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Senior R&D Manager, Head of Food Microbiology - Aarhus

Are you passionate about food microbiology, people management and dairy? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Arla Foods amba is looking for dedicated and passionate team lead with a solid scientific foundation in microbiology to manage the Food Microbiology team and be instrumental in delivering scientific based microbiological innovations as part of the Future 26 strategy.


About the job

Reporting to the Science Director, you will be leading a team of eight competent, dedicated and very engaged scientists and technicians driving world-class research within food microbiology. The team is international and focused on developing new opportunities and supporting the Arla business within microbial shelf life, spoilage, safety and fermentation. You will be part of the Science leadership team in the Product & Innovation Dept. at our Innovation Centre and be collaborating with stakeholders within innovation, supply chain and commercial areas. Based on our Future 26 strategy you will be part of developing and executing the research strategy with a specific focus on microbiology. Your responsibilities will be:

- Daily management of the food microbiology team and laboratories ensuring high performance, resource prioritization and competence building

- Deliver microbiology research projects in your team according to plans together with relevant internal and external partners

- Enabling growth and development of the team and individual team members

- Establish and facilitate collaborations with external partners within microbiology

- Ensuring strong connections and impact of the team on business goals

- Participate in strategy building, development and implementation thereby securing and supporting long, mid and short term focused plans


You will have hands-on management of the team on a daily basis and therefore have great impact on the innovation direction in the team. Additionally you will working closely with the Science team management and the other two teams in the Science department – Food Physics and Food Chemistry. You will be working at the Arla Innovation Centre in the north of Aarhus. The Innovation Centre is at the heart of the Danish Food cluster – ranked first in the EU in terms of business investment in food and drink R&D – and our researchers are strongly connected to  make innovation happen, all across Arla and its markets.


Who are you

In the position people and science management is key and consequently your ability to establish relationships, solve challenges and manage resources whilst having a deep understanding of the microbiological scientific foundation is essential. You should be able to support and manage the team without losing track of direction and long term goals. You easily navigate in a professional environment, collaborating across different functional areas and are driven by creating results.

Additionally you:

- Hold a PhD or Master degree in Dairy Science, Microbiology, Dairy Engineering or similar relevant education

- Have strong presentation skills and can communicate to different audiences.

- Have excellent English written and spoken skills.


Application and contact

We will review applications and invite for interviews on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible. For additional information, please contact Senior R&D Manager Simon M. M. Pedersen at +45 8746 6754.


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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