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Laboratory Operations Excellence Manager

Date: Mar 16, 2019

Location: Ballyragget, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia


Laboratory Operations Excellence Manager


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. 


Job Overview:

Based in Kilkenny , The role will report to the Head of Quality Operations. It has responsibility for the establishment of good Laboratory Practices across GI’s product portfolio , delivering leading testing methodologies, managing and driving a continuous improvement culture across all laboratories, both in GI and third party laboratories


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and Implement  the GI Laboratory excellence Strategy in line with business growth plans
  • As a member of  the Quality Management Team support implementation of site-wide KPIs relating to: Testing Efficiency; Throughput; Sustainability, Quality, Health and Safety, C.I., Employee Engagement and Financial ROI targets.
  • Lead the Laboratories  in delivering accurate and timely analysis  on all  raw material, in-process and finished product samples .
  • Establish  Good Laboratory Practices  (GLP) across all  GI laboratories  , delivering leading testing methodologies.
  • Manage and drive a Continuous Improvement culture across  all  laboratories
  • Define and measure best practice methods  and standards for each lab, both internal & external.
  • Train and up-skill lab  staff in line with these best practices, ensuring  employees are trained to the appropriate standard to carry out their full range of duties in Quality  laboratories
  • Contribute to the Performance management of the Laboratory teams
  • Play a leadership role in establishing and managing service level agreements with  other GI and third party labs
  • Validate and approve all new third party laboratories and tests.
  • Demonstrate at least an equivalent laboratory program is in operation with all co manufacturers of finished products for Glanbia Ireland
  • As part of the GI Quality community  contribute to on-going development of best in class standards across the wider GI organisation
  • Keep abreast of developments in the analytical field. Active participation and leadership of industry partnership forums.


Key Requirements

  • Experience in GLP – Good Laboratory Practices , 7 years + relevant industry experience working at a supervisory level in an ISO17025 controlled laboratory
  • Significant experience in Test Method validation process
  • Familiarization with data analytics and data trend analysis a distinct advantage. Utilization of test data to define key operational or analytical trends to drive continuous improvement
  • Familiarity with laboratory investigation and reporting is desired.
  • Experience in the management of an automated food or IF testing environment adopting this expertise into a Right First Time testing program.
  • Previous experience with Food & Agri business regulations,  Quality and a proven track record in managing multiple projects
  • Project management skills also an advantage.




  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Science or related discipline           


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.


If you are interested in this position, please apply through the My Career portal on the Glanbia Homepage with an up to date resume.