Share this Job

Talent Development Manager

Date: Apr 24, 2021

Location: Kilkenny, D, IE, D24

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia plc

Talent Development Manager 


An opportunity has arisen for a Talent Development Manager to support our Graduate Development Programme. This role will report to the Head of HR – Corporate and Business Services. While likely to be initially remote working due to the current COVID-19 requirements, the base location of the role will be either our office in Kilkenny or Waterside, Dublin 24 on return to the workplace.


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 7,400+ people across 34 countries and our products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries. 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 People are our greatest asset and the development of diverse leaders at all levels and career stages is a key focus for Glanbia. This role will have primary responsibility for the leadership of our award winning early career Pure Ambition Development Programme, working with internal and external stakeholders to define and execute a global talent 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

Pure Ambition Program

  • Develop a talent strategy for the Pure Ambition program that meets the current and future needs of the global organisation.
  • Work closely with business unit HR teams on workforce planning needs for our markets and regions.
  • In collaboration with in-market colleagues, build strong relationships with external partners: schools, colleges, universities, graduate associations and other external stakeholders.
  • Work 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead on the design and delivery of high quality learning, on-the-job experiences, rotations, coaching and mentoring as part of the Pure Ambition program.
  • Manage 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.


In addition

  • Working closely with Group Centres of Excellence, identify and execute on performance management, talent and succession planning, leadership and career development and D&I programmes within Group functions.
  • Partner with Group leaders on strategic development planning and delivery of bespoke programme design and delivery.
  • Support on the design of career pathways and associated learning paths for our Group functions.
  • Provide insight on trends relating to early career talent, talent development and engagement and performance management.



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 and Experience

  • Ideally, you have worked in a similar role in a multi-national/global organisation on the design and execution of strategic talent programmes and have excellent knowledge of development/talent management frameworks, particularly with the early careers market.
  • Experience of managing and delivering global projects and/or campaigns including management of governance and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience of partnering at all levels in the business, constructively challenging business decisions through commercial savvy.
  • Managing multiple stakeholder interests and third party relationships in a talent development 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.