Automation Engineer

Date: 17 May 2023

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE, R95 E064

Company: Glanbia





Automation Engineer


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 2,100 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


Role Profile

As an Automation Engineer you will work within the site Engineering team in the largest multi-purpose integrated dairy plant in Europe, servicing the various manufacturing  processes including Cheese, Butter, Milk & Whey protein powders

Your role will include supporting frontline operators and technicians to troubleshoot incidents and perform Root cause analysis including designing and implementing corrective and preventative actions.

Your role will also include working with the CAPEX project engineering team to scope, design, build and commission projects from small upgrades to multimillion euro investments.


Key Responsibilities

  • Programming, implementation and documentation of changes to the process automation code and systems hardware. 
  • Providing automation support to production, including troubleshooting and issue resolution.
  • Working with the CAPEX project engineering team to scope, design, build and commission projects from small upgrades to multimillion euro investments.
  • Working with System Integrators, OEMs and Product vendors and Specialists to investigate new technologies and upgrade opportunities.
  • Work within a cross functional multidiscipline team environment and support other functions in driving performance improvements across sites
  • Develop the site process automation system as part of the site automation team
  • Working with IT to continuously improve our cybersecurity stance and enable our vision for Factory of the Future.
  • Manage process automation interfacing with MES, ERP & IT systems.
  • Managing security on OT and IT systems relating to the process networks.
  • Managing 3rd Party service providers to ensure secure remote support.
  • Manage all automation related change through Tirlán’s Change Control procedures.


Key Requirements

  • 5+ year’s experience in programming within large scale process manufacturing, preferably in the Dairy, Food & Beverage or Pharma industry.
  • Experience with DCS, SCADA, and HMIs
    • ABB SattLine, 800xA, Wonderware Intouch and Ignition an advantage or similiar
  • PLC experience e.g. Allen Bradley , Siemens , ABB ….
  • Knowledge of instrumentation configuration e.g. Flow meters, Conductivity meters, Motor Variable Speed drives etc.
  • Ability to read P&IDs and translate onto HMI screen
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good decision-making ability
  • Ability to work individually and also in a team as and when required
  • Continuous improvement mindset


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 -