Business Development Manager, Sustainability, Arla - Aarhus


Viby J, DK

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.


How you will make an impact

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. We have 2 open vacancies – one of them because our colleague Louise has accepted another role in the team, the other one because we are expanding. We are open to both very experienced candidates with 10+ years of general cross-functional and global strategic project experience, or candidates with a more technical background combined with in-depth sustainability business development experience – but we are also open to the more junior colleague with just a few years of work experience after graduation.


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. 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 one or more projects and your responsibilities will include:

  • Driving and delivering strategic projects including managing time, scope and quality of project delivery
  • Inquisitively diving into new business content to analyse, understand, facilitate problem-solving and solution design with subject matter experts
  • Developing and presenting recommendations for key strategic decisions
  • Driving continuous business anchoring through close dialogue with sponsors, steercos and key stakeholders
  • Ensuring smooth and efficient project completion and handover
  • Likely involved in implementing our new Nature strategy and/or significant climate initiatives.


How you will be successful

You are a passionate project manager driven by results, ambition and natural curiosity to dive into new business content. Your strategic mindset and project management experience combi-ned 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, or maybe a more technical background within environment/sustainability.
  • You have 3-15 years’ of experience from top-tier management consulting or strategy/ business development in an international company  (cf we are open to both junior and senior candidates)
  • 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.


How do I join?

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, Rikke Høj Biltoft +45 91 31 28 96.


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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