Procurement Specialist - Indirect Goods and Services

Date: 17-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 support the implementation of a sourcing strategy for the assigned category; Indirect goods and services. This category governs spend in departments not directly involved in manufacturing, e.g.  IT, Marketing, HR, Facilities, Sustainability, Legal.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the analysis and management of spend within this category and supporting the category manager on other projects as they arise. You will work closely with and manage relationships between Corporate Procurement and cross functional stakeholders within Ornua while also maintaining strong relationships with our suppliers and service providers.  Stakeholder engagement, relationship management and working to strengthen the supply base in readiness for growth is also a critical part of the 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, data analysis and presentation, and category strategy implementation.


Key Accountabilities:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for supporting the Procurement Category Manager in the day-to-day implementation of the category strategy.
  • Analyse and understand the portfolio of spend under management and be competent in presenting spend data to support decision making.
  • Have a strong understanding of spend category markets and dynamics.
  • Be directly responsible and accountable for the ongoing management of their assigned category (Indirect goods and services).
  • Grow spend under procurement management and apply appropriate sourcing strategies.
  • Manage risk by analysing current and 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 between other departments in Ornua and suppliers/service providers to ensure that our business requirements and objectives are aligned.
  • Delivering cost improvement through the execution of sourcing plans and managing RFI/P & Tenders.
  • Pro-actively manage contractual expiry and compliance tied to the category strategy.
  • Manage transactional approvals and monitor compliance to Corporate Procurement policies and procedures.
  • Serve as an escalation point to internal business stakeholders for supplier relationship concerns.
  • Provide commercial leadership and market insight around procurement trends and new developments in the marketplace for their assigned categories.
  • Understand key cost drivers and monitoring global/regional risks and opportunities.
  • Participate in procurement initiatives and striving to continually improve our processes and procedures, leverage the use of e-procurement tools.
  • Upload and maintain procurement data and purchase agreements in MRP and Ornua Source procurement system.
  • Ne able to travel on occasion both domestic and International.


Knowledge and Competencies:


  • Proficient at stakeholder management across all levels of the organisation.
  • Strong in supplier relationship management.
  • Commercially astute.
  • Proven procurement skills ideally with a working knowledge of indirect goods and services and a willingness to take on new challenges as they arise.
  • 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 define action plans to resolve programme/project issues and implement corrective actions where required.
  • Previous experience in leveraging e-procurement tools, planning and leading tenders from pretender stage, through to completion, employing RFI and RFP’s, e-Auctions etc.


Desired Qualifications:


  • 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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