At Mainfreight we are a very flat structured organisation. We have open plan offices and management sit in amongst the team. We do not use the “s” word (staff) and refer to everyone as Team – everyone has a part to play in moving Mainfreight forward and meeting our targets and goals.
We believe in working hard but we also have fun and a laugh while we do it. Our team is empowered to make decisions and have a say in how we do things.
Once you’ve learnt the fundamentals of Mainfreight on the operations floor, you’ll move into other areas of the business where you’ll get the right mix of autonomy and support. We believe that smart people can learn the specifics of any role so our focus is on helping you develop personal and professional skills that will allow you take on any role in the business.
Ours is an ever-changing business and we’re constantly reviewing new ways to help our team develop the world-class skills that will lead our business into the future
As a fast-growing international business we expect that the people we hire today will be critical to our long-term success around the world. While you may not be boarding a plane in the first few years, there are definite opportunities to see the world with Mainfreight in the longer term.
Through our global exchange programme, you may have the opportunity to experience the Mainfreight way of life in different parts of the world. Or, if after two to three years you’ve proved you have the Mainfreight passion and know-how it you’ll find opportunities to work in our businesses around the world.
We understand that our biggest asset is our people and that our growth as a business is only limited by our ability to grow our own people. Our training and development strategy reflects this with structured induction, training and development. The Mainfreight difference is that we focus on helping you develop the professional and personal strategies, tools and life skills to step into any role in the business, anywhere in the world.
Our ongoing team development programmes around the world currently includes:
We do things a bit differently here. Rather than have fixed intakes like most businesses, we recruit as and when we need new talent. With our $2 billion global business expanding so rapidly, we’re on the look-out now for the right people to take us into the future. In the last couple of years we’ve really stepped it up to keep pace with our global expansion.
We run grad programmes in most of our businesses around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Asia and Europe.
We’re always on the lookout for great people. To us, it’s about getting the right fit, not just the right numbers.
We look for interesting, well-rounded graduates that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, are ambitious and have strong leadership potential.
Although your academic transcript is important, the way you’ve lived your life up until now tells us much more about you as a person. If you’ve juggled study, work, play and your passions then chances are, you’ll fit into the Mainfreight culture.
Your studies are just a part of what makes you, you. Our graduates have degrees in everything from business to the arts, sciences, hospitality and law – and we don’t just look for straight As!
We understand that graduating doesn’t necessarily mean you’re clear on what your next step looks like, so we’re more focused on helping you find the role that fits you as a person, rather than your degree.
We have graduates based in our operations all around the country. Where you are located will depend on the opportunities available at the time you apply.
If you request a specific location, we’ll do our best to find you a position there – either from the start or when the next opening comes up.
First of all, there’s no such thing as a typical Mainfreight grad programme! Instead of fixed-term rotations, you’ll work in the areas of the business you’re most needed (and suited to). Starting on the operations floor, you’ll learn our global logistics business from the ground up.
Once you understand what makes this business tick, you’ll get to experience and learn Mainfreight in your own unique way. That means working across and learning our different operations.
With the help of senior execs and mentors, our grads are responsible for shaping their own careers. If you happen to find an area you love, you’ll get help to develop the skills and knowledge you need to really fly.
At Mainfreight, rather than waiting for the end of your grad programme, you can expect to be recognised and promoted on your merit, hard work and attitude along the way. We’ve got careers in most business areas, including sales, operations, customer service, admin, IT, training & development - and many more.