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R&D Pastry Chef

Date: 15-Sep-2022

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia

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R&D Pastry Chef

Innovation Centre Ballyragget


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.

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.


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

We are hiring for a skilled R&D Pastry/Patisserie chef at Glanbia Ireland’s Innovation Centre in Kilkenny reporting to the R&D Manager for the fresh Soup & Desserts category. This role would be best suited to a highly skilled & creative pastry chef who is seeking to move into a R&D role within a corporate structure. A passion for creativity, innovation and a flair for Patisserie & food ingredients is essential.




  • Prepare and execute creative product presentations & live demonstrations for key stakeholders, customers and colleagues representing a good understanding of Glanbia Irelands product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Development of concepts/ products/ Ingredient end uses across the Glanbia Consumer foods portfolio with a heavy emphasis on high end desserts/ bakery & also some savoury applications
  • Bulk bench sample proto type productions for marketing/trade shoes/customer visits
  • Establish product recipe databanks for R&D marketing collateral to be used for communications within the media, photoshoots, webinars, social media etc.
  • Any other task as requested by the fresh soup & desserts R&D manager



  • Assist in the tasks related to each stage of the new product development process – from concept development to product launch.
  • Document research findings in the designated computer databases
  • Bench and Pilot scale trials on site and off site.
  • Up-scaling developed products in a factory environment.
  • Sourcing of ingredients and ingredient specifications from suppliers
  • Completing product specifications
  • Facilitate internal & external shelf-life/analytical sampling, customer sampling sessions
  • Conduct research for the improvement of existing products, both from a technical and a cost perspective.
  • Ensure that good laboratory/kitchen practices and lab protocols are adhered to
  • Communicating with other functions within the organisation and external suppliers
  • Any other task as requested by the fresh soup & desserts R&D manager


Required Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years spent working in high end 5* pastry kitchen or above
  • Ideally, a 3rd level qualification in Food Technology/Science or a related subject.
  • A logical, structured, scientific approach combined with good record keeping.
  • Experience working on the development of food products in a multi-disciplined team environment in the manufacturing/catering industry will be an advantage but not essential.
  • A keen interest in health and wellness in a diet/lifestyle context.
  • Good Project Management and Presentation Skills
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills
  • Be computer literate
  • Full driving licence


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

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.

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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. 

Tirlán is a Values Based Organisation -