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Product Developer, be part of innovation within our Cooking Category - Aarhus

If you have an innovation mindset and are passionate about working in a fast pace and global environment creating the future of Arla, then take a look here.


We are looking for a new colleague who want to combine theoretical knowledge of food technology with hands-on product development which gives Arla real commercial advantage and meet consumer preferences. You will be based at Arla Innovation Center in Aarhus as well as in Esbjerg on production sites, working in the innovation team in our Milk Based Beverage business unit. Our global team is characterized by diversity and good collaboration skills where respect, inclusion, trust and credibility are keywords in our everyday work. You will have great opportunities to develop yourself both technically and personally.


About the job


You will be responsible for engineering of new and existing cooking products for retail and foodservice by working with local and global marketers, suppliers, supply chain and other stakeholders. You will act as a “knowledge expert” within milked based beverages and technical sparring partner in key development areas – especially within long life cooking products and processes. Your main areas of responsibilities will be:


  • To turn concepts into innovative products in order to give Arla a commercial advantage in close cooperation with innovation managers and category managers
  • Lead product and process-related product development activities including feasibility studies towards supply chain, recipe finalization, cost management, quality assurance, legal assessment and market implementation 
  • Plan, implement, evaluate and document experiments in lab, pilot and production scale
  • Solve advanced problem related to product and quality problems. Actively participate in pilot plant testing of new processes and products
  • Focus on final application usage to ensure correct product functionality
  • Gain and use consumer insights and priorities time for creative ‘think out of the box’ activities
  • Challenge processes and practices identifying opportunities for continuous improvement.


Who are you?

You have a background within dairy, beverage or food technology or science at Bachelor’s or Master’s level. This topped with minimum 3+ years’ of experience with new product development within the food industry.


You will apply a strong overview of the NPD-process and be able to think outside the box in order to develop ground-breaking solutions for Milked Based Beverages. Your hands on experience in most of the technological aspects of dairy processing from everyday aspects towards in depth knowledge and understanding of sophisticated production processes will be crucial for accelerating our product development. If you in addition have experience as a chef or within baking, it’s a plus.


In addition, you have sound business understanding and used to driving projects from start to finish. You are good at communicating clearly, building personal relations both across organizational levels and externally. You must be fluent in English (verbal and written) in order to navigate in our international environment, and have a some level of communication in Danish.


In our Milk Based Beverage business unit we have a strong focus on recombination of dairy products for our international markets. Therefore you must expect 30-40 travelling days a year. Additionally, commuting between the Innovation Center in Aarhus and production sites at Esbjerg must be counted in as well.


Application & Contact


If you want to seize this exciting opportunity and become part of our team, please apply as soon as possible. We process applications on a continuous basis and close the job opening once the right candidate has been found. For further information about the job, please contact Sr. NPD Manager, Heidi Kildegaard  on +45 87466629.


We have a purpose for Good


At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?


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