Job Description

Job Title:                               Industry Talent Manager


Reporting to:                        Organisation and Industry Talent Director

Grade:                                   Grade 4 with a starting salary of €69,461. The scale for this Grade is €69,461- €81,875, with Long Service increments of LSI1: €84,428 & LSI2: €86,985. New Entrants to the Public Sector commence on the first point of the Scale.

Job Purpose:                        To maintain and build upon the existing suite of talent development programmes in the Bord Bia Talent Academy. To attract high quality talent, ensuring that those participating in the programmes have the structures and environments to thrive and grow the skills needed by the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry. To promote and market the value of the Talent Academy to Irish companies and help participants identify substantial career opportunities in the industry.

Key Organisational Relationships: Director of Strategic Insight and Planning, Director of Global Business Development, Manager International Markets, Sector Managers, Global Key Account Managers, European Manager, Overseas Office Managers, Consumer and Market Insight Teams, Origin Green and Sustainability Team, Marketing, Events.

Key External Relationships: Educational Service Providers, Client Companies, International Strategic Customers.

Key Accountabilities:

1.     Develop and constantly enhance the internationally recognised Bord Bia Talent Academy masters programmes that attract high calibre talent, who can identify substantial career prospects in the Irish food, drink & horticulture industry 

2.     Build the reputation of graduates of Talent Academy Programmes with Irish food, drink and horticulture companies so that they see these graduates as highly attractive talent to grow their businesses.

3.     Develop the value proposition of work placements with strategic customers to contribute to the relationships between these companies and the Irish industry. .

4.     To communicate the value and activities of the Bord Bia Talent Academy to the Food & Drink industry, to potential participants and to Bord Bia staff.

5.     Ensure that Bord Bia Talent Academy participants are retained in the Food & Drink Industry post completion of their programme.

6.     Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the academic institutions that are delivering the educational programmes.

Main Duties

1.     Continually review current programmes to ensure they contain high quality, most up to date, and relevant educational/industry components, are structured appropriately and are delivered using best learning methods and international business leaders.

2.     Ensure that these programmes remedy gaps in talent and future skills needs experienced by Irish food, drink and horticulture industry.

3.     Work closely with educational providers ensuring the highest standards are set when recruiting talent, using the best assessment and selection tools and ensuring those chosen meet the requirements and expectations set.

4.     Manage PR and media, recruitment, and selection campaigns across all programmes in conjunction with the service provider.

5.     Communicate and inform client companies, strategic customers and Bord Bia staff of the value and impact of the talent programmes.

6.     Work with client companies to assist & design project briefs that best maximise Talent Academy participants’ skills and development.

7.     Manage and develop programme induction processes and onboarding.

8.     Proactively coach students, assisting them to gain employment in the food industry at programme conclusion.

9.     Identify new placement opportunities for Talent Academy participants across the global food industry

10. Actively liaise with universities to promote the Bord Bia International graduate programme,

11. Enhance the reputation of Talent Academy among prospective participants.

12. Develop the Bord Bia Talent Academy alumni network and events series.

13. Develop and manage Bord Bia’s involvement in AgDif diversity and inclusion initiative for the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry.

Additional Duties

1.     Administrative tasks involving budgeting, record keeping and managing email communications between all stakeholders.

2.     Manage trackers and organise Bord Bia staff representation at Assessment Centres and client briefing sessions

Person Specification


  • Degree in relevant discipline e.g. Human Resource Management, Business or related field


·      5 years' experience operating in the space of talent development, coaching or Learning & Development

·      Experience of graduate recruitment/development advantageous

·      Experience developing and managing relationships with global organisations

·      Marketing Experience

·      Client management experience

·      Large budget and project management experience

·      Sector relevant experience, e.g. food, drink, horticulture, meat, education

Required Skills:

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Demonstrates delivery to the highest standard of services
  • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems
  • Confident dealing with all levels of management, internal and external
  • Possesses excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Sharp business acumen
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Project management ability, detail conscious and organisational skills.

The closing date for this role is Tuesday 19th January 2021

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