R&D Project Manager, Innovation - Aarhus

As a cooperative owned by farmers, everything we do starts with their milk. We are very proud of the raw material that our farmers work hard to produce and do our best to create the best possible value for our milk. Arla wants to promote a healthy diet, inspire good food habits, and develop products that meet our nutritional criteria. The criteria secure great dairy nutrients without too much added sugar, salt or calories. We also strive to keep the content of all our products as natural as possible. Can you translate science and technology into innova­tive solutions that can help us deliver healthy, natural products to our consumers? Then join our Product & Process Design team at our new Arla Innovation Centre in Aarhus, Denmark. Our purpose is to create the future of dairy by designing product and process solutions to enable business growth through innovation. We work across and beyond product categories such as ‘Butter & Spreads’, ‘Cheese’, ‘Milk &Yoghurt’, ‘Cooking’ and ‘Milk Based Beverages’. You would join our global organization working in an ever changing market place and have a stimulating career in an inno­vative and creative environment.

Your main objective is to know the full spectra of innovative ingredients and technologies that allow us to develop healthy and natural products. In relation to this you will manage an umbrella of technologies under which numerous development projects sit. You will build a broad network across Arla Foods and work collaboratively with relevant functions such as New Product Development, Science, Global Nutrition, Legal, Regulatory, Procurement and Supply Chain in order to deliver new business opportunities and enable reformulation of existing portfolio. It is key that you envision the future and mature new ideas whilst having a strong business mindset. You will secure commitment from key stakeholders and facilitate business implementation by bringing forward commercial rationale and business case calculations.

Key skills required
Strong project management skills is absolute key as well as the ability to overlook an umbrella of projects in relation to your area of responsibility You have solid knowledge of ingredients and additives common in dairy products such as sweeteners, stabilizers, flavors and inclusions and their interaction with the dairy matrix. Expertise and the willingness to gain even deeper knowledge in one or more of these areas is preferred. If you have experience with non-traditional dairy ingredients that is an advantage

You feel comfortable both in a dairy processing and commercial environment and utilize your strong presentation skills to effectively communicate with relevant functions across the organization when translating technical solutions into consumer propositions that are aligned with our strategy. You leverage expertise inside and outside the organization to deliver innovative solutions to business challenges.

You have a MSc or PhD in Food Science, Process Engineering or similar and previous experience in FMCG R&D product or technology development roles where your project management skills have been developed to the fullest. If you are familiar with Agile and Design Thinking that is a plus. You have a performance-oriented mindset and good business understanding as well as basic knowledge of business finance. Finally, you are fluent in English both written and verbally.

Application and contact
We process applications on a continuous basis but kindly ask you to apply no later than 30. September 2018. For additional information, please call Head of Product & Process Design, Cecilia Lindström at +45 8746 6608.

Please apply via this link.