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

Are you excited by the prospect of a leadership career at our state of the art production sites, producing famous dairy brands like Lurpak and Castello? Are you motivated to apply your skills and knowledge to take on high profile projects and deliver results to help our business moving forward?


Would you like to join a global FMCG company with a strong commitment to provide opportunities for our people to grow? Do you want to have an impact on the future of Arla Foods? Then the Production Graduate Programme is the perfect start of your career with Arla!

Are you a feature leader?

A future leader at Arla Foods is a person with drive and a passion to deliver results. Someone who can collaborate, build strong and lasting relationships and motivate others. A person with the ambition and hunger to grow, and who can balance a strategic mindset, with a “can do” attitude.

At Arla Foods we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other, while working together to create the future of dairy. We push each other to keep our cooperative at the forefront of the food industry to create Good Growth and bring health and inspiration to the world, naturally.

To do so, we need strong talents who have the desire to take part in our journey, who strive to develop in a global environment and who are looking to drive and deliver our ambitious growth agenda.

A two year leadership programme for our dairy sites

Arla’s Production Management Graduate Programme is a 2-year journey, starting 1st September 2021, where talented graduates can fast track a leadership career working at two different European production sites (Denmark, Sweden, UK or Germany) as outlined below.

  • 1st Rotation: 6 months at Dairy A
  • 2nd Rotation: 6 months at Dairy B (abroad)
  • 3rd Rotation: 12 months back at Dairy A

Being part of our graduate programme, also means that you will join assigned leadership training camps in different markets, focusing on leading yourself, leading change, leading others and driving business. In addition, on-the-job as well as functional training will be closely linked to your role. Lastly, you will be assigned a personal buddy and a senior member of the supply chain leadership team to act as your mentor in order to ensure your professional growth and support throughout your journey with Arla Foods. You will also join a dynamic network of current and previous graduates to learn how to be a high performer in a global FMCG company and share experiences.

What do we offer?

Look forward to a professional, tailored programme which will introduce you to the wide range of challenges we face in a high volume, fast paced production environment. We will nurture your talent for becoming a future leader in Arla Foods, and amongst other things, you will learn how to be a high performer in a global, farmer-owned FMCG company. Being part of this graduate programme is truly special and a fantastic opportunity to kick start your future career.

Your 6 month rotation abroad gives you a unique and exciting opportunity to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone. In your second year, you will have the possibility to work as a Team Leader to put your skills to the test.

What makes a Production Management Graduate?

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 can perform in a fast paced environment. We are looking for people who enjoy challenging the status quo, hunting a root cause and providing new solutions with passion, energy and empathy. Someone, with the ambition to take the lead and deliver our production objectives.

Ideally, you have graduated in the last 1-3 years, or plan to graduate before September 2021, with either a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. Preferably your education lies within Dairy, food science, engineering or production related subjects, but we are open for other backgrounds. In addition, it is essential that you:

  • Have the drive to deliver results and early on in your rotation be able to demonstrate Arla leadership behaviours.
  • Have an ambition to grow and to make a difference within your given environment.
  • Have an open and curious mindset enabling you to gain an insights into and understanding of Arla Foods as a whole.
  • Have managed to complement your studies with work experience.
  • Are geographically mobile and flexible within our European core countries.
  • Are fluent in English and ideally another of the following languages: Danish, Swedish or German.

Application and information

The application period for the PMG Programme runs from 2nd December 2020 to 24th January 2021.

As for now, the Assessment Centre will be conducted online in two steps in the spring of 2021.
We will evaluate the option of an on-site assessment centre in Denmark in April, depending on the applicable guidelines and travel regulations (due to Covid-19).

To learn more about the programme, please join one of our free webinars on 16th December 12:00-13:00 or 12th January 12:00-13.00 CET. Meet the PMGP team and both current and former graduates to learn more about the programme. Ask us anything!

To register, please fill out this FORM, then we will share an invitation link.

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For additional information on the programme, including blogs from current graduates and examples of their projects, please visit our website.