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Ingham’s values underpin our vision to become a world-class food company. To achieve that we need high performing people who share our passion for quality, safety, operational excellence, customer service and integrity.

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Why Ingham’s?

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A Graduate Program with leaderships at its heart

Take your first step towards becoming a leader in the food industry with Ingham’s - Australia and New Zealand’s largest integrated poultry producer. With us, you will enjoy every opportunity to fulfill your passion and leadership ambitions across our wide variety of factories, farms, facilities and offices.

Our Graduate Program will challenge you with exciting projects and genuine responsibilities – where every day is different! You’ll participate in development sessions to build your strengths and business acumen with opportunities to lead a team. Along the journey, enjoy the support of an experienced mentor, as you’re exposed to all facets of how our business works – from operations, engineering, technical, commercial and farming.

We’re driven and passionate people who enjoy a culture that is down-to-earth, friendly and has a family feel. Our leaders are accessible, knowledgeable and supportive. With an open mind and a positive attitude, you can pursue your passion, grow your career and contribute to a business that is undergoing substantial growth.

Vision & Values

Ingham’s values underpin our vision to become a world-class food company. To achieve that we need high performing people who share our passion for quality, safety, operational excellence, customer service and integrity.

Animal Welfare

At Ingham’s, we’re committed to caring for our animals at all times. Our comprehensive animal welfare programs are developed in collaboration with international animal welfare experts, retailers and regulatory authorities.

Graduate program

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Agriculture

If you are passionate about animal welfare, quality and sustainability, you can be at the heart of our business.

The Agricultural graduate program offers a unique opportunity to work in the following roles in Queensland or South Australia:

  • Graduate breeder farm manager
  • Graduate hatchery manager
  • Graduate quality supervisor
  • Graduate nutritionist

Graduate Farm Manager

This rotation will give you the knowledge and experience to manage all aspects of the breeder and boiler Farms. The farming manager will provide ongoing mentorship and support to help you lead a farm team to maximise the biological performance of the stock and develop the capability to plan and manage a breeding and broiling cycle. You will learn to communicate with key stakeholders at a variety of levels.

Graduate Hatchery Manager

The purpose of this rotation is for you to develop the knowledge and skills to manage all aspects of the hatchery. You will learn the tasks required to maximise hatchability whilst maintaining effective cost control and to generate a setting plan. An emphasis will be placed on all graduates developing their managerial experience and problem-solving skills.

Graduate Quality Supervisor

During this rotation, you will build an understanding of the role of veterinary technical services in producing safe, high quality poultry products that meet and exceed consumer expectations. On top of gaining experience using the various tools required to develop and implement effective quality management systems in live production, you will learn about the importance of animal welfare programs and disease and pathogen prevention programs.

Graduate Nutritionist

Time spent in the nutrition and feed mills rotation will help graduates understand the significance of all commercial components in producing safe, high quality poultry feed that meets and exceeds expectation. Working closely with a feed mill manager, a senior nutritionist, and a senior chemist you will learn about the importance of nutrition formulation programs, procurement strategies, feed milling and the development of quality management systems for feed production.

Successful Agricultural graduates should:

  • Be able to start full time in February 2017
  • Expect that consideration will be given to candidates who specialise in Animal Science, Rural Science or Horticulture
  • Be based in either Queensland or South Australia
  • Be willing to travel: One rotation will require you to be based in Sydney for 6 months and each rotation will result in you travelling to a different site within your base state*
  • Be passionate about animal welfare and enjoy working in a rural environment
  • Aspire to work in a team environment in a growth organisation
  • Be able to communicate effectively, build strong relationships and influence others
  • Be highly analytical, enjoy problem solving and be detail orientated
  • Be committed to personal growth and ongoing learning and development.

*Allowance: You will be given a relocation allowance when we require you to move for your Sydney rotation. You will be able to claim for mileage when you travel outside of your contracted base location to ensure you are not out of pocket.

Business

Are you motivated and driven, eager to make a contribution in the workforce and looking for a breadth of experience?

Start your leadership journey by enjoying the day to day challenges in the following areas:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Commercial Finance 
  • Operations
  • Distribution 

Sales and Marketing

This rotation will provide you with a thorough understanding of the sales and the marketing process and how this contributes to overall business success. It will also give you a thorough understanding of the retail platform and customers. You will develop a strong knowledge of the Ingham’s product range in order to understand how the business works with retailers and vice-versa. This includes how products sell in market, financials and forecasting as well as cross-functionality with key stakeholders to assist in driving sales. The rotation will also involve a project which will involve you collaborating across departments to deliver an engaging marketing plan in-line with Ingham’s business strategy.

Commercial Finance

The commercial finance rotation will develop your ability to analyse raw financial and operational data and provide the business with key insights with the potential to influence Ingham’s strategic direction.  You will also enhance your presentation skills and learn to communicate complex concepts in a succinct manner catering to a diverse audience.

Operations

The purpose of this rotation is for you to develop the knowledge and skills of a supervisor in a processing plant. Learning the tasks required to reach Ingham’s quality and safety standards whilst maintaining labour efficiency will be a key aspect of this rotation. You will also develop strong people and communication skills as the role will involve exposure to the day-to-day management of a diverse workforce in a processing and production environment.

Distribution

This rotation will provide you with an understanding of Ingham’s distribution department which plays a key role in ensuring a safe and high quality poultry product is delivered and exceeds consumer expectations. Working closely with a range of supervisors across all supply chain functions, you will be exposed to a fast-paced distribution environment where you will learn the impacts of speed, efficiency, quality and adherence to safety standards on the broader business.

Successful Business graduates should:

  • Be able to start full time in February 2017
  • Expect that consideration will be given to those candidates who specialise in Business, Accounting, Commerce, Economics or Law
  • Be based in either New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia or Victoria.
  • Willing to travel: Two rotations will require you to be based in Sydney for 6 months and each rotation will result in you travelling to a different site within your base state*
  • Be highly analytical, enjoy problem solving and be detail orientated  
  • Demonstrate leadership potential with the ability to communicate effectively, build strong relationships and influence others
  • Be able to multitask, monitor performance, meet deadlines while holding self and others accountable
  • Be committed to personal growth and ongoing learning and development.

*Allowance: You will be given a relocation allowance when we require you to move for your Sydney rotation.  You will be able to claim for mileage when you travel outside of your contracted base location to ensure you are not out of pocket.

Engineering

Are you a mechanical or electrical engineering graduate looking for an opportunity in Queensland, South Australia or Victoria?

Kick start your engineering career by enhancing your capability with on the job training in the following areas:

  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Design
  • Maintenance
  • Capital projects

Engineering Fundamentals

In this rotation, you will learn about the importance of engineering for the site and how these departments play a vital role in contributing to Ingham’s overall business productivity. You will work closely with the Plant Engineer who will provide close supervision and guidance to ensure rotation learning objectives are met. A focus will be placed on developing your leadership skills and technical capabilities to help drive effective engineering management.

Design

During this rotation, you will build your knowledge and skills in the area of design engineering to help achieve Ingham’s business objectives. Internal training will provide you with an understanding of basic general safety and food safety design principles. At the end of the rotation you will be challenged to develop design concepts for small to medium size complexity projects with the opportunity to execute these concepts in future graduate rotations.

Maintenance

Time spent in this rotation will help you learn how the engineering and maintenance departments for the Ingham’s plants are imperative to the company’s overall business success. The rotation will focus on developing your leadership skills and technical capabilities so you can help support the operations, design and maintenance of the plant, plus the engineering and utility systems which help achieve safe and cost effective production operations.

Capital Projects

This rotation will provide you with an opportunity to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of capital funding and cash flow management to build a capital project. Upon completion of this rotation, you will have developed the skills to present a strong and effective business case which incorporates a justification of capital funding. Through internal training and on-the-job experience, you will also develop an understanding of the importance of asset lifecycle management, project planning and project lifestyles.

Successful Engineering graduates should:

  • Be able to start full time in February 2017
  • Specialise in either Mechanical or Electrical related areas
  • Be based in either Queensland, South Australia, Victoria or New Zealand
  • Be willing to travel: One rotation will require you to be based in Sydney for 6 months and each rotation will result in you travelling to a different site within your base state*
  • Aspire to work in a fast paced team environment in a growing organisation
  • Be able to communicate effectively, build strong relationships and influence others
  • Be highly analytical, enjoy problem solving and be detail orientated
  • Be committed to personal growth and ongoing learning and development.

*Allowance: You will be given a relocation allowance when we require you to move for your Sydney rotation. You will be able to claim for mileage when you travel outside of your contracted base location to ensure you are not out of pocket.

Development

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You will benefit from the following extensive development opportunities

  • 4 x 6 month rotations
  • Real roles and responsibilities
  • An opportunity to lead a team
  • Individual development plan to ensure you get development that is relevant to your needs
  • 2 x professional development sessions per year which include
    • Strengths based leadership
    • Communications and presentation skills
    • Career development
    • Business acumen
  • You will be assigned a mentor from the business
  • Networking with executive and other senior managers
  • Opportunity to travel and gain experience in a variety of areas from all parts of our value stream potentially including farms, processing plants, warehousing and distribution, sales and marketing and strategy.

Graduate culture

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Name: Juili Mahadik
Degree: Process Engineering 
Role: Quality Assurance Graduate

Name: Sean Dickson
Degree: Rural Science 
Role: Farming Graduate

Name: Sophie Casey
Degree: Bachelor of Animal Science
Role: Processing Graduate

Application Process

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When Applications Open

  • To apply for our Graduate Program, you need to first fill in and submit an online application form.
  • If your application is successful, you will then continue on to the subsequent phase/s. See the recruitment stages outlined below for further details.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the Ingham’s Graduate Program, you must:

  • Have completed your undergraduate or postgraduate studies in the past 2 years or currently be completing them
  • Have Australian citizenship or permanent residency (including New Zealand citizenship) at the time you apply.

Graduate competency profiler (online; 1 hour)

The Graduate Competency Profiler is an innovative and engaging online simulation exercise. When you log into this assessment, you will be given access to an email inbox which contains a range of documents and information. You will need to use the information presented to make decisions on a range of issues, come up with concrete actions, points for escalation and consider and maintain effective relationships.

Video interviews

As part of the process you will complete a video interview, via Sonru that allows you to interview at a time and place that suits you. You will need a computer with a webcam, microphone and latest version browser and flash player or an iPhone/iPad or Android device with a front-facing camera. The interviewer enters questions that they want you to answer, sets a date that the interview has to be completed by and then they invite you along to complete the interview. You log in, read our questions and record your answers.

Tips

  • Choose a bright room with soft background light
  • Move around with the camera to find a simple and tidy background
  • Have a desk light in front of you to light up your face
  • Raise the camera to eye level. If you have a laptop put it on a box or similar
  • If possible, wear white to enhance the picture quality and contrast
  • Look at your outline in the camera view – get close enough so you mainly see your head and shoulders.

Development centre (face-to-face; half-day)

Development centres are designed to be an informative and enjoyable experience for graduates whilst providing Ingham’s with added insight into your capability, motivation and values fit to our workplace environment. The development centre will commence with an introduction and short information session providing you with a more personalised experience and insight into Ingham’s. Following this, you will participate in an interview and 2 – 3 business simulation exercises (including both individual and group exercises). You will also have the opportunity to hear from some of Ingham’s leaders and meet other key stakeholders throughout the process.

The development centre will be located in our National office which is located in North Ryde in Sydney. Please note if you are travelling from out of state, you will be responsible for all travel arrangements and any costs incurred.

Tips

  • Bring copies of your academic results and proof of Australian or New Zealand citizenship (birth certificate) or permanent residency (passport) for us to keep
  • Dress in business attire
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time so you can register with us
  • Prepare for your behavioural interview by thinking of relevant past situations where you've solved problems or achieved success at school, work or during volunteer activities
  • If you feel nervous (and this happens to all of us!) just take a few deep breaths.

Employment offer

After some final routine and reference checks, we'll make an employment offer to the successful candidates.

In the months prior to your start date, we'll regularly send you information and updates on what's happening here. We'll also arrange an event where you can meet some of the team; including your graduate peer group, senior leadership team and current graduates.

Tips

  • Please read the employment offer thoroughly and call us if you have any questions
  • Sign the contract and return it to us ASAP
  • Give us any updates to your contact details especially email addresses and mobile phone numbers

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