We are currently seeking a Night Cleaning Operative for our site at Slane, Co. Meath. 

Job Title:  Night Cleaning Operative 

Location: Slane, Co. Meath

Reporting to: Cleaning Supervisor

Contract Type: Permanent 

ROLE SUMMARY:

The cleaning operative will work as part of the night shift hygiene team from Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday off.

The hours of work are 5pm-2am.

Full Training will be provided.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Cleaning of the production hall area
  • Operation of cleaning equipment in a safe manner at all times.
  • Work in a safe and efficient manner using required personal protection equipment
  • Adhere to safety data sheets for chemicals and standard operating procedures.
  • Update all Logbooks at end of each shift as required.
  • Check stock level of chemicals regularly
  • Ensure schedule for the day is completed

THE CANDIDATE:

  • Entry level, previous industrial experience an advantage
  • An ability to work to deadlines
  • An ability to work on own initiative 

TO APPLY:

To apply please send your CV or any additional queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 29th June.

Job Title:  Controls and Automation Graduate 

Location: Grannagh, Co. Waterford

Reporting to: Lead Engineer

Contract Type: Permanent 

ROLE SUMMARY:

Dawn Meats are currently looking for a Controls / Automation Graduate to join our team in the group office in Waterford. The successful applicant will engage in a number of existing factory automation solutions and play a significant role in projects for a number of facilities throughout Ireland and the UK.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • To participate in the development of automated system for our production and packaging lines to meet business requirements in the support of automated systems.
  • Programming and implementation of changes to the existing process automation code and systems hardware over a number of production and packaging facility’s.
  • Assist the project team in progress the production equipment capability’s by driving automation excellent.
  • Support the project team with the programming and design for PLC's control and PC controlled equipment.
  • Provide automation support to production/maintenance teams, including troubleshooting and issue resolution. 
  • Interact closely with group engineers to discuss current projects, potential issues and solutions. 

EXPERIENCE:

  • A relevant 3rd level Engineering qualification (preferably B.Sc.\ B.E. degree in engineering) or similar. 
  • Must have good knowledge of manufacturing automation, machine design, development and validation process. 
  • Excellent communication skills with fluent English. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently is essential. 

TO APPLY:

To apply please send your CV or any additional queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 29th June.

We are currently seeking a Health & Safety graduate for our site at Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious graduate.

Job Title:  Health & Safety Graduate 

Location: Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

Reporting to: Health & Safety Manager

Contract Type: Permanent 

ROLE SUMMARY:

  • The graduate will work alongside the on-site Health & Safety team in addition to taking part in all graduate activities & training rolled out by the company
  • Full training will be provided & the successful candidate will also gain the opportunity to participate in company-wide projects.

THE CANDIDATE:

  • Successful candidate will be degree qualified with an interest in the Meat production industry.
  • Excellent attention to details with a methodical approach to tasks.

TO APPLY:

To apply please send your CV or any additional queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 29th June.

The site Health and Safety Advisor’s role is to support the management team and give commercial advice on all matters relating to health, safety and environment to support the corporate strategy. Reporting directly to the site Operations Manager they have a dotted line responsibility to the Group Health & Safety Manager and Group Environmental Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES / OBJECTIVES:

  • Manage & provide professional assistance on all matters relating to Health, Safety, Fire and Environmental to the site
  • Actively support the management team to meet Health, Safety and Environmental KPIs and performance objectives with the aim of improving site safety & commercial objectives.
  • Conduct and complete all site related & specialist risk assessments with the support of line management 
  • Produce and implement site specific safe working practices 
  • Produce and maintain accurate site accident data, produce accident information reports to identify trends & taking appropriate action. 
  • Conduct detailed accident investigations and implement recommendations to reduce accidents and incidents.
  • Manage Health, Safety & Environmental related training including the completion of the refresher training as required.
  • Manage emergency procedures, fire safety arrangements & policies relating to the site
  • Complete site inspections & report on corrective actions on a monthly basis.
  • Responsible for the reporting & management of incidents HSE including any follow up any correspondence & action reports
  • Actively participates in Site Health & Safety committee meetings providing statistical information and Health & Safety advice on subjects as required 
  • Manage Health & Safety documentation & sure any company changes updates are implemented 
  • Manage 3rd part communication in relation to civil claims & documentation
  • Manage the first aid training, provision and supplies at site level ensuring the site is equipped to deal with first aid emergencies.
  • Management of on-site contractors & the permit to work system for high risk activities. 
  • Operate to the terms and conditions of the sites PPC / EA licence.

THE CANDIDATE

  • 2 years’ experience in a busy manufacturing environment 
  • Demonstrable experience dealing with all the above requirements
  • Educated to Degree level

TO APPLY

All candidates must be flexible and prepared to work additional hours when required to meet customer demand.

Closing date for application is 5pm Friday 29th June 2018

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

Dawn Meats are an equal opportunity employer

We are currently seeking a Maintenance Electrician to work across two of our sites - Slane, Co. Meath and Rathdowney, Co.Laois. 

THE ROLE:

  • To manage the full electrical works & trouble shooting of the site and equipment.
  • Lead the site preventative electrical programme & manage scheduling.
  • Carry out work orders in a timely and safe manner while maintaining adherence & full compliance with company procedures
  • Responsibility to upload all job details onto a hand held mobile field technology device on completion.
  • The ability to test, inspect and certificate your own installations.
  • Responsibility for explaining system procedures to site management
  • Develop in-depth working knowledge of all site electrical equipment
  • Complete all work order form & paperwork in full
  • Follow all Health and Safety Rules and Regulations in the Site.
  • To complete training and review of SOPs on compliance

DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

  • A high level of competency in electrical work / electrical engineering, with a minimum of 3 years post apprenticeship experience.
  • Experience of machines & process equipment, controls & automation.
  • Experience in electrical & mechanical installations & maintenance.
  • Can demonstrate good communication, both written & oral skills which meet the requirements of the job in full.
  • Good mental ability to logically follow a line of thought for problem solving
  • Holds a full driving licence.
  • Ability to work on their own initiative, with minimum supervision, as well as part of a team.
  • Has a flexible approach to working hours (shift work, overtime and on call).

(We reserve the right to expand on the above criteria to facilitate shortlisting)

ADVANTAGE BUT NOT ESSENTIAL

•Supervisory or Apprentice development experience

 TO APPLY:

All candidates must be flexible and prepared to work additional hours when required to meet customer demand.

Closing date for application is 5pm 29th June 2018

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

Or for confidential enquiries contact Pamela Walsh, Talent Acquisition Manager, 087-3370101

Dawn Meats are an equal opportunity employer

We are currently seeking a Senior Software Developer to work as part of a team which is responsible for supporting and developing a range of systems across multiple sites within the Dunbia Group. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their career using state of the art technologies on a variety of exciting projects. The successful candidate should also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and enjoy interacting with end users in a dynamic, fast paced business environment.

THE ROLE:

  • Developing IT solutions for operational and back office systems using the Microsoft Technology stack;
  • Liaising with key business stakeholders and helping gather requirements for new development projects;
  • Provide 3rd line support for existing systems across the Group;
  • Providing inputs to database designs for new and existing in-house applications;
  • Take ownership of assigned projects and deliver solutions using the full systems development life cycle;
  • Reports to the Systems Development Team Lead to provide project updates on an ongoing basis; and
  • Provide out of hours support on a rotational basis.

THE PERSON:

The postholder must be able to work successfully on their own initiative and also work well as part of a team. They will be able to demonstrate an ability to develop logical solutions in complex business environments and possess the ability to be flexible and quickly adapt to changing business needs and processes. Good problem solving skills will also be required.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  • Be educated to third level in software-related discipline; or 4 years experience as Senior Software Developer
  • Possess a minimum of 4 years’ experience of using 2 or more of the following technologies: SQL Server 2005+, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, .NET;
  • A proven track record in T-SQL development – specifically an ability to write and troubleshoot T-SQL (stored procedures, functions, views, triggers); and
  • Possess the ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels from factory and office personnel through to senior management.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

  • Experience of database administration duties. (e.g. performance tuning, backups, disaster recovery & high availability systems);
  • Experience of developing reports from Manufacturing Execution Systems (e.g. Emydex or Innova, or an ERP such as Dynamics AX, Navision or Infor M3);
  • Experience of working with Agile development methodologies; and
  • Previous experience working in an FMCG / manufacturing environment.

TO APPLY:

All candidates must be flexible and prepared to work additional hours when required to meet customer demand.

Closing date for application is 5pm Friday 29th June 2018

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

Dawn Meats & Dunbia are equal opportunity employers

We currently require a full time Development Team Lead to lead our development team in supporting the company’s existing software systems and the delivery of challenging and exciting programme of work across multiple sites within the Dawn Meats Group. Reporting directly to an IT Programme Director, you will be self-motivated with excellent interpersonal and management skills and will promote and maintain communication and teamwork within the development team.

This role will be based at Dunbia Group headquarters in Dungannon but may require occasional travel to our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

THE ROLE:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the inhouse software development team;
  • Planning and scheduling development activities for the team in line with project deadlines;
  • Coach and mentor other members of the development team to assist with their ongoing development; 
  • Engage with Project Managers and other business stakeholders to ensure expectations are effectively managed;
  • Provide technical direction to rest of the development team;
  • Provide input into multiple change approval boards to provide technical direction for requested changes;
  • Provide weekly updates to senior project managers on development progress and support issues;
  • Hands on software development using SDLC processes; 
  • Allocating and overseeing the resolution of support tickets escalated to the development team; and
  • Plan and provide out of hours support for key operational systems.

THE PERSON:

The post holder will lead the Development team as they work to support current software systems and deliver the IT Programme of work.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:

  • Educated to degree level in an IT discipline with 5+ years’ experience in a software development role;
  • Previous experience in managing a team of developers in a dynamic, fast paced environment; 
  • Previous experience of liaising effectively with senior stakeholders on software development activities;  
  • Experience of software development using both waterfall and agile techniques; and
  • Proven knowledge of one or more of the following technologies: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 or later, SSIS, SSRS, .Net.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

  • Previous experience of IT within an FMCG/manufacturing environment;
  • Previous experience in Database Administration for MS SQL Server;
  • Experience in one or more of the following reporting/dashboard technologies: Microsoft Power BI, and/or Qlik.

APPLY TODAY:

All candidates must be flexible and prepared to work additional hours when required to meet demand.  

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 29th June 2018.

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

Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne along with many of the CEOs of Ireland’s top companies have this week launched The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability which is a business coalition focussed on addressing some of the most urgent sustainability priorities for Ireland.

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the national network for sustainability, has brought together 26 leading Irish companies, representing a workforce of over 90,000 people, to work collaboratively to address social, environmental and economic priorities.

Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne stated “As a company Dawn Meats has always had sustainability at its core and formal sustainability targets have been in place since we launched our first sustainability plan in 2009.  We believe in the power of collective action and the leadership role that business can and must play in delivering a sustainable future for our employees, suppliers and customers.”  

One of the first actions announced by the Group is the Low Carbon Pledge – the first dedicated public commitment generated by Irish business to lead on the transition to a low carbon economy and reduce Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2030.

The CEOs are calling on business leaders to make sustainability a central priority of their leadership and promote a low carbon vision across their operations, products and services to help Ireland achieve its international commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. 

The companies involved with the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability have all achieved BITCI’s Business Working Responsibly Mark, the NSAI audited standard for CSR and sustainability. 

Tomas Sercovich, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland, said, “The imperative set by the Sustainable Development Goals demonstrates the scale of the challenges we face. Business will play a critical role in the achievement of these goals and this can only be done through collective action. The US$ 12 trillion economic opportunity of the low carbon and inclusive economy needs to be embraced by Irish businesses. We must adopt a long term and beyond 2030 view of our business models. We are delighted to convene this unique platform for change in corporate Ireland and we will seek to influence the business community as well as policy in key areas”.

Mr Browne added “For many years Dawn Meats has worked collaboratively with Origin Green, Bord Bia, Teagasc, our customers and other stakeholders to deliver sustainability improvements within our sector, but what is really powerful about this coalition is the cross sectoral nature of the group, which will encourage all companies to make even greater progress.”  

In addition to addressing the transformation to a low carbon economy, The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is also working together to remove barriers to social inclusion in Ireland by examining how Irish businesses can improve their processes and culture to train, attract and retain marginalised and vulnerable people. The Group has also identified the need for businesses to adapt to emerging work practices that will transform Irish industry like the gig economy, contract work and automation to ensure those changes benefit employee, employer and society as a whole.

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability meets regularly to discuss best practice and to review progress on its stated aims. UCD is the knowledge partner for the Group and will provide ongoing research support to help develop and refine the sustainability goals.

Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Global “Scale for Good” Award. This Global award is a first for McDonald’s and is the second occasion where Dawn Meats sustainability credentials have been recognised by the McDonald’s Global Leadership Team.

The award recognises the key leadership role that Dawn Meats has played over many years in programs which advance the cause of ethical, environmental and economic sustainability in European beef production. The award was presented to Dawn Meats CEO, Niall Browne, Group Commercial Director, Richard Clinton & Food Safety and Quality Director, Brian Hyland by McDonald’s Corporate Executive Vice President Francesca DeBiase and Vice President Keith Kenny with the senior leadership team of the Global Supply Chain and Sustainability team in attendance.

Scale for Good is McDonald’s strategy to leverage its global reach with millions of customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers and other partners to take collaborative action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. 

McDonald’s is the first restaurant company in the world to address global climate change by setting a Science Based Target to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To reach this target, McDonald’s will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36 percent by 2030 from a 2015 base year. Additionally, McDonald’s commits to a 31 percent reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply chain by 2030 from 2015 levels. This combined target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Niall Browne CEO Dawn Meats said: “We are delighted and honoured to accept this award on behalf of all the team at Dawn Meats. As a business we have recognised for some time that doing the right thing and using our scale for good will build a more robust business for the future, for the benefit of our employees, customers and farmers. Our CSR strategy is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in McDonald’s we have a true partner who is equally committed to furthering the achievement of these Goals. We look forward to continuing our progress in the coming years.” 

Keith Kenny Vice President Sustainability at McDonald’s commented: “Improving the sustainability of how beef is produced for McDonald's is a key part of our Scale for Good strategy. Dawn Meats, champion sustainable beef production, both through their actions and ambitions within their own supply chain and in their industry leadership, working with external bodies to define and develop sustainable farming techniques.”

Galway Food Festival 2018

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Dawn Meats proudly sponsored this year's Galway Food Festival which was held over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April 2018.

The festival now in its seventh year celebrates the city and county's culinary landscape, showcasing the people, produce, and passion that have firmly established Galway as the food capital of the west.

We were delighted with the response and engagement we had from festival goers who enjoyed the beef and lamb cooking demonstrations presented by the talented JJ Healy. 

JJ created six fantastic dishes that featured Dawn Meats premium quality beef and lamb, to provide festival goers with inspiration for cooking delicious beef and lamb recipes at home. Recipes included:

  • Roast Loin and Rack of Lamb, Gratin Potato, Honey and Herb Glazed Vegetables
  • Mini Lamb Burgers in Brioche Buns Topped with a Rhubarb Chutney
  • Grilled Spiced Lamb Sausages on a Skewer with a Mint and Chive Yoghurt
  • Beef Wellington, Grilled Asparagus, Beef Dripping Potatoes and Béarnaise Sauce
  • Chilli Con Carne with Pilaff Rice
  • Beef Lollipops Glazed with Sweet Soya Sauce, Garlic, Chilli and Ginger

Click the link below to view the full recipe booklet from the event.