Tirlán to recruit up to 40 graduates

Tirlán Graduate Programme offers career progression prospects in the food and nutrition business.

Tirlán, the food and nutrition business formerly known as Glanbia, has revealed plans to hire up to 40 graduates and give them an opportunity to grow their careers in agri-business.

The new two-year programme is recruiting across a range of disciplines, including Agribusiness, Commercial, Corporate Affairs, Engineering & Operations, HR, IT (Business Analysis & MES), Marketing, Quality & Compliance, R&D and Strategy/Project Management, as well as a three-year Accounting & Finance programme.

“Tirlán, as a farmer-owned cooperative, has a huge impact on our communities. What our graduates do will make a difference to people locally and globally. We care about sustainability and working in balance with nature”

Tirlán has extensive experience in delivering flexible, exciting graduate programmes that offer continuous development. The graduates will join the company in September each year, and recruitment is currently underway for up to 40 hires in 2023. To learn more go here

Food to flourish

Young graduates in a field.

Agribusiness associates Ciara Ryan and Alexander Nulty

From its base in the south-east of Ireland, the €3bn business brings a diverse portfolio of quality dairy and plant-based ingredients, leading agri brands and consumer brands, such as the award-winning Avonmore and Kilmeaden range, to the global marketplace.

Tirlán is embedded in its communities with 11 high-tech dairy and grain processing facilities, 52 agri retail branches and over 2,100 employees. It has a strong global footprint with a market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China.

Michael O’Leary, chief people, D&I and Organisational Development Officer, said Tirlán understands and appreciates the appetite of today’s graduates for meaningful career experiences, further learning opportunities, exciting progression prospects and hybrid working.

“Tirlán, as a farmer-owned cooperative, has a huge impact on our communities. What our graduates do will make a difference to people locally and globally. We care about sustainability and working in balance with nature,” he said.

“We work in partnership with graduates to help them achieve their ambitions. Graduates on the programme will receive formal development, ongoing, structured coaching by their manager as well as career and development planning.

“Work-life balance and flexibility is crucial, and our structured programme of social events include team building and away days.  We also care about their wellbeing and mental health and focus supports in these areas. We have opportunities for eager and enthusiastic graduates to ‘unearth your future’ by engaging in real work,” O’Leary added.

The graduate’s perspective

Successful Graduate Programme applicants will enjoy rotations that will deliver learning and exposure to the Tirlán business through on-demand and structured learning. The two-year programme also provides all the structures graduates need to grow their career, including personalised development planning, access to coaching, mentoring and individual wellness planning.

The programme includes significant learning opportunities with senior leadership, including spotlight events and the opportunity to showcase their learnings through the annual Tirlán Graduate Summit.

Alexander Nulty, Agribusiness Associate and University College Dublin Agricultural Science graduate, began the programme in September of last year.

“I’ve learnt so much since I’ve started – in everything from customer service to farm advice, to animal nutrition. The opportunities are endless and they are there to be grasped. You get to meet people here who will help you throughout your life. I really enjoy working with people and the continuous opportunities each day to learn and grow,” he said.

Kyeesha Glenn-Davi, R&D sssociate, enjoyed her undergraduate work placement with Tirlán so much that after completing her Masters in Bioprocessing at University of Limerick she applied for a graduate position. “What stood out most for me was how kind and supportive everyone is at Tirlán. They’re happy to share their knowledge. The collaborative culture here means you get broad business exposure.

“While I now work on the Advanced Analytical Team within R&D, we also work very closely with Quality and Commercial and have had interactions with customers, the Executive Leadership team and farmer representatives. It all gives you a wider view of the business, you can see where you fit in and add value.”

Main image at top: Martina Morrissey, Operations Associate and Patrick Hickey, R&D Associate, at Tirlán

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.