New Product Development Executive

Date: 06-Oct-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.

The New Product Development Executive will join the existing Product Development Team to support the Ornua Foods Division in developing new dairy products for our branded product range through contributing to idea and concept development, providing technical support and managing new product launches with our suppliers.


This role is a 12 month fixed term contract. 


Key Responsibilities


-  Managing Innovation, Renovation and Modification projects at every stage of the process from idea to post launch review in line with our steering process and Brand Appropriate Innovation

  • To work cross functionally with relevant commercial teams, Ornua members and 3rd party manufacturers
  • To project manage critical paths coordinating product development and execution activities 
  • To provide product development samples for evaluation and to assist with market/ consumer research as appropriate 
  • To attend trials and First production to ensure the quality of the product is correct
  • To present updates to senior management at monthly steering meeting of project status


- Assist with all product benchmarking across multiple product categories 

- To engage with external research institutes and consultants on product development projects where expertise is not available in house  

- To provide technical expertise to business units across the Ornua Group when necessary 

- Supporting the Innovation team with identification of both new and improved product opportunities in both current and new categories to develop a strong product pipeline for our brands, strategic markets and product categories 

  • To keep abreast of the technical capabilities of Irish Dairy Manufacturers and other key players
  • To update team on key competitor activity
  • Attend trade shows to build new relationships with suppliers with relevant capability  


Key Skills and Requirements


  • BSc (Hons) in a Food Science discipline
  • At least 3 years' relevant experience in the food industry across dairy categories working in product development, technical or production functions
  • Passionate about dairy, new products & technology
  • Understanding of our manufacturing capability across our members, suppliers and packers
  • Successful track record of project management and delivery
  • Ability to make sound decisions and recommendations to Senior team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects across multiple work streams 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with cross functional team
  • Excellent communication, analytical, and organisational skills.
  • Flexibility to travel internationally.




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