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Packaging Manager

Date: 19-Nov-2022

Location: Kilkenn, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia

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Packaging Manager

Co Kilkenny/Hybrid


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.

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.

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



The Packaging Manager reports directly into the Head of Innovation & Sustainability Programme & Governance and works to optimise and drive value from the packaging of products. They drive the execution of strategic initiatives, develop plans, and deliver packaging solutions in R&D that are key to support the growth of Glanbia Ireland. They will actively look to identify ways in which to leverage packaging across different portfolios to maximise product value add and achieve cost and efficiency synergies, as well as ensure packaging is in line with regulations of the market and fits into the expected customer experience within Tirlán.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and support programs to achieve Tirlán’s packaging goals including areas such as: packaging as a value add, new pack formats, enhanced product functionality, consumer experience or reason-to-buy through packaging innovation;
  • Identify ways in which packaging could be a means for cost reduction and sustainability improvements;
  • Carry out evaluations in an objective and professional manner across functions and categories to determine areas of improvement, and give advice to relevant managers, changes that can be made to improve packaging across the business;
  • Conduct research, provide reports, and maintain communication with relevant stakeholders, including external bodies such as government agencies that may provide grants or funding towards packaging directed projects;
  • Engage with all suppliers to achieve optimum sustainability across our packaging portfolio;
  • Support internal collaborations across the business to communicate performance, progress and best practices;
  • Ensure the business is complying with all applicable local and international packaging laws where we conduct business;
  • Establish metrics to monitor packaging policy adherence and performance against targets set;
  • Manage the successful delivery of projects to plan and within budget, while ensuring that the deliverables are met;
  • Leading the Packaging Hub for cross functional information sharing on packaging related projects across Tirlán and ensuring visibility of their impact on sustainability KPIs.



Key Requirements

  • Degree in Science, Engineering or related field, Packaging Diploma and project management qualification desirable;
  • 7 + Years industry experience in packaging and packaging development preferably in food, beverage or nutrition area;
  • Experience of primary and secondary packaging processes, packaging material science, packaging machinery, transportation studies and packaging development processes with knowledge of industry practices;
  • Significant evidence of R&D project management leadership, project delivery and co-ordinating cross-functional work streams;
  • Proven ability to be able to work on one’s own initiative, comfortable working in an adaptive role;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills;
  • Highly driven and motivated with proven capability to influence peers across the organisation to work together and in line with a standard approach;
  • Commercially focused;
  • Previous experience leading teams within a packaging technology role preferable;
  • Creativity;
  • Organisational Agility;
  • Drive for results;
  • Problem solving;
  • Functional / Technical Skills;
  • Communication;
  • Project Management.


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


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.

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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. 

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