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Digital Formulation Scientist

Posted: 22 Feb 2021 Closes: 22 Apr 2021
Bebington, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL3265

Digital Formulation Scientist

Location: Port Sunlight

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace” 

The future begins in Research & Development (R&D). In R&D, you’ll find out what consumers want and need, and then design the science and technology to make our innovations come to life. We have over 6,000 R&D employees designing, creating and developing exciting new products using innovative technologies - from scientists and product development experts to professionals such as hairdressers and chefs who have the skills to evaluate new products. You could be designing and developing new innovations for brands like TRESemmé, Magnum, Cornetto and Domestos – straight from your team to the shelves! 

At the core of our values is sustainability, and our teams are dedicated to making our products better for you, for our customers and for the world. We are committed to ensuring that all of our packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and that we are using more recycled content. To achieve this, we collaborate closely either within the various R&D teams, with other Unilever colleagues like Marketeers and the Supply Chain, and with leading scientific experts from around the world. ​  

The role is based in Port Sunlight, Liverpool, where you can find our offices, factories and Research & Development Centre at your fingertips. Our purpose, to make sustainable living commonplace, is rooted in the history of the Port Sunlight site. It’s a thread that connects us to our founder, Lord Lever, and his social mission to improve health, hygiene and livelihoods.

Job Purpose

Do you want to be part of the revolution in digital product design?

At Unilever we have set out to make a difference to those big issues that matter most to our business and to the world. Our goal: transformational change.

Part of our transformational change agenda is to transform the way we design our products to ensure they deliver both to our consumers’ needs and to our sustainability agenda. We believe that modelling and digital product design is the way forward.

(link: Development of an Optimization and Decision System)

The fabric enhancers category is an exciting category with a big ambition, requiring new innovations to develop products that keep clothes, looking, feeling and smelling great wash after wash to extend the life of clothes. The R&D Global Design Team is responsible for developing the latest technical expertise and next generation products, designing, testing and optimizing a formulation so it looks great, is stable when stored, delights the consumers and minimizes environmental impact.


You will be involved in the experimental program to build the digital tools that will enable the design and optimisation of the next generation of products to care for and enhance our consumers’ clothes from an in-silico first basis.

  • Design and conduct formulation and product performance testing experiments.
  • Data analytics: Design of Experiments, structured data capture and data manipulation, connecting data from cross functional teams across consumer, sensory and technical measures.
  • Build correlative and / or predictive models and basic user interfaces (e.g. Excel, JMP, PowerBI) for sharing with the team and wider R&D community
  • Coordinating activities across cross functional teams

All About You

We are looking for people with the right attitude, mindset and competencies to help drive our digital product design agenda forward

  • Technical education – Degree (BSc or MSc) in related scientific subjects
  • Some experience in product formulation and / or product testing for FMCG
  • A passion for data and automation
  • Proved experience in programming or digital model building
  • Great collaboration and communication skills and an enthusiasm to work in  multidisciplinary environment
  • Creative and proactive approach with an “in-silico first” mindset
  • Some experience in project coordination

What We Offer

Opportunity to work within our global R&D organisation developing the next generation of products that will brighten peoples’ lives all over the world

Be part of a diverse and ambitious team driving the digital transformation agenda for in-silico first product design. 

World class laboratory and automation facilities across Port Sunlight and the Materials Innovation Factory

Exciting career opportunities in a global, purpose led business.

We are looking for the right people for our roles and our ambition, we are open to talk about how our flexible working policies can make this role the right one for you.

While we have an idea of the experience required to succeed in this role, we have no pre-requisites.

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.


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