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Graduate Technical Programme

Start your Fonterra adventure.

Do you have a 4-year degree in Engineering, Food Technology, Science or Environment Focus? Then the Fonterra Technical Programme (FGTP) could be for you! The Technical Programme will see you travelling around New Zealand experiencing the whole business in your first few months of starting.

Our current grads have named this their ‘Fon-Tiki tour’ what an adventure! As you experience our sites learning more about our innovative products, processes, and people you will see our customers and consumers are at the heart of everything we do.

We welcome Graduates to our 2020 Fonterra Graduate Technical Programme (FGTP) with the following:

  • Completion of a 4 year degree in Engineering, Mechatronics, Food Technology, Science, or Environment focus
  • Attained a B grade average or above in the above degree
  • Ongoing rights to work in New Zealand at the time of your application

Applications for our Graduate Technical Programme 2020 are now open until the 5th May 

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Programme overview.

Gain valuable skills and experience and a Masters in Dairy Science and Technology! You’ll start off completing a series of practical placements across our factories; providing both technical and leadership development opportunities.

You’ll also get the opportunity to network, learn from subject matter experts and develop the skills and knowledge that will give you a solid foundation to build your career.

You’ll focus on developing your technical understanding of the dairy industry, this includes an induction, classroom-based learning, and a 16-week research project which ultimately results in a Master in Dairy Science and Technology.

Upon the completion of your Masters, you’ll have developed the skills and experience to transition into a business critical role.

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Are you technically minded? Do you love to understand how things work and why? Do you have a degree with an engineering, environment or science focus?

Fonterra offers a vast range of opportunities in the Engineering sector, where new technologies & processes are fundamentally reshaping the way we engage, interact, and do business. Here is just a taste of some of the roles you could find yourself in;

  • Engineering Project Manager
  • Optimisation Analyst
  • Advanced Process Control Engineer
  • Engineering Portfolio Analyst
  • Process Design Technologist
  • Continuous Improvement Engineer



Applications are open!

Apply now


Do you have an eye for detail? Is innovation, investigation and continious improvement what drives you? Do you have a degree with a focus in Science, Food Science, Food Technology, Microbiology, Nutrition or Environment?

If you want to apply your passion for science in a practical way then Fonterra can offer a vast range of career oppportunities. Take pride in knowing that you're helping to re-define the future of dairy by embracing the best in technology, innovation, and new business models to unlock the power of Fonterra. Here is just a taste of some of the roles you could find yourself in;

  • Research and Development Technologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Product Technologist
  • Food Safety and Quality Specialist
  • Sustainable Dairying Advisor


Applications are open!

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Intern Programme

We are looking for talented people who are passionate, innovative and possess a "can do" attitude to help us lead the way in dairy.

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