If you do not get your questions answered below, please contact our HR department.
What do you look for in candidates?
We are interested in candidates who combine strong analytical abilities with good social skills. We are looking for competent candidates who wish to further develop their personal skills and knowledge. They should be patient, but at the same time enjoy working in a fast-paced environment requiring the ability to take effective action. They should be mobile, but not restless.
In the case of applicants for YP positions, we would like candidates to have a four-year education (generally a master’s degree). It is possible that two years of relevant work experience may compensate for the lack of a master’s degree. We are flexible with regard to candidates’ background and education, but largely recruit new graduates with a business or engineering background.
What type of jobs are you recruiting for?
Our high-volume recruitment is for Brand Manager positions. However, we have other gateways for students, for instance as analysts for the central purchasing department and consultants for our Production Strategy & Development Department (formerly Operational Excellence).
On the whole, Orkla always needs good Brand Managers or Controllers. Otherwise, we are always on the lookout for talented young individuals to fill exciting, challenging positions.
Do you offer trainee positions/internships/summer jobs?
We currently do not have an internship programme in the Group. However, we occasionally accept interns if needed.
Orkla Foods Norway has a production trainee programme designed for new graduates who are interested in a career in production, logistics and innovation. By stationing trainees in various units within Orkla Foods Norway, we aim to develop future factory managers, change managers and project managers with experience of and insight into every part of the value chain.
Some of the companies in the Orkla Group occasionally offer summer jobs. If you are looking for a summer job at a factory, we recommend that you contact the factory directly. Summer jobs at Orkla’s head office are advertised if we see a need to do so.
Can I write my bachelor/master thesis at Orkla?
We have no established system for student thesis collaboration, but if you have a good hypothesis or idea, we are open to considering collaboration on a case-by-case basis.
Which companies in Orkla can offer international experience?
Orkla’s home markets are Scandinavia and the Baltics, and there may be opportunities for capable employees to relocate to a job in a different country in these regions. However, we have no permanent international programme, so to some extent it is up to individual employees to take the initiative and create such opportunities together with the HR department and their own manager.
Are there job opportunities for English-speaking applicants?
We want candidates to have a strong command of the language in the country in which they work. As Brand Manager, for instance, you would need to have a good understanding of the local market and language. Our corporate language is not English, and all potential candidates must be able to speak one of the local languages where the position is based.
What kind of training do you offer new employees?
Competence development at Orkla primarily takes place through “on-the-job” training. With their manager as their immediate coach, employees are able to influence tasks and processes to a significant degree, and are quickly given considerable responsibility. More formal competence building generally takes place at Orkla’s own educational institution, Borregaard Manor, where training and courses ranging from specialised programmes (Orkla Brand Academy) to global leadership development programmes are provided. We emphasise a strong focus on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, a prerequisite for optimal performance.
What grade average must applicants have to qualify for a YP position?
As a rule, a minimum of B-/B (3,5-3,8=2/3,9+=1) is required, but very strong applicants with a C- average may also be accepted if they have a majority of Bs and As in quantitative subjects.
Do you accept open applications?
No, we do not accept open applications for unspecified positions in Orkla. We receive a great many open applications, and unfortunately are unable to deal with them manually. All our vacant jobs are advertised on orkla.no/career. However, some companies and factories accept open applications, and we therefore recommend that you contact them directly.
Who should I contact if I want to work at one of Orkla’s factories?
If you want to work for one of Orkla’s factories, we recommend that you contact the factory directly by telephone, e-mail or ordinary mail.