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Automation Engineer - Kilkenny Cheese

Date: 24-Jan-2023

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia










Automation Engineer

Kilkenny Cheese Ltd



Royal A-ware is a traditional Dutch family business with a passion for food and with a strong entrepreneurial attitude. Demand-led, we offer our clients tailored products and services. In recent years investments have been made in the development and management of own supply chains resulting in independence, efficiency, and flexibility. We are specialized in producing, ripening, cutting, and packaging cheese, and also produce and package cream and fresh dairy products.


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


Based in Belview in South Kilkenny the role reports to the Maintenance Manager. This role will be responsible for maintaining and developing the Plant Automation Systems.



  • Programming, implementation and documentation of changes to the process automation code and systems hardware. 
  • Provide automation support to production, including troubleshooting and issue resolution.
  • Lead process automation review with the production operating teams to identify process improvement opportunities through automation upgrades
  • Work within a cross functional multidiscipline team environment and support other functions in driving performance improvements across sites
  • Manage process automation interfacing with MES, ERP & IT systems.
  • Develop the site process automation system as part of the site automation team
  • Manage all automation related change through Kilkenny Cheese Ltd’s Change Control procedures as set out in the site Quality Management System
  • Develop and implement change through Operations in collaboration with the Operations Change Lead
  • Support the training and ongoing development of the Process team in automation/programming skills
  • Responsible for OIT,Cameras, labels and WMS Interfaces and Network


Key Requirements

  • H5+ years’ experience in programming within large scale process manufacturing, preferably in the Dairy, Food & Beverage or Pharma industry.
  • Knowledge of RIO panels (Remote IO panels)
  • Knowledge of Ethernet IP, boot strapping configuration of hardware and debugging
  • Knowledge of AS-i preferable but not a requirement
  • Knowledge of instrumentation configuration e.g. Flow meters, Conductivity meters, Motor Variable Speed drives etc.
  • Knowledge of Kepware or other OPC interface
  • Knowledge of SQL
  • Ability to read P&IDs and translate onto HMI screen



  • Experience of complex project delivery
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
  • Advanced organisation and planning skills.
  • Strong PC skills, Microsoft Office (Word, excel and MS Project),
  • Ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders


Person Profile

  • Successful track record of project delivery in a start-up or large scale development project
  • Knowledge of Dairy or similar food processing industry
  • Ability to manage a range of complex projects to completion
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills


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, 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. 

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -