Production Management Graduate Programme
graduate scheme

Production Management Graduate Programme

Arla Foods
Competitive salary
Denmark · Germanyand 2 others
Time left to apply
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Job description

Create the future – Grow with Arla

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 excited by the prospect of working in state of the art facilities and playing a key role in producing high quality dairy products — this could be the start of your career with Arla.

What is it?
Arla’s Production Management Graduate Programme is a two-year entry level programme where talented graduates can begin a leadership career at our dairy sites. The programme will take you to two different European production sites in either: Denmark, Sweden, UK or Germany.

You will spend 18 months in your primary location and six months abroad.

We are looking to recruit six talented graduates in 2018, primary site locations as follows:

  • Two in Denmark (Holstebro - butter/cream cheese)
  • Two in Sweden (Götene - butter and Jönköping - fresh milk/cream)
  • One in the UK (Leeds - fresh milk/cream)
  • One in Germany (Pronsfeld - milk/butter/cream)

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. If you want a career in Innovation or Research & Development, this isn’t the programme for you.

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 two 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.

Please note the programme begins in September 2018.

Person requirements

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 six months living abroad during the programme. Job opportunities after the programme could both be in either our core or emerging markets. It is essential you are fluent in English and ideally speak either: Swedish, Danish or German.

Qualifications and experience requirements

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 an excellent academic record and have managed to complement your studies with work experience that links in with your aspirations for the future.

Accepted degree subjects



Competitive salary


Denmark · Germany · Leeds · Sweden

How to apply

The Assessment Centre will be held in Denmark in April 2018. For additional information including blogs from current graduates, please visit

Closing date: 19/01/2018

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 19/01/2018

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