Maintenance Technician

Date: 23-Nov-2021

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 2,400 employees. Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 13 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. 



Candidate Profile:

The likely candidate will have a keen desire to work and train in a high speed, automated butter making facility and to add value to both the organization and engineering team. The ideal candidate will be playing a key role in continuous improvement and sharing of learnings to the Engineering team. You will be ambitious to move your career to the next level by joining a team of professionals building a centre of excellence where world class manufacturing practices are put in place and a culture of continuous improvement is created and maintained.



Key Areas of Responsibility:


  • Support the H&S strategy within Ornua through proactive participation and involvement.
  • Champion Ornua’s CMMS (Emaint)
  • Create PMs and maintain Ornua’s Preventative Maintenance Program
  • Receiving of stock into stores and updating Emaint
  • Documentation of engineering procedures to further enhance capabilities of Engineering team
  • Play active role in projects and support maintenance techs and Facilities Lead where required
  • Proactively work with the operational and engineering teams to ensure site KPIs are achieved.
  • Drive and Support Continuous Improvement program.
  • Be a proactive member of the Ornua site engineering team.
  • Proactively participate in the Company’s Employee Development and performance management program.
  • Participate in any training program you are assigned and value adding task assigned out of each training session.
  • Cover shift as and when required.


Key Requirements:


  • A recognized Mechanical or Electrical Qualification.
  • Previous experience working in a high-speed facility, and a good working knowledge of Packaging Machines would be desirable.
  • Experience in Automation would be desirable – Siemens PLC’s.
  • HMI & SCADA systems.
  • Instrumentation.
  • Process control - pumps, process control valves, instruments.
  • Utilities – Gas boilers, compressed air, refrigeration.
  • The ability to work well individually and integrate well with cross functional teams.
  • Flexibility to work on varying shift patterns.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work under pressure.





  • FORWARD LOOKING: Helps others to accept change, implements change, and looks ahead to anticipate change.
  • WORKING TOGTHER: Encourages co-operation in own team and supports cross-functional working.
  • RIGOUR:  For projects that involve others applies effective analysis, decision making, planning and reviewing.  
  • CURIOSITY: Encourages others to accept change, implements change, and looks ahead to anticipate change.


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