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Operations Associate

Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: IE

Company: Glanbia

Operations Associate (2022 Start)

Pure Ambition Graduate Programme


Are you looking for a graduate programme to match your ambition?

At Glanbia we are dedicated to delivering better nutrition for every step of life’s journey. We differentiate ourselves by doing not only what is right for our business, but also what is good for our people and the communities in which we live and work. So if you’re looking to develop your career, stretch your ambitions and work for a company that has the ability to succeed on the world stage, ours is a journey you’ll want to share.


Being selected for our Pure Ambition Graduate Programme is a significant first step in an exciting and invigorating career.  At Glanbia, we nurture your talent and individuality.  We support you in fulfilling your potential and help who you are today become who you want to be tomorrow.  We want to grow and we want you to grow with us.  In recognition of our world-class learning and development environment and excellent career opportunities, we were incredibly proud to win the award for Best Graduate Training & Development at the Gradireland Awards in 2021!


What you will be doing

Through the Pure Ambition Graduate Programme, you’ll have the opportunity to make a big impact every day. We offer an engaging and immersive experience-driven development journey where you’ll learn and develop not just the skills required for today, but the skills required for tomorrow.


Working in Glanbia Ireland, a fast-paced, innovative environment where the focus is on continuous improvement and the challenge to make it better, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Safety is our no.1 priority. You’ll learn to put safety first. You’ll gain experience in best practice application of safe systems in a busy production environment.
  • Problem solving and continuous improvement: Work as part of a broader production/process team and utilising team based problem solving employing lean / 6 sigma techniques through the Glanbia Performance System (GPS), our platform for enterprise excellence. The tools, techniques, culture and ‘can do’ approach will be a defining feature of your programme. 
  • Shift management: Learning the production processes. Working with a team of experienced operators to produce product to the right first time quality, scheduling plant activities to maximise throughput to meet customer requirements. Act as a key point of authority for all team members, and resolve any people related issues that may arise on your shift. Act as key decision maker in relation to production impacting decisions within a shift and escalate issues to appropriate support or management personnel where necessary. Lead the daily shift handover meeting, ensure meeting objectives are met and all participants are actively contributing. Maximise team understanding in relation to performance against KPIs. Drive team performance through feedback, coaching, counselling and training team members and coordinating systems, policies, and procedures to optimise multi-skilling across the team.
  • Maintenance: Working closely with mechanical and electrical crafts, applying sound technical solutions to resolve problems relating to plant efficiencies and to drive continuous improvement; supporting and maintaining preventative maintenance, and predictive maintenance programmes; and delivering planned maintenance schedules in line with production related requirements.
  • Quality: Working in conjunction with the quality department to produce product in full compliance with our HACCP program. Ensuring that all the plant procedures, documentation and cleanliness are audit ready 365 days per year.
  • Utilities: Depending on your specific placement you may get to spend some time working with our utility plants, water treatment, boilers, effluent, refrigeration, compressed air and site service functions including the co-ordination of utility plant requirements with maintenance and engineering.


Who we’re looking for

We know it’s our people and their passion for delivering superior quality and value to our customers that sets us apart. We’re looking for graduates with the following qualifications and attributes: 

  • High academic record to date in the following fields of study: Engineering, Food Science or related discipline; and expected minimum of a 2.1 honours primary degree
  • Ambition to progress successfully in a career in operations and production in an exciting, ever-changing and challenging environment
  • Thinks commercially and delivers customer centric solutions
  • Drives collaboration and builds partnerships to meet shared objectives
  • Communicates clearly and can influence at all levels
  • Demonstrates a thirst for knowledge with a desire to continually learn and grow
  • Analytically minded with the ability to develop creative insights and execute change


At Glanbia, 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status.


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.