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At The Griffin’s Food Company, we get it – work’s important, but it’s not the only thing in your life. 

Working at The Griffins Food Company – so what’s in it for you?

  • Supportive working environment where you’ll feel engaged and valued.
  • Flexible working hours to suit your lifestyle.
  • Opportunities for personal development to help you achieve your goals.
  • Focus on safety, health and wellness to make your workplace more enjoyable.
  • Relocation opportunities within the country and overseas.
  • Merit-based promotions that reward your valued contribution.
  • FLEXIBILITY

    In many organisations, flexibility is about having time to care for other people. But for us, it’s also about you and your life too.

    At The Griffin’s Food Company, trust is important – in yourself, and between us. That’s why we encourage you to work with your manager to set hours that work for you, even if that means working away from the office.

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  • DIVERSITY

    True diversity creates a more innovative business

    Our focus is on creating an environment where people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds can thrive.

    At The Griffin’s Food Company

    • 54% of our team are women
    • 50% of our executive board are women
    • 44% of all managers are women
    • Our team is made up of a very diverse mix of ethnic backgrounds
    • We have an inclusive hiring policy and culture regardless of age, race, gender, orientation or religion
    • We created the Youth Employer Pledge, which commits us to supporting young people in the community.
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  • HEALTH & SAFETY

    It’s a no brainer – if you’re doing well, so will our business. That’s why we tackle health, safety and wellness head on.

    As members of the NZ Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum, we have the safety of our people at the top of our list. For example, safety in leadership is part of our leadership training programme, which gives our management 360 degree feedback on their approach to safety, and how well they support their teams.

    We’re also working toward zero harm by:

    1. Identifying and mitigating key business risks
    2. Hazard identification and injury management training for employees
    3. Accelerating a ‘safety first’ culture in all areas of the business
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  • WELLBEING

    Wellbeing is also an important part of our focus.

    Here are some of things we do to support the wellbeing of our people:

    • Support back health by encouraging staff to ensure their work stations are set up ergonomically.
    • Run wellbeing initiative throughout the year to help people get well. For example, the Quit Smoking bus visited for three months and we run weight loss challenges through the year.
    • Encourage and support our people to participate in team activities.
    • Participate in a number of events such as Round the Bays and our annual soccer tournament.
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EMPLOYEE TRAINING

At The Griffin’s Food Company we recognize our people are our greatest asset. That’s why we’ve always done everything we can to help them learn, grow and move up in their careers. Here are some of the ways we do that:

Cadets Programme

Just because you didn't go to university doesn’t mean you wouldn’t make a fantastic leader. This programme was kicked off in 2016 to help people get into management, regardless of their background. People apply to be included in the programme, and once accepted, they’re given the support, training and skills they need to unlock their leadership potential and launch their careers.

NZQA qualified training

If you’re starting on the factory floor, and will be working with machinery, you won’t just train for the job – you’ll also earn NZQA-approved qualifications. As you earn each qualification, you’ll get more rewards and responsibilities.

Leadership Training Programme

When you’re asked to step into a management or leadership role, we don’t just throw you in the deep end. You’re supported to gain the skills you need to inspire and manage people with the leadership training programme.

Talent and Potential Programme

This programme helps support and grow the careers of our salaried workers by uncovering their hidden talents and potential. It’s a way of helping us identify our top people, and to support them to make shifts across departments.

SWEETENERS - OUR STAFF SHOP

If you spend all day making, packing, thinking about or inventing yummy things, it makes sense that you’d want to eat them too! On a regular basis, our team gets a chance to buy Griffin’s products at heavily discounted rates.

Want to know more? Here’s what our employees have to say:


MEET SOME OF OUR PEOPLE

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Jodie Keenan

Fantastic working flexibly
Jodie Keenan loves the fact that Griffin’s supports their employees to achieve a better work-life balance. Since starting in the marketing team in 2010 she’s had two children and managed to adapt her role to meet the needs of her growing family. She feels supported by Griffin’s to grow in her career, while also valuing her role as a mother.

For her that meant adapting her hours and days of work, both when she had her first child and also when she had her second.

Jodie finds the people and culture at Griffin’s “fantastic”. The cross functionality and diversity of the business has empowered her to become a great marketer with an understanding of the end-to-end business. Griffin’s is actively encouraging a more flexible culture – in their new office there are no fixed desks to enable employees to work collaboratively, cross functionally and flexibly.

“Griffin’s is moving towards flexible working, flexible hours – to work when it works for you. It’s really worked for me and [they have] accommodated me, which has made me value the company so much more. I really enjoy working here with great people, a great culture and fantastic products"
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Kirstin Hunter

Cross functional opportunity abounds at Griffin’s
At Griffin’s, Kirstin Hunter has relished the opportunity to move around the company – with three different roles in four years! She recommends it as a place to work because there are just so many opportunities – you can get across the factories, across the supply chain and even work internationally.

She also loves working with great products that she can relate to – although sometimes they’re hard to resist!

Kirstin also appreciates the output orientation of the company – this allows her to work flexibly with the understanding that “as long as the job gets done, it all works itself out.” This gives her the freedom to work from home, or manage her hours to meet the needs of her family too.

“I like that you can get right across the business – from dealing with the Exec Team to people on the factory floor. Not a lot of big companies are like that. It’s not that hierarchical.”
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Michelle Sanchez

Global growth for international experience
Michelle Sanchez is making the most of the amazing opportunities that come with working for an international company. She has been seconded from the Philippines to New Zealand by URC, Griffin’s parent company. For 16 months Michelle gets to live and breathe the New Zealand way of doing business. She says it’s a great example of the interaction between Griffin’s and URC.

Griffin’s and URC value this type of international experience and are committed to developing their employees and helping them grow and learn within the company. Michelle says, “I am not the only one – since URC acquired Griffin’s in 2014, they have been sending people from NZ to the Philippines to experience that intercultural interaction. It’s about developing that cross functional interaction between the two companies.”

Michelle has also enjoyed the flexibility and work-life balance that Griffin’s offer, allowing her to work “where you want and when you want.” For her this is driven by the need to communicate with the Philippines team who are 4-5 hours behind New Zealand. So she sometimes works in the evening, giving her free time in the morning to do her own thing.

“It shows the trust between managers and their team, which I think is a big thing. It’s cool because everyone has their different work style, so it’s flexible and it’s awesome, actually.

“It’s a great place to work because it opens up boundaries – it’s not just a New Zealand company now. It encompasses the entire parent company footprint, so you’re not bound by opportunities just within NZ.”
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Vaibhav “Vee” Tanksale

Pride in an iconic Kiwi brand
Vee has dedicated over seven years to working at Griffin’s and in that time he has progressed through a number of roles all the way up to Manufacturing Manager. For him, it’s the sense of pride in an iconic Kiwi brand that motivates him.

“One of the things that attracts me to working for Griffin’s is, it’s really cool to be involved with an iconic NZ company. It’s a really good feeling to walk out there and say we are one of the best manufacturers in NZ, and I am the Manufacturing Manager for it.”

Vee also credits the people at Griffin’s for making it such an attractive place to work. He says they have always been supportive of whatever role he’s been in and helped him succeed, with great career progression through supportive managers and training.

For Vee, the opportunities at Griffin’s have been limitless.

“The opportunity is there, the company doesn’t limit you – I would always recommend Griffin’s as a place to work.”
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Glenys McLaughlin

Every day is a good day, even after 20 years
Glenys McLaughlin knows it sounds corny, but even after 20 years she never has a bad day at Griffin’s. Every day challenges her – and Glenys loves a challenge! She’s worked her way right up the Griffin’s sales channel – from a young student merchandising in the stores all the way up to North Island Key Account Manager.

She loves working for a company she is passionate about – with that passion, her personal drive and great people behind her, she says she’s got a sales team second to none. Alongside the great career progression, she loves sales – achieving things and getting things done.

The culture at Griffin’s really suits Glenys, encouraging her to work hard and get results. She recommends Griffin’s as a workplace because of the great people – her peers, sales team, and the upper management team, which is very people oriented. She says they make it very personal and more enjoyable.

She also highlights the family oriented nature of the business.

“Griffin’s do a lot for families. You spend most of your life at work, so it’s nice to be able to share that with your family.”
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David Mael

Growing with Griffin’s
David Mael is the ultimate example of growing with a company – he started out at The Griffin’s Food Company in 1974 in the production team, learning all the equipment. At the time, he saw it as a great opportunity to get himself established in life – work for a reliable company, a well-known brand, get some skills, experience, and even a mortgage!

As time went on, David was happy to work at Griffin’s in many different roles over the years – there’s been a real opportunity for career progression. Stepping into leadership was “daunting at the time,” he says, but the crew around him were encouraging and supported him to grow. He was even supported to complete US correspondence studies.

At one stage he was sent to China to set up a plant – a huge turning point in his career, he says. Since then he’s travelled all over the world with Griffin’s – to America, Japan, France, Fiji and Thailand.

David is really impressed with Griffin’s employee training scheme, which helps people come in at the ground level and work their way up the company. He says the scheme is great because “you don’t get stuck in one job – you learn it and move on and grow with the company.” He sees the scheme as benefiting both the company and the employee.

In recent years, David has enjoyed being part of the “stable, strong, well-educated” technical team.

“We feed off one another so I really enjoy it still. I’m not the only one, there are many others who have been here for 20 plus years and still love it too.”

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