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Agri Sustainability Programme Manager

Date: May 3, 2021

Location: kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia



Agri-Liaison Sustainability Programme Manager

12 Month Contract


Rooted in our rich heritage of family farming and embedded in our communities, Glanbia Ireland has evolved to bring the passion of our farmers and their high-quality ingredients to the world. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to our milk pool of three billion litres and our outstanding grains portfolio, we export innovative products and tailored ingredient solutions to more than 100 countries. We nurture a talented team of over 2,000 people to manage our network of 11 processing plants and 52 agri branches, serving our communities and delivering annual revenues of around €2 billion.


Glanbia Ireland owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, mymilkman.ie, Glanbiaconnect.com, countrylife.ie and GAIN Animal Nutrition. 


Job Overview:  

The Agri-Liaison Sustainability Programme Manager reports directly to the Head of Innovation & Sustainability Programme & Governance. Role is responsible for managing Sustainability Programme planning, designing/updating the programme structure and proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action. 

Responsibility in the Agri-Innovation sphere for linking R&D and the Agribusiness Category, monitoring the projects taking place in each function to drive collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas in line with the Glanbia Ireland growth strategy. They promote co-ordination across Agri and R&D for mutual benefit, improving communications, resolving issues to ensure that the functions are aligned. They will engage internally and externally to drive the R&D and Agri programme management agenda for the benefit of Glanbia Ireland.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Devise, deliver and report on technical/strategic roadmaps aligned with the need of multiple stakeholders.
  • Leadership of projects that deliver impact within our sustainability agenda and supporting other team members in defining their project objectives, deliverables.
  • Execution of the governance framework for forums on Agri innovation and sustainability to support alignment and effective integration across the wider business. This would include agenda creation and enforcement, meeting planning and meeting preparation (e.g. pre-reads and co-ordination of forum content) and updating of programme dashboards.
  • Understand the goals and targets of the Agri category and R&D function, and ensure cross collaboration between them to support Glanbia Ireland growth.
  • Monitor, co-ordinate and communicate the strategic objectives of the Agri category and R&D team.
  • Maintain oversight of Glanbia Ireland’s Agri Category Programme and leverage for R&D purposes where relevant.
  • Monitor projects of both functions to ensure there isn’t overlap and manage pipeline changes where necessary to ensure project pipelines are aligned.
  • Support R&D Programme & Governance to inform and steer Glanbia Ireland’s programme of R&D, Innovation & Sustainability projects
  • Develop and build strong, effective relationships with Glanbia Ireland’s Agri category, R&D and Product Management, Marketing & Sales teams.
  • Link with Project Leaders in Agri category and Sustainability Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)/Project Leaders on project execution and status of projects in scope.
  • Co-ordinate the preparation of programme/project documentation and communication reports for key internal stakeholders.
  • Collaborate and communicate successfully between R&D and the Agri Category, as well as with other key stakeholders inside and outside the business.
  • Represent Glanbia Ireland in external research collaborations in the Agri area acting as liaison between SMEs and programme facilitator where required.
  • Collect, analyse and utilise data and feedback to identify opportunities to improve the relationship between the Agri category and R&D, and to maximise the collaboration and idea sharing opportunities between them.


Key Requirements:

  • 5+ years industry experience in the food / dairy industry
  • Agri/Food based qualification – 3rd level Agri Science/Agri-Business/Food Science/Food Business
  • Ability to engage subject matter experts, interpret & plan towards delivery of value add benefits, customer and consumer needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, plan & delivery large-scale projects and collaborate effectively on complex projects & programs co-ordinating and managing cross-functional workstreams
  • Ability to handle all aspects of project & stakeholder management with experience in management of complex interfaces and interdependencies between various functions
  • Knowledge and expertise of the Sustainability and Agricultural industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate project management expertise and exhibit aptitude for planning and delivering projects to completion
  • Proven ability to be able to work on one’s own initiative
  • Highly motivated with proven capability to influence peers across the organisation to work together and in line with a standard approach

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in the dairy industry
  • Understanding of and experience in programme management methodologies.
  • Experience in working with and through innovation management practices and tools


  • Project & Programme Management
  • Command Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Organisational Agility
  • Innovation Management
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Problem Solving


The successful candidate will be based in Ballyragget or Kilkenny and will be required to travel periodically.


Glanbia Ireland is a joint venture 60% owned by Glanbia Co-op and 40% owned by Glanbia plc. If you are interested in this position, please apply with an up to date resume.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Glanbia Ireland 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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