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Director, Sr People Operations

Date: Feb 20, 2021

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia


Job Summary

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 $1.5B in revenue and 2,500 employees worldwide. With state-of-the-art production facilities, 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 newly created role reporting to the Chief People Officer is charged with providing world class business partnership people solutions and guidance to assigned leaders and business segments. The Sr. People Director Operations is responsible for developing, guiding and executing initiatives in the areas of compensation, benefits, HRIS analytics, payroll, and global mobility.  In addition, this role will play a key part in the implementation of a new HRIS system, Success Factors, as well as provide general guidance as needed in transformation change management, M&A work, performance management, and strategic workforce planning to drive high performance in a fast paced, matrixed organization. This is an opportunity to build upon an existing infrastructure and process but add new insights, ideas and operational excellence.  This leader will inherit a team of highly-productive and talented people professionals and be a peer to the leaders in adjacent functions such as L&D, Talent Acquisition and Regional HR leaders as well as partner closely with all functional leaders across the organization. 




Essential Functions

Duties and Responsibilities


% of Time Spent

  • Overall responsibility for managing total reward programs (remuneration & benefits) to ensure individuals are recognized for their contributions to the organization.


  • Oversees and manages global HR systems (including payroll), analytics and practices that assist with the growth and development of the business; including the implementation of Success Factors for GPN business unit.


  • Serves as an internal consultant on compensation, benefits, and performance development issues and provides appropriate recommendations globally.


  • Develops, implements and monitors global performance management from end-to-end that creates a performance-based culture in a fast-paced environment.  Includes a focus on development plans.


  • Ensures compliance for employment laws, total rewards, and related HR policies.


  • Establishes workforce planning protocols


  • Assists with evaluation/due diligence & integration of acquisitions


  • Oversees and coordinates global mobility/immigration for GPN


  • Drives cultural transformation and change management within functions from inward looking to business partnering and action orientated across the business


  • Role models the organizational values and bring them to life across the function; drive accountability for translation of values into behaviors that are lived


  • Leads and develops a high performing team




Education Requirements


Education Level



4 Year / Bachelor’s Degree

BS / BA in relevant discipline 


Graduate Degree

Master Degree a plus


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Years Of Experience

Minimum Years of Experience

Maximum Years of Experience




  • 10+  years of experience in combination of total rewards and HRBP generalist experience
  • 5 – 7 years progressive HR leadership experience including leading teams
  •  Preferred experience in manufacturing and/or food/beverage industry





Other Skills/Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and persuade at a senior management level
  • Extensive knowledge creating, overseeing and implementing successful benefit/compensation programs
  • Experience guiding and implementing change activities that facilitation innovation, enhanced employee relations, operational excellence, and competitive advantage.  Develops resources to measure and report on attainment of such activities
  • Experiencing developing strategic initiatives which align with business goals and budget.
  • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with individuals at all levels
  • Strong operational, project management, excellent communication skills; able to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines
  • Experience collaborating with internal and external resources including other HRBPs, CoE leaders and general employees/managers to identify strategies that solve organizational issues.
  • International experience a plus; Understanding of working across different businesses and regions
  • Solid leadership experience including managing and developing a team of professionals
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and calm under pressure
  • Ability to excel and align stakeholders in a cross functional matrixed global organization.
  • Agile and able to lead others through change.



Physical Demands
The work is classified as Light - Medium Physical Demand Level (PDL) by the US Dept. of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Frequencies: Occasional (1-33%); Frequent (34-66%); Constant (67-100%)

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Lifting Demands




Lift up to waist



Lift on up to shoulder



Lift on up to overhead



Carry on up to 25 feet



Carry up stairs





This job description is not intended, nor should it be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, or working conditions associated with the particular job. It is intended only to be a general description of the essential functions common to positions of this type.



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