Who we are is deeply rooted in where we have come from…
It all started in 1978 with a couple of free-thinking entrepreneurs who didn’t care much for rules. As a start-up they challenged the establishment and always took care of their own. Many years on and that rebellion and people-first philosophy are still deeply ingrained in our DNA.
Today, Mainfreight has matured into a sophisticated global supply chain business. With our fast-growing team of 8,000+, we compete with the some of the world’s biggest names in transport and logistics. Our operations span 260+ branches, in 25 different countries around the world.
We got to being a $2 billion-plus global business by having a real hunger for success, sharing our goals with everybody on the team and promoting our own. To keep ahead of the pack, we look for people who have the same fire in the belly as our founders.
Life at Mainfreight
Our unique family and philosophy make Mainfreight who we are. This culture is our most treasured asset and is at the heart of our past, our present and our future. We promote our people from within and encourage our team to make mistakes, just never the same mistake twice. Our team regard each other as a family and share mealtimes. At the same time, we are focused on performance — every branch reports weekly results that are available for all team members to see.
100 Year Vision
Rather than quick wins or short-term gains, Mainfreight’s strategies, decisions and actions today are guided by a desire to create a strong, iconic and enduring business. This long-term vision guides us a business and determines our decisions and actions every day including how we approach the recruitment and training of new team members and customer and supplier relationships.
Our Graduate Program
As a Mainfreight graduate, you’ll be working in one of the world’s most exciting, diverse and fast-paced industries. Global supply chain logistics is booming worldwide – and a role with Mainfreight gets you right amongst it.
We offer a two-year unstructured graduate program. Our graduates start their career in an entry level role which is often times out in one of our warehouses, establish their own personal brand and drive their careers from the floor up. We accept university graduates from all degree backgrounds into our general business program. We want graduates with a thirst to learn and build a career.
We meet our environmental responsibilities head-on, actively seeking ways to leave the lightest-possible imprint on the planet.
We are always looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions, utilising rail wherever possible and managing truck size. We utilise electric forklifts across all of our sites and company vehicles are hybrids wherever possible.
As our global network continues to expand, we are continually coming up with smart and efficient ways to ensure our technology services are capable of matching our global supply chain expansion. We are committed to upgrading our technology and our online capabilities to give our customers a complete and customised look at wherever their freight is around the world. Our people are a big part of this process and we encourage them to challenge our processes and systems and make suggestions of better and more efficient ways for us to be doing things.
Safety at Mainfreight is paramount in everything we do. We are committed to ensure that our team and contractors go home safe each and every day, and that our business operations promote positive safety for our customers and in our communities.
We have robust training programs, which includes a national training team, with the purpose to educate our team and contractors in our safe systems and practices. Safety is the foundation of our culture.
Books In Homes
In line with Mainfreight’s 100-year vision, we are committed to helping develop the leaders of tomorrow. Mainfreight is proud of its continuing relationship with Book In Homes Australia. Literacy is widely recognised as one of the most important foundations for success in school and later life. The Book In Homes program ensures crucial early literacy engagement for families and children living in remote and low socio-economic circumstance across Australia.
Mainfreight is a truly global business. As a business, we began our life in 1978 in Auckland, New Zealand. Since then we have grown to 247 branches across 22 countries and we don’t plan on stopping. Our vision is to have Mainfreight trucks and team on every continent – painting the world blue.
Leadership is a mindset here
If you’ve got what it takes, we can help you develop leadership skills. We’re a business that recognises merit, more than time in the job, so if you can prove yourself, don’t expect to stay in the same role for long. Ask our team and they’ll tell you that being part of the Mainfreight family means there’s no limit to where your career can go and how fast you can get there.
We’re in a dynamic industry, helping customers manage their global logistics in the smartest, fastest, smoothest possible way. That means you not only learn fast – you get the freedom to make decisions that make a real difference to this business.
Sitting on the sideline is not an option. You get to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, right from day one. You won’t be on your own though, the team around you is on your side. They genuinely want to see you make a go of it.
Your success is their success.
Listen, learn and make your mark
No matter how old you are, if you’ve got the right attitude and are willing to listen and learn, there’s nothing stopping you from going all the way to the top.
If you’re about to leave school – or have had a bit of time in the workforce, there are plenty of options with Mainfreight. All our schoolleavers and graduates start out learning the business on the floor. That means you could be be loading freight, driving forklifts, doing odd jobs – and often working shifts.
One thing’s for sure; you’ll have every opportunity to learn about our business if you’re prepared to work hard, ask questions and listen. The team you work with are keen to see you succeed and they’ll give you all the help you need to understand the business and how you can get ahead.
We have a promote from within philosophy, so once you become part of the Mainfreight family, your career could take you anywhere!
We also run school-based traineeships in years 11 and 12 in most states. You’ll work one full day a week with Mainfreight and attend tafe and school classes as usual on the other days. This is a great opportunity to get a taste of what Mainfreight and the industry has to offer – and potentially secure a full time role when you’ve finished school.
After school work
We also hire students for our 4pm-9pm shifts, starting out in a freight-checker role. If you’ve got what it takes, there may be opportunities for holiday and weekend work, with potential to secure a full time role once you finish school.
We’ll help you grow wings
Mainfreight graduates know that sitting on the sideline is not an option. You get to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, right from day one. That means having the freedom to make decisions, contribute ideas and make a difference.
When you work here it’s not a case of ‘doing your time’. Work hard, prove you’ve got what it takes and we’ll help you develop the professional and life skills to take on any role in this business, anywhere in the world. Because we grow our own people and promote from within our global talent pool, anything, anywhere is possible here.
You won’t be on your own though. The team around you have stood in your shoes and are on your side. They genuinely want to see you make a go of it. Your success is our success.
If you’ve got what it takes, you can fully expect to get all the professional and personal development you need to quickly step up. We’ll invest in developing you as an individual not you as a product. So you can go on to lead our business forward. How far you go and how fast, is up to you.
So if you’re looking for a graduate role that can keep up with your hunger to learn, determination to progress and eventually run the show, let’s talk.
MF Australia Graduate Story - Jason
MF Australia Graduate Story - Bronte
MF Australia Graduate Story - Blake
Sander Vreeberg always had a desire to work abroad. When Mainfreight acquired the Dutch logistics business he was part of, that desire quickly became a reality.
How did your career with Mainfreight get started and where?
I started working for Wim Bosman, a Dutch Logistics company in the Netherlands, which was later acquired by Mainfreight in 2011.
How did you end up in Australia?
I’ve always had the ambition to work abroad. When Mainfreight came into the picture, this quickly became a reality. At the time there was a Global Exchange program which I put my hand up for. This gave me the experience of working and living in Brisbane for a year. My wife and I loved our time in Australia and were lucky enough to have Mainfreight support us in making a permanent move back to Australia – this time ending up in Melbourne.
What have the opportunities meant to you personally and professionally?
Personally I have grown a lot. I’ve learnt that if you want to go places, you need to get out of your comfort zone. My personal growth is making me more valuable to the business which in turn, allows me to progress my career. If you told me five years ago that I’d be where I am now, I wouldn’t have believed you.
How has it been adapting to the Mainfreight culture in a new country?
The culture was a lot more embedded in the Australian business then it was in the Netherlands at that time, as we were transitioning from Wim Bosman to Mainfreight. Luckily for me the Mainfreight culture is a good fit with my personality, so it wasn’t difficult to adapt. I can still be a stubborn Dutchy sometimes and am learning all the time!
Would you do it again if the opportunity came along?
Yes, I wouldn’t even have to think about it.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining Mainfreight?
Think about whether there’s a good fit between your personal beliefs and Mainfreight’s values and culture. Some of the Mainfreight values might not make sense straight away, but chances are are, over time you’ll see they’re there for a good reason (like I said, I’m still learning).
If there is a good fit, anything is possible, just make it happen!
Global supply chain logistics…
…put simply, we partner with our customers to provide the full spectrum of international air and ocean, warehousing and domestic transport business to business services. These divisions pull together to deliver the best supply chain solutions for customers.
We have teams that focus specifically on different areas of the supply chain:
Air & Ocean
• Air and seafreight
• Import and export
• Customs clearance
• Trade facilitation
• Pick and pack
• Hazardous substances
• Inventory management
• Food grade warehousing
• Nationwide and metro
• Dangerous goods
• Full truck load and intermodal
• Wharf cartage
• Global visibility
• Project logistics
• Supply chain analysis
• EDI business solutions
We’re a business that’s as much about problem-solving for our customers as we are about physically moving their freight. Today our business revolves around clever thinking, smart technologies, international logistics and above all, people.
Creating more leaders, not followers…
We hire people for their personality, intelligence and guts – and we give them the freedom to be who they really are.
The same goes for our development framework. It’s about developing you as an individual – not a cookie-cutter version of who we think you should be. It’s about helping you build a set of professional and life skills that will equip you to take on any role in this business, anywhere in the world.
We are focused on developing leadership competencies in everybody. Here, leadership is a mindset rather than a ladder to climb. Ask our team and they’ll tell you that being part of the Mainfreight family means there’s no limit to where your career can go and how fast you can get there. We’re a business that recognises merit, not time in the job so if you’ve got what it takes, don’t expect to stay in the same role for long.
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