Fonterra Graduate Profiles

Meet Fonterra at the CDES Business and Law Expo on Tuesday 12 March and learn about the Fonterra Graduate Programme. Your adventure starts with Fonterra!

Sarah Tauri

  • Business Intern, NZMP Sales (2018/19 Summer Intern)
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce Conjoint (Economics, Marketing, Management, and Māori Studies)

What was it that made you want to work for Fonterra when you joined? And what keeps it interesting?
Fonterra always stood out to me because it is a co-operative. During my time here I have learnt that being a co-operative means it operates quite differently. I’m from Russell in the Bay of Islands and I have friends who are from farming families so Fonterra was always an organisation I had my eye on. There is never a dull moment at Fonterra! Whether you’re working on a new project, visiting some of the farms or exploring the extra classes here, there is always something exciting to do and learn.   

What is the most rewarding part of your role within Fonterra so far?
I was extremely lucky because I was given the opportunity to fulfil the role of a Sales Operations Executive while a member of my team was away on leave. This meant I had hands-on experience working as a Sales Operations Executive and I could see the contribution I was making to the team and the organisation on a daily basis which was very rewarding.     

What makes Fonterra a great place to work?
The people! It’s a big organisation and you have the opportunity to meet and learn from a lot of new people. They make it a very friendly and enjoyable environment to work in, which is amazing.

Holly Rogers

  • Business Graduate, category management at Fonterra Brands NZ
  • University of Auckland graduate (2017), Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Commercial Law)

What was it that made you want to work for Fonterra when you joined? And what keeps it interesting?
I initially wanted to join Fonterra as it is a leader in its field, and has a wide global reach. What keeps Fonterra interesting is having a direct impact in whichever rotation you are in. Grads are trusted with a lot of responsibility and having ownership of this gives you the autonomy to create a legacy for yourself.

What is the most rewarding part of your role within Fonterra so far? 
Knowing that the work I have done has carried on and influenced how we operate in the future.

What makes Fonterra a great place to work? 
The people, we have a really close graduate group and have supported each other throughout the grad program, there’s a really nice balance of work and socialising. Fonterra also has an amazing culture company-wide where you can book in a coffee with anyone and they are more than happy to catch up for a chat.