Apprentice Electrician

Date: 14-Jan-2023

Location: Mitchelstown, 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.

Kerrygold Park is Ornua’s new state of the art manufacturing facility and centre of excellence for the Kerrygold Brand. 


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Learn and develop new practical craft related skills, knowledge and competencies
  • Work with and learn from experienced crafts people
  • Support the Installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of various electrical & control systems and services
  • Respond to plant downtime to ensure any contributory faults are resolved in a timely manner to ensure the plant can maximize throughput
  • Adhere to all Environmental, Health and Safety Standards and Procedures
  • Interrogate fault find and resolve any problems that arise on process equipment and utilities
  • Execution of work routines
  • Utilisation of current and future Kerrygold Park IT systems
  • Support the H&S strategy within Ornua through proactive participation and involvement
  • Maintain facility to the highest standards
  • Proactively work with the operational and engineering teams to ensure site KPIs are achieved
  • Drive and Support Continuous Improvement onsite.
  • Be a proactive member of the Ornua site engineering team.


Key Requirements & Competencies:

  • Administration and record keeping are key activities of this role
  • A positive, can-do, resilient, and flexible attitude with the ability to work on his/her own initiative
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and written skills.
  • Results-orientated with a proven record of achievement.
  • Excellent technical competence with the capacity to effectively analyse issues and problem solve in accordance with our Continuous Improvement philosophy
  • A positive, can-do, resilient and flexible attitude
  • Proficient with IT
  • Strong attention to detail; and concern for standards with a keen results orientation
  • Leaving Cert with strong aptitude for science & math subjects desirable
  • FORWARD LOOKING: Responds positively to change and looks ahead to anticipate tasks.  
  • WORKING TOGTHER: Is supportive, co-operative, and inclusive.
  • CURIOSITY: Open to asking questions and willing to learn and continuously improve.  
  • RIGOUR:  To ensure excellence in own work applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.   


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