Date: 26 May 2023

Location: Kilkenny,, KK, IE, R95 DXR1

Company: Glanbia






Head of Tax

Hybrid working



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.

A talented team of over 2,300 people manage Tirlán’s network of 11 production facilities and 52 agri retail outlets serving its communities with annual revenues of over €3 billion 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


Role Profile

Reporting to the Group Financial Controller, the Head of Tax is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the tax planning strategy, increasing awareness of tax threats, identifying risks and opportunities to meet the current and future tax requirements for Tirlán.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and manage the tax planning strategy, increasing awareness of tax threats, identifying risks and opportunities.
  • Monitor compliance with tax policies, processes and procedures across Tirlán.
  • Maintain an oversight role in compliance taxes (VAT, RCT, Payroll taxes, PSWT & CIS).
  • Develop and maintain a centre of technical tax expertise, in particular:
    • Determine the appropriate group tax treatment/policy in conjunction with the Business,
    • Ensure appropriate governance structures are in place for all tax decisions/policies as adherence to a defined process applies - tax sub-forum & forums,
    • Manage pre-year end sign off with auditors and tax compliance advisors,
    • Keep abreast of new tax legislation and initiatives,
    • Create a tax database.
  • Centrally co-ordinate obtaining tax advice from external tax advisors to ensure a uniform, efficient and cost effective approach across the group.
  • Lead the interaction with the Revenue Commissioners and Departments, developing and maintaining a constructive relationship with same.
  • Oversee the process and review of corporation and deferred tax provisions for statutory financial statements, budgets, forecasts, corporate business plans.
  • Oversee the process and review of corporation tax returns for filing with the Revenue Commissioners, including preparation of group relief.
  • Act as a driving force to ensure the development and implementation of best practice taxation processes and systems.
  • Provide tax advice on a wide range of projects and planning opportunities in order to optimise the tax position of the Group.
  • Provide appropriate support/advisory/training to all areas of the business on tax related matters including researching and resolving technical queries from the business. This will involve developing and maintaining effective and constructive working relationships within the Business including with HR, finance, procurement, supply chain, customer support and R&D functions.
  • Keep abreast of tax developments nationally and internationally, and particularly how such may impact Tirlán.
  • Oversee any periodic reviews of different tax areas.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


Key Requirements

  • AITI Qualified with a minimum of 8 years’ experience of working in a large complex organisation
  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, CPA, ACCA),
  • Have strong exposure to all areas of taxation including corporation tax, deferred tax, VAT, RCT, PSWT, CIS & Payroll taxes,
  • Have thorough knowledge of Irish and UK tax legislation and experience of dealing with Tax authorities across other regions.
  • Experience with identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas and implementing solutions
  • An ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Excellent organisational and analytical capabilities with attention to detail, high levels of integrity and professionalism at all times, with a proven ability to multitask
  • Proven ability to create and develop good working relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals, coupled with the ability to gain commitment from others 
  • Ability to identify and analyse problems and potential improvements, and propose and implement solutions
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills including the ability to distil complex tax legislation into meaningful advice.


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


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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.

At Tirlán, 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, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 

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. 


About us:

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.

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -