Finance Business Partner FP&A

Date: 24-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.



Key responsibilities:


Business Partnering

  • Work closely with General Manager, Financial Controller and Leadership Team to provide operations and commercial support on a day-to-day basis
  • Enable and drive decision making through robust financial analysis on capital investment, cost saving and innovation initiatives.
  • Work close with Group and Foods Finance to ensure clarity on financial performance
  • Use wider understanding of the site to influence the leadership team to deliver the best results for the entire business.
  • Develop strong relations with the Ops FBP and financial accountant to harness any synergies and develop improvements across the function.
  • Support development of financial awareness of non-finance colleagues




  • Work closely with Head of Commercial to support innovation projects, Product Portfolio Management and cost savings on raw materials, including packaging
  • Develop and publish KPI reporting to drive improvement in Commercial


Financial Performance Management

  • Deliver monthly analysis of results and suggest corrective actions to be taken to deliver EBITA targets. This should include variance analysis to Budget and provide narrative on causes of variance.
  • Creation and periodic (weekly, monthly, etc) circulation of relevant financial reports to measure performance against budgets, KPI targets, etc.and provide financial insights
  • Working with Budget owners, lead periodic cost reporting across all functions to ensure delivery of targets.


Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Lead annual budget process, delivering a clearly articulated and initiative driven business plan
  • Lead preparation of detailed quarterly forecast (3+9, 6+6 and 9+3) throughout the year
  • Weekly and Monthly Flash forecast preparation and submission
  • Lead preparation of P&Ls for 5 Year strategic plans


Ad Hoc Work

  • Provide cover for Financial Controller when necessary
  • Support the wider finance team during pinch points throughout the year
  • Support miscellaneous project work


Key Requirements and Competencies:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA) with 5+ years PQE
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; advanced Excel an advantage
  • ​​​​​​​Strong influencing skills
  • Ability to lead and drive change
  • Good team player with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commercially astute with strong analytical skills
  • Experience operating as a business partner to non-finance functions
  • Highly motivated and dynamic
  • International experience welcome
  • FORWARD LOOKING: Leads others through change and contributes to competitive challenges and functional strategic plans.
  • RIGOUR: For projects that involve others applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.
  • OWNERSHIP: Clarifies accountabilities, overlaps, and gaps, and helps others remain motivated through difficult times
  • COMMUNICATIVE: Applies advanced communication skills, considering impact on the audience and desired outcomes.








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