R&D Technologist

Date: Jan 29, 2023

Location: Hilbert, United States

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Company Overview

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.


Role Overview: OINA has an exciting opportunity to join its R&D team.  Our Scientists/Technologists collaborate closely with our customers, suppliers and their Ornua global teammates to identify and implement best practice, to develop and commercialize cutting edge solutions for everyday problems and to participate in platform technology development.

The R&D Technologist is an integral member of the R&D team, working collaboratively with other R&D members to support the development and optimization of technologies and functional cheese ingredients that meet our customer needs. This is a position that provides an excellent opportunity for continuous learning and professional development. Join a team and an organization that puts innovation at the heart of our business strategy. At Ornua, we don't just develop great products, we develop great people


Reports to: TBD



  1. Preference will be given to candidates holding minimum of Bachelor degree in science, food or dairy, or closely related filed highly preferred, but we will also consider diploma or certification or associate degree in related field of study.
  2. Must have valid driver’s license with flexibility to travel and visit customers up to 10-15% of the time
  3. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. as needed
  4. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to travel to grow eventually grow into leading Customer facing NPD projects.


Other Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Working experience in R&D or QA lab, or dairy processing plant will be a plus
  2. Knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points applications to a food plant a plus
  3. Knowledge of State and Federal regulations on Cheese Manufacture and Production a plus
  4. Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, and written skills
  5. Lean Six Sigma experience/certification a plus


Principal Duties:

Demonstrate sound understanding of the science and technology utilized by Ornua Ingredients North America.

  1. Support R&D experiment with new approaches and methods and documents the research process
  2. Support and lead development of new products and product re-formulations, effectively translating them from pilot plant to production floor.
  3. Perform hands-on benchtop evaluations of OINA products in all food applications.
  4. Ensure all product testing meets analytical, application and functional performance per customer requirements
  5. Continually help in investigating new ingredients, technologies, and equipment for producing, safe, high quality food products more cost efficiently
  6. Proactively research market trends and develop new applications/concepts for use of Ornua cheese
  7. Maintain lab records on formulas, ingredients and standard operating procedures for department and new product developments, including logging of all incoming materials to be used in production of sample products
  8. Maintain peer-to-peer contact with our suppliers’ R&D Departments.
  9. Conduct on-going sensory/organoleptic analyses of Ornua products as required
  10. Conduct challenge studies and shelf life studies where appropriate on new products
  11. Organize and execute customer presentations and trade shows.  Be on site as needed to explain usage and show examples of product, applications, and capabilities
  12. Work with the R&D team to maintain a clean and orderly lab at all times.


Other Duties:

  1. Demonstrate adherence to the site’s Safety and GMP practices
  2. Attend monthly facility Safety training
  3. Assist with appropriate Risk Assessments upon request
  4. Assist with appropriate Accident/Incident Investigations and Right-to-Refuse Investigation
  5. Taste testing dairy products

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