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Procurement Director, Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing

Do you know the ins and outs of the international procurement of ingredients? And do you want to take your career to the next level?


Then you might just be the next procurement director to lead our skilled Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing team and shape our global procurement strategy.

This is a very exciting position that offers it all. International procurement in high volumes, leading a highly skilled team and the opportunity to form our strategy and leave your mark on Arla,” says Steen Hedegaard Madsen, Senior Vice President Procurement.


About the job


Joining our Procurement department, you feel the international vibe right away as our Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing team is located in both Denmark, Germany and the UK. Our 8 procurement specialists are responsible for locating suppliers globally and securing all the raw materials and ingredients used across our worldwide production. Here, you will pick up the mantle of our retiring director to lead your team and ensure that they develop their skills through coaching and support.


At the same time, you will join Arla Procurement’s management group together with 7 other procurement directors to look ahead and develop our global procurement strategy and translate it into specific business plans.


It will be amongst your key responsibilities to:


  • Develop and maintain efficient day-to-day sourcing of raw materials and ingredients
  • Secure efficient sourcing to support the Contract Manufacturing area
  • Coordinate with stakeholders such as production VP’s and Production Site Directors to secure the most efficient procurement
  • Make ongoing forecasts and follow up on procurement performance together with our finance department
  • Join your team members in key negotiations with some of our strategic suppliers
  • Secure efficient coordination with our NPD and Innovation department


Having both strategic and operational responsibilities, you will get to collaborate across several functions – from internal stakeholders like production VP’s and fellow directors to some of the largest suppliers worldwide,” Steen continues.


Who are you?


Having already worked in a managerial position, your management style is democratic, supportive and visionary. You not only bring new ideas and input to the table, but you also know how to realise them through transformational leadership – being both attentive to the needs of your team and coaching them in the right direction. At the same time, you are a natural networker that easily navigates a large organisation and identifies relevant stakeholders on all levels.


Specifically, we imagine that you:


  • Are an experienced leader with 5+ years’ experience
  • Have in-depth and hands-on knowledge with international procurement and the underlying processes such as negotiating contracts
  • Have knowledge of change management and preferably have experience with project management and resource planning – enabling you to develop, implement and maintain the right processes and tools to reach the agreed objectives
  • Speak and write English effortlessly


What do we offer?


This is a rare chance for you to work with procurement on the highest level. You will gain a strategic important position working with the very core of our business.

You will get to influence areas of utmost importance to Arla like fair trade and sustainability. And at the same time, you will make a name for yourself. Your team procure for more than €650m a year and improving this area has a huge impact on our enterprise. Doing a good job in your position won’t go unnoticed,” Steen concludes.


Application and contact


If you want to seize this exciting opportunity, please apply as soon as possible. We process applications on a continuous basis and the position will remain open until the right candidate has been found.


For additional information, please call Director Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing Jan Glerup on +45 8938 1316 or Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant Britta Vissing on +45 8733 2880.



Please apply via this link.


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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