Alliance Group

Agricultural & Horticultural

In 1948, a group of farmers in Southland formed Alliance Freezing Company Limited to process and market high-quality meat and co-products to international markets.

The first processing plant, and still our largest, was opened in Lorneville in 1960, and in 1980 the company’s ownership structure changed to become a cooperative. Today, Alliance Group proudly remains New Zealand’s only 100% farmer-owned red meat co-operative.

As guardians of the land, our farmers respect and value the environment. They are committed to taking care of the soil, water and land so they can pass their farms on to future generations. We take that same pride and passion into everything we do, looking after our people, our communities and the planet.

Our journey from a small Kiwi business to success on the global stage is down to our reputation for food excellence. Our success starts on the farm, but it’s an ongoing journey to identify opportunities across the entire cooperative to capture more market value. That is why we continually invest in technology, our people and systems and have the highest levels of environmental sustainability to continue this success into the future. We employ almost 5,000 people across New Zealand and in major cities in the UK, Asia and the US.

We take our responsibility as a major employer in the rural communities we operate in seriously and recognise the privilege we have to be a large part of grassroots New Zealand!

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Current Opportunities

Alliance Group is a great place to work for people who want to make a difference in the agricultural sector. We are a business and employer that is committed to making a difference for families and communities and supporting people to build rewarding careers in the red meat sector. Strong organisational culture and values are essential to creating that environment.

Explore the wide range of opportunities available now or complete our online application to automatically match your skills to all future openings.

See current opportunities to work for us

Seasonal Recruitment is now underway

Are you keen to make memories, make some new mates, learn new things, and have cool experiences along the way?  You can do all this with a seasonal role at Alliance…and you’ll be earning good money, too. Around here it’s what we call ‘owning it’. And this is your chance to come and ‘own it’ your way with us.

We’re gearing up for a big season at our 7 processing sites, and that means there are big opportunities to be had as part of our seasonal team.

Right now, we’re looking for:

  • Butchers
  • Boners
  • Halal Slaughterers
  • Labourers

If you’ve got experience doing any of these jobs – awesome, give us a shout. If you’ll be coming in fresh and you’re just keen to learn and earn – that’s just as good! We provide full training and ongoing development, so you’ll be cutting it with the pros in no time.

Keep in mind that where you start isn’t where you stay (unless you want to, of course). We pride ourselves on growing our team and rewarding effort and ambition. Just show us you’ve got it, and we’ll show you how you can ‘own’ a solid career here.

Excited? Ready to get the journey to ‘owning it’ started? Then apply here.


Alliance Group is New Zealand’s only 100% farmer-owned major red meat co-operative, we are currently looking for Labourers for our Slaughterboard and Further Processing departments. There are full-time and flexible seasonal roles available.

The people we need are:

  • Physically fit, hardworking and reliable.
  • Willing and able to follow and respect workplace health and safety.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Able to pass a pre-employment drug test and medical assessment.

There are many added benefits that come with being a seasonal worker at Alliance:

  • Competitive minimum hourly rate of $26.50 per hour.
  • Ability to learn a range of industry skills.
  • Receive ongoing training and support.
  • Up-skill yourself with an opportunity to gain NZQA qualifications.
  • Career progression opportunities.
  • Day and night shift opportunities.
  • Greater work-life balance.
  • Up to $1,000 bonus payment if you are employed with Alliance and refer a friend or family member who is successful in gaining a job with us.
  • Flexible hours/days and casual arrangements are available. For example, if you are a parent needing to balance looking after children with working, a recent retiree, or someone with limited availability, this option may suit you.
  • Access to free on-site health services including a nurse, physiotherapist, and
    counselling support.

Click here to apply now

Graduate Programme

The Alliance Group Graduate Programme is an exciting 24-month rotational programme that will give you exposure to all parts of the cooperative. We want to give you a meaningful and valuable experience and share some of our passion for the industry in the hope it will rub off on you! You will be given a mentor for the duration of the programme and work with some amazing people who will introduce you to some of our important partners across our farmer shareholder base, rural communities and plants.

We are on a mission to build a pipeline of talented individuals with leadership potential to meet the future capability needs of the cooperative. We hope that by working across the business, you will develop strong networks, get a good understanding of different functions and opportunities, and have an overview of the industry and markets, helping you to decide where you want to build your career within the co-operative.

Download our Grad Programme brochure here

What’s in it for you?

If you want to make a difference in the agricultural sector, Alliance is the place for you. We exist to make a difference for individuals, families and communities. In doing this, we create opportunities for people to build rewarding careers in the red meat sector. And our shared values and strong culture mean we’re a pretty great bunch of people to work with!

  • Brand: New Zealand’s only 100% NZ Farmer-owned co-operative
  • Safety: Ensuring our people go home safely every day is our number one priority. We are committed to lifting our health and safety performance to world-class standards, and that is a core part of our business strategy
  • A diverse range of opportunities: From plants to global offices, manufacturing to supply chain, the range of opportunities available are diverse and exciting
  • Global: Offices based in New Zealand, London, Singapore and the USA
  • Values: Our values are at the core of everything

Training and Development

Manufacturing is the largest part of our organisation with around 4,500 people across our seven processing plants. Our plants are located
across New Zealand in Invercargill, Oamaru, Timaru, Mataura and Nelson in the South Island, and Levin and Dannevirke in the lower North Island. Our manufacturing teams process livestock to produce quality products for New Zealand and overseas markets. They do this safely and efficiently within a supportive team environment.

Across our manufacturing plants, we run apprenticeship and leadership development courses and comprehensive training programmes for staff to obtain national certificates and diplomas under the NZQA framework.  You can obtain NZQA qualifications on the job and work towards a level 3 or 4 NZQA qualification. 

Our manufacturing team is made up of Plant Managers, Production Managers, Supervisors, Butchers, Boners, Halal Processors, Labourers, Cleaners, as well as experts in Health and Safety, Planning, Human Resources, Quality Assurance/Food Safety, Medical, Trades, Engineering and Technical Compliance.



Our Vision

We want to be recognised as an organisation that delivers our vision of being a world-class global food and solutions company while creating prosperity for our farming families, respecting our people, delivering quality produce solutions for our customers and operating a sustainable and commercially successful co-operative. To achieve this, we need to attract and retain the best and brightest talent in Aotearoa. People who share our values and our commitment to New Zealand farmers.

Defined by our people for our people, our values are what we stand for. They define our behaviours and shape our culture. We are committed to continually evolving this culture, living our values and becoming truly inclusive.

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