Mondelēz International • United Kingdom

RSSL Business Development Internship/Placement Year 2024 - 2025

1–2 days/week at home

A little flex time

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Job Description

Job Description

RSSL (Reading Scientific Services Limited) is a multi-award-winning food and pharmaceutical research organisation, pushing the boundaries of science to make our world safer, healthier, and more sustainable. Our clients, based across 70 countries, trust us to deliver intelligent solutions to real-world problems through rigorous analytical testing, cutting-edge research and development, customised consultancy, and training services.

This year we have been shortlisted for a number of awards, including two from the FDF - Technologist of the Year and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award. In 2022, OBN recognised us as Best Contract Research Organisation (CRO) for the second time, while The Great British Business and Community Awards named us Employer of the Year and The Thames Valley Business Award honoured us as their Business of the Year.

When you join RSSL, you’re joining a global network enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International. Our diverse team includes 23 nationalities from 350 members and, all together, we are committed to transforming lives through science, innovation, and collaboration.

Our placements are 13 months long and during this time we’ll make you an integral part of the team. We hope to help you expand your horizons and encourage both your personal and professional development.

Life at RSSL

As a Business Development placement student, you will play a pivotal role in driving growth by generating leads and promoting our cutting-edge analytical services. As an integral part of our Business Development department, you'll gain hands-on experience in identifying potential clients, nurturing relationships, and showcasing the value of RSSL's analytical expertise. Collaborating with cross-functional teams, you will contribute to expanding our client base while learning essential skills in market research, communication, and strategic planning.

We welcome applications from all areas of study, but candidates with degrees in science or business are preferred. If you're eager to learn, driven to excel, and passionate about fostering connections in the world of analytical services, this internship offers a unique opportunity to kickstart your career in Business Development.

Candidate Requirements

  • Studying towards a Business or Science based degree (preferred) (other disciplines will be considered)
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Confidence speaking with senior industry leaders
  • Pro-active and ready to take on new responsibilities
  • Resilience
  • Drive to succeed
  • Time Management
  • Able to build strong relationships
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office
  • Able to travel (if required)

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful international business that offers a competitive salary, 35 days annual leave (including bank holidays), contributory pension, life assurance, and a flexible benefits programme.

Closing date for applications is midday Friday 15th December 2023.

We will be holding our final stage interviews for this role in-person at our Reading offices on Wednesday 24th January 2024. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

For more details on our Early Careers schemes and advice on our application process, visit our careers site today - Early Careers - UK | Mondelēz International, Inc. (mondelezinternational.com)

RSSL and Mondelēz are a diverse and inclusive employer with an objective to ensure a fair and equal hiring process. If you require any reasonable adjustments to apply or throughout our assessment process, please contact earlycareers@rssl.com stating “RSSL Industrial Placement – Business Development” as the subject.

Our candidate requirements are based on criteria to enable you to succeed in the role. If you have narrowly missed the above requirements and there are extenuating circumstances that you would like us to consider, you can let us know by contacting earlycareers@rssl.com stating “RSSL Industrial Placement – Business Development” as the subject and attaching a letter to confirm your extenuating circumstances.

Website https://www.rssl.com/

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/reading-scientific-services-ltd-rssl

YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/RSSLServices

Business Unit Summary

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a cutting-edge contract research organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food, consumer goods and life science sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 70 countries. Enriched by our parent company, Mondelēz International, our team are committed to transforming lives through science, innovation and collaboration.

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RSSL is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Early Careers

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
Tax-free childcare
Cycle to work scheme
On-site gym
Faith rooms
Pension match/increase
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Matched pension contribution
Annual bonus
Company car
Skilled worker visas
Volunteer days
Charity donation scheme
Lunch and learns

We asked employees of Mondelēz International how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can find the perfect balance of life and work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees enjoy the working environment
Employees feel quite excited about the company mission
Employees are very happy with their salaries and feel that it is well above the market average
Working at Mondelēz International

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)

55% M / 45% F

Office locations

Uxbridge, Reading, Wokingham, Crediton, Bournville, Minworth, Sheffield, Chirk, Marlbrook

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom