Robust learning programme

Business Partnering the operational teams means that you get involved in all the local projects and all of the things that are happening in the local business, it adds a huge variety to the role.

Robert Siddall, Supply Chain Finance Manager

In Unilever Finance, we’re serious about our people’s careers and development.

We have a big agenda and we need the best talent to help us achieve our ambitions.

To ensure this, we have a focused people agenda that embraces diversity and balances bringing in the best outside talent with developing individuals who have already chosen to build their career with us. We take calculated risks on our key talent, so a career with us can help you build up the right experiences and progress fast in line with your potential.

Our robust careers and learning programme is managed by our own Finance people, and you’ll be empowered to drive your own career.

We know broad skills and experience are increasingly important, so we encourage our employees to explore opportunities that help them build the right profile for themselves. This means taking on wider spans of responsibility and ultimately makes our people attractive, not just within Unilever, but to the outside world as well.

Build your career with us:

Finance Business Partners embed best practice and enhance decision support skills

Accounting and Information applies information management processes to create value for the business

Expertise Services work across everything from tax, treasury, insurance and risk to investor relations, mergers and acquisition and pensions.

Financial Highlights - Full Year 2011

In 2011, we implemented our strategy with discipline, growing ahead of our markets and gaining share overall despite a tough economic environment.

  • Underlying sales growth ahead of our markets at 6.5% with price up 4.8% and volume growth 1.6%. Emerging markets delivered 11.5% underlying sales growth
  • Turnover up 5.0% at €46.5 billion despite a negative currency impact of (2.5)%. Acquisitions and disposals delivered a positive contribution of 1.2%
  • Advertising and promotions spend at €6.2 billion, up €150 million including acquisitions
  • Underlying operating margin down by 10bps with a reduction in overheads offsetting much of the pressure on gross margins from higher commodity costs
  • Core earnings per share up 4% at €1.41
  • Free cash flow of €3.1 billion

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