Senior Category Manager - Aarhus

Are you ready to take on responsibility for reaching our ambitious sales targets as Head of Beverage? You will have a highly exposed and multifaceted job at our head office in Aarhus. Your tasks will range from setting the strategic agenda to day-to-day operational issues and you will manage people, customers, and performance. Our vision is to be world-leading in providing advanced innovative solutions within the whey protein ingredients industry. And this is where you will play a key role.

Take one of AFI’s application categories to the next level

The Application Science and Technology group (AS&T) is part of the commercial B2B organisation in Arla Foods Ingredients. You will lead one of five Application areas, Beverage, within AS&T. In AS&T we are delivering examples of how to incorporate AFI ingredients, such as whey proteins and milk calcium, into beverages and helping our customers to innovate within the food industry.

You will need strong managerial skills as you will manage an organisation of 6 highly skilled Application Scientist and Technicians. On a daily basis you need to assist on technical challenges we have in the Beverage department and be involved in NPD application work. You will encourage and develop strategic partnerships with key customers as well as internal stakeholders within the entire Arla Foods Ingredients.

You will develop and drive global category strategies with related marketing activities, sales material, concepts and product training and customer seminars. Your success will be measured on our success rate in customer and application projects as well as internal customer satisfaction.  

On top of your category responsibility, it is expected that you contribute actively to develop the AS&T group, but also to develop AFI as a whole. You will report to the Director of the Application Science and Technology group and be part of the units management team.

Expect up to 20 yearly travel days to destinations all over the world either as customer visits or participation in trade shows.

Excellent Manager with ambition and drive

You have a strong food management record, preferably within ingredients. You have a technical understanding either from your educational background or your work experience, which will enable you to understand the beverage industry and our whey protein business. 

You have a proven record of working systematically with projects and long term development tasks.

You are an experienced and successful people manager with a winning personality and a constructive mindset which helps you succeed with employees, customers, colleagues and other stakeholders. You know your results are created through your team and take pride in developing your team members to achieve greater results. You must be able to handle varying workloads, be able to keep calm when things are hectic and stand your ground when the going gets tough.

You have a flair for and work in a structured way with your assignments. As you will be operating in a truly international environment, you will need extraordinarily good communication skills to appreciate different cultures, as well as the ability to cooperate with people at all levels.

Preferably, you have technical background within the Beverage industry. You are proficient in verbal and written English. It is an advantage if you speak and write in another European language as well.

Application and contact

Please apply as soon as possible. We will continuously invite for interviews. For additional information, please contact Application Science and Technology Director, Peter Schouw Andersen on +45 87332876.

Please apply via this LINK