Back to work with: Ornua

Returning to work can be daunting. But a returner-friendly employer can make the world of difference.

Every month, Back To Work Connect spotlights Irish companies that offer the most support to returnees, so you can find your perfect back-to-work fit.

This week we’re profiling Ornua.

If working collaboratively, feeling professionally supported, and promoting the global expansion of Irish products are important to you, then Ornua may be the perfect place to restart your career.

Ornua: Company background

Ornua is the home of Irish dairy. As Ireland’s largest exporter of primary dairy products, they work sustainably alongside Irish farmers and their grass-fed cows, to supply the very best dairy products and dairy ingredients to over 110 countries worldwide.

The company has a number of recognisable consumer brands, including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Forto, Avantage and BEO

What about its workforce? Ornua has a global team of 3,000 employees and a cooperative ethos is at the heart of what they do.

Headquartered in Dublin, 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. While Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and food service customers across the world.

Why work at Ornua?

Ornua is all about collaboration so you can be certain you’ll be welcomed onto the team. The company fosters an environment of inclusivity, acceptance and respect for one another, and believes these values bring the workforce closer together.

Ornua also invests in its employees and fosters a culture of continuous learning and improvement so you can advance your career at home or abroad.

Through the Ornua Academy, the company provides professional and technical learning interventions for employees at all levels of the organisation. Great if you want to upskill! 

Ornua offers a range of people-focused policies and supports which are available to all employees across its global business, including:

  • Maternity Leave
  • Second Parents Leave
  • Fertility and Surrogacy Leave
  • Dynamic and Part-time Working
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Global Mobility Programme

By recognising the importance of key milestones in employees’ personal lives beyond their professional lives, Ornua is committed to creating an environment where its people feel supported, and a culture where they can bring their whole selves to work at every life stage.

What to expect

No two days are the same at Ornua, and you’ll be met with fresh and exciting challenges week in, week out. You’ll feel supported to meet these challenges by working closely with your colleagues and managers.

Your day will be focused on meeting the needs of Ornua’s member coops, customers and consumers and delivering on the company’s promise to produce and deliver dairy products to the highest quality and standards.

Careers at Ornua

Ornua has a range of positions across the business including ICT, HR, Supply Chain and Logistics, Manufacturing and Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Sustainability, Finance; Commercial, Quality, Communications and Operations.

With roles on offer in Cork, Dublin and abroad, successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to enhance their careers with exposure to international markets.   

Interested in a career at Ornua?

If you’d like to know more about the roles Ornua is currently hiring for, check out our returner-friendly jobs board.