Planning Associate

Date: 16 Sep 2023

Location: Kilkenny, IE

Company: Glanbia




Graduate Programme 2024 – Planning Associate
Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny


About Us 
Tirlán is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. 
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. 

Tirlán is offering a unique opportunities for graduates to join our Planning Team as  a Planning Associate in our Ballyragget facility.

•    Drive demand led culture within Tirlán across key stakeholder groups. 
•    Produce 13 week rolling demand plan each week. Provide weekly analysis to Commercial of the plan versus budget sales and stock targets. Collate supply information from Production Planners and distribute to Commercial, Customer Service and Logistics to inform fulfilment of demand. 
•    Produce an 18 month rolling consensus based demand plan to nominated stakeholders every month with appropriate level of detail and timing. 
•    Collaborate with Categories to consider Commercial inputs into Demand planning, challenges those inputs if needed 
•    Liaise with key stakeholders to reconcile business and demand plans within appropriate agreed S&OP time horizons 
•    Analyse data to drive insights to inform decision making across key stakeholder groups. Recommend key business decisions based on historical data and trend lines. 
•    Create automated dashboards and data visualizations to track key business metrics from internal and external perspective. 
•    Interpret and understand the category demand signals to inform and agree anticipation of demand 
•    Use system based methodology to generate a base statistical forecast of anticipated future demand. Analyse the forecast as appropriate by SKU, material group, horizon, category, channel, geographic region etc.  
•    Collaborate with various stakeholders in support of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) policies to achieve timely SKU introductions, discontinuations, retirement, etc. 
•    Work closely with Production Planning to deliver against consensus based numbers. 
•    Participate in cross functional projects across the business 
•    Building and maintaining effective working relationships across the business (and in particular with colleagues on the GPS team) to ensure appropriate alignment with business process improvement projects 
•    Communicating and engaging with people at all levels within the business in order to promote awareness and engagement in the GPS development activities 

•    High academic record to date in the following fields of study: Engineering, Food Science or related discipline; and expected minimum of a 2.1 honours primary degree 
•    Ambition to progress successfully in a career in operations and production in an exciting, ever-changing and challenging environment 
•    Thinks commercially and delivers customer centric solutions 
•    Drives collaboration and builds partnerships to meet shared objectives 
•    Communicates clearly and can influence at all levels 
•    Demonstrates a thirst for knowledge with a desire to continually learn and grow 
•    Analytically minded with the ability to develop creative insights and execute change 

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

More about us at Tirlán 
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

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 is a Values Based Organisation -