Director, Discover, Arla Foods Ingredients - Videbæk

Do you possess the desire to discover the wonders of whey and to drive the next generation innovation in AFI? Then you could be the future Director for Discover in AFI R&D, Nr Vium and be a member of the AFI R&D leadership team. You will heading the Discover department with 27 scientists and technicians  within three teams Chemistry & Documentation, Technology and Functionality and Nutrition & Health.

Arla food ingredients is an independent company within the Arla Foods Group with a clear mission.: “ we are here to discover and deliver all the wonders whey can bring to people’s lives. AFI produces and markets child nutrition products as well as specialized ingredients for global child nutrition, medical nutrition, sports nutrition and functional food industry

About the job

As our new Director, you will be driving our research project portfolio and setting the direction for our future innovation through openness, ability, courage and perseverance. In collaboration with your leadership team, you will challenge existing processes in order to improve overall performance through continuous improvements and  you will ensure high professional standards and delivery against well-defined business targets through projects and tasks.

More specifically your main focus areas will be

  • Execution of research projects
  • Driving product discovery
  • AFI competence center of : Chemistry know-how & analysis, Powder functionality, Functionality, Nutrition, New technologies, PAT & statistical analysis
  • Develop and validate analytical methods
  • Develop tools for Product documentation
  • Contribute to NPD projects and support task


Look forward to take on a challenging position with great responsibility, high interaction across the organisation, universities and research institutes.

Experienced leader with natural authority and innovative mindset

You have a Ph.D. within food science, engineering or similar and you have documented  experiences with people management from an innovation environment either from the food or pharma industry or from universities.

As leader, you motivate and inspire your employees, just as you contribute actively to create a feeling of team spirit, so we can maintain an attractive workplace with high employee engagement. You are robust and set ambitious goals for yourself, while staying grounded. You empower your team and at the same time ensure alignment across the organisation through cross functional collaboration both within R&D departments and with your peers in commercial and supply chain.

What do we offer?

You will be heading a department that is characterized by high quality research and with high strategic importance for AFI future innovation. In AFI R&D you will have the perfect conditions to realize your high ambitions and showcase your capabilities to the rest of the organisation. In 2021 you will be moving to our new innovation centre with world leading facilities.

Apply and contact

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please apply as soon as you can. If you would like further information about the role please reach out to Niels Østergaard, Vice President, R&D, on + +4591311712.

Please apply via this LINK