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Early Careers Recruitment & Development Manager

Date: Jul 21, 2019

Location: Kilkenny, D, IE, D24

Company: Glanbia


Early Careers Recruitment & Development Manager


An excellent opportunity exists within Glanbia Business Services for an Early Careers Recruitment & Development Manager.  This permanent opportunity can be based in our Kilkenny or Citywest, Dublin 24 office and will report to the Director of HR – Corporate & GBS.


Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey.

We employ over 6,900 people across 34 countries and our products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries with revenue of €2.3 billion in 2018. Our major production facilities are located in Ireland, the US, the UK, Germany and China. 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).


Our Pure Ambition Development Programme is positioned strategically within Glanbia to provide a long term view of developing our future leaders. The programme has received numerous awards, recognising our commitment to invest in our emerging leaders and create a world-class development experience through on-the-job development, formal training, international assignments, coaching and mentoring. 

In this role, you will be responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders to define and execute a global talent attraction and development strategy for this early career cohort. You will draw on strong commercial, talent development and relationship management expertise to work across our business units, markets and regions to ensure alignment between the programme outcomes and business growth.



Key deliverables of the role

Global Strategy & Relationship Management

  • Develop a talent attraction and development strategy for the Pure Ambition programme that meets the current and future needs of the global organisation
  • Work closely with the business unit HR teams on workforce planning needs for our markets and regions.
  • Develop and manage relationships with business sponsors to ensure the strategy is embedded in the overall business and HR people agendas
  • Act as a credible business expert for this demographic ranging from attraction, market trends and selection to ongoing development initiatives and performance assessment
  • In collaboration with in-market Glanbia colleagues, build strong relationships with external partners: schools, colleges, universities, graduate associations and other external stakeholders


Attraction & Recruitment Management

  • Accountable for end-to-end recruitment and pipelining activity for: student work experience, internships and graduate recruitment
  • Work with internal teams and external agencies where appropriate to design and deliver engaging and creative online and print collateral marketing the Glanbia employment proposition
  • Oversee Glanbia’s representation and participation in on-campus promotional and engagement activities, marketing events and publications
  • Lead the team on the planning and execution of the annual graduate recruitment cycle
  • Provide relevant metrics to demonstrate results of attraction campaigns, selection processes and recruitment conversion


Development Programme Design & Execution

  • Accountable for the overall design and delivery of the Pure Ambition Development Programme based on high quality learning, on-the-job experiences, rotations and coaching as part of the programme
  • Management of workforce planning and international rotations process with our business units.
  • Partner with business units to agree specific programme deliverables aligned to business priorities and delivered locally
  • Work closely with Group CoEs to define and embed performance management and talent management processes for the graduate programme


Budget & Team

  • Responsible for defining and managing programme budget. Input to business units budgets for programmes (in line with overall team budget)
  • Manage additional flexible resource requirements for the team, e.g., to address seasonal demands


What background and experience are we looking for?


  • Minimum of degree level in a relevant discipline, e.g., Business/Marketing/HR. Post-graduate or other professional qualification desirable
  • Licensed in relevant psychometric tools to support assessment and development initiatives


Skills & experience

  • Ideally, worked in a similar role on a high volume early careers (e.g. Graduate) programme, preferably with a global focus, and brings excellent knowledge of recruiting in the early careers market
  • Prior experience of creative recruitment marketing and campaign management, particularly in online channels to market
  • Experience in design and execution of innovative development and talent management programmes to identify and develop early future potential
  • Experience of managing and delivering projects and/or campaigns including management of governance and stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience of partnering all levels in the business, constructively challenging business decisions through commercial savvy
  • Managed client/candidate and third party relationships in an Early Careers context



  • Customer Champion - builds and maintains strong relationships with stakeholders; champions the needs of customers and the importance of exceeding expectations; builds and delivers solutions that exceed customer expectations; prioritises customer satisfaction and builds commitment in others to provide outstanding service
  • Strong commercial acumen and applies sound judgment in decision making.  Proven ability to understand overall business objectives and work within a growth-focused business
  • Demonstrate agility and ability to get things done in a fast paced environment, effectively handling multiple, rapidly changing and conflicting priorities
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure completeness and accuracy of information
  • Winning Together - gains the trust and support of others and can establish and engage networks to deliver outcomes. Seeks out opportunities to break down barriers and collaborate and partner across organisational boundaries
  • Effective communication style - with a logical, structured, clear, credible and inspiring format. Capable of quickly engaging and influencing audiences of all levels. Can appropriately challenge senior business stakeholders 
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills –displaying clarity of thought process and clearly and effectively simplifying and communicating complex messages in all mediums of communication
  • Demonstrate a high level of learning agility - seeking new and challenging experiences, taking risks in order to learn new areas or topics and showing tenacity in pushing past uncomfortable learning curves
  • A high level of resilience and grit - managing crises effectively, anticipating and showing the way forward during setbacks, keeps the team calm under pressure and the focus on pushing through