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R&D GIIC Pilot Plant Specialist

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Ballyragget, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia


R&D GIIC Pilot Plant Specialist

Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny


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. 



The successful candidate will be based in Ballyragget within the R&D function reporting to the GIIC (Glanbia Ireland Innovation Centre) pilot plant manager. The R&D GIIC Pilot Plant Specialist will operate and assist with pilot plant trials and activities and the development and optimisation of dairy processes including liquid milk and cream processing, heat treatment, drying technology, evaporation, membrane separation, and CIPs. The role will support warehouse, laboratory and general facility tasks. The role requires someone that is enthusiastic and willing to learn, ideally with food manufacturing, heat treatment, liquid milk and cream processing. The successful candidate will have a background in Food science/Technology and or food manufacturing



  • Assist in the completion of pilot trials in compliance with all R&D procedures;
  • Operate pilot plant equipment within safety and quality guidelines;
  • Optimization pilot plant liquid process;
  • Monitor and record all time, temperature, pressure, and flow requirements for the various unit operations;
  • Cleaning of all tanks, process equipment and lines as necessary;
  • Support pilot plant operations performing general duties;
  • Support the R&D team trials and activities at the new R&D facility;
  • To receive goods inwards and stock management;
  • Identify discrepancies/ quality issues with goods in/out;
  • Safe and efficient operation of a palletizer;
  • Ensure high levels of Hygiene are maintained in the work area;
  • Any ad hoc duties as required.



  • Experience in plant / pilot plant operation;
  • Technical knowledge of liquid processing is desirable;
  • Optimization of dairy processes;
  • Good level of computer skills;
  • Ability to learn quickly;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Good communication skills;
  • A good understanding of food manufacturing and processing;
  • Willing to learn and results-orientated;
  • Fluent in English.


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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At Glanbia, 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.