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Sarah

“What is the coolest experience you’ve had in your Harris Farm role Program so far?”

It’s tricky to pinpoint just one experience.

Although, I’d say it’s definitely cool seeing your own work in store. Being able to collate all the necessary information and create labels from scratch; to then be displayed on products is pretty awesome. It’s also a great way to get to know Harris Farm’s product range and the nutritional qualities of the food, while also meeting important legal requirements.

It’s also pretty cool approving new products for store, especially when this involves taste testing. It also helps to keep track of upcoming food trends and innovation.

Another great insight was a one-off 4am tour of the markets that I did with the head of the fresh produce buying team. Sydney Markets is really a world of its own, and it was great to see the action-packed market in full operation.

“What skills do you believe a Harris Farm Graduate needs to be successful in the program?”

  • A passion for food
  • Adaptability – it’s a world and adventure of its own in Sydney Markets
  • Organised and conscientious – need to keep on top of tasks in this dynamic workplace
  • Friendly and team orientated

Archie

Role Description

I am currently working as an assistant buyer to the head of meat, seafood, poultry and smallgoods in the support office of Harris Farm Markets. I began my time at Harris Farm as an intern in the second half of 2018. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness and a requirement of our 3rd year is to complete a 12-week internship somewhere within the agricultural industry. I was fortunate enough to be offered a position within the grocery buying team of the company. During this time, I coordinated a drought relief campaign which closely tied in with the meat department. I also assisted with a range of other small tasks which allowed me to learn the complexities of the company by working in a range of different departments such as marketing, QA, finance and buying teams. The diversity that was offered to me really pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me a range of knowledge and confidence that has benefited me so much in beginning my career within the food and agribusiness industry. Coming from a rural background myself, it was really interesting to do something that was still related to agriculture but from a different end of the supply chain and expanding my knowledge of the ‘paddock to plate’ concept.

The meat department were very supportive of me during this time, which made me fall in love with the company and realise the opportunities that can come from working from a family owned, rapidly expanding organisation.

At the completion of my internship, I was offered a graduate position to work part time alongside my penultimate year of university leading into a fulltime role within the company. This allowed me to begin my career whilst still undertaking tertiary education. The knowledge gained from university gave me innovate skills of which I could contribute to the meat buying team in helping to expand. Similarly, skills I learnt from working whilst studying, I was able to apply in the remainder of my studies.

“What is the coolest experience you’ve had in your Harris Farm role Program so far?”

  • During my early days I had the ability to coordinate a drought relief a campaign which raised over $16000 for drought-stricken farmers within NSW – a very rewarding experience as I felt I wasn’t just a number in the company, I was actually making a difference.
  • Coordination of a promotion for the Invictus games, I was then offered tickets to view wheelchair rugby when the games were held in Sydney in 2018.
  • Various farm visits for potential new meat suppliers around NSW, exposing me to innovative ideas whilst building a strong buyer/supplier relationship

“What skills do you believe a Harris Farm Graduate needs to be successful in the program?”

  • Hard working
  • Willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and diverse environment
  • Extensive Microsoft Office skills
  • Passion for food/ agricultural industry
  • Have the ability to make and maintain strong interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to ‘think on your feet’ and adapt to unexpected changes

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