Unlock your potential
Redefine your career with IWS
Take your career in a new direction and you'll not only unlock our potential, you'll unlock yours too.
At Fonterra we’re accelerating our business performance improvement with an Integrated Work System (IWS) – a structured way of working focused on employee capability and ownership. As we unlock the true potential of our production lines, we have a unique opportunity to leverage learnings from globally recognised organisations, make a real difference to business results, and offer great opportunities for career progression.
We’re building a high performing team of people with an interest in leading continuous improvement, building capability in others, and who are keen to expand their own value proposition. We’ll support your journey with specific training on IWS and ongoing development opportunities.
If you love to challenge boundaries, deliver accelerated business results, and want to influence and embed change, join us and redefine your career.
What Makes Fonterra a Great Place to Work?
" The size and diversity of Fonterra. Potential for an international opportunity to open up down the track.
And the huge range of products that we help manufacture and can be seen on the supermarket shelf."
Process Manager – Integrated Work Systems, Process Lead, Eltham
“Without a doubt it’s the people, people from all walks of life with different stories to tell. The business is always changing, looking to continuously challenge the norm, the opportunities are endless, development is encouraged and promoted, and there's fantastic benefits and conditions. For anyone looking to forge a fulfilling career, Fonterra is the employer of choice."
Line Leader, Collingwood St Eltham
Meet Our People
Meet Samuel Adeyinka
Integrated Work System, Maintenance Lead, Eltham
I started at Fonterra as a summer student working on research projects and then took a role as maintenance lead on the completion of my degree. I’ve had the opportunity to work at 3 different sites including Whareroa, Pahiatua and now Collingwood St.
The culture that is fostered by Fonterra is what attracted me. There is a strong focus on development whether individually or as a company. I have developed a great range of skill sets and each day is different.
The scope of work as an IWS maintenance lead is to keep challenging boundaries – it’s a perfect example of how we live and breathe our values here at Fonterra.
At Eltham we challenged time taken for planned maintenance on the line and implemented a pitstop mentality.This meant less time during planned maintenance creating an opportunity for more productivity.
Adding value to the line in this way is what makes me feel most accomplished in my role.
Meet Deidre Richardson
Process Lead IWS
My role entails analysing data on a daily, weekly and 3 monthly basis. Every day we face different challenges but it’s being able to share results with operators, lead ops and team leaders that is hugely rewarding.
Showing the team the improvements we are making from the changes in our day to day work and how these are reflected in our process becoming more efficient and in turn a more enjoyable and less reactive place to work.
Meet Adrian Kahupukoro
Line Leader, Collingwood Street Eltham
Continuous improvement never stops from the farm gate to our customers trusted source in dairy nutrition. The industry has changed dramatically over the years, our shareholders and our customers demand more innovation and a strong focus on quality.
I’ve come directly from the factory floor, like many of our leaders, and through the years have gradually progressed through the levels to my current position.
Throughout my career with Fonterra I have always been close to the stainless. I took a role in IWS as for me it was time for a change, time to learn more about the business.
Integrated Work Systems will deliver the desired results that ensure shareholder and customer satisfaction, this role is a step up from the one I’ve come from, it’s a great opportunity for me to learn about the commercial side of the business.
We’re implementing IWS around the country...
Here’s a taste of the places you may work and the sites we’re currently recruiting for.
Placed amongst a landscape of rolling green paddocks with the cows as our immediate neighbours, Waitoa is a great place to be based. It’s a true representation of Fonterra and the phrase “Grass to Glass!”
The close by, wide open space creates a feeling of connection to nature, and staff members have expressed this through their environmental efforts planting shrubs and trees in the Wetlands next to the Waitoa River.
While most of the staff travel to get to Waitoa, the countryside travel is pleasant with none of that city hustle and bustle – often the time spent in the car is equivalent to that of our city colleagues, but with a better view.
Nearby to Waitoa is the beautiful Kaimai Range where there are many lovely bush walks such as the one climbing up to Mount Te Aroha, or the Wairere Falls walk. Cycle trails are also popular, being built along the old railway track routes.
One of the key advantages of our Canpac site is its central location in the heart of the Waikato. With nine other sites, London and Fanshawe Street offices with a 1.5 hours drive. This gives exposure to a huge number of personnel along with a very diverse range of products.
The Canpac site is located close to Hamilton city and has the advantage of the beautiful Te Awa Cycleway nearby running alongside the mighty Waikato River.
Being in the centre of the Waikato, Hamilton provides excellent options for activities outside of work hours. The sporting facilities at top notch - the Waikato Stadium and new cycling velodrome to name but a few.
Lake Karapiro offers world renowned rowing facilities and is well known for being a great place to water-ski. There are also parks, cycleways and bush walks, and we're only 40 mins to the Westcoast beaches or an hour and a half to Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.
If you’re into something a little more High Octane, within an hour you can find yourself at the Huntly Speedway track, Meremere Dragway or Hampton Downs race circuit. With so many options – the Waikato is a great place to live and work.