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Based in the west of Ireland, our client is a highly innovative and successful subsidiary of a global food and beverage company.  We have been retained to manage the appointment of a Head of Engineering.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the new appointee will lead a team of four direct reports and an overall group of over 60 staff supporting operations and supply chain with seamless quality assurance programmes and laboratory services.  They will work closely with fellow leadership team members in shaping and delivering strategies required to fulfil demand more efficiently and respond to changing product mixes.  Some key responsibilities will include:

  • As a key member of the Leadership Team, contribute to the overall strategic planning and day to day management of the operation leading to the development of a World Class Manufacturing Operation.
  • Ensure that Food Safety, Quality, Safety and Environmental Systems are in place and comply with Company and Regulatory Requirements. This includes the management of the Water Treatment and Effluent Pre-Treatment operations.
  • Ensure that Raw Material, Packaging and Product Quality all meet Company and Business Requirements.
  • Ensure that Formula and Technical Master Data Management, together with Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Management, meet company and business requirements.
  • Ensure that the Quality Assurance Function has the capability and expertise to deliver the required business support.
  • As a member of the Site Leadership Team, actively contribute to long term strategy setting (3-5 year timeframe) and implementation through supporting annual goals.


Candidates will be educated to a minimum of degree level in a Science discipline; a Masters or Ph.D. qualification is desirable.  They will have a minimum of 15 years career experience with at least 5 years leading a substantial quality / technical services / R&D function.  They will have a proven ability to manage and develop people and will have previously demonstrated expertise in evaluating and introducing new technologies.

They will have the breadth of experience to manage the multi-faceted nature of the position; not just capable of managing existing service levels to the business, but also having the vision to conceptualize and deliver change, successfully integrating new products and processes in a regulated environment.

They will be an effective communicator, comfortable in participating above site level and representing the Irish business effectively.


For further information on this role, please contact Conor Harty at Harty Search & Selection;

Office:   +353-61-414533