Production Operative

Date: 12-Jun-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. 



Growth for Good


Ornua is the home of Irish dairy. Our cooperative ethos is at the heart of who we are and how we do business.  Our global success would not be possible without the close collaboration, care, and commitment of our 2,400 strong team.  Ornua cares about building sustainable livelihoods for all our people, who in turn care about driving sustainable profits for our co-op members and the Irish dairy farming families we proudly represent. 


Ornua 2025 is our strategic plan that will help realise our vision for growth in the next five years. It outlines what we will do well, what we will do with the profits we generate, and what additional services we will provide to our members. We will be guided by 3 guiding principles; focus, simplicity and adding value to our volume and we will clearly define what market we will play in.


Together, we will grow for good – creating value for our Irish farming families and for our 2,400 strong, committed, and proud global team.


The role involves working as part of a team in manufacturing quality butter safely with a focus on right first time.  The expectation is that successful candidates will work various shift patterns to meet business needs, including working 24/5, 24/7 and working reasonable overtime. 


Key Areas of Responsibility:


  • Have a working knowledge and understanding of the product range and how each reacts during the filling process in either tubs or foil.
  • Have a detailed working knowledge and understanding of consul commands and screen options and take ownership for setting-up machine run parameters for the range of products through undertaking sequenced events or corrective action(s) as appropriate and in a timely manner.
  • Consult Manufacturing Order for product specifications.
  • Set-up ink-jet printer(s) ensuring correct positioning of the head. Enter product data to the printer consul as per the Manufacturing Order.
  • Undertake X-Ray test and ensure that the metal detection system is working correctly.
  • Where required for product change, physically change internal machine components machines
  • Monitor the machine while in production and physically clear blockages/spills should they arise. Clean out spills immediately where required.
  • Prepare machines for cleaning as per quality schedules. Manually remove internal components for hand wash bath cleaning and follow CIP procedures for complete washing down of the machine. Complete and initial CIP documentation.
  • Support the Site Health and Safety Strategy and KPIs and ensure commitment to strive for a Health & Safety culture.


Key Requirements & competencies

  • Proven manufacturing experience and leadership experience
  • Proven experience in leading and facilitating Continuous Improvement
  • Proven experience in training and developing teams
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, organisational and administrative skills
  • Flexible and committed attitude with the ability to display initiative
  • Flexibility in covering different shifts and weekends
  • IT literate with strong Word, Excel and database skills
  • Problem solver, disciplined in collecting information, ascertaining root cause of issues and Identifying and developing practical solutions
  • 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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