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Learning & Development Specialist

Date: Mar 24, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia

Senior Learning & Development Specialist

Supervisor’s Title:            Manager, OD

Department:                      Human Resources

Location:                           Various/Remote

Exempt Status:                 Salaried/Exempt


At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.


Job Summary

This is an approximately 24 month (benefits eligible) contract role with longer term possibilities.


As a member of the Organizational Development Center of Excellence team, the Senior Organizational Development Specialist, provides support for training and development systems and programs. The Senior Organizational Development Specialist will create, implement and support programs including training, performance and talent review, and ensuring high-quality and consistent customer and employee experiences.  The individual in this role will be a critical partner with HR and business leaders to ensure that all employees have the training, support, and tools they need to be successful in their roles. 


Essential Functions

  • Analyse development needs, identify appropriate development methodologies and tools, design and deliver training; Identify, develop and promote best practices in learning and development methodologies
  • Lead the development of a training strategy that build capabilities aligned to future business needs with an emphasis on driving growth, operational excellence, and scale
  • Support the implementation of global OD/HR initiatives, in particular those supporting the business strategy and culture, global leadership and business skills development programs, performance support, and training curricula
  • Support culture, engagement and communication efforts to support business goals and objectives
  • Evaluate and continuously improve regional training and OD programs delivered to ensure they are meeting objectives and delivering value to business
  • Develop close productive relationships with partners, the HR community and key stakeholders to ensure alignment of activities to overall business goals
  • Manage key vendor relationships to ensure delivery of services meets expectations, pricing is optimal, etc
  • Develop expertise in technology solutions and systems that enables on-demand learning and viable tracking systems to measure the impact of training solutions
  • Define and use business and talent performance analytics to drive future development solution investment decisions
  • Participate in the evolution of the OD function in both structure and delivery cadence & methodology



Education, Training:         

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Education, or similar discipline or equivalent relevant experience
  • Certifications in industry standard programs/assessments (DISC, FranklinCovey, Situational Leadership, Crucial Conversations, etc) preferred
  • Credentials preferred (CPLP, PHR, SHRM-CP, etc)


Experience Required:

  • 4+ years’ experience in learning and development/talent management/OD
  • Experience using a wide range of tools in the analysis, design, development and evaluation of learning interventions
  • Specific experience in working with SMEs (subject matter experts) in the co-development of professional and business development training
  • Demonstrable experience facilitating training
  • Experience managing external suppliers
  • Experience administering an LMS and talent processes (succession, performance, onboarding)
    Knowledge, Skills & Competencies:
  • Excellent design, facilitation and delivery skills
  • Strong analytical skills/data-driven decision maker
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong team player, flexible to address changing business needs
  • Excellent planning and project management capability
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure and deliver on tight deadlines
  • Strong process mind-set and looks for opportunities to improve efficient process delivery
  • Takes a keen interest in development practices within and outside of the company to determine opportunities to improve how training is managed within the Company
  • Thorough, detail-oriented, and applies logic and rationale to decision making
  • Personal credibility and the possesses the ability to influence key stakeholders throughout the organization
  • Passionate about the business, will be a strong external ambassador / advocate for the business and will be highly collaborative with the ability to work successfully across teams, regions and functions
  • Must be results focused and highly energetic to drive the defined team and organizational goals
  • Natural willingness to step up and take on projects/tasks necessary to support the business and without concern to where the responsibility “should” be
    Language, Computer & Numeracy:
  • Fluent in written and spoken English required; Spanish, German, or Mandarin a plus


Physical Requirements

General office activities in a corporate setting

Typical Environmental Conditions

May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic)


Travel Requirements

  • Occasional domestic travel may be required (20%+)
  • Occasional international travel


Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago