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Associate | Engineering & IT Hybrid

GlanbiaBallyragget, KilkennyHybrid

MES Associate (2023 Start) 

Pure Ambition Graduate Programme 

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 

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

  • Scoping, Defining, Requesting and Validating Change Requests for MES. 

  • Coordinating site Resources in Supporting the MES Program of Work Activities. 

  • MES lead for all projects that take place on the Ballyragget site 

  • Collaboration with GBS for Site MES and driving support from same. 

  • Site Point of Contact for MES Support Matters. 

  • Promotion of MES Usage/Utilisation and Recognition on Site. 

  • Training of Site MES Users. 

  • Communication of Training Material Needs, 

  • Ensure appropriate RACI for MES in all Changes Impacting MES (Plant/Process Changes, Automation Changes, SAP/LIMS/GAP Changes). 

  • Submit requests for new User access to the MES system 

  • Submit requests for new roles within the MES applications 

  • Respond to “how to” requests from site MES users. 

  • Provide assistance to large scale MES implementation projects as part of the technical team. 

  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge of MES constantly updating them. 

  • Provide expert knowledge to assist troubleshooting efforts in existing implementations. 

  • Provide direction and assistance to site personnel and management teams in the effective use their MES systems. 

  • Enable process owners with the implementation of opportunities for continuous improvement through the use of MES. E.g new reports Grids or Dashboards. 

  • High Level Understanding of Manufacturing processes in order to provide useful information visualisations. 

  • Understand Tirlán MES standards and report non-conformance in new or existing developments. 

  • Comply with Tirlán Change processes when recommending or implementing system modifications or enhancements. 

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:

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 - 

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