Talent Acquisition Specialist

Date: May 16, 2022

Location: Hilbert, United States

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.


HR Team Function:

The HR Team at Ornua provides strategic HR partnership to our business. We have a clearly defined Talent Strategy with four key pillars – Talent Acquisition, Total Reward, Understanding our People and Talent Development. The Talent Acquisition Specialist will play a key role in driving the Talent Acquisition pillar of this strategy.


 Job Summary:

The Talent Acquisition Specialist will manage the sourcing of external candidates, both active and passive, for dedicated vacancies and potential future staffing needs. The role also offers the opportunity to partner closely with hiring managers in the shortlisting and interviewing of applicants for specific positions and offers a high level of visibility within the business. As well, this role will partner with the Shared Services organization to ensure the recruitment process flows smoothly and responsively to create a great hiring experience for the hiring manager and candidates.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Take ownership of sourcing, screening and engaging with external candidates for a variety of positions for OINA, with the aim of developing a strong talent pipeline for OINA. 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.  Talent Acquisition Specialist manages the recruitment process until onsite interviews begin and then they will partner with the Shared Services to ensure they quickly and accurately perform those activities assigned to the Advisor for the rest of the process.
  • 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 leading the overall Ornua Graduate Program and OINA internships by attracting and selecting talent for participation in the program and continue to strengthen the Ornua employer brand on-campus by participating in appropriate University and College career fairs.
  • 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 overall recruitment budget.
  • Manage the preferred supplier list for recruitment agencies and head-hunters
  • Actively participate as a member of the Ornua HR team, taking on some broader projects and tasks.
  • Ensure that OINA’s total compensation practices (base, bonus, and benefits) are competitive in the market to ensure we acquire the best talent possible.  Actively monitor new and different benefit programs to propose improved benefit schemes that will enhance our competitiveness. 


Key Skills & Requirements:

  • 4+ years recruitment and sourcing experience, gained either in an in-house or agency environment.
  • Proven candidate sourcing and relationship building skills.
  • A relevant HR degree, post-graduate qualification is desirable, or coupled with SHRM membership and certification.
  • Experience in the operation of assessment centers and psychometric selection tools is desirable.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent administration, organizational 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
  • Prefer to have a candidate who has skills in Boolean search techniques and online and social sourcing, particularly via LinkedIn.


Candidates who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted directly. Unfortunately we are not in a position to revert to all other applicants

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