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Head of Project Management & Engineering

Are you an experienced project manager with a strong engineering background, continuous improvement mindset and strong leadership skills with focus on people development?

Would you like to front our production, technology and developing (PTD) departments in both Nijkerk (NL) and Upahl (GER) with around 10 engaged project managers and food technologists? Do you like to manage project portfolio and create and execute our strategies from thought to implementation? Then you might be our new


Senior Manager PTD


In Nijkerk we are 300 employees producing fresh dairy products of high quality (milk, yoghurt, custard, porridge etc.), in Upahl we are with 500 employees producing fresh milk and fermented dairy products (‘Skyr, Protein’). Both factories have a key position in the organic dairy production for the central European market.


Both production sites run with a high activity level, frequently introducing new technologies, products, processes and always running a number of multi-disciplined projects across the sites.


About the job

Based in Nijkerk, with a direct reporting line to the site director in Nijkerk, you will be a part of the management team, with a strong connection to both VP Production and VP Engineering. You will be in charge of strategic project development, leading our bigger projects, with full responsibility for all the overall project portfolio of both sites, including planning of budget and resources, and Production IT.


It is your responsibility to drive the development of your team and implement industrial best practices. By striving for the highest level, you and your team are delivering projects in time and budget, with meeting internal and external customer satisfaction.


Safety is top of mind on the site and is setting the direction for how we work in projects. A strong quality approach is also required in all kind of projects. LEAN is the way we work in projects as well as in dairy operation. You and your PTD teams shall keep the sites updated on latest developments in key technical  areas as well as enabling us driving changes in our sustainability journey.


You can expect a very exiting job with number of interesting projects as well as many different task and you will find a place for a great opportunities for personal development. Regular travel is required.

You are result driven and are having an engaging and motivational approach to your team and surroundings and are used to corporate with internal as well as external stakeholders and build connections across the organization. You will have many connection points into the international Arla organization also outside the supply chain. It is natural for you to take lead and beside your technical skills you also have strong analytical skills and are able to handle a high level complexity.



  • You hold a Masters Degree in the area of Engineering;
  • You have >5 years of experience from a similar position;
  • You have a strong engineering background and extensive project Management experience;
  • Proven track record of managing cross country teams in complex matrix environment;
  • Fluent communication skills in Dutch (native), German and English;
  • You are willing to travel and be away from home for a longer period of time;
  • You have been responsible for Capex before;
  • Experience from dairy or food industry will be an advantage.


Application and contact

If you want to seize this exciting opportunity please apply as soon as possible, but no later than August 20, 2020. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dirkjan Boels, +316 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 for most of our recruitments to 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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