Data Scientist

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Data Scientist

JOB LOCATION: Colworth / Wageningen


Unilever is one of the world’s 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 the F&R computer modelled design agenda. The Digital & Data team is working closely together with many teams across F&R R&D, ranging from regional to local deploy centre teams on product specifications to global design centres/Science & Technology/Capability teams on data science and modelling.

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. This provides the opportunity for the Data Scientist to be a part of a major transformation agenda as we seek to fully exploit the benefits of data storage, management, and its analysis.

This role presents an exciting opportunity for a passionate data scientist that loves data & applying data analysis to gather insights.


  • Identifying data analytics opportunities within our F&R R&D business and applying data mining, data modelling, data visualization etc. to make an even bigger social and environmental impact on the Unilever products we are selling

  • Generating insights and effectively communicate these to stakeholders across the business.

  • Designing applications for data modelling and data visualizations.

  • Developing expertise within R&D on data modelling and visualization and build & maintain a network of internal Unilever data scientists.


  • A master's degree in data science, applied mathematics /statistics, econometrics, chemometrics or equivalent with relevant practical experience.

  • Strong knowledge in programming & data science; statistics packages (Python, R, R Shiny), Analytics Databases (SQL, ETL)

  • Feeling comfortable doing descriptive, predictive, prescriptive analyses & machine learning.

  • A great team player & networker, but you can also work autonomously and motivate yourself in a complex 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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