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Site Director

Arla Foods Limited
N13 6DA, London (Greater)
Closing date
3 Apr 2021

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General Management
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Site Director, Oakthorpe

At Arla, we do so much more than make some of the world’s favourite dairy products. We make healthy taste delicious, mornings worth getting up for & family dinners unforgettable. Cravendale®, Anchor®, Lurpak® & Tickler® – names like these make us a vital, natural part of modern life in over 100 countries around the world. We are 4,000 UK & 19,000 global employees at the heart of it. Every single one of us plays an important role & together we build on our 10bn Euros turnover & establish our position as one of the largest dairy companies in the world.

We currently have an opportunity for a Site Director responsible for our 24/7 Oakthorpe Site which employs over 200 colleagues, producing both branded & own label fresh milk & cream. We are currently investing over 10m Euros in upgrading the site, both in process capability & more environmentally friendly energy provision, with further investment planned over the next 5 years.  


The role will report to the Vice President for UK Production & will be the Site Leader responsible for leading the management team in developing & implementing the site business plan & contributing to the delivery of Arla Foods business goals.



Key responsibilities involve improving efficiencies through continuous improvement & enhanced performance in line with the company's strategy & key performance indicators. The individual will have full accountability for the site P&L & work closely with the other 8 UK sites to ensure best practice is shared. The ability to develop people, identify talent & succession plan will be fundamental. As Oakthorpe works closely as part of a ‘southern’ milk supply campus, a key activity will be to work with Site Director peers to maximise operational performance & utilise synergies.


The main responsibilities for this role are:


  • Lead, coach, manage & develop the site management team & progress talent
  • Communicate & deliver business goals through the site management team, prioritising goals & activities as necessary
  • Develop & manage site budgets
  • Lead & drive change using a structured approach
  • Ensure compliance with company, customer & legal standards
  • Participate in developing broader Supply Chain business plans
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, both internal & external
  • Develop the site CAPEX proposal with demonstrated ROI analysis




Suitable applicants will ideally be degree qualified with proven experience gained as a Senior Operations Leader. The successful candidate will have proven experience in managing people & change within an FMCG environment & will have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels. A background in Dairy or fast paced Food manufacturing is essential.


Chances are if you've added a splash of milk to your cuppa, buttered a slice of toast or added cream to your dessert today, you've already experienced Arla. After all, we're the leading supplier of fresh milk and cream to the top seven retailers and home to well-loved brands Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale milk. We’re also part of Arla Foods amba, a co-operative owned by approximately 9,400 Danish and Swedish milk producers and Europe's largest dairy company.

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