Senior Technologist - Dairy

Date: 26 May 2023

Location: Co. Kilkenny, KK, IE, R95 E064

Company: Glanbia






Senior Technologist – Dairy


About Tirlán

Tirlán, formerly known as Glanbia Ireland, is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands.

A talented team of over 2,100 people manage Tirlán’s network of 11 production facilities and 52 agri retail outlets serving its communities with annual revenues of over €3 billion expected in 2022. Tirlán’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Kilkenny city and innovation centre in Ballyragget promote innovation, creativity and collaboration. Tirlán is committed to sustainability throughout the organisation through its comprehensive Living Proof programme, and the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) contained within it. For more information visit


Role Profile

Based in Ballyragget & reporting to the R&D Manager for Fat Filled Dairy Powders & Dairy Fats, the Senior Technologist will manage and deliver Innovation and Technical Projects for Tirlán. Working within the R&D department, but with key contacts in Growth, Operations and Quality teams, this individual will advance projects focussed on optimisation of current fat filled spray dried dairy powders and development of new products in line with customer expectations. This position requires an experienced technologist with in-depth dairy product and processing knowledge, technical skills and project management experience.


Key Responsibilities

  • Liaise with a multi-disciplinary R&D team to co-ordinate and drive the completion of R&D innovation activities, from concept through to conclusion, within the Tirlan project governance process;
  • Evaluate existing product performance in various functionality tests and customer end-use applications at lab & pilot scale;
  • Ability to organise, execute, manage, and document all pilot and plant trials in compliance with R&D procedures;
  • Conduct lab and pilot plant experiments to evaluate concepts such as changes in product formulations or manufacturing process;
  • Review product and process trials against objectives and promptly report to stakeholders on outcomes and next steps;
  • Support customer engagement initiatives to showcase our product and application capabilities to drive growth opportunities;
  • Develop professional and value-based business relationships with existing and new customer and supplier contacts;
  • Liaise with cross-functional teams to problem solve product quality or consistency issues;
  • Keep technically abreast of relevant developments to support internal capability.


Key Requirements

  • Science based qualification in food science/nutrition;
  • Preferred 10+ year’s relevant technical and/or operational experience in a value-added dairy or related food industry;
  • Application and product development experience;
  • Dairy processing technology, food chemistry;
  • Regulatory understanding an advantage;
  • Experience managing internal technical projects and stakeholders to deliver projects on time, in scope and in budget;
  • Some national and international travel required.




  • Problem solving;
  • Drive for results;
  • Excellent communication skills particularly in technical arena for interaction at all levels;
  • Excellent influencing skills;
  • Customer Focus;
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and innovative/creative;
  • Team Player;
  • Disciplined and organized;
  • Attention to detail is critical;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Effective report writing and presentation skills;
  • Project management – track record of delivery.


If you are interested in this position, please apply with an up-to-date resume.


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Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
Tirlán 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.

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

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

Tirlán owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Solmiko, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition. 


About us:

The farmer-owned co-operative has a first-class track record of success in the global market. Rooted in a rich heritage of family farming and embedded in its communities, Tirlán has evolved to bring the passion of its farmers and their high-quality milk and grains to the international marketplace. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to its milk pool of three billion litres and its premium grains portfolio, Tirlán now exports to more than 80 countries.  Its award-winning brands are household names in Ireland, and include Ireland’s number one consumer dairy brand, Avonmore.

The organisation draws on a wealth of experience to deliver exceptional products and tailored nutritional solutions including Kilmeaden, Wexford, Truly Grass Fed, Solmiko, CheddMax and GAIN. Tirlán has a strong market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China.

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -