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R&D Digital & Data Technologist

Posted: 10 Feb 2021 Closes: 10 Apr 2021
Sharnbrook, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL3141

R&D Digital & Data Technologist 

JOB LOCATION: Colworth (UK) or Wageningen (NL)



Unilever is one of the worlds largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with well-known brands such as Knorr, Hellman’s, Dove & Domestos 


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 at system level.

Fundamental change to whole systems is needed if we are to make a genuine difference. Our transformational change agenda combines direct action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals with partnerships and external advocacy to create change on a systemic scale – while creating business opportunities and delivering relevant innovations at the same time. Our purpose-led, future-fit Unilever Compass strategy is guiding us and is built on three beliefs: brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last; and people with purpose thrive.   



The global Digital & Data team is the central team in Foods & Refreshment (F&R) Research & Development (R&D) to enable and lead the digital transformation of our organisation. Our core expertise area and responsibility are to provide the systems expertise and user solutions to drive data quality in our core ingredient and product specifications. Increasingly, we are also strengthening our capability in data engineering, visualisation, reporting and data science to extract the maximum value from data we have. While using all data to support F&R’s computer modelled design agenda. The digital and data team is working closely together with many teams across F&R R&D, ranging from regional to local deploy centre  teams on product specs to global design centres/Science & Technology/Capability teams on data science and models.


The Global Foods and Refreshment R&D team is heavily investing in data recording technology which is transforming our product development capability, providing a step change in our ability to capture formulation, processing, packaging, pilot plant and factory data. Therefore, we are looking for a digital & data technologist. In this role, as a member of system expertise & user solution team, you will be leading the deployment of IT systems across R&D. You will ensure that users will be able to effectively use the systems while standardizing data structures and improving efficiency. Furthermore, this role will also be part of the data specialists squad. In this squad you will drive even more simplification and standardization of data across our R&D departments.    


This role presents an exciting opportunity for a technologist who is passionate about the successfully implementing IT systems while constantly driving improvements. 



  • Deployment of IT tools and user solutions to Unilever F&R R&D globally while ensuring it is aligned with the needs and demands of its users (the stakeholders).  

  • Actively approach our internal consumers (the users of the systems) to further improve and develop systems & processes.

  • Maintain and define quality of data while spotting gaps and improving these within our data so our users can effectively use the data.

  • Drive digital & data culture in Unilever R&D being ambassador of IT tools and digital processes.



  • A master's degree in data science, Food Chemistry, Food Technology, IT or similar. Combination of both data/IT & food would be a plus.  

  • Experience in technical data management & reporting; especially in briefing design, testing and deployment of IT tools.  

  • Experience in Data & IT; data mining, data management, data analytics, reporting and interpreting results within power BI & Excel.  

  • A great team player, but you can also work autonomously and motivate yourself in a highly matrixed & agile organization.  



  • Opportunity to work on brands with the power to brighten peoples’ lives all over the world.

  • Be part of a diverse and ambitious team shaping the future of Food and Refreshment brands.

  • Exciting career opportunities & competitive benefits 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.




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. 


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