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  • Experience Required
    3 - 5 Years
  • Degree Required
    • Province
      Postcode 3013 in Rotterdam
    • Date Posted
      November 18,2020
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    CMI F&R U-Futures Centre of Excellence Assistant Manager

    F&R U-Futures Centre of Excellence Assistant Manager

    ROTTERDAM – Weena

    Local conditions apply


    Travel <10 %


    Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. Over half (58%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Knorr, Dove, Domestos, Hellmann's, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry's, Marmite, Magnum, Lynx and Axe.


    Unilever Consumer & Markets Insight (CMI) mission is to provide inspiration and provocation to drive transformational business growth. This means delivering insights, ideas and impact– and in a world that is changing at an accelerating pace of change.

    We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. And every day, Unilever makes decisions and choices to better adopt the business to this ever changing landscape. The organization is able to do that by identifying macro shifts in society, technology, economics, environment, and politics.

    If you have a passion for understanding the world around you and applying that to business, then the CMI U-Futures Centre of Excellence (CoE) is the team for you. U-Futures steers the vision for Unilever, unlocking business risks, opportunities, and implications by looking at global and local macro shifts. With a focus on sustainability, culture, and foresight/trends, this CoE is charged with future proofing all Unilever brands and categories. While this is primarily a brand/category agnostic role, this role focus on embedding learning across Foods and Refreshment.

    In addition, this post will act as CMI partner on the corporate Unilever brand and help drive forwards the new global campaign “Every U does good”.

    We don’t promise an easy job, but we do promise one of the most creative and exciting learning experiences in CMI with a great range of brands, challenges, independence and tools!


    • Become fluent in STEEP/ PESTLE techniques , understanding local nuances in the respective regions, brands, and categories linking back to the global landscape
    • Unlock future risks, opportunities, and implications for Unilever’s Foods and Refreshment divisions grounded in Macro Forces, People Trends, etc
    • Present and cascade white papers and meta-learnings to the UL organization when appropriate
    • Be the beacon for the ‘Sustainable Living Purpose’, empowering our brands to speak with and unlock authenticity, purpose and value
    • Develop and lead both Global strategic research
    • Provide and provoke BPIs, Marketing Partners, and the overall business with foresight to drive Unilever business growth and company vision
    • Immerse yourself in all Foresight meta-learnings and papers, such as the Macro Forces, Female & Male identity , #Unseterotype, Tension Detector , Purpose studio etc
    • Immerse yourself in the USLP and all sustainability initiatives driven by the Sustainable Business team
    • Apply macro learnings/observations to the category/brand/region to impact strategic business decisions
    • Think outside the box and challenge the status quo to drive true change in the organization

    The U-Futures CoE will add value above and beyond this to grow functional excellence through the following initiatives.

    • Establishing strong relationships with F&R Brand leads
    • Being up-to-date on news, current events, trends/foresights and STEEP, globally and for your respective regions
    • Demonstrate the ability to land a message to the satisfaction of all stakeholders

    Day to day activities include:

    • Developing Global and local insight expertise on society, technology, economics, environment, and politics. And, apply this knowledge to build growth as well as infuse this knowledge across global stakeholders.
    • Leading or assisting in the planning, coordination and implementation of local and global research trend and sustainability activities for a brand(s) and/or category
    • Identifying strategic solutions for brand/category teams
    • Executing strategic research studies; suggesting research methodologies, and drafting research proposals


    Who’s the Right Person? Someone who…

    • Has minimum of 3-5 years working experience in relevant functions
    • Is an indispensable ‘futurist’ partner to the Foods and Refreshment CMI and marketing teams
    • Understands the basics of brand/corporate strategy
    • Understands the basics of the Unilever business (region/category/brand level), such as Brand Building and Brand Development, to apply macro learnings appropriately and relevantly
    • Acts as brand partner with the global UL brand team
    • Is a proactive, self-starter, with a real entrepreneurial spirit
    • Can build strong relationships with business partners and team members across the globe
    • Someone who is resourceful, unlocking information from varying sources
    • Someone who has a passion for sustainability, and brand purpose
    • Is able to work independently at senior levels docking in with the central team in London


    We look for three buckets of Skill. This does not mean everyone has to tick all the boxes below, just that these are skills which will be an advantage in the job.

    Foundational Market Research and category Skills

    • Understanding of research methodologies
    • Drafting proposals
    • Delivering results/learnings articulately
    • Basic understanding of strategic brand/category initiatives (i.e. JTBDs, BCIs, MMOs, MMCs, etc)

    Cultural Grounding

    • Deep Knowledge of Country/Cultures
    • Interest or knowledge of Subcultures- e.g. Gen S, Millennials etc.
    • Knowledge of the USLP, Global goals and sustainability initiatives


    • Comfortable working as part of a virtual and highly global content team, line manager is located elsewhere.
    • Examples of driving transformational action within the business through landing points.
    • Good analytical thinking and communication skills to present clearly, simplify complex topics and influence decision making; communication skills both written and verbal
    • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and prioritise workload as requests will likely be more than resources allow.
    • A team player; accountable, open minded who likes to work in rapid and agile way
    • Good Academic Credentials and numeracy.
    • Ability to work with a high level of autonomy.
    • Willingness to challenge thinking and status quote.
    • Ability to understand different points of views.


    To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

    Looking forward to meeting you!

    Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.


    Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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