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Talent & Learning Director, Glanbia Performance Nutrition

Date: Jun 19, 2022

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia - Our Business

Glanbia is a global nutrition company and the global leader in the performance nutrition industry with a portfolio of performance and lifestyle nutrition brands. As a nutritional solutions provider in the B2B arena, we commercialise specialty nutritional, functional ingredients and precision premixes to meet our customer needs. Glanbia’s growth has been achieved both organically and via targeted M&A to scale positions and build into adjacencies in attractive segments aligned with our purpose.


  • B2C: each of our own brands has its own consumer appeal. We are the #1 global sports nutrition brand with a growing presence in lifestyle nutrition.
  • B2B: our portfolio of both nutritional ingredients and cheese products gives us strong market reach and customer relevance. We work closely with our customers to develop products that exceed their expectations.
  • D2C: our digital platforms enhance engagement with our consumers at multiple touch points throughout their purchasing decision journey. We will continue to connect with consumers through creative excellence and new digital layers of services. 


Employing over 6,000 people across 32 countries, our products are sold or distributed in over 100 countries with total Group revenue of €4.2bn. We have three segments: Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritionals and Joint Ventures & Associates. Our shares are listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges (symbol: GLB).



The Talent and Learning Director will oversee integrated talent management processes such as talent development, learning, succession planning, and career and leadership development aligned with global frameworks and policies. This role offers a multitude of opportunities to support employee experience and engagement and, ultimately business success.  From identifying development needs, sourcing solutions, co-creating and delivering learning and talent interventions at a Business Unit level and project-based level in the Centers of Excellence to working with key stakeholders in your business to think creatively, drive continuous improvement and remain at the forefront of best practice. You will be at the heart of talent, learning, and development, ensuring and enabling our people to have the right skills at the right time to have the most impact in realizing their career aspirations and our business needs.


The opportunity where you will make an impact:

  • Work closely with the Talent, Learning & Capability Lead and the GPN Chief People Officer to develop a tailored, multiyear plan of work informed by BU priorities to address talent and development needs and deliver on BU talent, learning, and capability priorities.
  • Responsible for implementing global talent, learning and capability frameworks, processes and solutions within the business to address identified priorities, including regular review of talent, advising on talent solutions for leaders at all levels and as supporting improvements in learning and internal talent mobility.
  • Acts as a critical business partner to the HR and Leadership teams on talent, learning, and capability development, operating from a deep understanding of the BU context and strategic BU goals.
  • Identify the learning needs of key talent cohorts and work with the Centers of Excellence to shape the design of both global and tailored BU solution, to ensure that solutions are fit for purpose.
  • Partner with Chief People Officer and Leadership teams on the capability build, change management, line manager support, and coaching required to implement relevant frameworks, processes and solutions within the BUs to meet priority organizational and BU needs, including the culture and capability shift required to become a learning organization.
  • Collaborate with HRBPs on the collation of strategic workforce planning inputs too identify the leadership and functional capabilities required and plans to address current and future  capability requirements.
  • Responsible for design and delivery of talent development, learning, and leadership initiatives for exceptional business unit needs, including the support of Glanbia’s early career programs in Glanbia Performance Nutrition.
  • Coordinates succession and talent planning processes, in partnership with the Chief People Officer, HR Business Partners and business leadership.
  • Supports the creation of development plans for high potential leaders and succession candidates identified during the OPR process; monitor progress against plans and provide accountability for on-time completion, and report progress to the business, HR leadership and Centers of Excellence.
  • Collaborates with leadership and HR Business Partners to create a results-oriented, high performing/motivated teams and fosters an environment of high accountability.
  • Supports Glanbia’s return to office providing consultative input to, and support for leaders and HR teams in implementing new flexible work models as part of our Smart Working framework.
  • Measure and evaluate effectiveness and impact of strategies, solutions and processes to ensure fit for purpose and continuous improvement.


Expereince & Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline with post-graduate qualification desirable.
  • Member of a relevant Professional body – e.g., SHRM, CIPD.
  • Licensed in occupational psychometric tools desirable – eg., OPQ, MBTI, Hogan, ECR, BPS A&B.
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced global environment, focused on talent management, learning, career and capability development.
  • Proven record of successfully working with others to implement talent, learning and capability initiatives and processes in a global organisation.
  • DE&I, Culture and Organizational Development experience and thought leadership across multiple levels.
  • Strong knowledge of talent management, learning and ideally adjacent areas such as strategic workforce planning.
  • Proven ability to hold leaders accountable for developing talent. Knows what is needed to deliver results and assesses individuals accordingly.
  • Translates the link between work and organizational strategy with key stakeholders, using persuasion and listening skills to ensure a common understanding.
  • Strong knowledge of talent management, learning and ideally adjacent areas such as strategic workforce planning.


What we would like to offer you:

  • The opportunity to shape your career in our global organisation that is championing the healthy lifestyle movement!
  • Our Smart Working model advocates wellbeing by providing you with a greater choice in how you work and live, giving you a better work-life balance.



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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