Unilever South Africa: Research & Development Internship opportunities for 2024

Job Summary

Unilever South Africa is #recruiting for the Research & Development Internship Programme 2024.

Closing date: On-going

  • Job ID: R-76735
  • Category: Research/Development

Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Internship Purpose

Unilever is a leading international FMCG company which has been certified as the number one Top Employer in Africa for the fourth time. 

We are looking to make you the next young talent to join our Employee Experience Africa Team covering of experience in a robust internship program developing you in outstanding employee operations and other business services.

After 2 years, you will not only have theoretical knowledge but exceptional on-the-job experience to support your future career.

As an Intern you will be taken through a 24-months rotational development programme in a hybrid working environment operating in flexible working hours across our Employee Experience Departments and receive world-class training from our external learning programs.

Minimum Requirements

  • Matric with Mathematics & Physical Science.
  • Working towards or completed Food technology or Food Science diploma or degree.
  • Any of the following training/skills: Food science, physical-chemistry, colloids, soft matter physics.
  • Requiring 1-year internship opportunity
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  • Fluent in English; both oral and written
  • Basic computer literacy, i.e.: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • A great passion for foods
  • Candidates need to provide their Matric Certificate, ID, and Academic Transcript with their CV’s
  • No dietary restrictions

Key Responsibilities

As an R&D Intern at Unilever focusing on Formulation your key responsibilities & accountabilities could be (amongst others);

  • Literature, patents and product reviews for mapping innovation / formulation space.
  • Product design and development that meet Unilever Science based Nutrition Criteria to address trends in the market.
  • Experimental work on formulation optimization and product quality improvement.
  • Development and application of formulation-specific methods for accelerated shelf-life studies

  • Carry out the product stability testing, microbiological challenge testing, and performance testing.
  • Product characterization for culinary / sensory related advice to product development.
  • Conduct foods products sensory evaluation.
  • Supporting the Research and Development activities related to the cost-effective implementation.

  • Responsible for integrity of specifications and formulations in specification management system through digital tools
  • Conduct material and supplier change risk assessment.
  • Team collaboration

Skills and Competencies

  • Agile working
  • The Ability to work Collaboratively
  • Forward Thinking
  • Working knowledge in using MS Office tool (Digital Savvy)
  • People centric
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The candidate must also be:

  • Pro-active
  • Team player
  • Fluent in English
  • Prepared to work at heights and noisy environment.
  • Able to work shift and extended hours (when required)

How to Apply

Please attach your CV along with your WIL from your institution, statement of results and ID copy.

If you don’t hear from us within 14 days from the date that you applied, please regard your application as disqualified. Please APPLY HERE.

Careers at Unilever

Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities.

We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business.

At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.


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