Date: 30-Sep-2021

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited



Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its members, Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, the Irish dairy farmer. Ornua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of €2.3 billion and has a strong global team of over 2,400 employees. It operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 12 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all strategically important markets.


The Group is comprised of 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, Kerrygold Avantage, 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 is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers. Ornua Ingredients is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US, and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.


Growth for Good


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 an In-House Lawyer to cover maternity leave. The position will be for a 12 month fixed term and is open to flexbile working. 


The Lawyer will work with the Ornua Legal Team on legal and compliance matters relating to Ornua. The role will cover a wide range of corporate and commercial areas including the accurate and timely drafting of contracts, agreements and other legal documents to facilitate the commercial interests of the organisation, EU law, trademark protection, commercial contracts, insurance and litigation.


Provision of commercial legal advice will be a key element of the role, as will gaining an understanding of the business and the risks that are evident in Ornua's operating environment. Providing an accurate and speedy response to queries and the delivery of appropriate legal documents will be an integral part of the role.




  • To help deliver accurate and timely commercial legal and contractual advice across all divisions, business units and functions.
  • To draft, review negotiate and advise on a wide variety of commercial agreements and contracts including terms and conditions of sale and purchase, supply agreements, sales/distribution agreements, service agreements, leases, consulting agreements, licenses and non-disclosure agreements and other  legal documents of a commercial nature.
  • To create and maintain up-to-date standard form contracts.
  • To contribute positively to the continuous improvement of in-house legal processes to ensure on-going protection of Ornua's commercial interests.
  • To work with the business to ensure proper corporate governance (e.g. corporate formalities, contract reviews, contract retention and the management of other records, etc.)
  • To conduct legal research and provide recommendations to the Group Legal Counsel.
  • To roll out regulatory and other compliance programs.
  • To perform any other duties appropriate to the position.



  • Experience of working as a lawyer in-house and/or in private practice
  • Awareness of legal environment and requirements for compliance and procedures.
  • Commercial outlook, flexible attitude and practical approach to problem solving.
  • Willingness to take on responsibility and to identify process improvements.
  • Ability to work without supervision and show initiative.
  • Good communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work in a pressurised environment, while maintaining attention to detail and coordinating matters/projects.
  • Written/verbal communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage deadlines and multiple projects to a timely and successful conclusion.
  • Enthusiastic and hard-working.

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