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Consumer Production Planning Manager

Date: 24-Jan-2023

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia





Production Planning Manager



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



The Consumer Production Planning Manager reports to the Head of Integrated Planning. This role is integral to the delivery of our strategy and is a key person in the rollout the digital strategy for planning.  The individual will lead the production planning team in the Consumer category and is responsible for the optimisation and utilisation of resources and inventories while meeting customer demands. The individual will provide leadership, direction, and development for a team of Production and Raw Material planners through the use of the Tirlan values and behaviours and deliver on Supply Chain key Metrics including Inventory holding, Plan and Schedule Attainment (Internal Production & TPM’s) and Fill Rates.


Key Responsibilities.

  • Ensure collaboration of production planning teams with respective demand teams
  • Ensure collaboration of production planning teams with operations, logistics and commercial communicating and deviations to plan
  • Establish and track KPIs for operational & planning team reflecting overall goals of the plan and communicate via 3M.  Conduct RCA and lead corrective actions to address deviations in production planning.
  • Lead a dynamic Production / Supply Planning team in a fast-moving food manufacturing environment.
  • Co-ordinate all product outsourcing activity.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships across all disciplines of the business, particularly with Operations, Quality, Commercial, and Supply Chain Order Fulfilment function.
  • Identify and implement best practice systems driven Planning solutions.
  • Ownership of Material Requirements Planning
  • Ownership of Supply Planning SAP Masterdata
  • Key member of the team to establish and implement an S&OP process for the consumer category (International and Domestic)


Key Requirements:

  • Change management – drive successful implementation of the S&OP process from a production planning view
  • Ability to lead, and work collaboratively and influence at all levels across multiple functions
  • Strong knowledge & experience in production planning
  • Financial acumen, S&OP IT & enabling technology knowledge, robust project management skills
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, excellent communication skills
  • Understand production capabilities and capacities in a GI context in relation to customer and manufacturing specifications
  • Understand Masterdata in a GI context



  • Experience in S&OP process
  • Experience in demand forecasting and supply planning
  • Extensive experience in agricultural, food & dairy industries
  • Extensive knowledge of SAP planning systems and Business Objects reporting


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


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.


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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. 

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -