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Associate | Engineering

Date: 21-Sep-2022

Location: IE

Company: Glanbia

Engineering Associate (2023 Start) 

Pure Ambition Graduate Programme 


About Tirlán  

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. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to its milk pool of three billion litres and its premium grains portfolio, Tirlán now exports to more than 80 countries.  Its award-winning brands are household names in Ireland, and include Ireland’s number one consumer dairy brand, Avonmore.  


The organisation draws on a wealth of experience to deliver exceptional products and tailored nutritional solutions including Kilmeaden, Wexford, Truly Grass Fed, Solmiko, CheddMax and GAIN. Tirlán has a strong market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China.  


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 



What you will be doing 

Through the Pure Ambition Graduate Programme, you’ll have the opportunity to make a big impact every day. We offer an engaging and immersive experience-driven development journey where you’ll learn and develop not just the skills required for today, but the skills required for tomorrow. 


Working in Tirlán, a fast-paced, innovative environment where the focus is on continuous improvement and the challenge to make it better, you’ll get experience of the following areas:  

  • Safety is our no.1 priority. You’ll learn to put safety first. You’ll gain experience in best practice application 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 through the Glanbia Performance System (GPS), our platform for enterprise excellence. The tools, techniques, culture and ‘can do’ approach will be a defining feature of your programme.  

  • Utilities:  Working with our utility plants, water treatment, boilers, effluent, refrigeration, compressed air and site service functions including the co-ordination of utility plant requirements with maintenance and engineering. 

  • Data analysis: Trending and analysis of plant performance data to evaluate the effectiveness of maintenance and calibration systems allowing for continuous improvement on key metrics  

  • 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. 

  • Maintenance: Working closely with mechanical and electrical crafts, applying sound technical solutions to resolve problems relating to plant efficiencies and to drive continuous improvement; supporting and maintaining preventive maintenance, and predictive maintenance programmes; and delivering planned maintenance schedules in line with production related requirements. 

  • Quality: Working in conjunction with the quality department to produce product in full compliance with our HACCP program. Ensuring that all the plant procedures, documentation and cleanliness are audit ready 365 days per year. 

  • Capital expenditure projects: Working with engineering, leadership and other key stakeholders to input into project scoping, design, installation through to commissioning.  

  • Process engineering and projects engineering: Project management, design, proposal and implementation with responsibility for individual engineering related projects, working with colleagues internally and externally contracted 


Who we’re looking for 

We know it’s our people and their passion for delivering superior quality and value to our customers that sets us apart. We’re looking for graduates with the following qualifications and attributes:   

  • High academic record to date in the following fields of study: Engineering (Mechanical, Automation, Process, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental) or related discipline; and expected minimum of a 2.1 honours primary degree 

  • Ambition to progress successfully in a career in engineering 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 


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 owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Solmiko, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition.  

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -