Associate | Operations hos Glanbia

Graduate Programme 2023 – Operations Associate
Ballitore, Co. Kildare

About Us

Tirlán, formerly known as Glanbia Ireland, is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands.
The farmer-owned co-operative has a first-class track record of success in the global market. Rooted in a rich heritage of family farming and embedded in its communities, Tirlán has evolved to bring the passion of its farmers and their high-quality milk and grains to the international marketplace.


Tirlán is offering a unique opportunity for a graduate to join our Operations team as an Operations Associate in our Ballitore facility. This role will report to the Production Manager.


  • Applying best practice of safe systems in a busy production environment.
  • Problem solving and continuous improvement: Work as part of a broader production/process team and utilising team based problem solving employing lean / 6 sigma techniques. The tools, techniques, culture and ‘can do’ approach will be a defining feature of your programme.
  • Shift management: Learning the production processes. Working with a team of experienced operators to produce product to the right first time quality, scheduling plant activities to maximise throughput to meet customer requirements.
  • Act as a key point of authority for all team members, and resolve any people related issues that may arise on your shift.
  • Act as key decision maker in relation to production impacting decisions within a shift and escalate issues to appropriate support or management personnel where necessary.
  • Lead the daily shift handover meeting, ensure meeting objectives are met and all participants are actively contributing.
  • Maximise team understanding in relation to performance against KPIs.
  • Drive team performance through feedback, coaching, counselling and training team members and coordinating systems, policies, and procedures to optimise multi-skilling across the team.

  • High academic record to date in the following fields of study: Engineering, Food Science or related discipline; and expected minimum of a 2.2 honours primary degree
  • Ambition to progress successfully in a career in operations and production in an exciting, ever-changing and challenging environment
  • Thinks commercially and delivers customer centric solutions
  • Drives collaboration and builds partnerships to meet shared objectives
  • Communicates clearly and can influence at all levels
  • Demonstrates a thirst for knowledge with a desire to continually learn and grow
  • Analytically minded with the ability to develop creative insights and execute change
  • Accessibility to move between production sites is a distinct advantage

If you are interested in this position, please apply with an up-to-date resume.

More about us at Tirlán

A talented team of over 2,100 people manage Tirlán’s network of 11 production facilities and 52 agri retail outlets serving its communities with annual revenues of over €3 billion expected in 2022. Tirlán’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Kilkenny city and innovation centre in Ballyragget promote innovation, creativity and collaboration. Tirlán is committed to sustainability throughout the organisation through its comprehensive Living Proof programme, and the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) contained within it. For more information visit

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Tirlán embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams where different perspectives drive innovation and growth. We strive to create an inclusive workplace where people can bring their true self to work and achieve their full potential.
At Tirlán, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status.
At Tirlán our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.
Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -

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