ANZCO Foods is one of New Zealand’s largest exporters with an annual turnover of $1.9b and nearly 3,000 employees globally.
Established in 1984, ANZCO Foods is a multinational company that undertakes a variety of activities including farming, processing, manufacturing and marketing New Zealand beef and lamb products to the world. It also produces sophisticated manufactured food and healthcare products.
Through an integrated supply chain, ANZCO controls the procurement, processing and manufacturing, as well as the distribution and marketing of products. This ultimately results in the responsible care of animals and the environment, a happy and healthy team, and a product that ANZCO is proud to put their name on.
Supplying some of the world’s largest food companies, the quality, skill and expertise means ANZCO Foods is trusted by customers the world over.
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Working at ANZCO Foods
If you’re looking for career diversity, new challenges and opportunities for advancement ANZCO offers great prospects. Whether it’s as part of our processing teams or in our corporate team, from knife handlers to food technologists; accountants to health and safety advisors; engineers to sales executives or livestock reps, ANZCO has a diverse range of opportunities for growth and development.
We’re a team of around 3,000 people, and a leader in the agricultural industry. We pride ourselves on creating a great working atmosphere where our people back each other and are inspired to make every day count. We strive to offer a safe place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.
Meet the Team
ANZCO Foods is committed to its people as they’re what helps set the company apart. The diversity of the business means that there is a range of career paths and development opportunities on offer, all in great work environments.
The teams not only work hard, but they play hard. At ANZCO Foods, you’ll find internal company challenges and competitions, fun events between sites, and opportunities to get involved. ANZCO is a place where friendships are regularly formed outside of the workplace.
“I’ve had great support from supervisors, managers and our on-site training advisor who have helped me upskill and try new things.” – John Moses, Knife Training Co-ordinator
“I enjoy being able to work as part of a great team of people.” – Chad Tangata, Leading Hand
“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work across our different brands and on projects for international markets including China, Japan, and Europe. Every day there is something new.”
– Ryan Astle, Digital Marketing Manager
Amber Kururangi | Supervisor Lamb Further Processing
The things I enjoy most about my role are the daily challenges, no two days are ever the same, and the people I work with and get to meet.
I started working for ANZCO in 2003 in the further lamb processing area. In 2010 I moved into a team leader and trainer role in packing, then advanced to the quality assurance team in 2014. In 2017 I was appointed to my current role – supervisor in lamb further processing looking after a team of 35.
As I’ve moved through different roles in the organisations I’ve developed skills that have enabled me to grow and establish my career. The people I’ve worked with have made the biggest impact through training and support and giving me the confidence to do my job.
In my current role, I work closely with the slaughter board team to ensure that the products we provide are to the highest standard. It’s also really great working with a range of people in different areas of the industry, including the Ministry for Primary Industries, technical people and auditors to ensure that our procedures and processes are compliant.
The most significant changes I’ve seen in my 16 years with ANZCO are major improvements in health and safety.
I’m passionate about success and I strive to do, and be, my best. I aim to have a positive go-forward attitude in everything I do.
Weiwei Zhang | Sales Executive (China)
I joined ANZCO in 2017 in a project role doing in-market research about China. From there I became a sales coordinator supporting beef and lamb sales to China before taking up my Sales Executive role in October 2018.
My progression in the company has allowed me to understand the primary industry supply chain which aligns perfectly with my degree and career goals. The project I worked on gave me the opportunity to explore customer demand and preferences along with trends for beef and lamb in China. In my next role I got the opportunity to understand ANZCO’s export trading while working with relevant stakeholders. This provided a solid foundation to grow my confidence and ability to handle a wide range of situations for the executive role.
Since I joined the business, I’ve seen a number of changes that have improved my role and wider the business including the use of a tool to help us optimise the sales and planning process, which gives us improved information for better discussion and decision making; and a change to a functional focus providing us all with a clearer picture to achieve common targets.
Two people have been especially instrumental in my development in the business – Tim Raines Head of Sales and George Guo Sales Manager China. They have given me the space to work out my own style and they have both helped and acknowledged my effort and growth. Their approach and encouragement to my development has shaped the way I’m working with the new sales coordinator where I aim to guide and encourage independent thinking, along with a willingness to face challenges.
I enjoy the meat industry where people work hard to make sure every product is of the best quality and is delivered correctly.
I’m passionate about delivering our meat to China so more people can enjoy ANZCO products. Our products are sourced from nature, and I have a role to support industry growth from global demand in a sustainable way.
Sam Nossiter | Supply Chain Administrator Team Lead
I’ve always been interested in the meat industry and agriculture. There are opportunities to learn and develop.
I started working at ANZCO in 2014 with holiday and part-time work. When I finished University in 2019, I took up a full-time role as Supply Chain Administrator before also taking on planning for two sites. I also look after freight supplier invoicing and management as well as reporting and other related-administration work.
The wider logistics team has helped grow my understanding of the sea freight industry and I’ve also got involved with learning more about and helping, with the procurement function. I have taken on more responsibility and hope the role will continue to grow into new opportunities.
I enjoy working in the operations/supply end of a business which reflects my area of study (supply chain management in global business). It’s a good work environment and team.
Recently, the company started rolling out a new enterprise resource planning system (ERP) and that’s creating new challenges and opportunities for our team and the wider business.
Our team works with several other groups including sales where we work together to get their sold product to the customer when required. With finance, we manage and pay the freight and other supply chain suppliers. We also work closely with the sites about loading out the product that’s been sold and needs to be transported.
Overall, I think having passionate and keen colleagues helps to motivate everyone and creates a good working environment.
We know there is a strong link between embracing diversity in the workplace and a being thriving and resilient company. Our vision is to be the employer of choice within our industry. The company’s diversity and inclusion goal is to embrace and enhance diversity within our workforce. We have a series of initiatives to create an environment to help people thrive.
Our annual engagement and diversity survey – aligned to our values – provides important information that shapes our diversity and inclusion activities
We have reviewed all our pay rates to ensure everyone is on the living wage as a minimum
We offer scholarships for tertiary study or apprenticeships to the immediate families of waged employees
We have a strong health and safety culture as well as a focus on wellbeing
We offer te reo and cultural competency training
We celebrate the diverse range of cultures of our people
We invest in our people and provide opportunities for growth and development.
Caring for our communities
With around 3,000 employees, mainly at our sites in rural New Zealand, ANZCO Foods is often one of the largest employers in the regions in which we operate. This is a responsibility we take seriously, and we have a number of programmes that contribute to the communities in which we operate. Our two main community programmes are Sponsor and School and Helping Make Ends Meat.
Through our Sponsor a School programme, ANZCO donates money to rural schools nominated by farmers based on their supply. Since 2011 ANZCO has donated more than $1.3m to rural schools. This is a company donation – there is no cost incurred by participating farmers. Last year we donated more than $106,000 to schools in the North and South Islands, who use the donations for a range of things from sports equipment to in-class resources.
Last year our Helping Make Ends Meat programme donated more than $100,000 worth of meat to foodbanks around the country.
In addition we also invest in a range of programmes to support farmer wellbeing including Surfing for Farmers, Gumboot Friday, Farmstrong and Rural Support Trust. We purchased and supported the annual operating cost of a St John ambulance which services the rural Canterbury community.
ANZCO Foods is also a supporting partner of the Canterbury West Coast Rescue Air Rescue Trust, as well as the Maia Health Foundation.
Roles to suit a wide range of skills
ANZCO Foods wants to be the employer of choice in our sector. As a result, we focus on developing a great culture and supporting and developing our employees.
ANZCO Foods offers various apprenticeships, internships, cadetships, part-time and full time roles, casual roles, and contractor opportunities which suit people at all stages of their career. We provide opportunities to grow and develop and enjoy seeing our employees advance their careers within the company through ongoing training and development.
As one of New Zealand’s largest exporters, ANZCO Foods has a wide range of roles as well as opportunities for development. So whether you’re practical, scientific, or good with numbers, words or people, we’ve got roles to suit most people’s skills and abilities with roles in: