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Director, Sr OD & Communications

Date: Sep 25, 2021

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Company Description

Company Description

Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey. The company takes pure and clean ingredients including milk, whey and grains and using expert knowledge and capabilities produces high quality nutritional ingredients and branded consumer products for customers and consumers worldwide.


Glanbia Performance Nutrition is a wholly owned subsidiary of Glanbia located in Downers Grove, Illinois. GPN’s brand portfolio consists of – Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure, Think!, Nutramino ABB, Body & Fit, Amazing Grass and SlimFast, each with its own brand essence. GPN manufactures and markets the full range of performance nutrition and lifestyle products including protein, pre-workout, muscle gainers, ready-to-eat snacks and general health. Products are sold through a variety of channels including specialty retail, the internet, gyms and FDM in a variety of formats including powders, bars and Ready-to-Drink beverages. GPN has a global and expanding footprint with a current in-market presence in 24 countries.


Glanbia Performance Nutrition has enjoyed consistent double-digit growth which has been achieved both organically and through acquisition. Today, GPN has approximately $1.2B in revenue and 2,500 employees worldwide. With state-of-the-art production facilities occupying over 500,000 square feet of operating space, GPN is the only sports nutrition company to manufacture and market items in every product category.


As the parent of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Plc is a global performance nutrition and ingredients group with leading market positions in cheese, whey proteins, sports nutrition and micronutrient premixes headquartered in Kilkenny, Ireland. Glanbia Plc has over 6,900 employees in 34 countries worldwide. Its products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries. The company is organized into a number of divisions; Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), Glanbia Nutritionals, Glanbia Ireland and also a number of joint ventures. Revenues for Glanbia plc are approximately $4.1B. For more information visit the company website at: www.glanbia.com




Job Summary

This position will oversee the talent management processes such as assessment, performance management, succession planning and leadership development. It will also focus on identifying, developing and implementing training and development programs for the organization. A large portion of the position will also be focused on employee engagement, corporate communication and diversity, equity and inclusion.  




Essential Functions

Duties and Responsibilities


% of Time Spent

• Consults, designs and implements effective programs and processes that support talent development, which includes succession planning, employee development and training (L&D) needs.


• Coordinate and deliver organization & learning development programs to align with the strategic initiatives of the business.


• Collaborates with leadership to create a results-oriented, high performing/motivated team and fosters an environment of high accountability.


• Acts as corporate liaison with Group Corporate and the business unit leaders on all Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives


• Leads global internal communications function that includes senior leadership messaging and global town halls, values program promotion, and other education and awareness building activity that aligns to global communications calendar


• Leads the global engagement survey and reporting process for the business unit. Responsible for embedding best practices across the business to foster and promote employee engagement


• Provides support and guidance to line managers within the company with regards to development and learning initiatives, delivering an annual training plan across the organization and maintain active follow-up through on-going support and coaching.


• Develops and executes business strategies and HR programs that increase employee involvement, commitment, competencies, and which are consistent with organizational strategic goals and objectives.


• Works with chosen suppliers and the Global team to develop, design and coordinate all training and development programs.


• Manages contracts and the delivery of all external providers.


• Serves as an internal consultant on OD/org design issues and planning and provides appropriate recommendations.





Decision Making/Problem Solving
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Education Requirements


Education Level



4 Year / Bachelor’s Degree



Graduate Degree





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Years Of Experience

Minimum Years of Experience

Maximum Years of Experience




8 + years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


5-7 years progressive management level experience in HR with an emphasis in organization development, training and communications.

Prior experience working for global companies who have experience hyper-growth preferably in CPG/manufacturing





Other Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and persuade at a senior management level
  • Proven track record in creating, overseeing and implementing successful OD and training programs
  • Proven partnership capability and proven track record of successful experience working across a complex, matrixed organization and with other business partners/CoE’s, & leaders
  • Familiarity with talent management processes
  • Experience leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across a group
  • Comprehensive knowledge of employee engagement including conducting engagement surveys and implementing best practices across a global organization
  • Strong operational, project management, cross functional experience
  • Able to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines
  • International experience; Understanding of working across different businesses and regions
  • Solid leadership experience including managing a team of professionals
  • Experience in manufacturing a plus
  • Experience with DiSC a plus or other OD/Training certifications
  • Experience guiding and implementing change activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid leadership experience including coaching business leaders and their teams
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and calm under pressure
  • Agile and able to lead others through change
  • Certification in development/training programs a plus



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, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


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

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