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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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

Closing date for application is 5pm Thursday 31st May 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 & 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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 Thursday 31st May 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

We are currently seeking to recruit a Qualified Accountant to join our team in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. 


To work with the Finance & Management team in maximizing returns & achieve overall Site & Group objectives/targets. To assist with the financial accounting process, management accounting process and assist with the monitoring and implementation of accounting controls. 


  • Liaise with staff on two sites to gather information to prepare accurate weekly KPIs to deadline.
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and analysis to strict timelines and group standard. 
  • Prepare financial statements and year-end audit files.  
  • Deliver to agreed deadlines on a period, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Sustain minimum effective controls in compliance with group policy.
  • To give support in all accounting processes, through effective, efficient and regulatory compliance with finance processes in line with group policy.  
  • To work as part of the Finance Team and work within the framework of the Finance Team to ensure that the team delivers a comprehensive and professional service to all stakeholders. 
  • Support development of clearly defined, achievable team and individual goals.
  • To assist with the routine activities of the Finance Team in a manner that complies with the relevant statutory and company requirements, such as, but not limited to, cattle payments, yields, wages, shipping, receipt & payment paperwork.
  • Assist with the monitoring and development of financial control routines, which are in place to protect the integrity of the financial statements and the assets of the business. 
  • To assist with the annual budget process.
  • Make best use of the Group’s current IT systems (Movex/Emydex/Qlikview) to make the control & reporting process as efficient as possible. Continually contribute to the improvement of Group Reporting systems & information.
  • To resolve debtor/ creditor queries which may affect cash flow.
  • Ad Hoc accounting and administration work as required.
  • Perform ad hoc and special projects assignments, if required.
  • To contribute to generic functions such as H&S, HR, Utilities, Maintenance, IT. 
  • Participate constructively in internal meetings.


  • Good interpersonal relationships, ability to build good team and cross functional relationships so that all information, both written and verbal, is clearly communicated to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead by example and develop other team members.
  • Focus on continuous improvement and implementation of problem solving techniques and standardisation.
  • Ability to implement good follow up and control in all aspects of the role.
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks as necessary.


  • Qualified and a member of a relevant accountant body
  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years experience in a financial accounting role.
  • IT proficient to an advanced standard in Microsoft Office and in particular Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge and compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Knowledge and compliance with group policies and procedures.
  • Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Lean manufacturing principals.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Statutory audit preparation.
  • Good time management.
  • Budget preparation experience.


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 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.

We are currently seeking to recruit a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager to join our team in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland.


The site Health, Safety and Environmental Manager’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.


  • 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 classified under RIDDOR to the 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.
  • Support site maintenance team to ensure that all statutory inspections are completed and PPM programs are up to date to ensure that all machinery is safe to use in line with legislative requirements.
  • 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.
  • Maintain the site to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. 
  • Responsible for the performance and development of the Health & Safety team on site 


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


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

We are currently seeking to recruit a Group Learning and Development Manager to join our wider Human Resources team. 



The Group Learning & Development Manager is a new & exciting role which will oversee all Learning & Development activity for the group in Ireland & the UK. The successful candidate will work closely with the HR team to manage the Learning, Training & Development agenda while also managing the LMS system & external stakeholders. 


  • Plan, Design and Lead training programmes for entry level to middle management within the business from concept to execution while supporting team initiatives in the area of Learning & Development
  • Facilitate & deliver the on-going people development aspects of the business strategy.
  • Develop strategic programmes to build skills, enhance leadership capability and provide personal development opportunities.
  • Support robust Succession and Development Plans for critical business roles
  • Provide Senior Leaders with subject matter expertise in forecasting and planning their talent and development pipeline requirements in line with the Group Strategy.
  • Design and implementation of development programmes for the senior leadership team
  • Assist in the creation of policies and plans to meet the changing needs of the business and to create a high performing organisation.
  • Work with the HR team and the line managers within the group to implement and optimise learning and development process and practices.
  • Deliver & facilitate events- Management training to employees with line management responsibility.
  • Assist members of the HR team in the delivery of training and development initiatives to staff.
  • Promote and facilitate a culture of Learning and Development.
  • Partner with third party suppliers in the development of Development Centres, Selection Centres, 360’s, psychometric offering and executive coaching
  • Develop, monitor and act on metrics which assess the effectiveness and contribution of Learning and Development Programmes


  • 3 years+ working in a busy Learning & Development role
  • Third level qualification/CIPD required in HRM or business-related discipline
  • Experience in delivering formal and informal training interventions to a multi-cultural workforce.
  • Passionate and interested in growing talented people at all levels
  • Structured approach to managing initiatives from inception through to execution, with a proven track record of delivering results in line with the business needs
  • Proven ability of managing & delivering cross-functional projects
  • Track record of working effectively in high-pressure environment with evolving priorities
  • Expertise in learning needs analysis and learning content creation and delivery
  • Knowledge of the development of psychometric, 360 tools and other talent management tools
  • Good knowledge of HR processes and procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal, and management skills and high professional standards for work quality.
  • Experience in coaching and developing others to fulfil their potential.
  • Ability to work on own initiative on project-based tasks.
  • Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and proven problem-solving skills.
  • Strong Computer literacy – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HR IT Systems.



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 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.”

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.

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