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Early Careers Programme Specialist EMEA

Date: May 28, 2022

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE, D24

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia plc

Early Careers Programme Specialist EMEA


Glanbia - Our Business

Glanbia is a global nutrition company and the global leader in the performance nutrition industry with a portfolio of performance and lifestyle nutrition brands. As a nutritional solutions provider in the B2B arena, we commercialise specialty nutritional, functional ingredients and precision premixes to meet our customer needs. Glanbia’s growth has been achieved both organically and via targeted M&A to scale positions and build into adjacencies in attractive segments aligned with our purpose.

  • B2C: each of our own brands has its own consumer appeal. We are the #1 global sports nutrition brand with a growing presence in lifestyle nutrition.
  • B2B: our portfolio of both nutritional ingredients and cheese products gives us strong market reach and customer relevance. We work closely with our customers to develop products that exceed their expectations.
  • D2C: our digital platforms enhance engagement with our consumers at multiple touch points throughout their purchasing decision journey. We will continue to connect with consumers through creative excellence and new digital layers of services. 

Employing over 6,000 people across 32 countries, our products are sold or distributed in over 100 countries with total Group revenue of €4.2bn. We have three segments: Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritionals and Joint Ventures & Associates. Our shares are listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges (symbol: GLB).


Role Summary 

The Early Career Program Specialist works closely with the Early Careers Program Lead to execute against the early careers talent strategy through the Pure Ambition program. This role helps to coordinate the early careers and student hiring programs.  Works closely with BU HR Leadership, business leaders and CoE teams to deliver an exceptional pool of emerging leadership talent to the business and a market differentiating employee experience for the graduate cohort.




The base location of the roles will be in Ireland in any of our office locations in Kilkenny, Citywest, Dublin 24 or Waterford, with  hybrid working arrangements available through our Smart working model which allows you a greater choice in how you work and live, giving you a better work-life balance.


Key Accountabilities

  • Works closely with business unit HR teams on workforce planning needs for our markets and regions
  • Works closely with the Talent Attraction teams to ensure planning and operational execution of appropriate talent attraction and selection methods and pipelining of graduate and broader student talent
  • Builds strong relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders in the early careers' ecosystem - universities, colleges, schools etc. with a particular focus on sourcing from diverse talent pool
  • Collaborates on the design and delivery of high quality learning, on-the-job experiences, rotations, coaching and mentoring as part of the Pure Ambition program
  • Support the workforce planning and international rotations process for early career talent with our business units.
  • Partner with business units to agree specific program deliverables aligned to business priorities and delivered locally.
  • Partners with HRBPS/Line Managers on probation, performance and development reviews and on graduate wellbeing and coaching conversations.
  • Bring innovative ideas to our approach to early career talent, providing insights on trends relating to early career talent attraction, development, engagement and performance management and developing innovative solutions to address emerging needs.
  • Responsible for budgetary prep and financial management


Qualifications and Experience

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline with post-graduate qualification desirable.
  • Member of a relevant Professional body – e.g., SHRM, CIPD


Prior Experience    

  • A similar role in a multi-national/global organisation on the execution of early careers and student hiring programs and have good knowledge of development/talent management frameworks, particularly with the early careers market.
  • Experience of delivering impactful talent projects and/or campaigns including management of governance and stakeholders.
  • Managing multiple stakeholder interests and third party relationships in a talent development context.


Key Competencies


•            Working knowledge of early careers talent management and ideally adjacent areas such as strategic workforce planning and learning.

•            Proven ability to hold leaders accountable for developing talent. Knows what is needed to deliver results and assesses individuals accordingly. 

•            Self-directed, process-oriented individual with strong business acumen and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.

•            Highly pragmatic style. Easily adapts to ambiguity, changes in strategy, or conflicting information to drive timely decisions and a course of action

•            Thorough and detailed analysis of problems to produce optimal decisions focused on very specific goals. Seeks out others as sources of data, ideas, and help. Recognizes the broader issues to simplify analyses and execute timely decisions or actions. 

•            Proven ability to act as a change agent and role models change efforts. Anticipates barriers to change and puts mitigating actions in place.

•            Develops strong relationships, influences key stakeholders, and builds consensus around decision-making and problem-solving. Recognizes which stakeholders hold influence to drive resolution and move work forward.

•            Removes barriers to effective communication by being open and working across organizational boundaries. Establishes strong partnerships and share best practices within and outside of function.

•            Strong oral/written communication skills.

•            Has a high intercultural sensitivity and can apply global concepts locally.

•            Learning agility to acquire/apply new practices and information in a constantly changing environment.

•            Robust facilitation, coaching and consulting skills



•            Articulates how own work supports business goals, prioritizing using data, and producing results that support business goals.

•            Identifies new ways of working, embracing opportunities and adapting to changing work priorities, clarifying ambiguity as needed.

•            Knows who is responsible for what tasks, makes commitments and strives to meet them, and leverages learning resources to develop oneself.

•            Shows respect to others in the organization by actively seeking other points of view, collaborating, and participating an environment of belonging.

•            Continuously explores new better ways of completing work, supports new initiatives, and uses available technologies to transform work.

•            Uses vision to see work as part of a larger purpose and selects most appropriate communication approach when working with others.



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


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.