Graduate Opportunity

Research & Development Future Leadership Programme (Hygiene)

Start date: September 2021

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Want to make an impact and have the freedom to succeed? As a graduate on our Research & Development Hygiene Future Leadership Programme, you can do just that.

Our purpose at RB is to protect, heal and nurture, in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. To enable this, our Global Research and Development function plays a critical role in identifying and developing innovative solutions for our consumers. As part of our vision for the future, we have a 3 year R&D future leadership programme within our Hygiene business, based in Hull, UK, with potential rotations across a range of R&D functions, including product development on iconic household brands, innovation, flavours & fragrance, and regulatory affairs.

You’ll succeed because….

… you’re an exceptional graduate in a science, technology, engineering or maths discipline, and have the confidence to lead others, enjoying the challenge of delivering under pressure, and maintaining composure in a fast-paced environment where change is embraced. You’re excited by seeing science come to life in a commercial environment, are positive, ambitious and are driven by purpose.

You’ll love it because…

…you’ll get to make an impact like never before. You’ll thrive in an open and flexible culture – at RB, we’re all free to make an impact on a global scale. Our vibrant work-places around the world provide space for people to grow as individuals whilst working dynamically across diverse teams.

Our fight in RB is making access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right, not a privilege, and you can be part of that fight. Our iconic brands will provide an incredible platform for you, and our dynamic, ownership-driven culture will help bring the very best out of you, every day.

Working at RB

"You have the freedom to try new things and innovate and what really appeals to me is the sense of empowerment."

Who is the company?

RB is the world’s leading health and hygiene company, responsible for renowned brands including Nurofen, Strepsils and Gaviscon. A British FMCG company headquartered in the UK, RB has a global outlook selling products in around 200 countries worldwide. This hugely successful company is ranked in the top 10 on the London Stock Exchange and has trebled its revenue since 2000.

What could your programme include?

This Programme places you at the heart of the product development process, giving you the chance to innovate and develop household names from day 1.
The 3-year R&D future leadership programme within the Hygiene business includes potential rotations across a range of R&D functions, including product development on iconic household brands, innovation, flavours & fragrance, and regulatory affairs. You will be involved in the full lifecycle of product development, translating in-depth research into products that consumers will love.

Please note, you can only apply for one RB graduate programme per year. If you apply to this role, you will not be considered for the R&D Health or Supply programmes.

Why should you apply?

Career path: There is the opportunity for fast career progression in this world-renowned company.

Role: You will get unparalleled exposure to the Research and Development process across a wide range of brands.

Personal Development: You will be working alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable industry experts, which will help you to develop a range of new skills.

Environment: You will be working in a brand new, state-of-the-art £100m R&D building: Our Centre for Science & Innovation – the largest single investment in the company’s history. It is one of RB’s largest healthcare development centres worldwide.

Location: Hull is a fantastic city in the North of England which was awarded UK City of Culture 2017. Over 2,000 different events and activities have drawn 3.5m visitors to the regenerated marina and vibrant Old Town since then, with many new businesses, including restaurants and bars, starting up.

Sustainability: RB is committed to reducing its environmental impact and is constantly changing and improving the way the business manufactures and designs products to build a better future, through significant cuts in CO2 emissions, water usage and reducing the use of plastics.

Corporate Social Responsibility: RB has a huge focus on social investment to build healthier communities, and is committed to helping 400 million people improve their health and hygiene by 2020.

Charity: RB partners with a local charity to support community initiatives which are in-line with their global social impact strategy, focusing on sexual health & wellbeing, malnutrition & stunting and health & hygiene.

Job requirements

  • You will be studying for a Scientific or Engineering degree, and while lab-based experience is beneficial for this role, equally important is your understanding of, and interest in, product development.
  • This industry leader needs individuals who are proactive, fearless in the face of challenge and are not afraid to put themselves forward to make change happen.
  • You must be able to thrive under pressure, work with ambiguity, remaining consistently composed in a fast-paced environment where change is embraced, and also be willing to learn from your mistakes.
  • RB is looking for someone with the confidence to lead others, whilst recognising that there is a lot they can learn from their experienced colleagues.

Assessment dates: week commencing 7th December.

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2020
  • £30,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire
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