Working in Unilever R&D
Unilever R&D’s vision is to innovate boldly for people and the planet. Our R&D teams are at the heart of our business, creating the innovations and products our consumers love.
We develop the leading science and technology that drives Unilever’s growth and purpose, and offer daily moments of joy; from the signature crack when biting into Magnum’s chocolate shell, to the confident feeling you get from our Rexona Clinical with patented technology and the touch of fresh laundry effectively washed in cool water, we develop the innovations behind products that make a difference to the lives of people and the health of our planet.
Our people are what makes R&D great. Our highly-skilled, creative and consumer-focused experts thrive on developing innovations that improve lives, livelihoods and the planet.
More than 650 science, technology and engineering experts work in Hindustan Unilever Limited across three sites in Mumbai, Bangalore and Gurgaon, contributing their specialist skills to make best in class products.
We embrace a culture that empowers teams and individuals to make decisions and act with speed. Our teams are diverse, with women holding around 50% of managerial roles. We encourage our people to find and live their purpose and offer numerous opportunities to hone existing capabilities and develop new ones through digital learning experiences and internal development programmes.
Another key to Unilever R&D’s success is our partnerships with leading-edge science & technology and academic organisations, as well as our close collaborations with industry players. Our innovation ecosystem encourages everyone in R&D to partner with and leverage external expertise to take advantage of new technologies and trends to surpass consumer expectations.
To ensure our innovations are exciting, safe and competitive, we invest heavily in three strategic capabilities.
Safety Environmental Assurance Centre
We want consumers to use and enjoy our products with confidence. Our scientists at Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) use their expertise and industry partnerships to build safety and sustainability into every product innovation. Read more about SEAC.
Our Regulatory Affairs business partners use leading-edge approaches in compliance, advocacy and partnerships to bring innovative and sustainable products to life, faster.
Many of the digital advances our world is experiencing are influencing new consumer trends and rapidly evolving consumer expectations. Through Digital R&D, we explore opportunities to drive innovation and product superiority and stay connected with our consumers in a meaningful way.
Developing Products with Purpose
Whatever the product and wherever it is bought, R&D ensures it fulfils our purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.
Our innovations are a driving force behind our sustainability achievements; they enable circular plastic economies, reduce GHG emissions, improve water quality and access, lower salt consumption, support zero waste initiatives and improve hygiene standards, to name just a few of our purpose-led ambitions.
Our R&D experts work on some of the world’s biggest, most impactful brands in three divisions: