Production Management Graduate Programme

Arla Foods
11 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Kick-start your career with Arla's Production Management Graduate Programme

Do you want to pursue a career in Production Management with the potential to be a future leader and role model for the employees at our dairies? If you are exciting by the prospect of working in state of the art facilities, playing a key role in producing high quality dairy products, then this could be the start of your career with Arla.

What is it?

Arla's Production Management Graduate Programme is a 2-year entry level programme where talented graduates can begin a leadership career at our dairy sites. The programme will take you to 2 different European production sites (Denmark, Sweden, UK and Germany) where you will spend 18 months in your primary location and 6 months abroad.

We are looking to recruit 6 talented graduates in 2018. Primary site locations as follows;

  • 2 in Denmark (Holstebro - Butter/Cream Cheese)
  • 2 in Sweden (Götene - Butter and Jönköping - Fresh Milk/Cream)
  • 1 in the UK (Leeds - Fresh Milk/Cream)
  • 1 in Germany (Pronsfeld - Milk/Butter/Cream)

If you are wanting a career in Innovation or Research & Development, this isn't the programme for you. Instead, we are looking for the production leaders of the future who have strong analytical skills and are able to perform in a fast paced, challenging environment.

On-the-job training and a professional, tailored programme will introduce you to an operational environment and the wide range of challenges we face in producing some of the world's favourite dairy brands. You will work in conjunction with our Site Directors and middle Managers to work on projects and develop your leadership skills. You will solve complex tasks and bring ideas to the management team for consideration and decision-making. Some of your projects could include production optimisation improvements, investigating problems and delivering solutions using lean tools.

Arla offers you individual training in leadership, strategy execution and process facilitation to speed up your career and nurture your talent. At the end of the 2 years, if you have successfully delivered against the objectives of the programme, we would expect you to take up a permanent position. As a minimum, we expect this to be at Manager level with a clear development plan to fulfil your potential.

Leadership ambitions and the ability to envision the future
Our Production leaders need to make quick decisions in response to often unexpected complex situations. So it is imperative that you are a fast learner, have strong analytical skills and are able to perform in fast paced, challenging environments.

As a potential future leader, you will possess both empathy and the ability to challenge your colleagues. You see yourself leading the way for others and developing high performing teams at our production sites.

You will hold a Bachelors or Master's Degree preferably within Dairy or Food Science / Technology but we would also welcome applications from Manufacturing and Science (i.e. Microbiology) disciplines. Applications from students who are graduating in summer 2018 are also welcome. You will have excellent grades on your exam papers and have managed to complement your studies with work experience that links in with your aspirations for the future.

We are looking for the outstanding leaders of the future, so we expect you to be hard-working and ambitious but to stand out from the crowd you will need to demonstrate your leadership potential and a passion for creating the future of dairy.

Mobility is important not only for this programme, but also to Arla as a wider business. We require you to be mobile and flexible as you will be required to spend 6 months living abroad during the programme, After the programme job opportunities could both be in our core and emerging markets. It is essential you are fluent in English and ideally speak one of either Swedish, Danish or German.

Please note the programme begins in September 2018.

Application and Information
The application window is open from Monday 27 November. with a deadline of Friday 19 January. Please apply on the following link. The Assessment Centre will be held in Denmark in April 2018.

For additional information including blogs from current graduates, please visit the Production Management Graduate Programme page at this LINK

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