A broad perspective

F15® Graduate Programme

The Arla F15® Graduate Programme is flexible to match the individual yet structured to ensure that you are exposed to a versatile picture of Arla Foods as a company and workplace. The programme consists of three job rotations of eight months each.

During the F15® Graduate Programme, you will find yourself in three jobs within different business groups and functional areas. You enter at least one international position in one of Arla's subsidiaries e.g. in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, UK, Germany, Poland, Argentina, USA, China or Dubai.

Also, at least one of your positions will be at Arla's headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. Although you have a degree within a specific field e.g. finance, technology or marketing, we will challenge you to assume a position within a different field to make you gain a broad experience of Arla before you set your mind on a specific career.

Team trainings accelerate your development

The F15® Graduate Programme begins in September with a thorough introduction course to the various fundamentals of the Arla value chain - what we call ‘From Cow to Consumer’.
 
During the Graduate Programme you will attend team trainings with your F15® colleagues. Arla designs the team trainings targeted to you and closely linked to your role in the organisation. The training enhances your performance and people skills to boost your professional and personal development within business strategy, organisational understanding, project management and leadership competence.
 
To anchor your new skills, you will conduct two team projects with your F15® colleagues, one of which will be on innovation. These projects are an add-ons to your job and you will involve and report to stakeholders from across Arla.

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Performance reviews to keep you on track

During and at the end of each rotation, your host manager will evaluate your performance and behaviour in the current position: Did you reach the objectives and how? This input will inspire you to work with your Personal Development Plan and bring focus to your strengths and areas for improvement.

Arla Talents as your personal sponsor

Throughout the F15® Graduate Programme, you will be coached by a personal sponsor from our Talent Acceleration Programme (Senior Managers and Directors) who will guide you on your Personal Development Plan and help you build strong networks with colleagues and decision makers.

 For more information please visit our blog, where you can meet some of our current graduates and get their perspective on the F15® Graduate Programme.

F15® testimonials

Click on the arrow on the right to read more on what our present & former F15® talents say about the programme:

MEET DANIEL

Originally from Germany, Daniel has studied, worked and lived in various countries over the years – but he has settled in Copenhagen, Denmark (for now). He holds a master degree in Applied Economics & Finance from Copenhagen Business School and the CEMS dual degree from Ivey Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

When and how did you join Arla and what is your position now?
I joined Arla in 2014 as a F15® graduate after gaining a glimpse into the company’s performance-driven, yet friendly culture during my interactions with various Arla representatives. Through the programme, I have developed valuable insights into three different cultures and business areas: Customer Marketing in Denmark, Sales Development in Germany and Business Development in Malaysia. In June 2016, I started my full-time position as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Commercial Officer for the International business unit.

How has the F15® programme helped you to grow your career?
The F15® programme provided me with functional and leadership training that broadened my commercial skillset and enabled me to develop an in-depth understanding of Arla’s business landscape, culture and people. Being an F15® also means you become part of a supportive network which you learn from and are inspired by as well as being constantly challenged. Stepping out of my comfort zone enabled me to further develop my competencies and to demonstrate my stamina and service-orientation at all times. Throughout my projects, I learned how to deliver hard news, deal with diverse people under various conditions, and manage myself and others.

What’s your next step?
I am very happy with my current position, but of course, I want to continue to develop and grow. I place high value on being part of a company that truly encourages continuous development through both formal training and exposure to various challenges and cultures.

MEET JULIA

Julia is originally from Russia, and has already studied, worked and lived in seven countries – Russia, UK, Ireland, Singapore, Denmark, Germany and UAE. On gaining a bachelor degree in Economics from Moscow State University, Julia then went onto study the CEMS master in International Management. Currently, she lives in Dubai where she is focusing on her role as Commercial Excellence Manager.

When and how did you join Arla and what is your position now?
My path in Arla began just over two years ago in the best way I could have imagined – the F15® programme. I was extremely lucky to have my three rotations in completely different functions and countries – Business Development in CIN in Denmark (now ’International’), Logistics Development in Germany and Marketing in UAE/Oman/Qatar. All three rotations gave me a lot of insights and experience that I am now leveraging in my new role as Commercial Excellence Manager in the MENA region. We have been given the exciting task of bringing the ’Perfect store’ to all our markets through a programme of improvement and efficiencies across all the business functions.

How has the F15® programme helped you to grow your career?
The F15® programme opens up opportunities not only to develop vital business capabilities and skills, but also the chance to build your network throughout the whole company and to use the amazing F15 community for your career development. Having been an F15, I will always be part of this community. You are never considered an ‘ordinary’ colleague, rather a hungry, ambitious individual who influences positive change in Arla and who is inspired by fantastic examples of other fellow F15s like Volodymyr Vovk and Dan Jardal – former F15s who already have an amazing Arla career (VP in KSA and Senior Director in Internal Logistics respectively) and are still striving for more.

What’s your next step?
My next step is to grow and excel in my current role and look forward what other exciting opportunities life in Arla will bring. My next ambition is to secure a place on Arla’s Talent Accelerator Programme.

MEET DANIEL

Originally from the Southern part of Sweden, Daniel is a truly global citizen having lived in France and the US during his engineering studies and then having worked in the UK, Denmark and New York during his time as an F15®. Currently, he is living in Stockholm with his girlfriend, focusing on his position as a Logistics Manager.

When and how did you join Arla and what is your position now?
I started my career in Arla as a F15® in 2011. During the programme I had the opportunity to work as a Project Manager for complexity management in the UK, Global Brand Manager in our Head Office in Denmark, Business Development in our office in New York and with Logistics Development in Sweden.

Right now I’m responsible for the logistics function ’Strategic Transport Planning and Intermediate Transports’ which sees me managing an annual budget of 20 Million € and 11 colleagues. Our main responsibility is planning the daily delivery of Arla products to 5,000 customers in Sweden, in the most cost effective way, while still maintaining high customer service levels.

How has the F15® programme helped you to grow your career?
The F15® programme was an intensive career start to my career and an insight into a few different functions within the company. The global network that opened up to me during the programme has been very useful in my career.

What’s your next step?
I’m looking forward to a challenging role with more responsibility within logistics and I’m open to continuing my career outside of Sweden.

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