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Third Party Sourcing Specialist - FTC

Date: 16-Mar-2023

Location: Killkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia




Third Party Sourcing Specialist

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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

At Tirlán, Strategic Sourcing is a dynamic new function responsible for:

  • Development of partnerships and relationships with Third Party Suppliers and Co-Manufacturers to meet our growth and ambition agenda in the dairy and Agri sector
  • Delivering value by collaborating with other processors and Third Parties
  • Managing the performance of our Third Party Suppliers
  • Working with Quality to ensure Regulatory compliance and Risk management for all Third Party relationships.


The role will be based in Abbey Quarter in Kilkenny and will report to the Third Party Sourcing Business Partner.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to working across diverse Business Units in a global landscape, and help shape the Third Party relationships function for the future.


Key Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Third Party Sourcing Manager and Business Partner to implement a model for screening, selection and management of all Co-manufacturers to GI.
  • Managing and Maintaining an updated Register of all Third Parties.
  • Management of KPI’s for Third Party Co-manufacturers providing weekly/monthly reports and analysis.
  • Assist in early identification of the key performance measures to manage performance and instil a rigorous set of interim checkpoints to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Performance Management of SLA’s for all relationships with Third Party Co-manufacturers.
  • Establishing appropriate governance structures with our partners and ensuring that signed Contracts are in place and updated on a regular basis.
  • Proactively assess anticipated challenges with existing and new Third Party Suppliers and Co-manufacturers plan to ensure early resolution and contingency plans are in place.
  • Supporting the Project Innovation forum process where the need for Third Party Co-manufacturers are identified.
  • Assisting with contract negotiations with new potential Third Party Suppliers and Co-manufacturers.
  • Developing good communications and relationships with existing Third Party Suppliers and Co-manufacturers.
  • Present status updates and report on potential issues and options to new planned projects on an ongoing basis.  
  • Delivery to timescales will be particularly important, and will require delivery to agreed completion dates as well as controlled escalation and interventions to meet these deadlines.


Key Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline
  • In-depth knowledge and practical experience of best-practice project in managing Third Parties. 
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Experienced in managing budgetary requirements and constraints
  • Strong Experience in addressing key business issues with relevant senior stakeholders.
  • Commercially focused. 
  • Experience in a dynamic environment, working in FMCG/Retail or Supply Chain/Production environments is preferred but not essential.
  • Previous contract management experience is preferred.


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 -