Procurement Coordinator - Cheese

Date: 25-Nov-2022

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, 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 €2.5 billion and a global team of 2,850 employees.  Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 16 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, 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 across the world.  Ornua Ingredients is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.


Ornua’s Values

At Ornua, our Values guide us as we work together and care for each other to achieve great things. Our five values, and their underlying behaviours, encourage us to Seek and Embrace New Ideas, Make It Happen, Be Our True Selves, Show You Care and Achieve Great Things Together.


Dynamic Working

Ornua have a Dynamic Working policy in place which facilitates flexible hours and hybrid working.


Job Summary:


As part of Ornua Ingredients Ireland, the Procurement & Planning Section is responsible for the demand planning, and supply planning and procurement of all dairy products for onward sale by the Ornua Foods and Ingredient Divisions serviced from Ornua headquarters.   


The Procurement & Planning section’s goal is to support our businesses to meet customers’ needs through developing strong, sustainable knowledge-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders. We aim to maximise value through efficient forecasting, planning, purchasing, and business processes.


A key role within the procurement and planning team is the operations planning of both ingredient and retail cheese for onward sale into both ingredient and retail sales channels.


Key Areas of Responsibility:


Planning and Procurement:

  • Form a key member of the cheese planning and procurement team developing key relationships with our bulk cheese suppliers coordinating monthly production plans in line with Ornua’s overall forecasting process.
  • A key link between Ornua’s sales teams and our member suppliers; provide regular market, customer & commercial insights and updates as appropriate. Schedule and attend regular member meetings and attend customer meetings as necessary with sales teams.
  • Working closely with the grading team and third-party retail cheese packers ensure scheduling of stock transfer and packing is aligned to our branded forecasted demand.
  • Review supplier performance and initiate projects aimed at providing overall improved product performance while also identifying and implementing cost saving initiatives.
  • Provide the support associated with the purchase and management of products and services including the raising, communicating and maintaining of relevant purchase orders, stock reclassifications, maintaining relevant management information records and preparing analysis and reports as required.
  • Working closely with Ornua’s Demand Planning, Customer Service and Sales teams analysing and sense-checking the demand forecasts.
  • Manage NCs relating to your area in line with Ornua’s NC process.
  • Be a strong contributor to the wider Procurement team. Collaborate with colleagues across all product categories to ensure all information is processed timely and forecasts (both supply and demand) remain accurate.
  • Live the Ornua values while collaborating with cross functional teams across the business.


stock management:


  • Manage Ornua’s retail cheese and ingredient stocks appropriately ensuring our customer demands are always met while avoiding any generation of offline product.
  • Selection of stock as required while ensuring stock reservations are put in place where required.
  • Become a key stakeholder in our product review forums taking full ownership and responsibility for your area.



Key Competencies:


  • Strong analytical capability. Experience in advanced excel and finance related activities is desirable.
  • Strong administration, attention to detail and organisation skills.
  • Appetite to work in a fast-paced environment, which evolves rapidly in line with fluctuating commodity markets and seasonality of milk supply.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A strong role model of Ornua values and behaviours, Ability to build and maintain relationships, while being a strong negotiator.
  • Team player with a desire to continuously improve as an individual.
  • Willingness to work on ad-hoc projects as they arise.










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