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Operational Excellence Specialist

Date: Aug 2, 2019

Location: Portlaoise, KK, IE, R32 D258

Company: Glanbia



Operational ExcellenceSpecialist, Portlaoise


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 facilities in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 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 Values Based Organisation -