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Innovation Manager, Nijkerk

We are ambitious, to further accelerate our growth we are looking for our new


Innovation Manager, Nijkerk


In this role, you will be part of the team responsible for delivering the long-term pipelines for our brands and concepts such as Arla Biologisch, Skyr, Lactofree, Melkunie, Breaker and Protein. All efforts should build our purpose to make it easier for people to live healthier lives with good food, whilst respecting the planet and everything the lives on it.

We are looking for a hands-on & engaging project lead who is a team player and inspires great business results. You know how to transform innovation opportunities into concepts and/or products and work closely with colleagues including brand-, NPD- and category teams. You will engage with various stakeholders to drive development through the innovation process that results in new products on Dutch retail shelves.


FMCG profile with a pioneering mindset

If you enjoy the thrill of starting with the unknown and working tirelessly to turn ideas into reality, you’ll thrive in our team. If you’re naturally curious about why people behave the way they do and understand how to get beyond what people say and beneath what they actually do, you will undoubtedly succeed in this role. If you understand that innovation is less about ideas and more about building those that fit the bigger picture, then you are the right fit. Ultimately, if you have the passion and drive to make innovation happen, this is the perfect job for you!


Key parts of the job

You will predominantly work for the Yoghurt & Milk categories, where we innovate locally and are also part of a bigger EU team. You will be managing a portfolio of your own projects and drive innovation by creating and developing innovative projects through consumer, category and customer insight. For the projects assigned to you, you will act as the project lead and manage the multidisciplinary project team and ensure that these projects result in robust business cases leading to impact on profitable growth. You will report to the Senior Innovation Manager. The role requires intensive collaboration with other functions, specifically marketing to whom we act as business partners.


Your profile

You have a master's degree, 5+ years of experience and from your time spent in an FMCG environment, you understand consumer insights and know how to uncover them and have experience in innovation and project management in a multi-functional environment. You're curious by nature and you've always wanted to discover new things and grasp opportunities. You thrive in an organization such as ours, always seizing opportunities, trial and error being part of the road to success. You will have strong skills in both managing people (indirectly) and the ability to navigate projects to a dynamic business environment, asking the right questions and driving simplicity into the communication and execution. You have vision and passion, excel in project management and know how to drive projects through a local as well as a large international system. You have a strong business mind and are able to use crucial marketing and financial levers to drive maximum value for the business. And last but not least, you are fluent in Dutch.



Interested? Then please apply before January 4, 2021. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Dirkjan Boels via 06-50506603.


COVID-19 Notice

We are busy producing dairy products so we can continue #fillingtheshelves and #feedingthenation. Recruiting talent to Arla thus stays one of our top priorities also during these difficult times. Necessity is the mother of invention, so we have moved to virtual hiring and onboarding processes so we enable candidates and our recruitment teams to get close while respecting social distancing. If at the final stages of a recruitment, a candidate would prefer to meet in person, we take all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone's safety.



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