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Senior Category Manager, Europe Zone (Maternity Cover) - Aarhus

Are you an experienced and commercially savvy category manager? Do you thrive with a broad and varied scope of work? And do you want to be part of delivering the Europe Zone 2026 Strategy driving the category and stronghold development in Arla Foods? Then join the Europe Zone Category and Stronghold team in this temporary position that could be your steppingstone into Arla!


Set strategic direction for growth and development of our Butter, Spreads & Margarine categories

As our new Senior Category Manager for Butter, Spreads and Margarine (BSM), you will set the direction for the growth and development of the BSM Category across the six markets in our Europe Zone (EZ) and drive the development of the global BSM Stronghold as commercial lead. This role is a maternity cover, 9 months.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Set the strategic direction for the BSM category by owning and developing the EZ BSM category strategy and commercial 2026 strategy and support markets in execution on their local Business Plans
  • Own, develop and drive the Sustainable Packaging roadmap for the BSM category and drive selected cross market or complex sustainable packaging projects. Drive Pack Portfolio meetings and Project Progress meetings to prioritize projects and resource allocation as well as securing progress on projects
  • Support the Fuel our Future agenda. On MAC (Managing Assortment Complexity), you will lead the implementation of cross market BSM initiatives and follow up on performance. On NRM (Net Revenue Management) you will support the implementation of initiatives, manage complexity and seek scale
  • Support Supply Chain agenda and the S&OP process e.g. help prioritize capacity constraints across markets and support capacity expansion projects at sites
  • Drive selected cross market or complex projects like scalable Private Label innovation
  • Drive the BSM Category Manager community across EZ


Experienced marketeer with commercial mindset and strong stakeholder management skills

The ideal candidate holds a business-related master’s degree or equivalent combined with several years of experience with strategic category management and/or marketing within an FMCG environment, preferably from a local market. As this is a maternity cover, we are open for considering candidates with less experience and currently at manager level, so this should not hold you back. Success in this role depends on effective collaboration across teams and locations, so you possess strong communication and stakeholder management skills. Additionally, you can tick off the below key skills:

  • Excellence in strategic Category Management – strong commercial understanding of consumer, shopper and customer needs
  • Understanding of brand and innovation management
  • Project leadership skills – strong at execution, follow-up and relationship building
  • Demonstrate Arla Leadership behaviours: Create Direction, Be Decisive, Organizational Understanding, Build Commitment and Build Positive Relations
  • Analytical and able to navigate in complex projects
  • Strategic, commercial understanding and financial acumen


Application and contact

If you want to contribute to our ambitious growth agenda, then seize this exciting opportunity. We process applications on a continuous basis and close the job opening once the right candidate has been found, so please apply as soon as possible. If you have any specific questions about the role that are important before sending your application, please call EZ Sr. Category Director Luise Juel Rasmussen on +45 7643 4486.


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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