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Director of Agriculture, Arla - Solna

29 februari 2024
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Solna, SE

Do you want to drive the future of dairy through one of the industry's leading Agricultural roles? Are you an experienced and passionate leader with a strong background in Agriculture? Do you want to work in an international organization defined by cross-functional collaboration and be part of the Swedish Leadership team? We are currently looking for a Director of Agriculture to lead Arla's journey together with its owners in Sweden. In this role you can be based near our Arla offices or near any of our production sites in Sweden.

How you will make an impact
As Director of Agriculture, you will focus on our relationship with our farmer-owners, driving transformation and our on-farm sustainability agenda as well as supporting and creating the direction of our commercial agenda . You will report to the Head of Global Agriculture at Arla and be a part of the Agriculture Leadership team – alongside having a dotted line to the Managing Director for Sweden and being part of the Swedish Leadership Team.

We are looking for a person who is able to manage various stakeholders – from farmers, to the commercial organization, the national management team as well as all stakeholders in the global matrix organization of Arla.

Your areas of responsibilities will also include:
  • Managing function in charge of member related topics, democracy, driving our on-farm sustainability journey and commercialization of farmer-related programs
  • Managing a team of 16 colleagues across Sweden including two people managers as direct reports
  • Strong and close business partner for Arla's commercial teams & supporting the commercial teams in commercializing Farmer Owned and value-added projects
  • Managing public relations to i.e. external advisors, feed industry, vets and banks and build trusted partnerships with industry associations & the government
  • Driving a people agenda within Agriculture that delivers stronger capabilities to meet the future demands of the business and work cross-functionally.
  • Support Arla's customer relationships through developing aligned sustainability programs on farm
  • Supporting and developing our democracy and managing information flow to Arla's owners in order to keep them informed and engaged

What will make you successful?
To succeed in the role, we believe you have a strong background and experience within the agricultural field. It is also key that you have strong strategic business acumen with a track record of transforming your organization in order to deliver on your business agenda. Through your career, you have developed excellent people management skills which enables you to set a clear direction for your organization through communication to many different stakeholders. You will need to be a strong and close business partner for Arla's commercial organization and you will use your excellent stakeholder manager skills to build trust and confidence with our farmer owners and the industry.

We are looking for someone who wants to contribute to defining the future of dairy, and someone who ideally has experience from a similar role. Strong language skills in English is also required to be successful.

What do we offer?
This is your shot at joining our cooperative in a key role with big societal impact, driving our sustainability agenda and bringing importance and recognition to the work of our farmers. At Arla, we're committed to professional development and promoting from within. Our positive and collaborative culture will bring out the best in you and you'll join a market leader who produces nutritious household favorite brands in a way that make things better for our customers, the farmers who own us, and the whole world.

At Arla, 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 dairy industry, so we can create Good Growth and bring health and inspiration to the world, naturally.

Would you like to join us?
We look forward to receiving your application! We process applications on a continuous basis and

will close the recruitment once we have identified the right candidate Please apply as soon as possible. For further information please contact Head of Global Agriculture, Lisa Ehde at liseh@arlafoods.com.

We have a purpose for Good
At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?
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