Unilever has been voted Graduate Employer of Choice in Marketing in The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards. The company was also ranked within the Top 20 of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.
The league table is based on the results of an unprompted survey of more than 17,000 students from the top 30 universities in the UK, all of whom are just about to graduate and are looking to start their first graduate job.
Unilever said it has long been a graduate employer of choice but the 2012 ranking shows increased interest in the business, particularly in the marketing function where Unilever is perceived to be the company which offers the best opportunities.
As interest grows, so does its Unilever Future Leaders programme – the two year fast-track management programme, which has this year swelled to almost 60 places across seven functions, including marketing.
Tim Munden, vp – HR, Unilever UK & Ireland, said: ”The Unilever Future Leaders Programme is an important engine of our talent pipeline. Almost a third of the UK and Ireland country leadership team – Amanda Sourry, UK and Ireland chairman; James Bruce, vp – finance and Jill Ross, country leader for Unilever Ireland – all started their working lives at Unilever straight after graduating and have since carved very successful career within the business.
“We believe our graduate programme offers an unrivalled opportunity for graduates looking for real responsibility from day one, and the representation of former graduates on our leadership team is proof of its success in finding our business leaders of the future.
“We are exceptionally proud to be named the Marketing Graduate Employer of Choice in The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards.”
In addition to its popular graduate programme, Unilever said it recruits approximately 50 students annually for its 12-month industrial placements and 12-week summer placements.