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Network & Technical Security Architect

Date: 03-Mar-2023

Location: Dublin OR Kilkenny, L, IE, D24

Company: Glanbia


Network & Technical Security Architect



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 role

The Network Architect role has responsibility for both the strategic direction and the day-to-day operations of Glanbia's global network and network security services.  This includes maintaining network performance and reliability, determining and developing strategy and reference architectures, researching new technologies and approaches, creating standards and roadmaps, and developing recommendations for migrating to future standards.  This role also works directly with other key stakeholders on joint solutions and holds responsibility for anything related to networking and network security implementation in Glanbia datacentre, cloud, office or manufacturing locations.  



The base location of the role will be our office in Dublin OR Kilkenny, with hybrid working arrangements available through our Smart working model which allows you a greater choice in how you work and live, giving you a better work-life balance.


Key elements of the role


  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to identify current and future requirements that drive network and network security change programme activities
  • Leads the development of network related reference architectures and technical standards to provide road maps which specify future state and how to get there to increase capabilities, agility, scalability, and performance
  • Manage key vendors relationships to ensure network and network security services are delivered to agreed SLA’s
  • Completes technical designs for network and network security solutions, consulting with key stakeholders, assessing impact/interdependencies and leveraging their technical expertise to guide the implementation
  • Provides technical guidance, training, direction and reviews the work of Network team to ensure colleagues working on architectural issues to ensure alignment
  • Lead a team of Network & Network Security engineers including assignment of work, coaching, mentoring and guiding professional development
  • Fosters a culture of cooperation and trust across functional groups through consistent performance and communication





  • Bachelor’s degree (NFQ 7 or higher) in IT or associated discipline 



  • A minimum of 5+ years directly related experience in a similar role
  • Experience of dealing with and managing third-party managed service providers
  • Stakeholder & relationship management across multiple business units.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 


Skills & Competencies

  • Strong experience in vendor management in a managed service environment
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of LAN/WAN/Firewall/VPN/Internet access support and engineering design for network and network security services at Access, Aggregation, and Core network locations
  • Experience in strategic planning, road mapping, programme of work prioritisation and capacity planning
  • Thorough understanding of modern service provider TCP/IP data networks using standards and technologies including but not limited to: MPLS, OSPF, BGP, 802.1x
  • Strong understanding of SDWAN concepts and architectures
  • Superior knowledge, skills and experience with Cisco routing hardware, software, protocols
  • Strong working knowledge of MDF, IDF, structured cabling systems, network facilities, electrical, UPS, etc.
  • Ability to work alone as an individual contributor, as a technical lead and as a participant in a team environment.
  • Excellent real-world problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent documentation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.



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, or disability status. 


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