A broad perspective

F15® Graduate Programme

Future shapers wanted! A future shaper is a disrupter. A trailblazer and forward thinker. A daredevil with grit and determination. Passionate about driving change. Ready to go ahead and take the lead.

As a 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. Each rotation will be in a new business area and location where you will get to work on high profile projects while growing your strategic and functional skillsets. 

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.

The application window for the 2020 intake opens in November 2019. Explore our F15® Graduate Programme and get insights from our current F15s on our F15® blog.  

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Steep learning curve

Team training accelerate your growth

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’.

Being part of a leadership programme means that you will be invited to join assigned training weeks in different markets focusing on leadership skills, strategy, change and your own development. Besides that, on-the-job as well as functional trainings will be closely linked to your role in the organisation.

To anchor your new skills, you will conduct an innovation project with your F15® colleagues which you will pitch to Arla's executive management at the end of your programme. 

Accelerate your growth


A fast-track leadership programme consisting of three different eight-month job rotations including three team training modules. 

Keeping you on track

Performance reviews

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.

Learn from Arla Talents

Personal mentor

Throughout the F15® Graduate Programme, you will be coached by a personal mentor 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. Visit the blog to read how valuable a mentor has been to former F15 Andreas.

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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:

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 Beijing, China where he is an Key Account Manager and also leads private label new customer acquisitions.

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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 his first rotations in Finland and Denmark, he is now currently on his final rotation working in Marketing in the regional office in Malaysia.

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Rucha Sarma

Rucha Sarma is a citizen of the world  and cultural chameleon – born in India, grew up in New Zealand and has worked, studied and lived in 10 other countries (Oman, Canada, Czech Republic, Singapore, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, France, Nigeria and UK). She is a graduate of the CEMS Masters in International Management programme and has worked in several start-ups and smaller companies before joining Arla. Currently she is living a hyggelig, cheese-filled life in Aarhus, where she is working as Global Brand Manager for Castello.

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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

Students & Graduates' on the blog

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

A day of excitement

The final assessment

Have a sneak peak into the assessment centre and discover how is it like to go through the recruitment process of the F15® programme

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