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Ruminant Technical Specialist

Date: 23-Sep-2022

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia

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Ruminant Technical Specialist



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 Description: The Ruminant Technical Specialist will provide feed technical leadership and commercial support to our sales functions including Ruminant, Agronomy and across our Branch Network. The role reports directly to the Head of Ruminant and is based in our head office in Kilkenny embracing the hybrid working model.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide ruminant feed technical support to all stakeholders within GAIN Animal Nutrition team.
  • Co-design relevant animal nutrition solutions and holistic farm efficiency programs to support farm performance targets.
  • Work closely with procurement, feed production and the commercial functions to grow the GAIN brand technical reputation.
  • Manage feed price lists and communication of commercial offering with senior sales management team
  • Plan and execute GAIN technical ruminant feed campaigns to deliver market share gains in line with company strategy
  • Assist in GAIN product innovation and communication to farmer audiences to deliver farm efficiency improvements.
  • Lead out team training and coaching, to optimise staff expertise in GAIN Animal Nutrition.
  • Produce relevant promotional material to support ruminant feed and feeding.
  • Liaise with all farmer-facing teams to drive broader farm efficiency and sustainability target.


Key Requirements:

  • Practical, self-starter with proven ability to work and make effective decisions. 
  • Highly commercial and detail attentive, while being truly customer focussed.
  • Third level degree in Agriculture or Animal Science.
  • Knowledge of all farming systems with in-depth insights on dairy, beef, sheep and calf nutrition.
  • Experienced in customer consultation, staff training and coaching.
  • Flexible, solutions provider with marketing, presentation and media skills.
  • Organisational ability and agility, alongside planning and effective implementation.
  • Strong negotiation, analytical, time management, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively across teams, internally and externally.
  • A strong working knowledge of IT systems. 


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 -