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Lab Technician Micro

Date: May 3, 2021

Location: Ballyragget, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia




Lab Technician- Microbiology


Rooted in our rich heritage of family farming and embedded in our communities, Glanbia Ireland has evolved to bring the passion of our farmers and their high-quality ingredients to the world. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to our milk pool of three billion litres and our outstanding grains portfolio, we export innovative products and tailored ingredient solutions to more than 100 countries. We nurture a talented team of over 2,000 people to manage our network of 11 processing plants and 52 agri branches, serving our communities and delivering annual revenues of around €2 billion.


Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, mymilkman.ie, Glanbiaconnect.com, countrylife.ie and GAIN Animal Nutrition. 


Based in Ballyragget & reporting to the QC Laboratory Manager, the role will involve working with a dedicated team of technicians, Quality Managers and related staff to carry out a range of microbiological and chemical analysis of food products. Candidates with experience/aptitude in microbiology will be considered.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Analysis of a range of dairy products including cheese, butter and dairy powders, using approved analytical methods
  • Ensure compliance to the internationally recognised accreditation standard
  • Successful implementation and participation in internal and external proficiency testing
  • Using LIMS to carry out all lab activities
  • Review and document lab investigations as part of the Glanbia CAPA programme
  • Validation of accredited test methods and commissioning of new instruments / project works
  • Internal auditing of quality systems across the site
  • Chemistry methods including fat, moisture, protein and salt analysis using both reference and NIR methods
  • Microbiological methods including both traditional plate and rapid micro
  • Environmental testing of waste water
  • Sensory analysis of final product
  • Sample management: sampling, receipt, preparation
  • Adhere to the Glanbia health and safety policies and contribute to its improvements
  • Complete other QC related business needs as/if they occur

Key Requirements:

  • BSc in Food Science, Science or related discipline
  • A strong communicator and ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent IT skills, experience of LIMS and statistical analysis desirable
  • An ability to interpret test data and problem solving skills
  • Good organisational ability
  • Desire to do further relevant training and improvement.
  • Proven ability to work with their own initiative and within a team
  • Experience in project management and instrument qualification
  • Track record of Lean Manufacturing and 5S an advantage


Glanbia Ireland is a joint venture 60% owned by Glanbia Co-op and 40% owned by Glanbia plc. If you are interested in this position, please apply with an up to date resume.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Glanbia Ireland 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.


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