What makes a career with Lakeland Dairies different?
Our People are our greatest asset
At Lakeland Dairies, the principal strength of our organisation comes from our people and their individual and collective talents. It also comes from the organisation’s ability to support personal growth and the achievement of corporate goals in a positive and supportive business environment. We believe in empowering our employees to make an active and meaningful contribution. We actively encourage personal development through training, formal qualifications and further career opportunities within the organisation.
Site Manager - Killeshandra
I have been part of the Lakeland Dairies team since 2014, when I started as a Project Accountant. After a couple of years in that role, I moved into the finance team and most recently, became Lakeland Dairies Killeshandra Site Manager in 2021. Lakeland Dairies has a long history of supporting young people from the surrounding areas on student work placement. The lovely thing about this is some of those past students are now senior managers on the site. As with many people in the wider organisation, Likewise, Lakeland Dairies has afforded me many opportunities for personal and career development.
SAP Process Improvement Manager
I started my Lakeland Dairies career in June 2007 as a bagging operator in Lough Egish. Following on from that, I have worked in administration, as a Powder Packing Supervisor and then in 2018 I had the opportunity to join the SAP implementation team as the Functional Lead for warehousing. This has led me to my most recent role of SAP Process Improvement Manager for the Food Ingredients division. As I moved through the different roles within Lakeland Dairies there were always new challenges. My current role is no different. I enjoy the variety that it brings on a daily basis and there is always great help and support from everyone right across the business.
I began working here with Lakeland Dairies on 5th April 2004. I remember the day well. I started on the production line, packing boxes. Then I went on to be a Machine Operator and now, sure I am Charge Hand. It is up to me to do the book work, every hour on the hour and to ensure everyone is doing their job correctly. Here at the Killeshandra site we process mainly ice-cream. I'm looking at it every day for almost 20 years, but new team members are always impressed by our method of ice-cream making. There have been lots of changes over the last 19 years. Change can be hard, but you get used to it and sure it is good for you. It is a small enough team working here, so we get to know each other very well and have a good laugh together too.
Projects Manager Food Ingredients
I joined Lakeland Diaries in 2017 as a production supervisor in the milk intake and processing department on the Artigarvan site. My background in chemical engineering allowed me to transition to a project design and management role within the Artigarvan site and I have now progressed to a divisional role managing large scale projects for the Food Ingredients business. I enjoy solving manufacturing problems and improving plant efficiency through innovative engineering design and my work on driving sustainability and carbon reduction throughout the business has been very rewarding. My colleagues and senior management have been very supportive of me during my time working for Lakeland and there are fantastic opportunities for people with ambition to challenge themselves.
Joint Programme Farm Advisor
I am part of the Lakeland Dairies/Teagasc joint programme team. I visit about 5 supplier farms per week, advising them on several points, from financial plans and grass measuring to overall farm practice reviews. My job is to advise our milk suppliers on best practice and help them out, where possible. I have a good relationship with our suppliers and it's a very rewarding role. I am also involved in organising and facilitating events and educational courses for our farmers. So, every day is different and I really enjoy my farmer facing role.