Cheese Grader

Date: 4 Sep 2023

Location: IE

Company: Glanbia





Cheese Grader
Hybrid working


Tirlán, is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. 
Tirlán owns leading brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Solmiko, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition.
We nurture a talented team across Ireland, the US, MEA and China, delivering annual revenues of over €3 billion, with over 2,300 people to manage our network of 11 processing plants and 52 agri branches. Our purpose is to nourish the world, while safeguarding our environment for future generations.

Role Profile
We have an exciting opportunity for a Cheese Grader who plans, organises and co-ordinates grading and allocation of cheese to optimise returns to the business. Located in Abbey Quarter and travelling to our manufacturing sites and storage facilities, this role reports to the Production Planning Manager and supports the delivery of Tirlán’s cheese strategy. The role is tasked with reviewing cheese on an ongoing basis and rebalancing and reallocating, as needed, to ensure cheese is moved in a timely and effective manner. This is a key role in delivering our award winning cheese to customers around the globe and involves collaboration with a number of functions and stakeholders to continuously deliver quality cheese  meet our customers’ demands.

•    Ensure all Tirlán supplied cheese is graded to customer requirements and meets overall customer specifications. 
•    Ensure grading is done in a timely fashion and results maintained on the Tirlán SAP system. 
•    Closely monitor demand and maintain ongoing supply of suitable product to meet forecasted requirements. 
•    Ensure optimal returns are generated for the business through the timely grading and allocation of cheese through understanding end-customer needs
•    Maintain a close working relationship with a wide range of stakeholders – Planning, Commercial, Operations, Quality, R & D, Finance teams.
•    Develop a close working relationship with Production teams and provide regular feedback on grading, cheese quality, customer requirements and allocation. 
•    Coordinate with key customers on grading, cheese selection and supply issues. Undertake joint grading as required.
•    Maintain accurate and comprehensive grading notes. Provide analysis and reporting to a broad stakeholder group

•    Experience in and strong knowledge of cheese production 
•    Computer literate (Microsoft Office suite & a working knowledge of SAP an advantage) and able to manage through systems
•    Understanding and experience of S&OP process
•    Experience with inventory management/ ERP systems – SAP experience an advantage
•    Ability to work collaboratively across multiple functions, organisational agility
•    Strong analytical and quantitative skills, excellent communication skills and interpersonal savvy
•    Good judgement skills and ability to leverage information
•    A Science or Nutrition degree qualification with experience in the dairy or food sector an advantage
•    Self-starter with a strong drive for results
•    Travel within Ireland and UK is required as part of the role
•    Full clean Irish driving licence and vehicle


About us 
Through our expertise in research and development, customer insights, food safety and state-of-the-art manufacturing we bring innovative food and nutrition solutions to a global market.  Our new and vibrant headquarters in Kilkenny City operates as a collaboration hub where multi-functional teams come together in a hybrid work environment.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
We believe in the value of difference. We know that different perspectives, life experience and backgrounds can drive innovation and deliver growth. 
We welcome people from all walks of life without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 


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