Materials Planner

Date: 25-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. 


Job Summary


The role involves the scheduling and purchasing of raw materials and packaging to facilitate on time in full production at the Kerrygold Park production facility. The candidate will work closely with the production planner and warehouse personnel to ensure an efficient and quality driven supply of materials to the plant. The role will also require the maintenance and creation of solid professional relationships with suppliers.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Create, release, and maintain POs to ensure forecasted demand and the production plan are fulfilled through MRP.
  • Purchase of materials to monthly forecasts form the markets to ensure continuity in production.
  • Manage packaging call offs from consigned supplier stocks and external warehouses to ensure the production plan is fulfilled using Distribution Orders. This will also include the shipping of material to external warehouses.
  • Analyse the forecast vs packaging orders and flag any stock out issues where appropriate. Sending forecast to suppliers where appropriate.
  • Manage supplier relationships and performance through establishing consistent communication links with the use of balanced scorecards.
  • Maintain a safe and efficient stock level in the packaging and raw material warehouses by paying attention to MOQs, EOQs and forecasts.
  • Prepare and send the daily delivery schedule including delivery times and quantities to the Logistics Lead and Warehouse team.
  • Managing the introduction of new materials and the economic changeover from old to new.
  • Sending artworks for new packaging materials to suppliers for printer proofing. This involves creating new item numbers for packaging materials in the ERP system.
  • Maintain our supplier database and continue to perform supplier setups.
  • Manage and rectify invoice queries through liaison with finance and suppliers.
  • Maintain master data on our ERP system in relation to Purchase Agreements, BOMs, item numbers and closing POs.



Candidate profile:


The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of the requirements of manufacturing, logistics, marketing, sales and finance and how all interact on a daily basis. You will be a pro-active, analytical self-starter, confident in your decision-making abilities. A dynamic, flexible person, you must be a good communicator with strong inter-personal skills and possess the ability to deal with a fast-paced environment and embrace change. A logical and organised approach to continuous improvement is essential.


Key Requirements:


  • Background of at least 2 years in FMCG with experience of the dairy industry however food, beverage, pharma or other process industries will be considered.
  • Capable of building and maintaining good working relationships with customers and suppliers.
  • The successful candidate will understand the requirements of manufacturing and supply chain, and how all interact daily.
  • Possess a desire to continuously improve.
  • Ambitious and results driven.
  • IT literate with good Excel skills.
  • Must be a high energy and responsive individual.
  • 3rd level qualification or relevant industry experience.



  • WORKING TOGETHER: Encourages co-operation in own team and supports cross functional learning
  • 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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