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Talent Development Specialist

Date: 03-Mar-2023

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia




Talent Development Specialist

Hybrid role / Kilkenny or Dublin


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:

Talent Development Specialist will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of talent, leadership and learning initiatives across Tirlán.  This role will provide a great opportunity to engage in the strategic deliverables of our HR, D&I and OE Team, and in doing so, support the delivery of the overall Tirlán business strategy.  This is new role that will work with our existing Head of Talent Management and Talent Development Manager, and closely with our HRBP and Talent Acquisition teams, alongside the wider business.




Early Careers @ Tirlán

  • Graduate Programme: Strategic positioning, design and execution.  Work closely with Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, HRBPs and business leaders to deliver an exceptional pool of emerging leadership talent to the business.  Define our value proposition to graduates on the market and deliver a market differentiating employee experience for the graduate cohort.
  • Build a pipeline of future talent to Tirlán while fulfilling a critical role in our community.  This includes internship programmes and secondary school programmes such as a Transition Year work experience to meet the needs of our community and also attract future graduates to careers in our industry. 


Tirlán Leadership Academy:

  • Work with Talent Management team to design and execute the Tirlán Leadership Academy for all leadership levels.
  • Support our ongoing evolution to become a coaching organisation.


Learning Experience

  • Learning Content Management: we have invested in a state-of-the-art LMS and learning content.  Work in partnership with our content providers to curate and develop content in line with our capability needs. 
  • Learning Management System Management: optimise the functionality of this system


Team Facilitation

  • We place huge emphasis on high performing teams and on understanding our culture through dialogue.  Design our facilitation approach and facilitate meaningful conversations with our business partners.


High Potential Development and Succession Management

  • Partner with HR and the business to really nurture our high potential talent and accelerate their readiness for succession. 


Support Change

  • Support the development and execution of culture change programmes/initiatives relating to, for example, leadership frameworks, well-being, diversity and inclusion, recognition etc.
  • Assess impact and effectiveness of learning and other engagement interventions through survey, focus groups and other means. 



  • Minimum of a third level qualification in a relevant area.  Professional membership of a relevant body, e.g., CIPD is desirable.
  • Ideally qualified executive coach.
  • Proven previous experience in a similar role focused on talent development and learning within a multinational company.
  • Ideally strong early career experience
  • Highly competent in the use of talent management strategies, processes, frameworks and tools for development.
  • Previous experience in mentoring and coach leaders at all levels.
  • Extensive project management, planning, process and policy definition experience.


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. 


About us:

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 -