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Cheese Plant Manager

Date: Jun 3, 2019

Location: Ballyragget, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia


Plant Manager (Cheese)


Glanbia Ireland is a world class, ambitious, integrated agri-food and nutrition business, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands with the proven talent to succeed in the global market.


Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition. It processes a 2.6 billion litre milk pool from 21 counties and exports high quality dairy and agri ingredients as well as branded products to over 60 countries.


With annual revenue of €1.8 billion, Glanbia Ireland has 11 processing plants, 53 agri branches and over 1,800 employees. 


Located at our processing facility in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny this role will report to the Site Manager and will be responsible for managing the plant to deliver service levels, quality, manufacturing standards and manufacturing results as per the defined  KPIs and SLA. The role is responsible for production execution, asset maintenance, technology and projects support for the category. The role drives continuous improvement within the plant to ensure efficiency while reducing costs. The role also acts as a counterpart for the business unit / category lead in the S&OP process to ensure execution.


Key Responsibilities

  • Manage Plant operations, provide overall leadership for plant managers and staff.
  • Provide general management over the Plant including overseeing quality assurance/control, safety, manufacturing execution, engineering, materials management and information systems.
  • Support strategic planning, prepares Annual Business Plan & manage all variable costs within budget
  • Produce highest quality product to meet agreed customer and product specifications.
  • Ensure production targets (throughput, yields, recoveries) are met.
  • Oversee EHS standards throughout the plant, promote & support implementation of  best practice EHS policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory standards and requirements
  • Cultivate and implement performance measures to ensure that the business performs at world class manufacturing standards.
  • Continuously develop operating performance through the use of GPS tools and techniques.
  • Develop and implement world-class quality processes, which will generate a competitive lever in providing customer solutions.
  • Promote and develop relationships within and between functions: Maintenance, Quality, Process Technical, R&D, HR, etc.



Key Requirements:

  • Third level qualification in Engineering/Science/Food Science discipline
  • 5+ years exp. in operations & manufacturing management, Operations manager experience, quality and H&S , sustainability at basic appreciation,
  • Extensive experience in food supply chain, 5+ years production experience in a FMCG environment
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and direct large teams to deliver results



Glanbia Ireland is a joint venture 60% owned by Glanbia Co-op and 40% owned by Glanbia plc. Established in July 2017, it combines Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Glanbia Consumer Products and Glanbia Agribusiness.


If you are interested in this position, please apply through the My Career portal on the Glanbia Homepage with an up to date resume.

Glanbia Ireland is a Values Based Organisation -

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