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​​​​​​​Maintenance and Process Manager

Date: 17-Mar-2023

Location: Ballitore, KE, IE

Company: Glanbia




Maintenance and Process Manager

Ballitore site


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.


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


Based in our Ballitore site, the role reports to the Site Manager. The Maintenance and Process Manager is responsible for managing reactive & preventive maintenance at site  both internal teams, contractors, 3rd party maintenance. It plans and oversees all repair and installation activities. It ensures compliance with maintenance processes & procedures, maintenance schedules. It delivers on agreed KPI’s of plant availability, effectiveness and costs and  in the deployment of best processes and practices


Key Responsibilities;

  • Ensuring that the site manufacturing equipment performance meets or exceeds all required KPI.
  • Provide strategies to ensure all technicians training has been identified and support the ongoing skills enhancement of members of Maintenance teams
  • Ensure planned preventative maintenance is executed to plan and plans are in place to ensure regulatory conformance always
  • Periodic maintenance systems review, identification and execution of continuous improvement projects focused on equipment performance, application of best practice maintenance strategies to sustain these improvements long term
  • Ensure all maintenance work performed onsite exceeds Health & Safety and Quality requirements
  • Drives the Maintenance and Reliability initiative focused on Preventive & Predictive Maintenance, not reactive.
  • Overall responsibility for the adherence for site Maintenance Department budget.
  • (Owner of CMMS systems (Pemac) for Maintenance Function)
  • Managing maintenance technician group
  • Managing, maintaining, and establishing maintenance procedures for production lines in a GMP manufacturing environment to ensure production meets or performs better than budget.
  • Responsible for end to end process and plant optimisation across production, filling and packing, utilities and milk intake
  • Act as Process SME and lead technical support for all production impacting issues
  • Establish performance standards and optimise performance across all processes in the plant
  • Engage with stakeholders including Quality and Production teams in the prioritisation,  development, design and testing of new or enhanced processes
  • Utilising the relevant Change Control Systems, secure approval for implementing change
  • Work with Production team to plan and execute agreed changes
  • Monitor MES KPI data for individual processes including reporting and trending of data
  • Utilise data insights to recommend interventions to drive performance
  • Troubleshooting issues and identifying opportunities to enhance plant performance and drive KPI improvement
  • Ownership of process driven documentation including design, development and roll-out of Standard Operating Procedures, Process documentation (including log books) and training documentation
  • Completion of QSM documentation relating to Change Control, Event Reports, RCAs etc for specific processes
  • Take leadership role in Change Control for specific processes
  • As Subject Matter Expert for specific processes, work with training to design, plan and deliver training to new and existing employees and take a lead role in technical competence assessment of Trainees
  • Train new and existing employees on process management including associated automation systems and MES


Key Requirements:

  • Experience in lead maintenance role in a food manufacturing or pharmaceutical environment
  • Third level qualification in Engineering/Science or a related discipline.
  • Advanced organisation and planning skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RCA tools (Root Cause Analysis) and lean manufacturing techniques. – repeated in lean and process improvement requirement
  • Ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Process Improvement or product development, is desirable
  • Results driven, customer focused with high performance capability in a fast moving challenging business environment
  • Demonstrate strong technical ability and attention to detail to do the job at a high level of accomplishment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to bring people with them for the best outcomes
  • Ability to analyse data, recognise trends and recommend actions to drive continuous improvement

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


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


About us:

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.

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -