A broad perspective

F15® Graduate Programme

Future leaders wanted! A future leader is a forward thinker. Passionate to deliver results and driving change. Ambitious to grow with a “can do”-attitude. Ready to go ahead and take the lead.

As an F15 Graduate you are expected to become one of Arla's future leaders and help shape our business moving forward. The F15® Graduate Programme is a fast-track leadership programme that includes three different eight-month rotations. Rotations will be in different business areas and various locations where you will get to work on high profile projects to boost your professional and personal development to prepare you to move into a key role in Arla's global business at the end of the programme.

We will nurture your talent for becoming a future leader in Arla, and among other things, you will learn how to be a high-performer in a global, farmer-owned FMCG company. Being part of a graduate programme in Arla Foods is truly special and is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your future career.

We have closed the application window for our F15 Graduate Programme 2021. Please follow our website and LinkedIn communication if you are interested in joining as an F15 Graduate in September 2022. We will open for applications in November 2021. 

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Steep learning curve


Apart from covering your role, being part of a leadership programme means that you will be invited to join assigned training weeks in different markets, where you receive leadership training combined with deep insights into Arla’s strategy, operating model and the local businesses. Besides that, on-the-job as well as functional trainings will be closely linked to your role in the organisation. 

To kick-off your development journey, the F15 Programme starts in September in our Headquarters in Denmark with a thorough introduction course to the various fundamentals of the Arla value chain - what we call ‘From Cow to Consumer’ and the first training camp on Leading Self. 

Following training camps on Leading Change, Leading Others and Driving Business will round up your leadership capabilities so you are well prepared for your first job in Arla at the end of the programme. 

Accelerate your growth


A fast-track leadership programme consisting of three different eight-month job rotations including four 1-week training camps supported by four webinars and a business case. 

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Keeping you on track

Personal Development and Coaching

During and at the end of each rotation, your development manager will evaluate your performance and behaviour in the current position: Do you reach the set objectives? How do you navigate in your role? What do you do to reach your own development goals? This input as well as your personal development plan will provide the base for the conversations you will have with a professional coach to bring focus to your strengths and areas for improvement. 

Learn from Arla talents

Your personal mentor

Throughout the F15® Graduate Programme, you will be supported by a personal mentor who is a Senior Manager or Director in Arla and who will guide you on your Personal Development Plan, help you build strong networks with colleagues and decision makers and provide professional and personal sparring where needed. Visit the blog to read how valuable a mentor has been for our current F15s Clara and Sarah.

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F15® testimonials

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

Elmira Gardashova

Elmira comes from St. Petersburg, Russia, where she completed studies in Finance and International Management along with exchange semesters in Italy and Portugal. She never thought of moving to Scandinavia, but when seeing the F15 program description with an opportunity to work in three different functions in three different locations it sounded like a dream to her. On top of that, she absolutely loves Arla Natura cheese which Arla is selling in Russia, so joining Arla seemed to be a good option as her next step after the university.

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Anita Kuziak

Anita is originally from Poland and has so far lived in 5 different countries. Her story with Denmark started in 2012 when she came to Aarhus to attend a business school. After leaving Denmark in 2013, she came back 2018 to join the F15 Programme in Arla in Viby – about 50 meters away from the school she used to attend.

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Martin Krejci

Martin comes from the Czech Republic, but hasn't limited himself to Central Europe and has worked or studied in 8 other countries. Three of those countries - Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom - have been added to the list since Martin set off on his journey as a Future 15 Graduate at Arla in 2018. A passionate chess player - a hobby he has managed to take with him everywhere he went - Martin is now back in Denmark and works at the company headquarters in Viby as a Project Manager.

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Bob Den Hartog

Born in the Netherlands Bob has spent the majority of his life abroad having worked and studied in 9 countries incl. 14 years in Thailand & the Philippines. This background in Asia has led Bob to his role now after the F15 programme in Hong Kong SAR where he is currently Director of Procurement in Asia and the Middle East.  

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Jonathan Tei Bergfeld

Jonathan is born and raised in Germany, where he grew up as part of the Danish minority. He has a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Aarhus University and has during his studies spent a semester abroad in Hong Kong. After finishing the program with rotations in Finland, Denmark and Malaysia, he is now based in Copenhagen, working as Export Manager for international markets.

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Ingrid Amanda Dantas Zanini

Living in multiple countries in the past 5 years, Brazilian-born Ingrid Zanini is familiar with the concept of a “home away from home”. Before starting Arla’s F15 Programme, which has already taken her to Sweden and Denmark, Ingrid managed to get a Bachelor’s degree in Business at FGV São Paulo, an exchange semester at Rotterdam School of Management and a Master’s degree in Marketing at the University of St Gallen. Meanwhile, she also worked in both start-ups and large international companies while studying. Now she works as an F15 Graduate in HR and next, she hopes to go closer to home and explore Latin America through a rotation with Arla.

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Sharing experiences

Our Graduates on the Blog

Arla Foods' current graduates are blogging about their work. Read about their experiences. 

Video from the Assessment Centre for F15 Graduates at Arla
Being a Future15 at Arla Foods