Interim Inventory Controller

Date: 08-Sep-2022

Location: Nantwich, United Kingdom

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Job Description


Job Title:                           Interim Inventory Controller (8 Month Contract)

Reports to:                        Inventory Manager

Location:                           Spinneyfields Farm, Main Road, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DN

Hours:                                Monday – Friday, 37.5 hours per week, 7.5 hours per day, core hours - 10am-4pm

Salary:                                Up to £30,000 depending on experience



Company Overview


Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Members, 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, Kerrygold, Avantage, 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.


Ornua’s Values


At Ornua, our Values guide us as we work together and care for each other to achieve great things. Our five values, and their underlying behaviours, encourage us to Seek and Embrace New Ideas, Make It Happen, Be Our True Selves, Show You Care and Achieve Great Things Together.






To implement inventory control measures to ensure the company minimises stock holding, product losses, and maximises stock control and resource utilisation efficiency.



Key Areas of Responsibility:


  • Adopt an ethos of "safety first" taking responsibility for Health & Safety performance and reporting, ensuring risks and issues are actioned immediately in line with Health & Safety regulations.
  • Monitor and report mouldy block and off-cut stock levels, preparing stock to be removed and returned in line with quality and inventory processes.
  • Manage exposed stocks through consumption or sale, working cross-functionally to identify and drive actions to minimise stock loss and disposal.
  • Assist in business projects and change initiatives to inspire action and drive operational excellence in Warehousing and Supply Chain.
  • Engage in the development of improvements in the effectiveness of Warehouse operations through contribution to cross-functional working, performance improvement initiatives and the development of operational process.
  • Manage and maintain the company’s material and stocked product inventory including stock profiles and stock locations in accordance with group Inventory policies.
  • Managing and control perpetual inventory stock counting/inventory accuracy checks to ensure the correct amount and quality of items are in stock enabling accurate storage, picking and dispatch working to just in time principles.
  • Reconciliation of stock throughout all internal and external locations in line with group policies.
  • Maintain updated and accurate records of inventory, including transfers and cycle counts for reporting.
  • Review documentation and monitor product codes to search for discrepancies; troubleshoot quantity discrepancies between stock and records.
  • Ensure Dolav and pallet availability by contracting and ordering from suppliers and customers.



Key requirements



  • Educated to good GCSE level or equivalent
  • Food Hygiene level 2 qualification
  • Certificate in Health & Safety, Manual Handling and Food Hygiene
  • Forklift Truck/Counterbalance licence (RTITB)
  • Experience of working in a fast paced retail wholesale, warehouse or logistics
  • Experience of working within inventory management principles and processes
  • Previous experience of inventory control through Warehouse Management System (WMS)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Structured, organised approach with keen attention to detail
  • Flexible, resilient and persistent in approach to delivery
  • Highly motivated and driven to deliver results and positive outcomes
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills






  • WORKING TOGETHER: Encourages co-operation in own team and supports cross-functional.
  • COMMUNICATIVE: Communicates confidently, adapting style for different situations.
  • RIGOUR/EXPERTISE: For projects that involve others applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.
  • OWNERSHIP: Clarifies accountabilities, overlaps, and gaps. Helps others remain motivated through difficult times.




Free Onsite Parking, 33 days including 3 pre-booked bank hols, Pension, Subsidised Staff Canteen, Company Shop (offering discounts on products), Sports and Social Club, Staff Lottery, Discount on Bikes and Tech Scheme, Confidential Employee Assist Programme.

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