Warehouse Operative (6 month FTC)

Date: 01-Dec-2020

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 is to understand the requirements of undertaking best practise stock control.

Manage and monitor the efficiency of warehouse in terms of goods in/dispatch schedules.

Implement new processes and Continuously Improving current structures.

To follow defined procedures which are readily understood and require decisions based on yes/no options.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and monitor KPI’s to ensure safety, quality service and cost targets are exceeded.
  • Accountable for all activities of your team.
  • Ensuring stock control measures are completed and any variances are investigated and reported on.
  • Ability to troubleshoot automated systems and support IT/Maintenance Departments to eliminate any downtime.
  • Identify, examine and make recommendation on team training gaps.
  • Manage movement of stocks that are in transit to and from external warehouses.
  • Undertake daily fork lift maintenance checks and charge unit at the end of each day.
  • Promote and continue to keep alive the culture of continuous improvement, carry out Root Cause analysis and implement preventative measures for issues that arise.
  • Ensure compliance with all company Health & Safety policies and be responsible for all Health & Safety issues in the warehouse.
  • Ownership and accountability to be Audit ready at all times.
  • Promote positivity and a can-do attitude in all your activities, promoting engagement and nurturing team spirit.
  • Ad hoc duties to assist Operations when required.



  Candidate profile:

The ideal candidate will have made a valuable contribution to a Supply Chain team.
You will have enthusiasm for making our site a world class manufacturing facility and be very results driven. To continually strive to improve our processes. This role will suit someone who is ambitious to develop their career in Supply Chain/Manufacturing where you will have exposure to leading edge technology, fresh ideas, and be part of a team who are passionate about striving for excellence.


Key Requirements & Attributes:

  • Previous warehouse experience.
  • Ability to be proactive and reactive to site requirements.
  • Root Case analysis experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage pressure individually and within a team.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain to improve planning of resources and materials.
  • Excellent communication skills required to engage with Operations and External Stakeholders.
  • IT literate with good MS Office experience (Excel, Word, Outlook).
  • M3 and BEC (Handhelds & Truck Mounts).
  • An understanding of an Automated WMS system (strongly desirable).
  • Forklift & High Reach Licence
  • 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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