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Sustainable Packaging Analytical Scientist



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Providence, RI, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024

Job Title: Sustainable Packaging Analytical Scientist

Location: Port Sunlight Research Lab


As part of our world-class ‘Future Packaging Technologies’ team, you will play a key role in the fibre-based packaging program, providing analytical expertise (in the broad areas of gas and liquid chromatography (GC & LC), and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and mass spectroscopy (MS), Fourier Transform Mass Spectroscopy (FTIR)), together with relevant extraction and preparation techniques) to generate insights that will support the delivery of affordable superior sustainable solutions across Unilever’s packaging portfolio.


  • Undertake analytical characterisation to relate physical/chemical properties to packaging characteristics, performance and quality.
  • Generate hypotheses and make recommendations to the project leaders to progress the programme.
  • Work both independently and as part of a wider team to develop and execute your own work plans against key programme deliverables and milestones.
  • Work within the team to leverage the external world, liaising with existing and potentially new ecosystem partners in the development of future sustainable packaging materials, whilst developing and maintaining strong links across the multi-disciplinary project teams within the wider R&D community.
  • Work with digital experts, learn and apply in silico tools to drive predictive modelling for new materials selection and optimisation.
  • Generate and report robust data packages to support IP and claim generation.


We are looking for someone that shares our passion for innovation, applied material science and sustainability, and the drive to take our packaging portfolio to the next level. Our Packaging strategy is not just about understanding and developing new materials – it’s about making smart decisions on how, when, and where to use them. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary project team ethos where everybody contributes to achieving the same goal.


  • Must be creative, highly passionate, high energy, willing to think big and inspire both the team and its stakeholders and customers.
  • Must be flexible, agile, challenge the status quo, embrace transformational change and eager to work in multi-disciplinary teams and projects with good teamworking and networking skills.
  • Must be a pro-active, self-starter; ability to multi-task and work to deadlines.
  • Committed to continually develop your scientific, and competency skills.

Technical Qualifications and Experience

  • A higher-education qualification (BSc or MSc) in Analytical Chemistry or closely related subject.
  • Experience in materials measurement and/or characterisation (GCMS, HPLC, MS, FTIR).
  • Ideally, some experience in method development and validated methods.
  • Experience of working in industrial is desirable but not essential.
  • Familiarization with statistical software is a plus.
  • Proactive problem solver with strong analytical skills and an ability to interpret data to pull out key insights.
  • Proven ability to generate and develop innovative approaches to solve problems or tackle opportunities.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary projects and teams.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills with an ability to bring technologies and innovations to life in a clear and engaging way.

Key competencies:

  • Growth Mindset.
  • Transformational mindset.
  • Challenges the status-quo.
  • Bias for Action.
  • Accountability and Responsibility.


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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