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We are currently seeking to recruit a Trainee Accountant to join our team at Charleville. The successful candidate will follow an accounting training programme to qualify as an Accountant and become an integral part of the business.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Relevant 3rd level qualification achieving 2.1 honours degree
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Very good communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • working towards accountancy qualification

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or alternatively apply in writing to: HR, Dawn Meats, Ardnageehy, Charleville, Co.Cork

Closing Date 1st December 2017

We are currently looking for a Talent Acquisition Manager to join our wider Human Resources Team. Working alongside the Regional HR Managers, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of all Talent Acquisition across all the Dawn Meats sites in Ireland.   

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Partner with Department and HR Managers on complete talent acquisition life cycle (sourcing, shortlisting, interviewing, offer preparation and onboarding).
  • Accountable for the Dawn Meats Graduate Programme (building relationships with identified colleges and universities, attending graduate recruitment fairs, developing new graduate strategies, sourcing graduates and supporting the process through the full graduate life cycle.
  • Develop and document candidate search strategies for all Dawn Meat sites at all levels, thereafter following through to results keeping all key stakeholders involved and informed.
  • Consistent delivery of a high-quality candidates for a broad range of roles across a number of professional disciplines.
  • Manage high volume recruitment projects, including international recruitment / sourcing campaigns.
  • Liaise with Department Managers regarding recruitment requirements and work with Management to develop recruiting plans.
  • Develop recruitment and retention key performance indicators (KPI’s) and quality metrics that will drive and improve performance.
  • Benchmarking key market trends ensuring that our rates are competitive within relevant labour markets. 
  • Support management in continuously improving efficiencies in the recruitment process in line with budgetary and business demands.
  • Liaise with external recruitment agencies as required and constantly build the Dawn Meats Employer Brand both Nationally and Internationally.  
  • Become a ‘Champion’ of the Candidate Data Management System (CoreHR)in particular the E-Recruitment Module and management of candidate Data in line with best practice under Data Protection guidelines.

Successful candidates will have the following skills and experiences: 

  • Third Level Qualification
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a recruitment role
  • Knowledge of local Irish employment law, permit process and right to work regulations.
  • Experience working across social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook develop candidate attraction campaigns
  • Ability to Market, attract and retain good quality candidates
  • Proven track record to build relationships at all levels and specifically with external national and international recruitment channels
  • Highly creative with an ability to develop innovative solutions to talent sourcing issues
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines 
  • Excellent communication skills, organisational and negational skills, with the ability to work off own initiative
  • High level of personal organization 
  • Flexible to travel nationally and internationally
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.

To apply please send your CV and application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Dawn Meats, Human Resources Department, Grannagh, Co. Waterford.

Closing Date – 30th November 2017

Maintenance Fitter

15 November, 2017

Dawn Meats Ireland t/a Dawn Charleville have a vacancy for the following:

Suitable candidates will:

Have worked in a mechanical maintenance role previously with experience in machines, conveyors, pumps, gearboxes, pneumatics, bearings, hydraulics & welding.

  • Be able to carry out pre-production checks & preventative maintenance work.
  • Be capable of documenting work where required.
  • Be able to work as part of a team & also on one's own initiative.
  • Work within all aspects of health & safety and adhere to the Company's safety policies at all times.

Experience in refrigeration an advantage but not essential.

If you believe you have the necessary skills & experience & wish to apply for the role, please forward your CV before closing date of 1st December 2017

Contact: HR Manager, Dawn Meats, Charleville, Cork, Ireland. 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dawn Meats has been recognised with the ‘Excellence in Health & Safety’ award at the 3rd annual Agribusiness Awards in Dublin. We were chosen as a result of our work in raising awareness of food safety, through our annual Food Safety Week.

The Agribusiness Awards celebrate and recognise organisations and individuals who have contributed to Ireland's position as a global leader in the agricultural sector. The awards cover all areas of the agricultural industry including dairy, beef, poultry, beverages, seafood and food processing. 

Commenting on the award, Brian Hyland, Group Food Safety and Quality Director at Dawn Meats said: "We are very pleased to accept this award on behalf of all the team at Dawn Meats who contribute every day to achieving our standards of excellence. Celebrating success in this way recognises Dawn Meats’ ongoing commitment to sustainability.  Food Safety is fundamental to everything we do and is a corner stone of our Group sustainability goals".

During Food Safety Week across our plants, we aimed to raise awareness among team members, customers and suppliers at work and in their home environments on issues such as temperature control, hand-washing, allergens and cross contamination. Over 3,000 information leaflets and 3,000 fridge thermometers were distributed with over 450 people taking part in the UV Hand Wash Challenge. 

Pictured left to right: Oonagh McNerney, CEO & co–founder of VISUM, Emma Dwane (Retail Quality Supervisor), Joe Calvey (Quality Supervisor) and John Coleman (Group Technical Manager Ireland).


17 October, 2017

The strategic partnership and acquisition agreement announced in May 2017 by Dawn Meats and Dunbia has been completed, with all relevant regulatory clearances approved.

Dawn has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia to establish a joint venture in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations. 

The combined UK businesses now trade as Dunbia and are managed by former Dunbia CEO Jim Dobson as CEO, and Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne as Executive Chairman. Today the new brand and logo for the joint venture was unveiled to staff and customers at the business’s headquarters in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

In the Republic of Ireland, Dawn has acquired Dunbia’s operations, and now has 9 facilities (including 5 abattoirs), following the addition of two complementary Dunbia facilities - one abattoir in Slane, and one boning hall in Kilbeggan. 

The combined businesses in the UK and Ireland will process approximately 900,000 cattle and 2.6 million sheep annually.  

Commenting, Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats said: “We are very pleased to have successfully concluded this process and can now look to deliver the benefits that we believe this transaction will bring for our customers, staff and suppliers. Our focus will continue to be on quality and sustainability across 3 leading national businesses: Dawn Meats in Ireland, Dunbia in the UK and Elivia in France.”

The combined businesses in the UK are highly complementary, and will offer customers regionally sourced solutions for both beef and lamb from 15 facilities across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Jim Dobson, CEO of Dunbia said:  “I am excited today to be introducing a fresh look for the new Dunbia business in the UK. The partnership will ensure that we can grow as a leading supplier in the UK market and deliver long-term solutions for our customers and a strong relationship with our farmer suppliers.”


Commitment to compliance

The Group is committed to conduct its global tax affairs consistent with the following objectives:

• Comply with all relevant laws, rules, regulations and disclosure requirements wherever we operate 

• Ensure the tax policy is at all times consistent with the Group’s overall strategy, its approach to risk and the Group’s values

• Apply professional diligence and care in the management of all risks associated with tax matters and ensure governance and assurance procedures are appropriate

• Foster constructive, professional and transparent relationships with tax authorities

Effective risk management

The Board is responsible for the Group’s tax policy and tax risks. Day to day responsibility is delegated to the Finance Director who works with the Financial Controllers of the Group finance department and the shared services centre to manage the tax risk through the Group finance function and through operational accounting functions of the business.

The Board reviews and approves the Group’s tax policy annually. The Group finance function identifies and manages tax risks using its knowledge of the Group’s operations and tax legislation. This is done by:

• regular communication with finance staff within the business to keep informed of any significant business changes

• monitoring proposed changes in tax legislation to identify its potential impact for the Group; and

• involvement in all acquisitions including review of financial and tax due diligence reports into the target’s business. 

Eliminating tax risks entirely is impossible, therefore the Group’s attitude towards the level of control required over the processes designed to reduce these tax risks is driven by the likelihood of occurrence and scale of impact of each risk. 

The identified tax risks are then assessed on a case by case basis, allowing the Group to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions on how each individual risk should be managed so that potential tax exposures may fall within the Group’s acceptable tolerance levels for risk. Where there is uncertainty in how the relevant tax law should be applied, external advice may be sought to support the Group’s decision making process.

When reviewing the tax risks associated with a specific decision or action, always bearing in mind the Group Tax Policy, the following is to be considered:

• The legal and fiduciary duties of directors and employees.

• The requirements of any related internal policies or procedures.

• The maintenance of the Group’s corporate reputation, having particular regard to the way we interact with the communities around us in accordance with the Group’s CSR policy.

Responsible attitude to arranging our tax affairs

The commercial needs of the Group are paramount and all transactions must therefore have a business purpose or commercial rationale. The Group considers different tax outcomes when structuring material transactions to ensure they are carried out in an efficient manner and compliant with all relevant laws.

In cases where the tax guidance is unclear or the Group does not feel it has the necessary expert knowledge to assess the tax consequences adequately, external advice may be sought to support the Group’s decision making process.

Due consideration will be given to the Group’s reputation, brand, corporate and social responsibilities when considering tax initiatives, as well as the legal and fiduciary duties of directors and employees of the Group and will form part of the overall decision making and risk assessment process.

Constructive approach towards dealings with tax authorities

The Group values having good relations with tax authorities. We are therefore committed to the principles of openness and transparency in our approach to dealing with tax authorities and engage with them in a spirit of co-operative compliance. 

The Group strives to make fair, accurate and timely disclosure in correspondence and returns, and respond to queries and information requests in a timely fashion. The aim would be to seek to resolve any issues in a timely manner and where disagreements arise work with tax authorities to resolve issues by agreement where possible.

In accordance with UK rules, the Group nominates a Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) for each of the UK subsidiaries. The SAO ensures that processes of tax compliance are carried out correctly and encourages regular communication with the Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) assigned by HMRC to develop a constructive and mutually beneficial relationship. 

Board ownership and oversight

This document, approved by the Board of QDB Holdings UC, sets out the Group’s approach to conducting its tax affairs and dealing with tax risks for the year ending 31 December 2017.  

Signed on behalf of QDB Holdings UC (The Group)

Daniel Browne



Launched in 2012, Origin Green is the national sustainability programme for the Irish food and drink industry. It is the only sustainability programme in the world which operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food and drink producers, through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Since the inception of Origin Green, over 137,000 carbon assessments have been completed on Irish beef and dairy farms, where Dawn Meats sources livestock for processing. These audits have provided over 25 million data points on the performance of Irish farms in relation to sustainable practices. 

Dawn Meats has been actively involved and supportive of the Origin Green program since its inception.  One of only 8 companies that sponsor the Origin Green Ambassador programme, Dawn Meats has continuously advocated membership of Origin Green and offered support & advice to other member companies. As one of the first verified members of Origin Green we have progressively submitted more ambitious annual Origin Green targets since our earliest plan in 2012.  Our sustainability plan makes many commitments including: energy, water, emissions, waste, raw material sourcing, biodiversity, people and community.  Under energy, water and emissions we have made significant progress and on average over the last 4 years we have made the following equivalent savings across the group:

Dawn Meats is committed to sustainability and fully supports the collaborative nature of the Origin Green programme. Through industry working together, from farm to fork, we are able to provide our customers and their customers in turn, with sustainable, healthy & high quality meat products.  This collaborative work is exemplified at our Newford Farm. Dawn Meats and Teagasc, supported by McDonald's, have established a standalone suckler herd at Newford, Athenry, Co Galway to demonstrate best practice in sustainable suckler beef production.  The herd is run on a fully commercial basis and demonstrates the potential of a moderately large suckler beef farm to generate a viable family farm income when operated to the highest level of technical efficiency and best practice. The farm acts as a shop window for the technologies that drive profitability in a suckler herd and operates in a completely transparent manner, with all measurements and data available to visiting groups, other interested parties and the farming public. For more information on the farm and to follow the weekly updates:

In addition to our supply chain work, we continue to invest internally in our people, plant, processes and technology. Through our membership of Origin Green and many complementary CSR initiatives Dawn Meats is fully committed to the goal of being ‘Europe’s most sustainable meat company’.  For more detail about our sustainability commitments please download our 2016 CSR report here: 

Closing date for applications to the programme is the 3rd of September 2017.

Macra na Feirme's Young Farmer Skillnet has announced the launch of its Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme in association with Dawn Meats.  The programme is designed to help ambitious young farmers to develop their farming skills, their business and commercial awareness.

Dawn Meats and Macra Young Farmer Skillnet are inviting young farmers to apply for a place on the programme, which runs for 8 months and will equip participants to:

  • Analyse and evaluate their own business and to make choices for future growth and efficiency;
  • Understand the customer requirements in the retail marketplace and how as beef farmers they can meet those requirements;
  • Identify practices on their individual farms that can enhance sustainability and profitability;
  • Share and communicate the knowledge gained from the programme with their fellow young beef farmers;
  • Perfect their communication style when dealing with people - from farm staff and contractors to the bank manager.

Speaking at the launch of the programme Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats said: “With a proud tradition of producing the most succulent grass-fed quality assured beef on our Irish family farms, Dawn Meats is delighted to work with Macra's cohort of young beef farmers as they embrace the opportunities for efficient and sustainable beef production into the future.”

James Healy, National President of Macra na Feirme said: “This initiative is an exciting opportunity for young beef farmers to help them improve the efficiency, sustainability and margins of their farms. By participating in this Skillnet training, young beef farmers from across the country will gain a deeper understanding of the beef industry from farm to fork.  We would encourage all young beef farmers to apply for this programme and we wish to thank our partners Dawn Meats for their support and assistance with this initiative. The Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme will give our young beef farmers the confidence to undertake on-farm projects that add value to their beef farming enterprise. It is a very exciting development for our Skillnet training offering.”

Applicants can apply for the programme online at Places are limited so applicants should apply early before the closing date the 3rd of September 2017.  

The successful participants will be introduced at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly in September.

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