Continuous Improvement Champion

Date: 08-Jan-2022

Location: Mitchelstown, Ireland

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited


Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Member Co-ops; 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, 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.


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


This is a 12 month fixed term contract. 


Key Responsibilities:


  • Delivering continuous improvement initiatives within the site Operations Function to meet Safety, Quality, Delivery & Cost objectives.
  • Support operational process excellence and knowledge capture in day-to-day operations through the deployment of accurate/ accessible resources & process parameter mapping.
  • Support the deployment and advocate for the use of best-in-class Continuous Improvement Tools on site.
  • Develop, lead and deliver structured change management for continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Analyse operational data and actively identify opportunities for improvements on site.
  • Support/motivate project teams to ensure timely and successful delivery of continuous improvement projects
  • Support continuous improvement education and training, in partnership with the OpEx team
  • Provide regular communication of project status to departmental staff and leadership.
  • Comply with the H&S policy and procedures and build H&S culture through best H&S practices in all work activities


Key Requirements:


  • 3rd level qualification (Bachelor's degree desirable) and relevant experience; preferred disciplines: Sciences, Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain Management, or Business Management or  5+ years' relevant experience in a in a GMP manufacturing environment.
  • Passion for change and improvement
  • Data driven mindset and strong attention to detail
  • Project management, prioritizing and multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills
  • Lean Six Sigma Qualification desirable.




  • WORKING TOGETHER: Ensures own team effectiveness; facilitates and leads cross-functional working
  • COMMUNICATIVE:  Communicates confidently, adapting style for different situations
  • OWNERSHIP:  Clarifies accountabilities, overlaps and gaps, and helps others remain motivated through difficult times.
  • FORWARD LOOKING:  Helps others to accept change, implement change, and looks ahead to anticipate change



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