to learn.

Your rotations could be based at different business units across Europe and you will need to be flexible about where you are based during your time on the scheme.

Your role will be underpinned by studying for your Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification.

The Unilever culture is varied, friendly and encourages innovative thinking. We will push and support you to achieve your potential, whilst giving you the chance to shape your career path according to your own interests, strengths and ambitions.


Placements may be in different business units across the UK & Ireland, so you need to be flexible about where you are based during the programme.

Closing date:

We will close for applications as soon as we receive enough applications for the business area and without prior warning. We therefore advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

Travel Required: 10-25%

Removal Date: 10th November 2019

If you have any questions about your application or if you require special arrangements/reasonable adjustments to be made in order to complete any part of the application process, please contact the Graduate Recruitment Team. If you would like to discuss any mitigating circumstances prior to making an application, please also contact the team using the following contact details:

Phone: Freephone 0808 164 2255 or 01635 584145 or email: enquiry@unilevergraduates.com

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