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.”

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