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Category & Innovation Manager - Aarhus


Viby J, DK

Can you help our Arla Pro business bringing exciting, customer-focused, and commercially valuable innovations to the Danish Food Service market? Then you may be the one we are looking for. We offer an exciting role within a highly prioritized area, where you will work together with local and global stakeholders and customers.


About the job

As Category & Innovation Manager in our Danish Food Service team, you identify new opportunities through customer value proposition and turn them into sustainable business in a close collaboration with colleagues in the sales and marketing team. You will be driving the entire process - from idea to the final product solution is delivered to the Danish customers. You will have day-to-day responsibility for the local innovation process and pipeline, where you – in close cooperation with the head of marketing (Food Service), will ensure an efficient decision-making processes and strive to improve the way we work with innovation in Arla Pro.


Besides innovation you will also play a crucial role ensuring a strong relevant category perspective and identify white spaces and optimize our broad and wide portfolio in order to play a competitive role both local and globally. Your strong commercial mindset will help you make decisions, that drive maximum value for our customers.


Your work will include:

  • Responsible for building and developing a strategic and focused local category and innovation plan for the market, ensuring transparency and collaboration across functions
  • Find scale opportunities to drive efficient growth in our portfolio across markets
  • Local overall responsible for the Arla Pro DK new product stage gate process
  • Creation of local and customer specific business cases, driving local innovation/projects and gate presentations
  • Responsible for the overall portfolio optimization
  • Innovation reporting: tracking of launches, follow up and corrective actions
  • Create synergies across retail and Food Service initiatives

Who are you 

We imagine that the right candidate has deep knowledge around innovation project management and corporate innovation processes (stage/gate or similar), gained from 3+ years of work experience in FMCG.


  • You are characterized by your structured approach and your project management skills. You like to be in charge and to make things happen.
  • You bring a passion for driving commercial results and creatively developing brands and categories through innovation.
  • On one hand, you are able to drive projects forward in a structured way, maintaining focus on the details, and aligning with a wide range of stakeholders
  • On the other hand, you can challenge conventional thinking, come up with new ideas and inspire your colleagues to think 2-3-4 years ahead. Moreover you are an excellent communicator with a curious

attitude and open mindset, as you’ll work with a very broad range of stakeholders across the Food Service business

  • You have vision and drive, a passion for innovation and are able to move projects forward due to your commercial mindset and are able to use crucial marketing and financial levers to drive maximum value for business growth


Application and contact  

Please apply as soon as possible. We will review all incoming applications on an ongoing basis. For additional information, please contact Head of Foodservice Marketing Jesper Vanghøj


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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