Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

Date: 10-Sep-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 €2.3 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 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 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.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Take ownership of sourcing, screening and engaging with external candidates for a variety of positions, both in Ireland and Ornua's international markets, with the aim of developing a strong talent pipeline for Ornua. This is to be done through a variety of methods, including LinkedIn, online job boards, recruitment agencies, Universities, networking, referrals etc.
  • In conjunction with hiring managers, draft fit for purpose and engaging job descriptions and recruitment adverts that strongly reflect the Ornua Employer Brand.
  • Build strong relationships with hiring managers to understand their business area and the key skills to hire for.
  • Manage the selection, hiring and on-boarding process from end to end.
  • Ensure a positive candidate experience by liaising with candidates through all stages of the recruitment process.
  • Assist in the interview process for a wide range of roles
  • Play a key role in attracting and selecting talent for the Ornua Graduate Programme and Student Programme and continue to strengthen the Ornua employer brand on-campus
  • Champion recruitment practices that are cost effective and impactful and strengthen Ornua’s social media presence to attract the right talent to the organisation.
  • Manage the preferred supplier list for recruitment agencies and head-hunter
  • Actively participate as a member of the Ornua HR team, taking on some broader projects and tasks

Key Requirements and Competencies:

  • 5+ years recruitment and sourcing experience, gained either in an in-house or agency environment.
  • Proven candidate sourcing and relationship building skills.
  • Skilled in Boolean search techniques and online and social sourcing, particularly via LinkedIn.
  • A relevant HR degree or post-graduate qualification is desirable, coupled with CIPD membership.
  • Experience in the operation of assessment centres and psychometric selection tools is desirable.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent administration, organisational skills and high level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills, with a strong customer service focus and attitude.
  • Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills are essential


Ornua Core Competencies:


  • Customer Focus: Advocates for the customer, balances customer and business needs, and spots opportunities for growth.
  • Forward-Looking: Helps others to accept change, implements change, and looks ahead to anticipate change.
  • Ownership: Makes decisions about sustainable growth, and/or manages performance and ensures the quality and delivery of other’s work, rewards and recognises success.
  • Working Together: Encourages co-operation in own team and supports cross-functional working.











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