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The dairy industry is built from the ground up, and we are committed to making a positive difference to our people, our farmers, our customers, our communities and environments where we operate.

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Graduate careers

Your adventure starts with Fonterra.

Start your adventure.

At Fonterra we truly believe we can develop future thought leaders by providing them the best experience at the beginning of their careers. To support this, we’re offering a graduate program here in Australia – a unique, challenging and exciting experience in an environment where your contribution and ideas are welcomed.

When it comes to 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, as well as being the right thing to do to support our people and our communities.

Program structure and key dates.


From here to everywhere.

We have four streams to choose from: Finance, Sales, Operations and Supply Chain. This program runs for 24 months with rotations every six months, providing you a breadth of experience across our organisation.

You’ll be exposed to different parts of the business and will receive plenty of learning opportunities during our time with us. 

Here’s a sneak peak of what the streams and rotations look like:

Supply Chain


  • Supply Planning
  • Demand Planning
  • Production & Materials Planning
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Customer Supply & Development
  • Compliance & continuous Improvement



  • Retail
  • Category Shopping
  • Domestic Foodservice
  • Domestic Ingredients
  • Nutritionals & Value-Added Ingredients
  • Insights & Innovation
  • Brands & Marketing
  • Product Development & Technology



  • Regional Manufacturing Operations
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Value Chain Excellence
  • Quality
  • Procurement
  • Health Safety & Wellbeing

Recruitment Process

Applications for our 2021 Graduate Program are now closed. 



To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:


  • Be in the final year of your degree or have completed your university studies within two years at the time of your application.
  • Have a credit average of 65 or higher.
  • Have ongoing work rights in Australia at the time of application.

Graduate profile

We are looking for graduates who can:

  • Demonstrate customer focus
  • Actively develop and grow their skills
  • Plan and prioritise to meet assigned commitments
  • Collaborate
  • Be flexible
  • Value difference
  • Drive vision and purpose
  • Be self-aware



As we provide opportunities in different parts of the business, we encourage graduates from all disciplines to apply.

Further information

If you have further questions please contact us at graduateaustralia@fonterra.com 

We look forward to receiving your application.

Fonterra's Graduate Program

We recognise that the success of our company depends on our people, and we are committed to developing our talents, and providing the best opportunities to our people to help boost their careers.

With a constant focus on innovation and improvement, we are always challenging boundaries and finding new ways of working. 

During the program you’ll be provided with plenty of support along the way, here's a sneak peek:  

  • Access to a tailored development plan
  • Be mentored by senior management and coached by your rotation supervisors.
  • Participate in the graduate networking group
  • Engage with our industry experts
  • Work on real projects to develop your skills and lift your career.

The diversity of what we do creates numerous opportunities for rewarding and challenging start to your career.

We'd love to hear from you

You can call us on +61 3 8541 1588 or send us an email below.

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