Thomas Foods International

Agricultural & Horticultural

Growing careers in the global food industry.

Australia’s reputation for clean, green and premium produce has seen the food industry experience solid growth in recent years, creating career pathways along the way.

As global demand for Australian meat, seafood and fresh produce continues to grow, so does the range of exciting employment opportunities for young Australians.

Employing 3500 staff globally with extensive national and international operations, Thomas Foods International is at the global food industry forefront. At its core Thomas Foods International is Australia’s largest 100% family-owned meat processor supplying high-quality Australian sheep, lamb, goat and beef products to more than 50 countries.

We have expanded into fresh produce and seafood – boosting our presence on the plates of consumers right across the world.

Our Fresh Produce business is a major supplier of potatoes and onions, sold nationally and internationally while Thomas Cappo Seafoods sells Australia’s highest quality, sustainable seafood both domestically and globally.

Given the scale and diversity of the group, Thomas Foods International is able to offer a full range of employment opportunities for school leavers and those wishing to take the first steps to a rewarding career in a growth industry.

Local roots

We are a second-generation family company with our roots in regional Australia. A large proportion of our workforce is employed in key regional centres and we work closely with farmers across South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

National footprint

Our head office is in Adelaide and we operate meat processing plants in SA and NSW with other processing, value-adding and distribution facilities nationally. We continue to invest heavily in developing our operating capabilities in Australia.

Global markets

The Group has a global distribution footprint across North America, Europe & North Asia and continues to invest in developing this capability led by our US business.

A broad range of career opportunities

We work closely with regional and metropolitan schools to highlight the variety of jobs on offer. We assist school leavers to build their careers and take advantage of our apprenticeships and structured training programs.

All our roles include comprehensive on-the-job training. The career opportunities across the Group are broad and range from entry-level to more specialised and senior process positions across the following areas:

  • Food Processing (eg boners, trimmers, slaughter-persons, food processors, packers, forklift operators)
  • Quality Assurance and Laboratory
  • Animal Welfare
  • Feedlot and Livestock
  • Engineering and Maintenance (eg electricians, fitter and turners)
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Export, Finance, Administration and Human Resources


85 Destinations
3K Employees
1988 Founded

Life at Thomas Foods International

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

This is an ideal opportunity to earn while you learn. Some of the key senior leaders within the group got their start with an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Ongoing Training and Support

Career development is important to us. We offer structured and accredited training to all our employees, whether that be specific industry certificates through to support in further studies. We always look to promote from within.

Expanding Range of Positions

As a growth business, the variety of roles within the global group is also expanding – from entry-level processing to administrative and more specialist positions with opportunity to develop your career to managerial/leadership level.

Financial Rewards

We offer above award employment conditions and benefits. Staff who take advantage of the internal opportunities to upskill and progress their career are remunerated accordingly.

Community Service and Support

As a large regional employer we take our role as a corporate citizen seriously. We are proud supporters of local sports clubs and charities and actively encourage staff volunteering.


From the farm gate to the end plate we adhere to strict environmental guidelines to minimise our carbon footprint. That commitment also extends to animal welfare.

Proud of our Diversity

As a member of the Thomas Foods International team, you will work with colleagues from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Female Friendly Workplace

A significant proportion of our workforce is female, with outstanding women in senior positions right across the Group.

Strong Family Values

As a second-generation family company led by founder Chris Thomas, Executive Chairman and his son Darren Thomas, CEO we have a clearly defined set of values that we call the “TFI Way”.

Growing Company in Growth Industry

We offer the opportunity to join one of Australia’s leading private companies in one of the world’s key growth industries. The demand for high-quality food will only increase in the future and that augurs well for those working in the industry.

Our People

Alex the Apprentice

Alex Perugini progressed from working as a casual labourer during the school holidays to completing his apprenticeship as a Fitter and Turner.

“There are so many opportunities to progress your career at Thomas Foods and it’s great to work for a family-owned company so close to where I grew up.”

Nekta the Engineer

Nekta Nicolaou joined us while completing an engineering degree. Now as Group Engineering Manager, he drives innovation and environmental sustainability.

“Being part of such a fast-paced, innovative company and working with state-of-the-art technology is extremely invigorating, challenging and rewarding.”

Charmane the QA Officer

As a Quality Assurance Officer, Charmane Taylor is responsible for verifying that our products meet hygiene and food safety standards whilst maintaining high customer requirements.

“There are so many opportunities to upskill, train and develop within the company.”

Tom the Trainee

Tom Matters joined us as a trainee with the livestock team. With on-the-job training and mentoring, he was soon buying lambs at busy markets in South Australia and Victoria.

“You show initiative and you’re rewarded at TFI. There’s also a real team mentality which is a great support to have particularly in the heat of the markets.”

Thomas Foods International

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Thomas Foods International

Entry Level Processing Positions

We are currently offering a variety of guaranteed full-time Entry Level Processing Positions

Lobethal, SA
February 28, 2022

Thomas Foods International


Are you searching for a new challenge? If so, the Thomas Foods team have a role for you!

Laverton North, VIC
February 28, 2022

Thomas Foods International

Entry Level and Skilled Process Workers

Due to continued growth and demand, we currently have a number of opportunities available (entry-level and experienced roles).

Tamworth, NSW
February 28, 2022

Entry Level Processing Positions

Agriculture & Horticulture

Lobethal, SA
February 28, 2022

Family owned since 1988, Thomas Foods International is one of Australia’s largest family-owned food businesses. With teams across Australia, the US, China, Japan and Europe, the Thomas Foods brands and business partnerships grow, supply, and distribute premium meat and seafood all over the world.


We are currently offering a variety of guaranteed full-time Entry Level Processing Positions. Each position comes with the opportunity to pursue a stableprogressive, and rewarding career path within a safe and supportive environment.

With various areas requiring reliable new team members, depending on your previous experience and skill set, you could find yourself doing any of the following activities:

  • Production work/process line
  • Trimming, cutting, boning and slicing
  • Cleaning and sterilising work areas and equipment
  • Meatpacking
  • General labouring
  • Chiller room operations
  • Operation of equipment and machinery
  • Distribution and warehousing
  • Packing
  • Scanning


With a competitive salary, we also offer you multiple extra benefits in line with your role:

  • 5-day roster
  • On the job training
  • Progressive career opportunities
  • Guaranteed 40 hours a week

Successful applicants will receive up to net $1500 new starter incentive program.


If you are an Australian Citizen / Permanent Resident or have Full Working Rights in Australia.

Have the ability to Pass a pre-employment medical check, including drug and alcohol test

Are Q-Fever vaccinated or willing to receive the vaccination

Then positions are available for an immediate start following due process.

All applications are treated with complete confidentiality.

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February 28, 2022


Agriculture & Horticulture

Laverton North, VIC
February 28, 2022

The Role:

We currently have positions available for dedicated Packers to join our Production Team, located at Laverton North, Vic. We promote a positive working culture within the business and value honesty, reliability & integrity.

Your duties will be varied, but will include:

  • Preparation of customer orders to company and customer specifications
  • Packing and de-cartoning meat product
  • Order processing and picking and packing
  • Liaising with production, admin staff and other team members
  • Computer labelling scale operation
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Adhering to Workplace Health and Safety Procedures
  • Regular lifting is a requirement of this job
  • You will be working with beef, lamb and chicken products

This hands-on role will suit a fit energetic person with experience within the food service or meat industry, looking for a secure position.

Applicants must be well presented, punctual and reliable.

What we offer

  • Permanent full-time opportunity in an essential service industry
  • Progressive career opportunities
  • Work with a high performing team
  • On-the-job training provided
  • Monday to Friday Roster
  • Cash incentives up to $1500 within 12 months service
  • Cash incentives for successfully referring people into the business.

If you believe you can successfully fulfil this role and are interested in becoming part of our dynamic team, please send your resume through the below link- Apply Online.

(Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted).

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February 28, 2022

Entry Level and Skilled Process Workers

Agriculture & Horticulture

Tamworth, NSW
February 28, 2022

Due to continued growth and demand, we currently have a number of opportunities available for both entry-level and experienced meat industry process workers to join the TFI family. We offer a day or evening roster, with a variety of employment types: full-time permanent, part-time or casual. Our roles are suitable for school and university students and those looking for a casual role over the Summer holidays.

In light of recent Agreements, we are able to consider international workers as well as local individuals; we encourage all to apply!

The roles will include:

  • Packing and sorting;
  • Trimming and cutting;
  • Boning and slicing tasks;
  • Chiller pushing;
  • Floor labouring roles;
  • Slaughter floor general labouring;
  • Loading;
  • Scanning
  • Carton room labouring/operations;
  • Stock receiving/movement;
  • General labouring tasks;
  • General warehousing tasks.

What are we looking for?

  • Previous experience in the meat processing / agricultural industry is favoured but not essential
  • Ability to perform work safely under limited supervision
  • Ability to work individually and within a team environment
  • Current Driver’s Licence and access to car, as public transport is not available
  • Dedicated, punctual and reliable individuals.

Benefits and perks

  • Permanent, ongoing opportunities in an essential service industry
  • Work in a culturally diverse work environment – we have over 50 nationalities represented
  • Attractive, above award pay rates
  • Opportunities for working overtime
  • Access to food products at a discounted rate
  • On-the-job training provided
  • Career progression
  • Attractive 4-day work week option, with a monthly Rostered Day Off.

All shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical, including alcohol & drug screening. Obtaining a Q-Fever vaccination is mandatory in our industry. 

TFI encourages all potential employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide such documentation. 

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February 28, 2022