People & Business Partner

Would you like to work for a company with innovative & tasty products that are good for your health & for the planet!? If so, we are excited to tell you that we might just have something for you!
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Oatly is a company built on the idea of change. Our mission is to help people upgrade their everyday lives and the health of the planet by making tasteful oat-based food products accessible to a wider audience in a world-class manner. It's why we come to work every day. With head office in Malmö and production in Sweden, Netherlands and the US, our products are available in almost 30 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. 



Oatly are building their first UK factory in Peterborough and it’s expected to be finished in early 2023. The oats will be sourced locally within the UK and we anticipate we will be able to produce 300 million litres of oat drink per year at launch! That’s a lot of oat drink and it will make it one of the largest plant-based dairy factories in the world. THE WORLD.

And we wouldn’t be Oatly if we didn’t mention sustainability and that it’s at the heart of the planning process. We’re working to ensure the new factory brings value to the people and the planet without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources. We aim to use 100% renewable energy, and decrease its energy consumption, water consumption and waste by 75% each at the factory, by 2029 compared to Oatly’s environmental footprint in 2019. 

The new UK factory will continue Oatly’s drive to create a systemic shift in society and the food system towards a plant-based future. That’s better for people and better for the planet too.


More and more people choose to switch to a plant-based diet for the sake of their health and the planet. We offer you a great opportunity to take an active part in the expansion of a great company with great products. If you’re getting a tingly feeling reading this, thinking you want to be part of making sure Oatly can actively making the world a better place, we are happy to tell you that we are looking for a People & Business Partner for our site in Peterborough.



Your mission as the People & Business Partner is to provide a high-quality HR partnering service and specialist support covering; talent and succession planning, organisational and employee development, performance management, reward and recognition, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, employee voice and culture.  You’ll also need to advise on, influence and deliver, commercially driven people interventions that ensure Oatly build employee capability and engagement, drive people innovation and are recognised internally and within the Peterborough area as being an employer of choice.

You will be accountable for setting up a brand new facility and then for all on-going activities on a 24-hour, 7 day a week basis covering the whole site.


More fun things you will do:

Reporting to our Director of Plant Operations and EMEA People & Business Partner you will lead a strategically functioning and operationally sound HR function, continuously improving and developing HR policies, processes, procedures and data management.  You’ll need to work collaboratively with the Site Leadership and Operational teams, the EMEA People & Business Partner, HR Supply Chain Operations network and members of the Global HR Specialist Teams. You will also have an opportunity to recruit and develop the site team and you’ll also to be part of a new Leadership Team yourself. You need to be energised by uncertainty and by building things from the ground up.



You will be an experienced HR professional holding a CIPD level 7 qualification (or equivalent) and as importantly you will be both passionate and commercially minded with demonstrable experience gained in a medium to large sized organisation. 

You will  need to be able to create a positive and inclusive work environment, be able to build influential and trusted relationships, and have a proven track record of delivering innovative people plans covering the whole people spectrum. With an excellent knowledge of modern HR practices and a working knowledge of continuous improvement, you’ll also need to be system savvy!

Experience of working within a leadership team and coaching people to be at their best and to find their own solutions is also key for the role holders success.  You need to be self-aware and growth-oriented and to understand your own strengths and limitations

Finally, to be the perfect fit for Oatly, we believe that you have a thirst for knowledge and that you are eager to learn more! You are an improvement driven person with a hands-on approach, even during rapid change.

We hope that you share our values and are just as eager as us to carry out our mission in order to make the world a little bit better.


Does this sound like your next challenge? We hope so and we look forward to receiving your application. Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we will close the application process when we have found the right candidate. 

As you can probably tell, we are a norm-breaking company. For us, diversity and differences are an obvious asset. We know that amazing candidates are sometimes put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box, and that makes us sad.

So if you tick most of those boxes, but not all, please pop in an application anyway. And good luck! 🤞

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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Sustainability, health and trust are our core values and the foundation for our existence. These principles align us, but give us enough space to adapt them to our reality. If you plan to join us, our principles will help you get the hang of our culture quicker. We bring them to life by living them every day.


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