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Business Development Manager, Sustainability, Arla, - Aarhus or Copenhagen

Do you want to set your clear mark on the strategic agenda in Arla?


“This is a unique opportunity to truly impact the strategic agenda in Arla. You will be working with senior leaders across the entire organization and be instrumental in driving the strategy development & execution of one of our key strategic priorities and ensure we reach our ambitions”, says Chief Agriculture and Sustainability Officer Hanne Søndergaard.


About the job


As our new Business Development Manager, you will play a central role in executing Arla Food’s strategic priorities and ensuring we reach our ambitions. This role is vacant as our colleague moves on to new Arla adventures in MENA.


You will be working on the execution of our Future26 Strategy, and lead and drive sustainability projects and make sure that we deliver on time and of high quality while securing commitment from our stakeholders, both locally and at our headquarters.


You will report to the Head of Sustainability Development and will work closely with senior leaders across the business in one of Denmark’s largest companies, including Hanne Søndergaard, member of the Executive Management Team, who will be one of your closest stakeholders. You will furthermore be supporting the leadership team of the Agriculture, Sustainability and Communications function in delivering on their business plan and people development agenda.


You will be involved in other projects and your responsibilities will include:


  • Driving and delivering strategic projects including managing time, scope and quality of project delivery
  • Developing and presenting recommendations for key strategic decisions
  • Driving continuous business anchoring through close dialogue with sponsors and key stakeholders
  • Ensuring smooth and efficient project completion, incl. handover and adjustment of project organization of needed.


Who are you?



You are a passionate project manager driven by results and ambition. Your strategic mindset and project management experience combined with your stakeholder management skills enable you to lead projects independently and get all relevant stakeholders onboard. Furthermore:


  • You have a business, finance degree or similar at Master’s level
  • You have some years’ of experience from top-tier management consulting or strategy/ business development in an international company
  • You have experience within project or workstream management and stakeholder engagement
  • You are able to effectively communicate issues and recommendations in a structured way
  • You have a keen interest in sustainability and perhaps already some insights into emissions reductions targets, reductions levers in the dairy sector or carbon accounting standards
  • You have an excellent command of PowerPoint
  • You are fluent in English


What do we offer?



This position offers you an excellent opportunity to further build your strategy and project management toolbox and to set your clear mark on Arla Foods’ strategic agenda. You will get the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders across the business and get top management exposure. For the right candidate, this could also be the platform for an international career and expatriation in one of our markets abroad.


In Arla Foods we are committed to professional development and promoting from within. We strive to foster a positive and collaborative culture that brings the best out in all our colleagues.


You will join a market leader committed to producing, healthy and nutritious food through household-favorite brands in a way that create a better every day for our consumers, farmer owners, and the whole world.


Application and contact

If you want to drive strategy execution and help shape the industry, then seize this exciting opportunity. We will review applications on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

For additional information, please call Head of Sustainability Development Cathrine Konge Varming at +45 2969 6940.


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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