Irish roots, global opportunities: Ornua seeks 15 graduates for industry leading graduate programme

Majella Darcy, chief people officer and John Jordan, chief executive of Ornua

Owner of Kerrygold looking for 15 qualified candidates across eight countries to join industry-leading programme



14 September 2021 | 0

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Ornua, owner of Kerrygold, Ireland’s only billion-euro food brand, has launched its search for the organisation’s next generation of leaders through its 2022 Graduate Programme.

The programme is looking for 15 exceptional applicants for roles across business functions – from Sales and Marketing, New Product Development (NPD), Finance, Commercial, ICT, and Insights – across eight countries and four continents. Nine positions will be based internationally in Dubai, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and the US (Chicago).

The Ornua Graduate Programme is an 18-month programme which offers graduates a chance to build a range of business skills and gain valuable experience in one of Ireland’s foremost food companies.

The industry leading programme includes structured rotations with exposure to multiple disciplines and business units, and training including classroom and self-directed learning modules. In addition to formal training, candidates on the programme will be individually mentored by a member of Ornua’s senior management team. Several of the co-op’s current senior leaders entered the business through the programme, including John Jordan, CEO of Ornua.

The Graduate Programme began taking applications on 13 September 2021 and will close on 22 October 2021, with successful applicants taking up their position in Autumn of 2022. At the end of the programme there is an opportunity of a permanent position for all graduates.

From January 2022, Ornua will also be introducing a paid internship programme. The nine-month Grassroots Internship programme will place high potential undergraduate students into roles to prepare them for future success. The structured learning and development programme will also include an Ornua mentor who can offer expertise and guidance, and a presentation with Ornua’s senior leadership team.

Ornua says the company is committed to fostering long-term and diverse global careers for its employees, and its graduate programme provides the first step for ambitious graduates who wish to progress their career within the food industry and join a diverse, global organisation.

For over 55 years, Ornua has been providing global opportunities and dynamic careers to its proud and passionate team who bring the unique taste of grass-fed Irish dairy to the world,” said Majella Darcy, chief people officer, Ornua

Headquartered in Dublin, Ornua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products. To apply for the graduate programme visit




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