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Product Manager Proteins

Date: 13-Nov-2022

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia


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Product Manager Proteins



About Tirlán

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


Role Profile:

This is an opportunity to join a diverse commercial team of 40 people, responsible for over 200 customers globally. The Product Manager role sits in the Dairy Powders category within the Ingredients commercial team, and reports into the Proteins Category Manager.


Tirlán is the largest producer of proteins in Ireland and one of the leading producers in Europe. The Protein product manager will look after Tirlán’s whey and milk protein portfolio by interacting with R&D, operations, quality, and finance teams. The primary focus is on leading, global customers in the sports, medical and lifestyle nutrition markets.


As a Product Manager, you will bring value to the business by delivering customer driven innovation projects, managing new product introductions, and developing the opportunity pipeline, while working closely with the international sales team. This is a hybrid role, with a mix of working-from-home, working on-site, trade shows and customer visits.


Your goal is to increase product profitability in your category by supporting the execution of the category strategy and driving delivery of the right customer opportunities.


Key Responsibilities

  • Innovation projects – manage projects by working with cross functional teams to deliver project goals. You will represent the commercial view, guide stakeholders, take key decisions, coordinate and meet project milestones and provide clear recommendations based on project outputs.
  • Managing new, value-add, product introduction including change management, collateral development, product concepts and applications.
  • Working closely with marketing to develop go-to-market story for new product introductions
  • Pipeline management using our online C4C platform - in conjunction with sales team, develop a pipeline and co-ordinate sales resources. Ensure pipeline is aligned with short terms and longer-term strategic objectives. Utilising C4C digital platform to manage and report on pipeline
  • Supporting the category manager in management of the business unit- including supply chain and planning optimisation.
  • Becoming an expert on Tirlán’s protein portfolio (whey and milk proteins) in a way that can support other functions in the business (e.g. sales)


Key Requirements:

  • Degree level in Business / Commerce / Food science or other similar third level qualification.
  • Proven 5 years’ experience in a similar role – background in B2B food ingredients experience a distinct advantage.
  • Ability to innovate, be proactive and act as a highly motivated self-starter in a rapid results driven environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a positive attitude and ability to work cross-functionally across many team


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


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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. 



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.

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -