Ornua, successful graduates on the graduate placement programme

Meet some of our Graduate Trainees


John Walls

Bachelor of Engineering

Working as part of the ICT Business Engagement and Process team, I have been exposed to all areas of the business. I began in my role developing a project management tool for the business. This led to owning and rolling out of the tool to a number of Ornua’s sites in Dublin, the UK and the USA. I also worked on developing the Business Process Documents for a new acquisition. This outlined the sites ways of working and assisted the transition to Ornua’s ERP system. 
As part of the graduate programme we attended the Irish Management Institute to take part in business leadership modules. One opportunity we faced was to present to the Ornua Executive team. These presentations were on a chosen topic of interest to the business, allowing us to further understand the industry and its challenges.
I am now working as an ICT Analyst on a transformation project in the business. I am assisting the senior leadership team on reporting the programmes overall progress, linking the business requirements to ICT requirements, and leading the solutioning of site requirements for the project.


Lorna Caulfield

B.Sc (Hons) Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition

As a keen foodie I have always been passionate about pursuing a career in the food industry but often when you are in college, it’s hard to imagine yourself in the real world. Luckily for me the transition into working life at Ornua has been an easy but very empowering process.  

For my first rotation I was placed in the UK where I worked within the product development and commercial departments. While in product development, I helped in running customer innovation days in which I worked closely with some well-known brands and ultimately built on my technical understanding of sports nutrition and value added powder blends. Though I did not have a commercial background I was interested in learning how this other team worked and was supported by the business to do so. I am grateful for this experience as it introduced me to the world of dairy commodity trading, allowing me to deepen my industry knowledge. I am now positioned on the Innovation team in Dublin where I am responsible for managing projects under the butter category for my second rotation. I also attend trials at our manufacturing sites and carry out self-life testing on any new products coming through the pipeline

CAIT MENNIS,B.Sc. Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Kathryn Henry

B.Sc. (Hons) Food Quality,
Safety & Nutrition

I come from County Armagh, also known as the Orchard county. Coming from an agricultural background and growing up helping in the family grocery and flower business, I’ve always been passionate about Irish produce and believe it to be among the best in the world. This passion led me to pursue a role in the food and drinks industry. My previous work experience has involved roles in technical, quality and new product development at both retailer and manufacturer level, as well as a role in brand management for a Chinese drinks company in Shanghai. Travel is another passion of mine and I’ll be joining Ornua after a memorable summer spent travelling Indonesia and the East Coast of Australia. I’m delighted to be joining Ornua as one of their graduates and look forward to building on my knowledge of the industry to become an asset to the company as well as the opportunity to combine my two passions, food and travel.

The 18 month Ornua Graduate Programme consists of:

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Structured rotations with lots of exposure to multiple areas and teams within our business.

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Classroom and self-directed learning modules, including mentoring from our experienced leaders.

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Skills development in the areas of self-awareness, self-confidence, teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.

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A permanent opportunity at the end of the programme