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Research & Development

Innovative, effective and sustainable products

Our Research and Development (R&D) teams are among the world's best.

In an R&D role with the Unilever Future Leader’s Programme you’ll join teams using in-depth understanding of consumers and expertise in science and technology to create innovative, effective and sustainable products.

Unilever develops leaders

Our global learning programmes are regarded as the best in the industry. We have internal academies for each business area designed to develop employees in functionally specific capabilities.

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Some R&D graduates will have the privilege of working with internationally recognized experts in their field.

Three ways you'll learn with us

  • Through formal learning: with in-house training

  • Through experience: with hands-on project work

  • Through people: work with experts in their fields and benefit from a buddy system

R&D experience on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme

Category Stint

Understanding innovation process, Acquire category knowledge, understand Product assessment protocols, Understand design / deploy process, learning experiment design


Understand packaging technology for the category

Familiarize with different packaging format

Shelf life studies: protocols and prediction


Familiarizing with processing technology for different categories

Understanding Equipment specification, Scale up issues, Equipment standardization


Understanding Change management protocols, Innovation performance metric ( OTIFQ ), Project management, Capacity planning ( Innovation project ), Capex management


To understand category business and role of factory.


To understand the scope of the Discover function and get familiar with the information science resources.


To understand various regulations, drugs vs cosmetics classifications, claims approval process and to familiarize with different product standards.

Brand Building

To understand entire brand building function, full 360 activation for launch, and working with key opinion formers.

International Stint

UFLP India sends each of its Management Trainees overseas for their projects, aimed at helping you understand other markets, cultures and best practices.

Rural Stint

Understand the realities of Rural India, the role a socially responsible business can play in developing the country, the rural market, consumer profile, psyche and lifestyle. Understand the rural consumer’s purchase patterns and needs of the rural people. It will test you on each Standard of Leadership, and allow you to test yourself in a non-corporate set-up.

Understand the three pronged approach to CSR for HUL — Grow Markets in a responsible manner; Ensure sustainable practices @HUL; Be a thought leader for a sustainable tomorrow.

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