Production Manager

Date: 19-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.


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 2,850 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 2,850  strong, committed, and proud global team.


Job description:


The site production manager is a lead management role in Kerrygold park. The successful candidate we be part of the site operations management team, and will be responsible to lead, drive and manage performance of the site production facility, which consist of 3 cells (Process/packaging & warehouse). The successful candidate must be able to identify and implement key improvements while ensuring consistency of approach, champion operational standards across the site and promote team development to achieve site objectives. They will work closely with internal stakeholders (site operations management team) to support identifying and maximising the site potential opportunities to support future growth.  


Key Areas of Responsibility:


  • Responsible areas include production, process, packaging & internal warehouse.
  • Develop production plans/targets to meet business objectives taking appropriate and timely corrective action where negative trends begin to emerge. Targets included, OEE, waste(yield), FTR, safety, productivity (cost reduction), inventory status, OTIF and employee engagement.
  • Ensure full compliance with technical and food hygiene standards to ensure product meets all appropriate quality and H&S safety standards.
  • Prioritize, schedule and delegate work assignments, and directly supervise the assigned members of the production functions to ensure the achievement of performance.
  • Ensure that all operation team members adhere to all policies, procedures, roles and regulations.
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement improvements in methods and processes to increase productivity and quality.
  • Ensure superior plant housekeeping/GMP standards.
  • Partner with HR Business Partner to create and maintain a formal Human Capital Plan for the facility, including a facility succession plan.
  • Responsible for introducing and managing world-class manufacturing methods (i.e. through lean, Kanban, 6-Sigma, TQC, Robotics) to raise manufacturing efficiencies and overall product and process quality.
  • Drive a culture and environment of continuous change and improvement
  • Control all production costs that directly affect the site performance and operate within productions budget requirements.
  • Prepare and deliver annual operational budgets (headcount, expense and capital) and delivering savings through cost saving initiatives.
  • Promote & Engage Lean Manufacturing & Visual Management concepts within the business and continuously drive performance improvement. 
  • Provide Leadership direction to team on problem solving and process improvements and streamlining the work process.
  • Drive training & development across the team to ensure the business has skills and succession for the future.
  • Maximise positive employee engagement while maintaining a strong focus on individual/ team performance and accountability. 
  • Provide development and coaching to team to maximise team’s performance and potential.
  • Actively promote company Values and Behaviours.
  • Identify ways to better develop and support a sustainability culture at site level



Candidate profile:


The ideal candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing environment within the food industry. He/she will have a proven track record of delivering operations goals in a regulated industry.


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 & Attributes:


  • Strong Leadership skills and can demonstrate success in managing change, developing the team, and managing performance.
  • Competent in preparing business strategies and implementing action plans.
  • At least 5-7 years in a manufacturing environment with 3 to 5 years of which should be at Senior Management level.
  • Capable of building and maintaining good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical skills, able to manage and manipulate performance data, utilising it to drive future improvement
  • Ambitious and results driven.
  • Must be a high energy and responsive individual.
  • 3rd level qualification or relevant industry experience.
  • WORKING TOGETHER: Ensures own team performance.  Facilitates and leads cross functional working
  • COMMUNICATIVE:  Applies advanced communication skills, considering impact on audience and desired outcomes
  • OWNERSHIP:  Makes decisions about sustainable growth/and or manages performance and ensures the quality and delivery of others’ work.  Rewards and recognises success.
  • FORWARD LOOKING:  Leads others through change and contributes to competitive challenges and functional strategic plans.

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