Associate | Engineering (Lean)

Date: 22 May 2023

Location: IE

Company: Glanbia



Graduate Programme 2023 – 
Engineering (Lean) Associate

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 and Supply Chain function as an Operational Excellence (Lean) Associate. This role will report to the GPS Manager Ops & Supply Chain Excellence. This opportunity will be based at one of our production facilities in Ireland.

•    Providing support in the area of operational excellence and continuously improving the LEAN maturity of the sites and functions you will support 
•    Ensuring that the site daily management system (3M), KPI reviews and continuous improvement forums are embedded at all levels of the site, including putting in place health check to assess effectiveness & drive site wide improvements to achieve business targets 
•    Driving and embedding our central Glanbia Performance System (GPS) strategy, culture, philosophies, tools & techniques across the sites and functions you will support 
•    Provide relevant Continuous Improvement training & development programs for staff to ensure effective implementation & daily practice of continuous improvement / Lean techniques 
•    Supporting the RCA process and ensure effectiveness in problem solving 
•    Implementing standardisation for all business critical processes (Business KPI’s, RCA, CI, and Standard Work) across the sites and functions you will support 
•    Preforming systematic ongoing site wide performance analysis, identifying areas of opportunity, improvement & driving / supporting implementation of improvements. 
•    Lead, support & implement key business improvement projects across functions (One Right Way, Standard Work, 5S, Centerlining, etc.), facilitating & monitoring improvement initiatives through the use of GPS tools and techniques. 
•    Defining process flows & standardised work in partnership with department teams with a view to producing Takt time, SOPs & value stream maps for all operations. 
•    Implementing best in class Visual Management System – communicating all key business information ensuring visibility & transparency. 
•    Working with functional leads on budget targets, constantly striving to reduce costs & improve efficiencies through detailed analysis and a continuous goal of eliminating waste. 
•    Coaching and mentoring of employees at all levels in the use of LEAN systems & tools 
•    Building and maintaining effective working relationships across the business (and in particular with colleagues on the GPS team) to ensure appropriate alignment with business process improvement projects 
•    Communicating and engaging with people at all levels within the business in order to promote awareness and engagement in the GPS development activities 

•    High academic record to date in the following fields of study: Engineering, Lean Six Sigma, Technology Management, 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 

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. Our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -