Fonterra - Jobs for mums


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Fonterra’s strength is in the collective.

We’re a Co-operative created and owned by Aotearoa New Zealand dairy farmers, made up of everyday good people who work together to do good things with dairy. Collaboration, innovation, and passion enable us to share the goodness of our dairy with the world.

We believe food and nutrition are essential to sustain us today and for future generations, so we take great care of every drop of milk from the beginning through every step of the way. Our commitment to caring for the land, our animals, and every drop of milk ensures we produce nutritious food with safe, quality ingredients loved here and around the world.

We ensure equal opportunities and create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging, recognition and value. We’re committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented individuals and creating an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves, feel empowered to do their best and solve for a better future together. 

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Flexible working for families

Our people and what they bring to our Co-op shape our success, and that’s why, as a Co-op, we offer flexible working to ensure the job gets done while also being able to be there for the important moments in life.

We support the balance between an employee’s work and home hours. Although we prioritise meeting all business needs, we are committed to supporting our people and enabling them to ensure their family responsibilities are taken care of.

We aim to provide a working environment that supports and enables engagement and productivity through flexible and inclusive working practices without detrimentally impacting operational efficiency, collaboration, and effectiveness.

Flexibility may look different for roles covered by Collective Agreements (CA) on production sites; however, similar options may be available.

Supporting families to get the best start

Our parental leave policy brings ‘Good Together’ to life. Our principles of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga embed how we care for our people through this important role and time as parents, ensuring their whānau gets the best start in life.

We offer primary caregivers (who meet the 12 month employment criteria) parental leave payments topped up to 100% of base salary or wages for 26 weeks and pay employees returning from parental leave a one-off KiwiSaver employer contribution of 3% of the salary they’d have received during their unpaid parental leave period.

We also offer two weeks of paid partner leave (secondary caregiver) at 100% of normal wages/salary, which can be taken at any time within 12 months following the arrival of a new child.

Fonterra recognises returning to work can be a juggle, so our wraparound support ensures a smoother transition back, giving returning parents the flexibility to manage their work lives around their families and a clear line of communication with their managers.

A career with the Co-op

As part of the Fonterra Co-op, you’ll be solving for a better future alongside a team connected by solid values as we strive to be a leader in dairy sustainability, dairy innovation and science, with a focus on New Zealand milk.

Whether it’s our people in corporate functions, engineering, laboratories, process and packing, retail, sales, customer service, science, R&D, supply chain, logistics or tanker operations, we have great people doing fantastic mahi across the motu to help us deliver from grass to glass.

Read more about Cathy’s career story here>>

Fonterra in the community

We partner with organisations to collectively do more for our communities and show Manaakitanga (generosity and care).

A better Aotearoa New Zealand comes from doing good together. So, we continue to support communities in need with the natural goodness of dairy, work to protect and regenerate the environment for future generations and provide the care and support that keeps our communities strong here in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. 

To find out more about the great work we are doing in the community – click here>>

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Join the Fonterra Family,

Discover Opportunity

When you join Fonterra, you’re opening yourself up to a career of opportunities where you can grow with us, developing your skills, sharing your knowledge and being able to follow different career pathways that suit your passions. Sound good to you? Come join our whānau and let’s solve for better, together. You, me, us together. Tᾱtou tᾱtou.

What’s next?
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