Supplier Assurance Quality Specialist


Gdansk, PL

As our new Supplier Assurance Specialist based in Gdansk,  you join an agile and multinational team of ambitious and highly motivated technical specialists both locally and globally – by being part of Arla central QEHS, Supplier Assurance function. We are based in Denmark (Arla Head Office), Germany, Poland, UK and Middle East, respectively, and provide business support across our markets and regions. You will play a key role in following up upon the performance and monitoring of our suppliers within quality and food safety, and products delivered to Arla meet standards and specifications. You will visit and audit our suppliers physically or remotely and ensure follow-up and escalation points are made relevant and fact based. You will have ample opportunities to contribute to the business with your passion for our supplier and raw material data management in IT expert systems. This will be in close collaboration with your colleagues in Supplier Assurance, Procurement, sites, and other key stakeholders.


What is the job?

As Supplier Assurance Expert, you will support the QEHS Supplier Assurance team in delivering operational plans of approving suppliers and managing risks related to food ingredients sourcing categories, resolving day-to-day issues and escalation points. You will build up and over time lead sourcing category insights, together with our specialists and key stakeholders in Procurement, sites, and product development functions. And you will actively apply your technical food manufacturing insights in the technical performance and compliance reviews of key suppliers and raw materials, in relation to quality and food safety aspects – supporting our sites and QEHS customer and specialist functions

Furthermore, you will support follow up on changes and interpretating appropriate legislation, customer requirements and industry standards, to support the business to deliver Arla Foods QEHS strategies, standards, policies, processes and customer requirements standards.

Specifically you will support Supplier Assurance team activities across markets:

  • Conduct review of suppliers of primarily ingredients and packaging materials
  • Conduct review of ingredient specifications
  • Conduct audits of new and existing suppliers in collaboration with sites and subject matter experts, and ensure relevant actions are followed up upon or are delegated to relevant Arla functions
  • Support approval of new ingredients and suppliers
  • Active support the maintenance of the supplier assurance date into our different IT systems to meet business expectation of high quality and valid data, compliant to our business standards
  • Ensure category standards are maintained and up to date, and drive relevant category continuous improvement activities within the category teams and with key stakeholders across the business in a collaborative environment
  • Secure relevant data and documentation is in place securing food safety, legal and ethical compliance of our suppliers and ingredients
  • Support ad hoc incident management and QEHS related projects
  • Representing Supplier Assurance in meetings, where our functional insight and subject matter expertise is needed, e.g. with Procurement, suppliers, site QEHS etc


Who Are you?

  • You have at least 3  years of experience in food manufacturing or dairy production for ex. from a role as quality assurance, quality control or from the development department.
  • You hold a degree in food science/technology, chemical engineering or similar.
  • Moreover, you are aware of or have a key interest in building insights of the significance of food safety and quality management in relation to supplier management and compliance to standards and specifications.
  • You understand the importance of data transparency and the need for delivering high quality, relevant master data on time in expert IT systems.

Furthermore you:

On a personal level, we are looking for a candidate with a passion for food safety and product quality, master data and compliance management related to products and suppliers – in relation to e.g. dairy products. You have a positive mindset, and see the opportunities of working in a dynamic, international environment with multiple stakeholders at a high pace. You are robust and have the drive to follow up and finalize tasks delegated to you, as well as timely management of information to and consultation with key stakeholders – also when unforeseen changes need immediate action. You are structured and want to deliver strong results of good quality, based upon facts and your operational insights – and have the attitude the success of the team is dependent on your collaboration and contribution.


What do we offer?

  • International operating environment  
  • Medical care & life insurance  
  • Additional benefits like gym card, vouchers, travel points or cinema tickets, etc. 
  • Scandinavian working style & no dress code 
  • Trainings with experts & professional induction & development programs
  • Financial support of your education  
  • Relocation package 
  • Referral program for employees 
  • Employee Assistance Program (legal, psychological, health, financial consulting, etc.)
  • Support for your healthy lifestyle (fruit day, facility for sportsmen, sport challenges and activities, Arla active teams / sport groups) 
  • Flexible working time and home office work possibility depending on business needs
  • Additional holiday depending on length of employment (up to 4 days) 
  • Fully paid 30 min. break  


… while in the office you can also use some of below:  

  • Modern office space with beautiful view and high standard furniture (i.e. adjustable desks) 
  • Spacious canteen, delicious coffee and tea available on every floor in special designed spots 
  • Chill-out rooms with X-box, pool table, board games, football table and swing 


Read more about Arla Global Shared Services

Global Shared Services consists of multiple functions that are all placed in the Neptun building in Gdansk – with colorful offices and a beautiful sea view.


As of now, we have an IT Operations and an IT Solutions division dedicated to SAP as well as a variety of app development and implementation projects. Our procurement and finance functions support a wide array of processes such as purchasing, distribution and sales globally.

We also have a dedicated HR operations division to ensure we attract, develop and retain the very best of talent around the world.


Together, we are all dedicated to one collective mission: ensuring an optimal global supply of fresh Arla products – every single day.


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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