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Senior Business Development Manager - Business Transformation & Strategy - Düsseldorf

Arla not only makes some of the world's most popular dairy products, but offers much more. We have our roots in Scandinavia and live these values in our company and through our brands. With well-known brands like Arla, Lurpak and Castello we are a natural part of modern life in more than 100 countries worldwide and a favourite in many German households with Arla® Buko, Kaergarden, Skyr, Lactofree and Hansano. We are a leading dairy in sustainability and are modern dairy cooperative that wants to create the future of dairy. We are looking for a:


Senior Business Development Manager -  Business Transformation & Strategy - Düsseldorf

Would you like the opportunity to influence major strategic decisions in a leading FMCG business while and ensuring execution to drive long-term value? Do you want to work in an international organization and be part of a high performing team? We are now looking for a Senior Business Development Manager who will be the in-house consultant to our German Leadership Team (LT) and be a key contributor to delivering our ambitious growth plans.


About the job 

This position offers you an excellent opportunity to work with strategy and business development. As a full member of the German LT, you will work directly with the German LT and other senior leaders across the organization.

You areas of responsibilities include: 

  • Working closely with the German Managing Director to lead the governance and execution of our strategic agenda, including overall program management, organizational change and directly driving some of our strategic bets, e.g. performance/process improvement, organizational effectiveness/development, serving as a change agent.
  • End-to-end ownership of important Business Development projects (e.g. M&A, new business opportunities, strategic partnerships) in tight collaboration with relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Executive Support to the Managing Director which includes supporting them in various internal and external engagements and managing the LT modus (e.g. owning the agenda and meeting practicalities).

You will report to the Business Development Director in Europe and have a dotted line to the German Managing Director. You will also become part of the European BD team within the Corporate Strategy & Transformation office. The team has significant opportunities to truly impact our business as we are working on the most critical strategic projects across the full value chain.


Who are you?

We are looking for someone who ideally has consultancy or business development experience combined with a solid educational background probably within finance or business. In order to be successful in this role we believe that you have a strong strategy consulting toolbox (e.g. business case, structured problem solving and communication, project and program management skills). Furthermore, you have excellent command of PowerPoint and Excel. Fluency in English and German is a must.


As a Senior Business Development Manager, you will need to be independent, self-driven and thrive in working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment. Your level of drive lies far above average, and your problem solving skills enables you to challenge the status quo and come up with ambitious solutions. At the same time, you get your energy from engaging with your team and stakeholders throughout the organization. As a team player, you are ready to collaborate across functions and levels of seniority. Finally, you are assertive and daring to speak up and challenge senior leaders when the need arises.


Application and contact

If you are excited to shape the future of dairy with us, please apply as soon as possible: www.arlafoods.de. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis basis until the right candidate is found. For additional information about the role please contact our Talent Acquisition Interim Manager Corina Conen on +49 (0)176 340 95 240.


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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