Procurement Specialist

Date: 18-Jan-2023

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


Ornua requires a Procurement Specialist to lead the implementation of a sourcing strategy for the assigned category (Packaging and Non-Dairy Ingredients) in line with our overall business objectives.


Integral to this role is developing a cost-effective supply base that allows us to deliver product in a highly competitive market. Supplier relationship management, risk mitigation and working to strengthen the supply base in readiness for growth is also critical parts of this role.


The candidate will be an experienced procurement professional and be able to contribute towards our Procurement transformation, will have a proven track record of success in supporting the management of a significant spend portfolio within an EMEA / Global procurement organization, and will be able to implement best practices in areas such as, cost management, supplier relationship management, risk management, data analysis and presentation.


Key Accountabilities:


The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for the implementation of the category strategy aligned with the overall procurement and business plan.
  • Understand the product portfolio, spend under management, and be competent in analysing and presenting spend and market data to support decision making.
  • Have a strong understanding of commodity markets and dynamics that influence pricing.
  • Negotiate terms and pricing with suppliers.
  • Be directly responsible and accountable for the ongoing management of assigned category (Packaging and Non-Dairy Ingredients).
  • Grow spend under procurement management and apply appropriate sourcing strategies.
  • Manage risk by analysing current /future market conditions and defining contingency plans to ensure critical supply needs are met.
  • Be responsible for the management of the contracting process & frameworks consistent with legal, regulatory, and business requirements.
  • Function as liaison for the business units to ensure that commercial requirements between the suppliers and Ornua are aligned.
  • Deliver cost improvement through the execution of sourcing plans and managing RFQ’s & Tenders.
  • Pro-actively manage contractual expiry and compliance.
  • Actively manage category spend under contract via appropriate sourcing techniques.
  • Manage transactional approvals and monitor compliance with Corporate Procurements processes and policies. 
  • Serve as an escalation point to manage supplier performance issues. 
  • Provide commercial leadership and market insight of procurement trends and new developments in the marketspace and use these insights in the continuous development of our sourcing strategies.
  • Participate in procurement initiatives and strive to continually improve procurement processes and procedures.
  • Upload and maintain procurement data / contacts in MRP and Ornua Source procurement systems.
  • Able to travel on occasion both domestic and International.


Knowledge and Competencies


  • Proficient stakeholder management across all levels of the organisation.
  • Strong supplier relationship manager.
  • Commercially astute.
  • Proven procurement skills ideally with a working knowledge of packaging and ingredients.
  • Strong decision-making ability and attention to detail.
  • Strong data analysis, interpretation, and presentation skills. With a strong working proficiency in the MS Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint.)
  • Proven negotiation and conflict management skills with the ability to resolve issues at all levels of management.
  • Ability to create and deliver action plans to resolve programme/project issues and implement corrective actions where required.
  • Previous experience leveraging e-procurement tools (Jaggaer / Coupa, SAP e-sourcing etc), planning and leading tenders from pretender stage, through to completion, employing RFI and RFP’s, e-Auctions etc.


Desired Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, procurement, supply chain or equivalent.
  • 3 years of procurement experience as a Procurement Specialist or similar.
  • Dairy Industry experience and FMCG industry knowledge ideal.
  • CIPS or APICS or other Certification advantageous.













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