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Operations Excellence Specialist

Date: Jul 14, 2019

Location: Ballyragget, KK, IE, A82 CD63

Company: Glanbia



Operations Excellence Specialist (Virginia)


Glanbia Ireland is a world class, ambitious, integrated agri-food and nutrition business, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands with the proven talent to succeed in the global market.

Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition. It processes a 2.6 billion litre milk pool from 21 counties and exports high quality dairy and agri ingredients as well as branded products to over 60 countries.

With annual revenue of €1.8 billion, Glanbia Ireland has 11 processing plants, 53 agri branches and over 1,800 employees. 


The Glanbia Performance System (GPS) is a Business Excellence system based on LEAN methodology and principles which incorporates industry best practice to achieve sustainable high performance. To support the ambitious business excellence program for Glanbia Ireland, a dedicated GPS Specialist is required.

Located at our processing facility in Virginia, Co. Cavan this role will report to the GPS Lean Manager Glanbia Ireland and work as part of a highly motivated and experienced GPS team. Focusing on Customer Value you will play a key role in using the GPS principles in the relentless pursuit of Business wide Excellence.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the area of GPS and continuously improve LEAN maturity of sites
  • Contribute to the development of the strategy of embedding the GPS culture in the business.
  • Ensuring that the site daily management system (3M), KPI reviews and continuous improvement forums are embedded at all levels of site.
  • Facilitate the development, implementation & governance of business process improvement projects.
  • Coaching and mentoring of employees at all levels in the use of LEAN systems & tools
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships across the business to ensure appropriate alignment with business process improvement projects.
  • Proactively work with people in all areas of the business to seek out opportunities for the elimination of waste and non-value added activity.
  • Prepare & analyse plant data (MES) in conjunction with operational staff to identify areas for improvement.
  • Recognise the importance of budget targets, constantly strive to reduce costs and improve efficiencies through a detailed knowledge of the process and a continuous goal of eliminating waste
  • Manage the implementation of the GPS training plan from the coordination of the formal training activities through to evaluation of training effectiveness.
  • Communicate and engage with people at all levels within the business in order to promote awareness and engagement in the GPS development activities.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that the GPS approach remains fully integrated into the site strategy.
  • Facilitate structured problem solving as well as training & mentoring site leadership team to embed root cause analysis in all areas.   


Key Requirements:

  • Third level qualification or significant relevant experience Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Process Improvement or product development, project management
  • In depth understanding of lean systems with hands on experience utilizing lean tools in an effective manner
  • Knowledge of the Shingo model of operational excellence an advantage
  • Lean six sigma green belt or black belt certified a distinct advantage
  • Proven track record of delivery of projects within tight time frames
  • Experience working with cross functional teams and in a union environment
  • Experience in dealing with cultural change at all levels
  • Previous experience of training/facilitating groups is a distinct advantage
  • Self-confident with the ability to promote a new way of thinking
  • Experience in Change Management a distinct advantage
  • Highly motivated and self-driven
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills.
  • Proactive and innovative problem solving with good analytical and IT skills.


Glanbia Ireland is a joint venture 60% owned by Glanbia Co-op and 40% owned by Glanbia plc. Established in July 2017, it combines Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Glanbia Consumer Products and Glanbia Agribusiness.



Glanbia Ireland is a Values Based Organisation