Fonterra is a global leader in dairy nutrition – the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies.
We are a market leader with our own consumer dairy brands in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Fonterra is a farmer-owned co-operative and the largest processor of milk in the world.
We are one of the world’s largest investors in dairy research and innovation drawing on generations of dairy expertise to produce more than two million tonnes of dairy ingredients and consumer products for 140 markets.
- Over 1.5 billion litres of milk processed every year.
- 1,650 employees based Australia-wide.
- 7 manufacturing sites across Victoria and Tasmania.
- 1 pack of Western StarTM is sold every second.
- We are #1 Australia’s leading foodservice and ingredients provider of dairy.
- We are proud to work with 1,300 farmer suppliers in Australia.
Where Does All This Milk Go?
Fonterra is the leading consumer and food service dairy supplier in Australia. We process over 1.5 billion litres of milk every year into consumer goods that generations of Australians have grown up with and love. We operate a dedicated sales channel for the foodservice industry, providing a full range of dairy products specifically designed for commercial kitchens. We also sell dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies.
The Fonterra Family
- Award winning butter and spreads – 1 pack sold every second.
- Australia’s #1 selling branded cheese.
- Australia’s #1 selling culinary cheese.
- The third highest selling product in Dairy Spreads.
Careers @ Fonterra
We are always looking for talented people to help us to be the best at what we do. In Australia, Fonterra in headquartered
in Melbourne, Victoria and operates 7 manufacturing sites across Victoria and Tasmania as well as Sales offices all over the country. Whether you want to work in an office environment, manufacturing or in the country side we can help you! We are proud to offer a range of opportunities across many different disciplines including: Sales & Marketing, Finance, Operations & Supply Chain and Human Resources
Your adventure starts with Fonterra
Our Graduate Program
We aim to attract, recruit and select a diverse group of graduates. Embedding diversity and inclusion in our culture
is crucial to our long-term success.
Our graduate program runs for 24 months with rotations every 6 months around 3 different business streams (Business, Sales & Customer Service and Operations & Supply Chain). We
are looking for our future leaders and to achieve that we provide you the opportunity to be the best at what we do! Our program provides a tailored development plan, mentoring by our leadership team and coaching by our executives. You will be part of a graduate networking group, will engage with industry experts, work on real projects, and be given opportunities to develop your skills and boost your career!
- 20,000+ employees globally with 1,650 located in Australia
- Local and global opportunities
- 4 graduate vacancies across 3 business streams
Go behind the scenes with our industry career videos to find out more about some of Australia's most popular jobs.
1. Find your Milkyway!
“Fonterra has been a wonderful organisation for my career to thrive. In my 12 years with the business I have had 7 different roles. Each of those roles gave me new challenges, new responsibility and developed competencies that then set me up for success for in future roles. Some companies talk development and succession planning. Fonterra delivers on development and succession planning.” – Mal Karmelich, National Business Manager
2.Learn from the best
As a global dairy company, we aim to deliver the best to our customers and
to achieve that we hire and invest at the best people. At Fonterra, you will not only work with the top leaders and experts, you will also receive all the support to be one of them.
– Rene Dedoncker, Managing Director Australia
3. Ways of Working
The workforce is changing and so is Fonterra, with an agile and collaborative work environment we are very proud of our outstanding culture which is filled with encouragement, diversity, fun and innovation. At Fonterra we actively encourage and support work-life balance and a collaborative environment.
4. We grow great people
“One of the things that first attracted me to Fonterra was the ‘career growth’ and this has been a common thread during my tenure; I was in a Category role at the time and the fact that Fonterra has leading brands in some very competitive supermarket categories was an exciting prospect.
This grew into the opportunity to be at the start of something new and strategic, as the business explored new categories, consumers and customer landscapes. From there, I moved into a Transformation role, which has provided even more growth opportunities and exposure to other areas. Also in this role, I had the opportunity (and honour) to lead a small, dedicated and passionate team to successfully relocate the Australian business to the new corporate office in Richmond and introduce an agile way of working at the same time. The new space buzzes with energy, engagement and great work culture.”
– Diane Laskowski, Transformation Program Manager
5. Benefits & Rewards
It’s all pretty cheesy here! We offer market competitive remunerations as well as broad range of discounts. From local shops to health funds partnerships and on-site health coach to dairy shop and entertainment. On top of that we also have our formal reward & recognition program, internal competitions and corporate games.
6. Our Values
“Our values are the back bone of the Co-operative and really serve to set our guiding light to how we should we operate across our business.”
– Miles Hurrell, Chief Executive Officer
7. Innovation fuels our growth
Our priority is to protect the natural goodness of dairy by maintaining the nutritional integrity of our products.
We do that by investing in innovation and technology around the globe, with different initiatives from renovating and adapting our process and manufacturing to the newest technologies, researching and trying new products, and launching global and collaborative tools to share skills and capabilities.
8. From here to everywhere
“Throughout my 10 years in Fonterra, Fonterra has given me the opportunity to live in 4 countries across 3 continents and I am still counting! As the world’s largest Dairy exporter, Fonterra has taken me to the road to learn new cultures, markets and has driven me out from my comfort zone. I have learnt that its only by embracing challenges head on that I could grow, develop and transform my career for good. There are no boundaries when you join us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of billions of people through bringing them the goodness of Dairy”
– Fabrizio Jorge, Director – Ingredients
9 .We are committed to making a positive difference
“Operating in a sustainable manner is critical for Fonterra Australia and we are proud to be able to deliver a broad range of environmental initiatives across the network including energy efficiency projects within our factories, diversion of waste from landfill, support for local wildlife through targeted management practices and sponsorship programs, and working with community on tree planting programs.
– Colleen Gates, Environment Manager
10. We are a world leading company and the best at what we do
We promote a culture of life-long, self- driven learning in a collaborative way
– this means that no matter what your role is, it’s important to keep learning
and developing your skills to achieve your personal best and help us lift performance. We are heavily focused on developing our talents and providing our staff the best opportunities to boost their careers.