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Head of Centre of Excellence, Product Lifecycle Management - Viby

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is about step changing the way we manage our products through their lifecycle. It is about integrating people, processes, data and systems to secure that we are able to meet current and future demands from our customers and consumers. It is about enabling more efficient innovation, securing transparency of our product data and reducing complexity in our product portfolio.


As the Head of the PLM Centre of Excellence (CoE), you will play a key role in securing the strategic direction of PLM, anchoring and continuously improving our PLM capabilities across the Arla business.


About the job

You will be leading the PLM CoE and setting the overall direction for PLM in Arla. You will be leading a team of process consultants and a product master data governance manager to identify, define and deliver the initiatives that will enable us to evolve, adapt and continuously improve our product lifecycle in the years to come.  You will support your team to succeed by gathering relevant functions across the value chain behind the PLM visions and strategy and thereby manage expectations of the complex network of stakeholders. The Coe is responsible for:

  • Setting and governing the strategic direction for PLM in Arla, to deliver the value of PLM
  • Leading, driving and further developing the PLM Governance, councils and roles in Arla, to continue anchoring PLM in Arla
  • Driving continuous improvement of PLM capabilities (system, data, process and R&R) across Arla incl. setting and measuring KPI’s, to deliver efficient and solid processes and great data quality
  • Managing PLM stakeholders and facilitating alignment across functions, to ensure we are all aiming for the same goal with the same plan
  • Further building responsibility in process and data ownership in our business, to secure sustainable improvement of our PLM capabilities going forward
  • Implementing product data governance
  • Securing a good and sustainable support and training setup, for colleagues to follow processes and data rules
  • Assisting PLM business owners in having a suitable roadmap, a matured backlog of business problems to solve and funding for solving them through the Arla investment process


Who are you?

You thrive in leading, inspiring and enabling a team of specialists to deliver great solutions. You are ready to take a visible role, interacting with many stakeholders at different levels in the organization. You work at a tactical and strategic level to set the ambitions for PLM, to create the vision and to ensure understanding and buy-in from the wider business. Together with your team, you collaborate with partners outside your team, to understand the improvement opportunities, business needs and issues. Moreover, we expect you to:

  • Have strong leadership skills
  • Have a deep business and process understanding
  • Have excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Have strong communication skills in English – Danish, German and/or Swedish is an advantage


What do we offer?

You will be given the opportunity to shape your own role and the role of your team as well as the PLM business organization and how we will work going forward.


We’re committed to professional development and promoting from within. Our positive and collaborative culture will bring out the best in you. And you’ll join a market leader who produces nutritious household-favourite brands in a way that make things better for our customers, the farmers who own us, and the whole world.


Application and contact

We process applications on a continuous basis and close the job opening once the right candidate has been found. For additional information, please call Director Katja Maria Bittmann on +45 8938 1358.


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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