Engineering Careers

Engineer the future of dairy with us
Engineering at Fonterra provides endless career possibilities.


Here, our engineers are at the forefront of dairy innovation, developing new ways to make our products and processes even better. We offer many opportunities, from nationwide projects to specialised roles, so you can find the perfect fit for your skills and ambitions

Ready to make a real impact? Come and join our whanau.

At Fonterra, you'll be part of a team passionate about making a difference. We're committed to sustainable practices, and we're always looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact.

Engineering careers

Open yourself up to a career of engineering opportunities at Fonterra.

 
PMO Programme Manager
Engineering Project Manager
Capital Project Manager
Energy Centre Operator Traineeships
Group Asset Manager – Engineering (Utilities, Manufacturing Equipment)
Design Manager
PMO Capital Contracts & Procurement Manager
Energy Centre Operators
Engineering Apprenticeships
Maintenance Manager
PMO Senior Commissioning Manager
Engineering Graduate Programme & Summer Internships
Mechanical Engineer within Group Engineering

Professional Development & Projects

The way our employees can grow their careers and the projects that make a difference.

Waitoa Biomass Boiler

Fonterra Waitoa leads New Zealand's key decarbonization project, installing a 30MW biomass boiler to replace coal by 2037. This reduces annual emissions by 48,000 tonnes of CO2e, equivalent to removing 20,000 cars from New Zealand's roads.

Whakatere Programme

The Whakatere Programme, a 10-day initiative, shapes the next generation of Maintenance Managers, tackling challenges of retention and talent development. Participants acquire essential skills, building a valuable industry network for success in this demanding role.

Chartered Professional Engineering Pathway

As a Fonterra engineer, join our Chartered Professional Engineering pathway/pilot program, aligned with Engineering NZ. Gain skills for Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), New Zealand's top engineering qualification. Elevate your professional journey with us.

Edendale Electro Boiler

We are taking a significant stride towards sustainability by unveiling plans to install a 20-megawatt electrode boiler at its Edendale site in Southland.

Stirling Boiler

Our Co-operative advances its decarbonisation efforts, revealing plans to transition the Hautapu site from coal to wood pellets and install a heat pump at its Palmerston North milk processing facility, supported by the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Process Heat Contestable Fund.

Whareroa EC6 HeatPumps

Fonterra achieves a milestone by commissioning its inaugural high-temperature heat pump and solar thermal plant combination at the Hawera, Taranaki manufacturing site, a key producer of fresh white milk for the North Island.

Hautapu Wastewater Plant

The Hautapu site, focusing on the production of high-value items such as casein, lactoferrin, hydrolysates, and whey protein concentrate, boasts a workforce of approximately 300 individuals and actively engages with the local community through various sponsorship initiatives.

Why choose Fonterra

Discover the world of endless engineering potential at Fonterra, where challenges inspire, expertise thrives, and careers soar. Discover yours today. 

"I get to learn new things every day, no day is the same. There are new challenges and new opportunities every day. I am given freedom and autonomy to implement processes and strategies to take my department to the next level. "

Arun Rajeev
Engineering Manager

"I was very impressed with the direction and focus on sustainability. Fonterra is trying to be a leader in the dairy industry. The culture and the people itself has impressed me so far."

Ben Langley
Maintenance Delivery Manager

"I love that my expertise is valued and that I have the autonomy to make a substantial difference to the health and safety of our people and communities."

Laura McKay
National Process Safety Manager

"The people at Fonterra are amazing. They are really passionate and take pride in the food that goes out the door. That is what I love to see and hear. That is through the whole value chain through Fonterra."

Josh McCarthy
Maintenance Manager

Engineer your career across Aoteroa 

Fonterra has engineering opportunities available at sites across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Shed

22 Timberly Road, Māngere, Auckland 2022

The Shed

22 Timberly Road, Māngere, Auckland 2022

Fonterra Kauri

Our Kauri site was established in 1989 and is Fonterra’s northernmost site. The site produces a range of milk powders, butters, AMF and a range of speciality products. Kauri’s Skim Milk Powder evaporator remains the largest single stage evaporator in NZ!

State Highway 1, Kauri, Whangārei 0185

+64 9 435 4945

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Fonterra Kauri

State Highway 1, Kauri, Whangārei 0185

+64 9 435 4945

Fonterra Maungaturoto

1 Hurndall Street East, Maungaturoto 0520

+64 9 431 8005

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Fonterra Maungaturoto

1 Hurndall Street East, Maungaturoto 0520

+64 9 431 8005

Fonterra Te Awamutu

Fonterra’s Te Awamutu site has both a long established powder plants and butter and AMF plant.

1498 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu 3800

+64 7 871 7077

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Fonterra Te Awamutu

1498 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu 3800

+64 7 871 7077

Fonterra Waharoa

Whareroa is one of our largest sites. Along with a 7-hectare distribution centre and 1000 employees, our site boasts a total of 11 plants which includes four milk powder plants, two cheese plants, a cream plant, an anhydrous milk fat plant plus a whey protein and casein plant. We have the capability to process an impressive 14 million litres of milk per day in peak season. Read more.

54 Factory Road, Waharoa 3401

+64 7 888 8099

Fonterra Waharoa

54 Factory Road, Waharoa 3401

+64 7 888 8099

Fonterra Lichfield

Our Lichfield site sits in the heart of the Waikato, manufacturing a range of products including whole milk powder, whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate used in medical and nutritional products as well as a range of award winning cheeses exported internationally to a global market!

State Highway 1, Lichfield 3482

+64 7 8836722

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Fonterra Lichfield

State Highway 1, Lichfield 3482

+64 7 8836722

Fonterra Tirau

Our Tirau site produces casein, lactalbumin and Lactose used in both food and industrial applications for export to international markets. Casein and lactalbumin are typically used for infant formula and sports nutrition. This is one of our smaller sites.

Okoroire Road, Tirau 3485

+64 7 885 3000

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Fonterra Tirau

Okoroire Road, Tirau 3485

+64 7 885 3000

Fonterra Morrinsville

Based in the heart of the Waikato, our Morrinsville plant manufactures a range milk powders and butter products that are exported to more than 35 markets around the world. During peak milking season, our Morrinsville site processes up to 1.2 million litres of milk every day.

1 Allen Street, Morrinsville 3300

+64 7 889 7149

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Fonterra Morrinsville

1 Allen Street, Morrinsville 3300

+64 7 889 7149

Fonterra Crawford St

110 Crawford Street, Avalon, Hamilton 3200

Fonterra Crawford St

110 Crawford Street, Avalon, Hamilton 3200

Fonterra Canpac

Canpac is a unique site within the New Zealand footprint, blending and packing premium paediatrics and dairy nutrition products for our global consumer base.

Foreman Rd, Avalon, Hamilton 3200

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Fonterra Canpac

Foreman Rd, Avalon, Hamilton 3200

Fonterra Te Rapa

The Te Rapa milk factory processes up to 10 million litres of milk per day into powders, cream cheese, butter and AMF.

1344 Te Rapa Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200

+64 7 849 3969

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Fonterra Te Rapa

1344 Te Rapa Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200

+64 7 849 3969

Fonterra Waitoa

Located in the heart of the Waikato, Fonterra’s Waitoa site is a long-established powder plant with cutting edge technology.

Corner of No.1 Road and State Highway 26, Waitoa 3380

+64 07 889 3989

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Fonterra Waitoa

Corner of No.1 Road and State Highway 26, Waitoa 3380

+64 07 889 3989

Fonterra ViaLactia

19 Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200

+64 9 923 1255

Fonterra ViaLactia

19 Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200

+64 9 923 1255

Fonterra Hautapu

Our Hautapu site is in the heart of the Waikato and has been a leader in dairy manufacturing for more than 130 years. It’s our headquarters for our protein and cheese technical teams and specialises in producing high value products such as casein, whey protein concentrate, hydrolysate, lactoferrin and milk protein concentrate as well as a wide range of cheeses including Organic, Colby, Edam, Gouda, Noble and Egmont.

287 Victoria Road, Tamahere 3493

+64 7 827 9699

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Fonterra Hautapu

287 Victoria Road, Tamahere 3493

+64 7 827 9699

FBNZ Bridge Street

1 Bridge Street, Eltham 4322

+64 6 764 8068

FBNZ Bridge Street

1 Bridge Street, Eltham 4322

+64 6 764 8068

Fonterra Kapuni

879 Manaia Road, Kapuni 4679

+64 6 274 8869

Fonterra Kapuni

879 Manaia Road, Kapuni 4679

+64 6 274 8869

Fonterra Collingwood Street

Established in 1985, Collingwood Street in Eltham is home to the largest consumer and foodservice manufacturing plant in the Asia/Pacific region. Our Slice on Slice plant produces enough cheese for 3 billion cheese burgers each year!

14 Collingwood Street, Eltham 4322

+64 6 764 8068

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Fonterra Collingwood Street

14 Collingwood Street, Eltham 4322

+64 6 764 8068

Fonterra Whareroa

84 Whareroa Road, Hāwera 4672

+64 6 278 2300

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Fonterra Whareroa

84 Whareroa Road, Hāwera 4672

+64 6 278 2300

Fonterra Reporoa

Established in 1968 and located in the heart of the Waikato’s dairying region, our Reporoa site has grown its capability to process 2.5 million litres of milk per day. Read more

3542 State Highway 5, Reporoa 3083

+64 7 529 2460

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Fonterra Reporoa

3542 State Highway 5, Reporoa 3083

+64 7 529 2460

Fonterra Edgecumbe

Servicing the Bay of Plenty, our Edgecumbe site has been manufacturing dairy products since 1923. The site produces pastry sheet butter, prepared edible fats, anhydrous milk fat, casein & caseinates, whey protein concentrate, milk minerals, ethanol & lipids. Read more.

520 Awakeri Road, Edgecumbe 3193

+64 7 304 7000

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Fonterra Edgecumbe

520 Awakeri Road, Edgecumbe 3193

+64 7 304 7000

Fonterra Longburn

2 Reserve Road, Longburn 4477

+64 6 376 7579

Fonterra Longburn

2 Reserve Road, Longburn 4477

+64 6 376 7579

Fonterra Pahiatua

Established in 1976, our Pahiatua site specialises in producing whole milk powder that is exported to markets around the world. The latest expansion in 2015 saw the site add a new 15 metric tonne dryer, as well as a new waste water treatment plant. Our site has the lowest water to milk ratio of any site in the country. Read more

118 Pahiatua-Mangahao Road, Mangamutu, Pahiatua 4983

+64 6 376 7579

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Fonterra Pahiatua

118 Pahiatua-Mangahao Road, Mangamutu, Pahiatua 4983

+64 6 376 7579

FBNZ Palmerston North

29-39 Makomako Road, Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North 4414

+64 6 356 1456

FBNZ Palmerston North

29-39 Makomako Road, Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North 4414

+64 6 356 1456

Fonterra Wellington

157 Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011

+64 4 494 0726

Fonterra Wellington

157 Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011

+64 4 494 0726

Fonterra Takaka

Originally built in 1902 as a creamery, our Takaka site manufacture award winning butter for export. The site is dedicated to processing South Island milk into skim milk powder for the export market and all product moves to Cold Storage Nelson, before being exported via Port Nelson.

68 Meihana Street, Tākaka 7110

+64 3 525 0920

Fonterra Takaka

68 Meihana Street, Tākaka 7110

+64 3 525 0920

Fonterra Brightwater

30 Factory Road, Brightwater 7022

+64 3 543 5800

Fonterra Brightwater

30 Factory Road, Brightwater 7022

+64 3 543 5800

Fonterra Studholme

Established in 2006, our Studholme site specialises in producing milk powders, including standard and high heat whole milk powders, buttermilk powder and whey protein concentrate powder. It employs more than 44 people and all its final product is exported to the world via the port of Timaru.

12 Packers Road, Waimate 7980

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Fonterra Studholme

12 Packers Road, Waimate 7980

Fonterra Clandeboye

Our Clandeboye site is one of Fonterra’s largest sites, employing over 1000 people. It is also home to one of the biggest dryers in the world, capable of producing 28 metric tonnes of whole milk powder every hour. During peak season our Clandeboye site processes up to 13 million litres of milk every day.

1 Rolleston Road, Clandeboye, New Zealand

+64 3 684 8484

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Fonterra Clandeboye

1 Rolleston Road, Clandeboye, New Zealand

+64 3 684 8484

Fonterra Darfield

Established in 2012, our Darfield site has won multiple awards and has three production plants - two milk powder plants including a world’s largest spray drier producing 33 metric tonnes per hour, and a newly operational cream cheese plant producing 4.5 metric tonne of cream cheese every hour. During peak season, we process up to 7.2 million litres of milk every day.

3792 West Coast Road, Darfield 7571

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Fonterra Darfield

3792 West Coast Road, Darfield 7571

Fonterra Edendale

Established in 1881, our Edendale manufacturing site is New Zealand’s oldest dairy processing site and with 13 plants, we produce 14 million bags of milk powder each year for export and process up to 15 million litres of milk every day in peak season. Read more.

60 North Road, Edendale 9825

+64 3 206 6190

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Fonterra Edendale

60 North Road, Edendale 9825

+64 3 206 6190

Fonterra Stirling

Established in 1982, Stirling site is Fonterra’s only manufacturing site in the Otago region. Specialising in Cheese, the site has picked up awards from both in New Zealand and internationally for their Cheddar and Colby. Stirling produces around 10,500 20kgs blocks of cheese everyday - that’s around 10 blocks per minute.

Mount Wallace Road, Stirling 9272

+64 3 419 0119

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Fonterra Stirling

Mount Wallace Road, Stirling 9272

+64 3 419 0119

Fonterra Research and Development Centre

Dairy Farm Road, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North 4472

+64 6 350 4649

Fonterra Research and Development Centre

Dairy Farm Road, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North 4472

+64 6 350 4649