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Senior Global Process Technologist - R&D Beverages

Posted: 17 Nov 2020 Closes: 17 Jan 2021
Sharnbrook, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL2733

Global Process Technologist - R&D Beverages

Location: Colworth Science Park, UK


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 Colworth, a site that has a strong track record of building and contributing to a number of our brands including Lipton, PG Tips, Magnum, Cornetto, Ponds and Dove. It is one of our two main R&D centres in the UK.


You, me, tea, now! With Brands like PG Tips, Lipton, Brook Bond, T2 and Pukka Unilever is one of the biggest tea sellers worldwide. A part of the tea we’re selling is grown and produced in our own plantations and factories in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Manufacturing of tea at the best possible process conditions and blending it to perfection is therefore at the heart of what we do every day.

We’re the Global Beverages R&D Process Design Centre for Unilever located at Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire in the UK and Bangalore in India. We’re there to make tea manufacturing a bit better every day coming up with innovative process designs for our tea products. To achieve that we’re closely working together with Marketing and our tea factories in the plantations. Drying, extraction and blending are just few of the technologies we’re dealing with every day. Being able to understand and analyse process data from factories and pilot plants and applying Design of Experiment techniques is a key element of the work we do.

If you’re passionate about engineering, thrilled by data and driven by making consumers happy with a perfect cuppa every day we’re looking forward to welcome you in our team. As an engineer with background in data science or applied mathematics you’re the perfect fit for the job. This job will be based out of Colworth in the UK.


  • Process design in the area of Pressing, Fluidised Bed Drying, Vacuum Drying, Extraction, Dry and Liquid Blending as well as Packing and Dosing.
  • Defining and executing experiments in labs, pilot plants and Factories using a DoE (Design of Experiments ) approach.
  • Building of engineering models.
  • Data analysis using statistical, Data Science, machine learning and AI approaches.


Essential Skills

  • Application of state of the art visualisation tools (e.g. PowerBI)
  • Process Up-Scaling
  • Data analysis applying statistical techniques and programs (JMP, Minitab, Matlab)

Desirable Skills

  • Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Coding Experience (Python or R)
  • Ability to work in remote project teams across the globe.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in Engineering or Food Science and Technology with strong background in Data Science or Applied Mathematics
  • Experience in process design and scale-up.
  • Proven record in data analytics


Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, a free gym, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

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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