HR Director – Central Europe Supply Chain
Düsseldorf or Viby/Aarhus

Arla not only makes some of the world's most popular dairy products, but offers much more. We create special moments of enjoyment and offer a healthy and tasty breakfast that's worth getting up for. With brands such as Arla Buko®, Arla Kærgarden®, Arla Skyr® and Castello®, we are a natural part of modern life in more than 100 countries worldwide and a favourite in many German households.

The HR Director is responsible for supporting the Supply Chain VP covering Central Europe. Majority of the sites and terminals are based out of Germany. The German Arla organisation has its local head office in Düsseldorf where colleagues work together to sell Arla dairy products – such as Buko and Kærgaarden – across the German market.

There are two German production sites, one in Pronsfeld – which is the largest of Arla’s 60 dairy sites, and one in Upahl. All sites result from mergers with Hansa-Milch and Milchunion Hocheifel MUH. In the central Europe cluster we also have a site operating out of DK Esbjerg with 400 colleagues and one in Nijkerk Netherlands with 275 colleagues. The German organization has 1500 colleagues of whom 1100 work in SC and Logistics.

The HR Director has a team of 3 HR Business Partners supporting Germany and 1 HR Business Partner with a dotted line supporting the Netherlands and is reporting to the HR Vice President Global Supply Chain.

What the role entails

  • Lead the implementation of the strategic HR agenda in Arla’s German Supply Chain organisation and Central Europe
  • Strong partnership with Senior business leaders
  • Translate business needs into HR solutions – both on a strategic and a tactic level
  • Drive ONE Germany in the Arla SC organisation – eg organisational change, new ways of flexible working and other HR projects support the transformation
  • Continue to enforce the collaboration in the HR operating model – Global HR and Commercial
  • Lead HR transformational activities across SC Central Europe
  • Lead and develop HR team

What you bring to the table

The ideal candidate has at least 12 years of experience with HR from a global company and strong insight into the various HR disciplines from employee relations, people development, organisational design over to strategic sparring with senior business leaders.

Furthermore you should have:

  • Experience from a production company with a global supply chain – any industry
  • Experience with general HR disciplines incl German labor law
  • Experience with organisational transformation and change management
  • Strong people leadership competencies
  • University Degree in Business or HR
  • Fluency in German and English.

Your way to Arla

Please apply via Link, your desired salary and availability. For further information, please contact Dennis Klein, HR Manager Talent Acquisition, at +49- 211-47231-207. Please indicate how you became aware of this job advertisement.


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At Arla, we do so much more than make some of the world’s favorite dairy products. We make special moments worth savouring and healthy tasty breakfasts worth waking up to. With brands like Arla Buko®, Kærgarden®, Arla Skyr ® and Castello® we are a natural part of modern life in over 100 countries around the world and a favorite in many German households. There are over 2,000 German and 19,000 global employees at the heart of our business. Every single one of us plays an important role and together we build on our 10bn Euros turnover and establish our position as one of the largest dairy companies in the world. To find out what part you can play, visit

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