Product Development Manager, Cheese & Butter

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 Manager 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 is a 12 month fixed term contract. 


Key Responsibilities:


  • Execute NPD projects in line with pipeline and aligned to business strategy.
  • Manage NPD team, allocate resource, develop team and support projects.
  • Oversee project budgets, timelines and trial plans.
  • Communicate project status to key stakeholders, escalate any barriers, develop solutions for problem solving.
  • Collate project stage gate documents for steering review.
  • Co-ordinate data to present at monthly dashboard meeting and for members updates
  • Ensure all data is captured on Evolve software.
  • Stakeholder interactions:  Design, Technical, Regulatory, Legal, Planning, Procurement, Finance, Global brand team.


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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