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Senior Stronghold and Commercial Innovation Manager - Aarhus

Do you have a passion for driving strategy and an ambitious innovation agenda for category leading brands? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Arla Foods is looking for a high energy and commercially savvy team member to support building and driving the innovation direction within some of the fastest growing categories in the Arla portfolio.


About the job

Based on our Future 26 strategy specific areas have been identified as areas of knowledge, growth and opportunity. We call them Strongholds. Reporting into the MBB (Starbucks, Cocio, Matilde etc.), Plant Based (Jord) and Value Added Milk (Arla Lactofree & Organic) Stronghold you will be part of a dedicated innovation team focused on building the innovation pipeline of tomorrow. You can look forward to working cross-functionally with Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain and of course, Science to ensure that the right strategy is in place and that it is executed in the best way possible across internal resources and partnerships or vendors.


Your responsibilities will be:

  • Partnering with the Stronghold Lead and leadership team to develop the three strongholds, in particular the plant based stronghold. You will help execute our stronghold playbook and drive best practices within our function.
  • Driving the development of the long-term road-maps (5-10 years) for the strongholds in close partnership with the stronghold leads, functional leaders and relevant stakeholders.
  • Participate in development and implementation of strategies and business plans for the strongholds, with primary responsibility of the plant based stronghold
  • Manage and track portfolio development, performance and investment metrics for the area
  • Take the lead on cross-functional and cross-stronghold leadership projects in agreement with the stronghold director
  • Stakeholder management across functions and departments


You will be located 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. You will work with a broad range of different stakeholders across the organization both local and global and will consequently manage and influence a large network.


Who are you

In the position the ability to think long term, drive a strategic agenda, understand innovation pipelines and work cross functionally is key. Consequently your ability to think creatively, establish relationships,  work in very structured way and manage stakeholder is essential. You must be driven by growth and results at a team/function level. Comfort around F&B related innovation and technology is a must, an understanding is even better. You easily navigate in a professional environment, collaborate across different functional areas and are comfortable with short term task ambiguity. Preferably you also have an FMCG product development understanding.


Additionally you have:

  • Education at Bachelor’s or Master’s level within Marketing, Business, Business development or
  • Food/dairy science and technology, or similar applicable experience from the food or dairy industry IF combined with >5 years business development, marketing or commercial experience
  • Seniority skills in marketing development or strategic business development (>5 years) with focus on innovation and new growth areas
  • 2-3 years of project management or other management experience will be considered an advantage
  • 2-3 in-depth quantitative market or business analysis will be considered an advantage
  • Have exceptional communication skills enabling you to simplify complex messages
  • Have excellent English written and spoken skills


What do we offer?

You will be joining us in a new role you have a big opportunity to impact, both here and now and on the longer term. Moreover, you will be joining an organisation committed to professional development and promoting from within. Our positive and collaborative culture will bring out the best in you. And you’ll join a market leader who produces nutritious household-favourite brands in a way that makes things better for our customers, the farmers who own us, and the whole world.


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 Ishan Gupta, Stronghold and Category Director at +45 91316614.


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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