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Beatrice Vilkonyte
Master in Animal Science
Beatrice Vilkonyte, 29 years old, from Siauliai, Lithuania.
First rotation: Sokolow, R&D Sokołów and Warsaw (Export).

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

My main motivation was the sustainability journey that Danish Crown is on right now. The food industry faces some important challenges, and I think it is very exciting to be a part of a company that wants to bring positive changes in the industry, not to mention becoming completely climate neutral by 2050. Furthermore, as a graduate in Danish Crown you get a unique opportunity to work in 3 different business units, in both production and business rotations, and you also have a rotation abroad. You basically have 3 different jobs in 2 years, so there’s a very steep learning curve, you get a broad, holistic understanding of the company and have a fantastic chance to develop yourself professionally. I think Danish Crown’s graduate program opens many doors for your career and you’re given a whole new world of possibilities.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

My first rotation is in Poland, the R&D center in Sokolow Podlaski. The days here can be very different, so it is difficult to describe a typical day. I have my own project that I am coordinating, so I often have to send some emails, collect some data, make sure that everyone is updated on the progress. I also help my manager and my colleagues with various tasks, such as creating presentations, researching different packaging solutions, preparing for product assessments. We have a lot of product tastings, and it is always very exciting to try some products that are not out on the market yet. Some days I go to the production to familiarize myself with the work there - how our products are produced, packed, what kind of machinery we use.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

The project I am working with right now is aimed to change some of our non-recyclable plastic packaging to recyclable monoPET. It has been very interesting to learn about the steps that have to be taken before the new packaging is approved. First, it must work well with all our existing machinery, and it must be able to maintain the current shelf life of the product. To ensure that, we carry out a range of different tests: we test the changes in atmosphere within the package (the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide), the strength of the package seals, microbial counts, and, of course, the physical appearance, smell and taste of the product throughout its shelf life. We are also looking into paper packages and some very innovative solutions for trays. Generally, it has been very motivating and rewarding to work on a project that contributes to Danish Crown’s sustainability goals.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It has been great – in the beginning we had 3 introduction days in Vejle, where all the new graduates could meet each other and spend some time together before going separate ways to our rotations. We had some great team-building exercises, and got a better insight into Danish Crown’s strategy, leadership principles, and culture differences.  We also met some of the graduates from previous year, who kindly shared their experiences with us. I had a very good start in Poland as well. Although it was not only a new job, but also a new country, I got all the support I needed from the local HR, my buddy, and the rest of my colleagues, so it was an easy transition.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

Others might not know that I have a great passion for horses, and a newly discovered one for plants!

I have been around horses for 18 years of my life, and was headed down a very different career path, until a bad fall and an injury made me reconsider. Still, I can’t wait to have a horse of my own and come back to the competition arena someday.

When it comes to plants, I caught the plant fever in the beginning of this year. I got a couple of plants as a gift, they started growing and thriving, and that made me so excited that I got 20 more plants. Soon I realized that the apartment has turned into a mini-jungle. I also painted all my plant pots to make them less boring!

Daneshan Gunaratnam
Master in Engineering Management
Daneshan Gunaratnam, 26 years old, from Bjerringbro, Denmark.
First rotation: Pork, production.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I have been very fortunate to live abroad multiple times, the most recent place being Australia. During my stay there I experienced some of the worst bushfires the country has ever seen. This for me was an eye opener for the importance of sustainable living and more importantly sustainable production.

I knew that meat production is not known to be the most sustainable, which might be puzzling since I work at Danish Crown, yet for me this was great, as this industry has so much potential in becoming more sustainable. In other words, I applied for the Graduate Programme at Danish Crown as I want to make a change and help drive the organization into becoming more sustainable. The Graduate Programme gives me this opportunity as I will be embarking on the company’s endeavors of becoming a sustainable meat producer.

Besides this the I believe that I, as many other newly graduates, was struggling with find the exact career path that I wanted to pursuit. By applying for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme, I would have a unique opportunity to explore my options as I would have 3 rotations in different Business Units all over world, thus giving me ideal conditions in finding my future career path. 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I am so fortunate to work at Danish Crown Pork’s flagship factory in Horsens, Denmark. The factory is high tech and highly automated, making it a highly efficient plant, yet sometimes machines break down, which is where my work gets interesting. I work closely together with our lean manager, the technical department, foremen in our production to solve these issues that we encounter. During these projects my workday varies much, one day could be in the production analyzing the machine and flow, while other days are focused on structured problem solving using lean and Six Sigma concepts. So, my days varies a lot, but to say something general about my workdays is that I each day have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and learn new ways of improving our production. 

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

The project that I find most interesting is actually not one single project, but mulitiple onces. I am so lucky to be in a position where I work closely together with the OPTIMA team and Boston Concultancy Group. The whole initiative is aiming at creating savings of approximately 80mDKK. Being involved in this and taking part in developing our way of producing meat is highly enriching and most importantly FUN! 

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

At first it was quite overwhelming as it is a massive organization with a lot going on, yet my colleagues have been great, and have given me a perfect platform to explore, learn and understand all aspects of the organization. Further, I have developed a close friendship with the other graduates, which only makes my whole experience as a newly employee at Danish Crown brilliant. 

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I have Sri Lankan heritage, which explains my name “Daneshan”, yet my parents have actually chosen that my name should start with “Dan”, as they have been so grateful to have been given the opportunity to create a family in Denmark, spelled “Dan”mark in Danish. So, for me to then work for a company whose name is DANish Crown is a very fun coincidence.

Julie Bisgaard Nielsen
Master in Political Science
Julie Bisgaard Nielsen, 28 years old, from Randers, Denmark.
First rotation: DAT-Schaub.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

The graduate programme at Danish Crown had a lot of aspects that caught my attention and made me want to join. I was looking for a job where personal development is a high priority, because it motivates me to continually learn and develop myself. Danish Crown has a lot of focus on developing employees, and there’s a sense of “the sky is the limit” when it comes to opportunities, which was fascinating things to me. The aspirations of the programme and the principles that Danish Crown works by was also important to me as I wanted to work at a place with values that resonates with me.

Moreover, I saw it as a great opportunity to challenge myself by being pushed outside my comfort zone, while learning a lot and elevating my skills. I figured that doing three rotations in different business units could really allow me to gain deeper insights into my own preferences and become more settled on what direction I’d like to take going forward.

Lastly, I was very curious about the challenges and possibilities that Danish Crown is facing in the future, so it really sparked my interest to take part in this transformation.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I’ve been assigned to a lot of different projects so a typical workday for me includes navigating between different projects, stakeholders and deadlines. It’s great to have different tasks, because there’s always something to do and new things to explore. During a workday I’m usually at the office, going to meetings and working on analytical assignments, building templates, desk research or coordinating input from colleagues around the world.

Recently, my day also includes some type of small exercise that I challenged my colleagues to do with me during December. It has already led to some soreness, but we’ve definitely also had some good laughs.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

Currently, I’m working on a project looking into new market opportunities for producing sausages. We are seeking insights into newly developed machines and techniques to stay on top of the development in the industry and consider future strategic moves. However, the best project I’ve been involved in so far is reorganizing and planning of the sales process. I’m currently working on a tool for the salespeople to use that will provide them with better insights to their customers and make follow-ups easier. The plan is to test it in Sweden and Finland first and then implement it in the remaining divisions afterwards, so I’m excited to see the results of the project.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

People have been very welcoming and nice to me. The whole onboarding process has been great. It’s been cool to meet and get to learn the other graduates during the introduction week. Afterwards, when I started my first rotation, my manager had set up introductory meetings for me with all the different functions, which was a great opportunity for me to learn about the business and get to know people. It has been a steep learning curve, but people are very helpful and likes to share their knowledge.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I really like experiencing things that gives me an adrenalin rush. Whether it is skydiving from a plane, bungee jumping from 130 meters or swimming in the ocean in the winter I like the feeling it gives me and I’m always looking for new things to do.

 

Oliver Sohl Lausen
Master in Finance & International Business
Oliver Sohl Lausen, 25 years old, from Broager, Denmark.
First rotation: Danish Crown Foods, Retail DK.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

As a company, Danish Crown is on an exciting journey where the focus is on a more sustainable way of doing business. Being a part of this journey allows you to enter a company in an interesting international environment, with an ownership structure that always keeps the company grounded and humble. At the same time, the graduate programme offers you the opportunity to try yourself in different business contexts with a focus on leadership and management tools, that will help you succeed in your future career path.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I usually start the day by catching up with my colleagues on both a professional- and personal level. Hereafter, I often catch up with my line manager, where I present the latest developments with my project(s), and align on the next steps to be taken. Since I am involved in different projects, my days are rarely the same, but the rest of the day would usually involve either desk research, data analysis, presentations, and/or meetings with different stakeholders.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

I am currently involved in different projects, but my primary project centers around the establishment of an eCommerce strategy within Danish Crown Foods. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the eCommerce-area in Denmark has developed a lot, and we have a lot to learn about navigating in this environment. Setting up the strategy involves finding out in which segments to play, and how to win in these segments. To facilitate my work with the strategy, I am in contact with both internal- and external partners, who are helping me drive the project forward. Being the main driver of a project provides you with a steep learning curve, where e.g. experience with both project- and stakeholder management are key learnings that will help me succeed in future projects within Danish Crown.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

I have found the transition from being a student to a full-time graduate at Danish Crown to be quite smooth. We started with a few days at a hotel in Vejle, where we got to know each other through teambuilding exercises and introductions to various business areas.

Starting my first rotation at Danish Crown Foods has also been very rewarding, since everyone is really welcoming and wants to include me in their tasks and share their knowledge. One of the most beneficial tools for my start at Danish Crown was that my line manager had arranged a whole lot of introductions for me to relevant stakeholders within the first weeks. This both gave me a lot of new acquaintances to greet in the hallways, but also a lot of business insights, which I continuously keep experiencing the benefits of.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I really enjoy cooking in my spare time and working at Danish Crown ensures that my fridge and freezer are always completely filled with delicious products. So, to an overly-ambitious amateur chef, this is the dream.

Anne Sofie Madsen
Master in Business & Development Studies
Anne Sofie Madsen, 26 years old, from Randers, Denmark.
First rotation: Pork Sales, strategy.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

First, having a background in international business means that there are quite a lot of different paths you can choose, but I was not sure which one was the right one for me. So, I figured that a graduate programme with different rotations would be an ideal way to find out exactly what I am truly passionate about. 

Second, because I have studied the challenges and opportunities that companies face when they do business abroad and I have lived abroad several times, I was keen to join a company with a strong international profile which could allow me to pursue an international career.

Lastly, during my time as a student I worked quite a lot with sustainability both in my studies and part time jobs and it is something I am very passionate about. Therefore, something that drew me to Danish Crown was that as a graduate you get to be part of the company’s journey towards reaching climate neutral meat production.  

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I currently work in a very fast-paced department, which is involved in a wide range of projects. As a result, I am involved in a lot of different projects and tasks, which means that my days often vary quite a bit. Some days I might do deep dive analyses of particular markets, other days I could be assisting my colleagues with preparing some presentation material or participating in meetings. I think as a graduate you have to be comfortable with a certain level of unpredictability and accepting the fact that your day might turn out very differently than what you had thought on your way to the office in the morning.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

Currently, I am the project manager for an e-commerce project in our US market which is really exciting to be a part of. I get to learn about all the different steps that are involved in bringing a new product to the market, work with colleagues from our US and UK offices, and develop my skills as a project manager. It is extremely challenging but at the same time it feels great to be entrusted with this kind of responsibility so early into the graduate programme. 

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

During the first week of the programme, I was very happy to spend some days getting to know my fellow graduates and learn more about Danish Crown. As part of the introduction week, we got to meet some really cool leaders from the company, including the group CEO Jais Valeur, which was really exciting and to me showed that the graduate programme is top priority for Danish Crown. 

My department has also been very thoughtful in making sure that I felt welcome when I started and had prepared a detailed introduction programme for me, which included presenting me to a lot of different areas of the business and the people working in them. Everyone I have met in my first few months have been very welcoming and helpful.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

When I was sixteen, I moved to a small city in Brazil to live with a local family for a year. Looking back now, I don’t think I had any idea of what a crazy ride that year would be and how much I would grow as a person. I think that experience has a lot of parallels to the graduate programme in that you might think you know what you are getting yourself into, but in reality, you have no clue. The only thing you can count on is that it will be one heck of a journey and that you will be a different person on the other side of it.  

Denis Paszek
Master in Operation, Project & Supply Chain Management
Denis Paszek, 25 years old, from Rybnik, Poland.
First rotation: Sokolow, Koło and Osie, production rotation&time study.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I was looking for a company where there were lots of international opportunities, a focus on being more sustainable and where I will have a chance to learn more about lean methodology and practices. Therefore, when I saw the Danish Crown Graduate Programme, I was really excited, because everything what I was thinking about was included in the programme description. Moreover, having three different rotations across the group is great, to not only get more experience but also expand my cultural awareness. 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

My first rotation is in production, so I wake up early in the morning to be in the factory on time and get an update about the production for the day. I am about to finish my first project, but at the same time I need to learn and recognise the different beef elements to be ready for the next task which is learning how to establish norm for a production, so there is lots of things to do and learn.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

My first project was about calculating and comparing the OEE between old and new line for deboning calves, with looking at the manufacturing and labour costs and waiting time of operators. Moreover, I also found the potential improvements to reduce the waiting time and departmental costs.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It was great experience! To be honest since the recruitment process I had good feeling how helpful everyone is in Danish Crown. The entire process was very well organised, and everything was planned. I think you can feel how important all graduates are during the welcome week in Denmark where we had introduction to all part of the business and we met our group CEO, Jais Valeur. It was a great chance to meet rest of the graduates and create the strong relationship. The week after everyone started their first rotation in different business unit, in my case it was Poland and Sokolow and everyone here was really helpful and enthusiastic, so it is nice feeling to be an employee at Danish Crown.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I have visited 20 countries around the world, and I hope that one day I will have a chance to move to Shanghai for a few years.

Erik Kjær Møller
Master in Business Admin & Bioentrepreneurship
Erik Kjær Møller, 27 years old, from Fredericia, Denmark.
First rotation: Beef, production.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I applied for the graduate program because I see the program as a great way to kickstart my career. At the three different rotations you get exposed to a steep learning curve and get the chance to gain an understanding of the entire value chain.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

In my production rotation at Danish Crown Beef, I am a part of a team implementing LEAN at shop floor level at our site in Holsted. We start and end each day with a team meeting, where tasks and deliverables are agreed, and we keep track of the progress of the project. My tasks include data analysis, meetings with stakeholders, presentations and training of employees at shop floor level.  

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

The LEAN project, which I am part of, is very hands-on and it has provided me with insights of how to turn theory into practice. There has been a steep learning curve and a high work pace throughout the project. I get the chance to make a difference every day and implement our findings immediately, which I find very motivating.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It has been a great experience to start as a graduate in Danish Crown. You feel appreciated and valued from the first day you enter the company. I have learned a lot since I joined the program, which includes leadership, project management and a broad understanding of the supply chain. The graduate program facilitates a lot of support including network with your follow graduates, a mentor, a buddy and training sessions, which are valuable in order to get the most out of your rotation.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

Outdoors, sports and hunting have always been key interests for me. I am a keen runner and hunter and I have been working as a hunting guide for 2 years in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

At our next graduate training session, a cutting course will be included to gain some hands-on experience from the production. I am looking much forward to gain some tips and tricks and improve my meat processing skills.

Meet our Graduates from 2019

Christian Jepsen
Master in Marketing
Christian Jepsen, 27 years old, from Randers, Denmark.
First rotation: Danish Crown Professional in Randers, Denmark.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I think you really enjoy seeing a large company from many different angles, as you get a lot of useful knowledge which will be beneficial both during and after the programme. Also, the training that we get during the programme, such as project management etc. ensure that we have a steep learning curve, which I also think is a great asset. At the same time, I had a great desire to work abroad in the short term, but also in the long term. The combination of having to work abroad in a rotation, and that Danish Crown is an international company that works in a lot of markets, is really good.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

It varies quite a lot as I am involved in a few different projects, in general there is never a dull day and it is a step learning curve in a fast-paced environment. Currently I am involved in our fast-food operations working with the familiar brands, such as Steff Houlberg and Gøl in relation to the hot dog stands across Denmark. There, among other things, I have been out with the sales force to visit our customers and get an hands-on experience with the market we operate in and our business model. Further, I have being interviewing some of our customers to get an understanding of their perspective working with Danish Crown Professionals, to see if we can do something internally to improve our customer relationship.  Another project I am involved in, is Dyrbar.dk where we are looking into forecast analysis, ensuring that we can meet customer demands by managing our inventory even better in the future. 

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

I've had a steep learning curve in the fast food project. There have been many people involved, both internally within the organization and but also externally in the market with wholesalers, our customers and end users. There, I had to navigate among many stakeholders, and it has been exciting to work with.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It has been great to get into Danish Crown. During the first week all of us new graduates where together at the head office in Randers, before going into our individual positions. We had an introduction to various parts of Danish Crown, along with team building exercises, factory and farm visits. I really think it created a strong foundation for going into our rotations with a bit of know how and a sense of familiarity to the business, which made me feel more confident going into my first rotation, in Danish Crown professionals. Of course, there were many things to get used to, but I felt more comfortable because we had got that introduction before. My colleagues at Danish Crown Foods have been good at welcoming me, where I have been onboard well.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I have never had one so full a freezer and fridge as I have had since I started working at Danish Crown. If I go to bed hungry, it's my own fault.

Gustav Winding
Master in International Business
Gustav Winding, 28 years old, from Aarhus, Denmark.
First rotation: Danish Crown Pork in Randers, Denmark

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I knew Danish Crown have a very global and international perspective and that has always appealed to me. I have travelled a lot myself and lived in Chicago, USA, for two years, so I think the global outlook is very interesting. Further, I think the opportunity to work in different business units to get as many insights in the organization as possible was beneficial. Lastly, I think management/leadership is a great fit for me, so when I saw Danish Crown’s Graduate Programme was aimed at future leaders, it was an obvious combination and decision.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I usually catch up with my colleagues to make sure we are aligned and that everyone is good to go with all their tasks. Further, we have a great relationship, so we also catch up on the personal level. Afterwards, I continue with my tasks and projects which could include desk research, meetings or presentations. I work both on my own projects, but also together with other colleagues – e.g. in USA or London, which is very interesting. I think one of the important things is to be able to structure your tasks and time, during both the day and the week, to progress in the best way possible.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

I have from the beginning been involved in a lot of different and interesting projects. My first project was on dry ham and how we could optimize and incorporate the product in our new strategy by turning it into a value-add product. Further, I am involved in projects in both US and China, which again illustrates the global organization we are working within. In the US we are optimizing the commercial/marketing strategy and in China we are looking into the African Swine Fewer and how the business can benefit from it in the best way possible.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It’s been exciting. I could feel from the beginning, that the Graduate Programme is a top priority in the group. It has been very professional, and I have really enjoyed the process. On my first day there was a clear onboarding plan for me, and I got introduced to all important and relevant processes and people. Further, all the graduates had the first week together which really created a great relationship.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

There is a carton called Gurli Gris (Peppa Pig), where one of the other characters is called Gustav Gris. In my childhood I have always been teased and called Gustav Gris, so for me to end up in Danish Crown and more specific in our Danish Crown Pork business unit is pretty much on point.

Hannah Griesshammer
Master in International Marketing
Hannah Griesshammer, 27 years old, from Bayreuth, Germany.
First rotation: Danish Crown Beef in Holsted, Denmark.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I thought it sounded very exciting with the sustainability journey that Danish Crown is on. I felt there was a lot to move and change in the business, and that attracted me. Also, it was a leadership programme, I felt that was a strong point. And there are a lot of business units so you can get experience with a many different areas of work during the time of the Graduate Programme.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

That’s difficult to say. No day is the same. I do some tasks which are marketing related and sometimes I must summarize some concepts as a text or USP’s. I have also drawn a floorplan for Fair Stand. I’ve done a lot of Excel I do a lot of quantitative data analysis, I did a financial strategy follow up. I look at new product development, and how successful they are. I’ve actually created a dashboard for that now.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

I like one where I had to help to develop a concept for the German market and afterwards, we made some material for that. But I also liked one where we looked at sustainability and how we can improve in Danish Crown Beef on that.

What was it like to be a new employee at Danish Crown?

People were very welcoming, and I remember in the first introduction week we had a meeting and there was a sales director from Danish Crown Beef and he said, “I know that Hannah is also here today”, so they knew I was coming to Danish Crown Beef, and they were looking forward to that. That was very nice. Some spoke German to me. It has been very nice.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I’m fluent in five language. German, English, Spanish, French and Danish. And I can speak some Swedish and I can read Korean, but I don’t speak Korean.

Julie Wulff
Master in International Business
Julie Wulff, 26 years old, from Aarhus, Denmark.
First rotation: Danish Crown Foods in Randers, Denmark.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I didn't quite know what I wanted to do after my studies, but I think Danish Crown's graduate programme is a great opportunity to try out several positions within one company. It is also very appealing to me that Danish Crown is a large international company and that we are sent out in at least one rotation abroad.

In addition, I find the food industry very interesting, and Danish Crown covers the whole chain – both production, slaughtering, processing and sales.

Finally, the sustainability agenda is also a big motivator for me. I think it is both challenging and exciting to try and work on sustainability in an industry that is known to many as a climate sinner.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I usually have many different projects that I juggle between. I'm in meetings, I sit with some analysis assignments, I work on packaging material and I coordinate projects with colleagues from different departments. So, my days rarely look completely the same.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

We have a big project where we are reducing our number of items to optimize our assortment. We are doing this throughout the company, but the project I'm working on is to reduce our bacon items in foodservice within Europe. It is exciting because there are so many stakeholders involved. What does Italy want from bacon? What does Germany want, etc. Everybody wants customized products, and no one wants to reduce their number of items, but we must reduce in order to reduce our complexity and lower the costs. It's very exciting to be a part of.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It's been good. The first week, all of us graduates were gathered in Randers at the headquarters, where we were introduced to all parts of the business. It created a good bond between us, so even though we are now in different units in different countries, we talk on Skype every month and I feel like we can really share experiences and help each other.

The second week, we started in our respective business units, and then we basically started from scratch again. There is of course a lot to learn, but my colleagues here in Foods have really taken good care of me and they all helped me get started, so it has been nice being a new employee at Danish Crown.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I've lived in six different countries (and hopefully more to come). I have lived in Denmark, of course, but also Italy, Thailand, Cyprus, England and Hong Kong.

Simone Egense Fejring
Master in IT, Communication and Organization
Simone Egense Fejring, 26 years old, from Hvilsager, Denmark.
First rotation: Danish Crown Group Global IT, in Randers, Denmark.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I applied because I have a bachelor's degree in International Business Communication and a master's degree in IT, Communication and Organization. Both educations can be used for many different things, and there are many directions to go after graduation. I didn't quite know where I was best and what type of position, I enjoy most so I researched various graduate programs. There, I think Danish Crown's graduate programme appealed to me because it has a general focus on leadership and because you didn't have to choose a specific direction from the start. You get around different business units and you go abroad. I think it is very exciting with all these various opportunities.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

Since I started, I have been part of a large project in Danish Crown where we must implement our global SAP template in Sokołów. I am working on this for the eight months I am in this business unit, so I do not have many different projects. I am part of the project management where I am the Business Project Manager. My focus is on change management. There are going to be some major changes, and I need to support employee adoption and minimize resistance to the changes required by the project.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

I joined Global IT when the project started, so I have been involved from the start and helped plan everything from the start. Therefore, I have been part of lot of meetings, a lot of project planning, a lot of trips to Poland and generally had a lot of influence. It has been tremendously exciting to be juggling with so many people involved in this project.

What was it like being a new employee at Danish Crown?

It has been good. People have been very welcoming. Even though I will only be in my current business unit for eight months, people have taken me in completely. I have been given a lot of responsibility and attended all meetings, so I have really gained ownership of the project and feel very appreciated.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

I have a great love for birds and especially chickens. When I was a kid, I grew up in the countryside where we had chickens. I had a pet chicken called Snowball. It was very tame and would come running when I called its name. I would also give it a bath and dry it with my hairdryer afterwards.

Tom Hunt
Agricultural Business Management
Tom Hunt, 25 years old, from Bristol, England.
First rotation: Danish Crown UK in Bugle, England.

Why did you apply for the Danish Crown Graduate Programme?

I was already in the Tulip Limited Graduate Programme. At the British universities you don’t hear much about international graduate programs. So, when I started in the Tulip Limited graduate programme, we looked in to the parent company, Danish Crown. I kept asking questions to know more about the company.

It was very interesting, and when the Tulip Limited graduate programme began to lose focus in 2019 and stopped, I got to move to Danish Crowns graduate programme instead.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I’m in my production rotation right now, so typically I get in to the factory early and get an understanding of what the plan for the day is. Now it is Christmas time, so we are very busy. I help facilitate the Christmas production. It’s primarily cured gammon we are doing for the major retailers. So, I’m in the factory helping delivering meat for Christmas.

My main other project is about training the staff.

What is the best project or task you have worked with so far?

The most interesting project so far has been helping the site to deliver Christmas. The volume in our site increases massively during the run-up Christmas. We increase our throughput of legs from 80,000 to 110,000 per week, it has been a steep learning curve for my skills in production and a great experience.

What was it like to be a new employee at Danish Crown?

I knew a thing or two about Danish Crown beforehand, but it was very different from Tulip Limited. I felt very appreciated and valued. Especially when we visited the headquarters in our introduction week. From the receptionist to the CEO, everyone was warm and welcoming us.

Tell us something that others might not know about you.

When I was 16, I went to Zambia to help with a rebuilding project of a school. The problem was the school was very remote, so we had to trek through forest, dessert and grassland to get to the school, so we could help at the school. That was a big experience for a 16 old kid. We had to fish in a local river and that was our dinner.