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    Full-time Position
  • Background
    Creative and Design
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  • Experience Required
    3 - 5 Years
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      April 24,2021
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    Senior Designer at Unilever HIVE Wageningen



    LOCATION – Wageningen, The Netherlands



    Are you looking for a change of “creative” scenery? Then please read further.

    Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day with more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Knorr, Hellmann’s, Wall’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, and Connemix.

    The future begins with Design.

    As a Senior Designer in R&D, you’ll find out what consumers want and need, and then design the relevant “experience” to bring our innovations to life. This can be done though exploiting the physical pack - shape, colour, textures and beyond this format, through the creation of delightful consumer experiences that consider cost, manufacturability and environmental impact.

    The Senior Designer role is based in Wageningen, Netherlands, in our advanced HIVE Campus where Design works alongside internal and external ecosystem partners to keep thinking fresh and future fit.


    The main purpose of your role as a Senior Designer will be to lead the project teams through the creative process to deliver brilliant and meaningful products.

    You will coordinate and facilitate design projects from the co-creation and identification of early opportunities using “design thinking tools” and practices, to prototyping concepts and leading to the manufacturing and launch of products.

    By connecting functions, touchpoints, competencies, and external partners, you will bring significant design impact to our brands and portfolio growth.

    To deliver the greatest value for both the consumer and our brands, your job will be to elevate design quality and ensure that the brand’s design ambition is met in a project’s outcome.

    This is a unique opportunity to bring design thinking and doing to the heart of R&D process, connecting insight with technology and brand stories, to provoke Foods and Refreshment thinking and bring to life exciting new product experiences.


    Joining Unilever Design means working within a dedicated and ambitious design team on the development of high impact brand innovation. Unilever designers are strong and passionate thinkers and doers who are constantly seeking to improve purpose in terms of brand, people, sustainability, technology & business growth.

    As Senior Designer in Unilever Design, you will collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams and external partners to create value and meet consumer needs with convincing and meaningful design solutions.


    • Guide project teams across the total design spectrum, from front end to manufacture, using Unilever best practice, design thinking tools and methodologies.
    • Gather qualitative information relevant for design through market and stakeholder assessment.
    • Use design software including 3D CAD to create the future and support initiation and coordination of feasibility concepts & prototypes.
    • Take ownership in the completion of agency briefing and guide the design delivery of external partners to handover of the final design.
    • Ensure effective and efficient project coordination from end to end and make certain that projects are delivered complete and on time.
    • Make design opportunities, propositions, and solutions concise and understandable across functions.
    • Connect across functions to identify business viable concepts and design opportunities
    • Assist in the creation of brand books and design guides.
    • Establish strong organization-wide network and peers to inject design in the corporate environment and create holistic design solutions.


    To increase design impact you will bring along the following capabilities:

    • Design thinker and doer
    • Strong bias for action
    • Entrepreneurs mindset
    • Good verbal and visual communication
    • Accountability & responsibility
    • Passion, craft and attention to detail in all you do
    • Champion the consumer
    • Demonstrate confidence & resilience within uncertainty


    • Applied working knowledge of 2D / 3D cad software for building visual / physical design concepts and rendering.
    • Can comfortably write, facilitate and capture design workshops with stakeholders of all levels.- This will be 60% of your time.
    • Ability to distil consumer understanding and needs into opportunity areas for design
    • Can write and articulate design briefs to agency partners in English language to a high standard.
    • Applied knowledge of design disciplines, ways of working and project management.
    • Comfortable handling multiple projects at the same time.
    • Experienced in collaboration with design agencies and suppliers.
    • Knowledge in material properties, processing, and manufacturing processes an advantage.
    • Knowledge in sustainable / circular design is a clear advantage.
    • Understanding and application of Semiotics and market codes an advantage.


    3 - 5 years professional experience of design within a corporate or agency environment, working as part of cross-functional teams.

    You should hold a degree or identified qualification within the area of industrial design / product design & innovation and demonstrate this via an enviable portfolio.


    Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

    • A competitive salary package according to role & experience
    • Attractive short and long term incentives
    • Company Pension (Only applicable if based in the Netherlands)
    • Flexible career opportunities
    • On line platform full of learning & well-being resources whenever and wherever
    • An exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen


    Join Unilever and our team. Please apply 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.


    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.

    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.

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