Glanbia plc

HR Business Partner – Group Functions

An opportunity exists in Glanbia Head Office for an experienced HR Business Partner to support our Group business functions (Finance, HR, Legal, Audit, Company Secretariat, Procurement, etc).  The role will report to the Head of HR – Corporate & Business Services . While likely to be initially remote working due to the current COVID-19 requirements, the base location of the role will be either our office in Kilkenny or Waterside, Dublin 24 on return to the workplace.

This role will serve as a HR Business Partner for our Group functions and will provide both technical expertise and strategic support to employees, managers and leaders. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of HR on HR project work, e.g., business continuity planning, talent development & employee engagement, performance management and reward.

Key Elements of the Role

  • Support the delivery of identified Group HR priorities, including employee engagement and recognition programmes, diversity & inclusion, talent management, performance and reward management.
  • Contribute strongly to building a high performance culture, working closely with line managers to ensure that all employees have clear performance goals and receive the required support to optimise their performance. 
  • Deliver key HR-related projects that support execution of the overall Group HR and business strategy.
  • Partner with leaders on building talent strategies to enable succession planning, talent identification and the creation of strategic development plans.
  • In partnership with the Talent & Engagement CoE, support on strategic development programme participation and learning & development activities.
  • Manage all recruitment, selection and placement activities for assigned areas in line with business needs, partnering with the Talent Acquisition CoE to deliver excellent candidate experience and talent selection outcomes.
  • Partner with the Group People Services team to ensure delivery of end-to-end employee lifecycle processes, query resolution and reporting.
  • Partner on employee relations issues and provide guidance and advice to managers and employees in line with Group HR policies, relevant legislation and best practice. 
  • Contribute to the development, review and implementation of HR policies, procedures and processes in line with emerging business needs in the context of the future workplace and best practice and new legislation.
  • Act as a catalyst and guide for any required change management strategies, providing coaching on their translation into talent, capability, resource and culture plans.
  • Other assigned duties as needed.


  • Third level qualification at degree or Master’s level in a HR related area.
  • Significant previous experience in a similar role with a progressive commercial organisation, ideally with experience working with Group/Corporate functions and global teams.
  • Previous experience of developing and leading innovative HR initiatives, particularly around talent management, employee engagement, or workforce planning.
  • Strong HR Projects and/or Programme management skills and experience.
  • Good experience working with HRIS systems, e.g., SAP HR, SuccessFactors.


  • Strong business and commercial acumen with the ability to translate strategy and business plans into pragmatic and effective HR solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to confidently engage with all colleagues across the business.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain cross functional relationships, gaining trust and respect with various stakeholders. 
  • Strong customer focus with a commitment to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Manages Change - Challenges the current perspective to drive continuous improvement and new ways of working.
  • Excellent analytical skills – qualitative and quantitative. Understanding of the key points and ability to summarise these into management reports and dashboards. 
  • Drive and action orientation to deliver results and effective priority setting and planning capabilities. Project planning skillset required to implement projects and programmes of work; defining risks and benefits and pro-actively managing within time and budget.

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