Procurement Process Specialist

Date: 01-Oct-2021

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Member Co-ops; Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers. It is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,400 employees. Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 13 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.


Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Forto and BEO. Markets are served by production facilities and in-market sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and the US.


Ornua Ingredients Ireland (OII) co-ordinates the procurement of Irish dairy products and is responsible for the sale of these dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world. OII is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business works alongside and is supported by production facilities in UK, Spain, USA and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.




Ornua is the home of Irish dairy. Our cooperative ethos is at the heart of who we are and how we do business. Our global success would not be possible without the close collaboration, care, and commitment of our 2,400 strong team. Ornua cares about building sustainable livelihoods for all our people, who in turn care about driving sustainable profits for our co-op members and the Irish dairy farming families we proudly represent.


Ornua 2025 is our strategic plan that will help realise our vision for growth in the next five years. It outlines what we will do well, what we will do with the profits we generate, and what additional services we will provide to our members. We will be guided by 3 guiding principles; focus, simplicity and adding value to our volume and we will clearly define what market we will play in.


Together, we will grow for good – creating value for our Irish farming families and for our 2,400 strong, committed, and proud global team.




Ornua Co-operative Limited is currently seeking to appoint a Business Process Owner for Procurement to cover maternity leave.


The Business Process Owner will support the successful implementation of our group transformation programme, Project Evolve, by leveraging the Ornua Operating Model to connect the business in the delivery of the Ornua vision.


The Ornua Operating model defines the future ways of working that will deliver the Ornua vision, delivering multiple highly connected cross-functional processes. It connects the Ornua vision with operational execution and the ICT global template.




  • This is a leadership role, working with Procurement Subject Matter Experts across the group to design, implement and maintain Ornua’s agreed best practices.
  • Lead and manage the Procurement workstream as part of the Project Evolve transformation program.
  • Work with ICT teams to translate our business design into functional and technical solutions. 
  • Facilitate cross-regional decision-making connecting business process and application enablement.
  • Lead the procurement process implementation work across all Ornua sites as they migrate to the Ornua operating model and new ERP system.
  • Lead the roll-out of ‘Ornua source’, Ornua’s supplier management system across the group for major categories of spend.
  • Chair the Procurement leadership forum (Reference Group) to provide appropriate oversight and governance at a senior management level.
  • Support development and on-going adoption of new ways of working and process based training for all areas of procurement across the group.
  • Act as a powerful advocate for operational excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Input into on-going group integration and change management activities.
  • Drive best in class data mapping, cleansing and definitions for Procurement in conjunction with the Ornua data team.



  • Ideally 5 + years’ experience in Procurement, Process Improvement, Change Management, Communications and Training.
  • Deep Knowledge of Business Design
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to listen
  • Strong leadership and motivation skills and effective negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage and drive a team as well as being a team-player
  • The ability and autonomy to make critical decisions under significant time pressure
  • Proven ability to plan and meet deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and documentation writing skills
  • Willing to “roll up your sleeves” and get stuck in



Working Together – Ensures own team effectiveness, facilitates and leads cross-functional working.

Rigour – For complex challenges or new areas applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.

Communicative – Applies advanced communication skills, considering impact on the audience and desired outcomes.

Forward Looking – Leads others through change and contributes to competitive challenges and functional strategic plans.

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