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Countdown - Woolworths NZ

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At Countdown our purpose is to make Kiwi’s lives a little better every day. While it’s important that our products are priced competitively, are high quality and available when our customers need them, that’s not all it takes to operate 180 Countdown stores successfully. 

Our team, our investors, and our stakeholders also need us to show that we always do the right thing, that we have heart, and that we can make brave and bold decisions when they are most needed. Countdown’s Communications and Sustainability team does just that. 

Together we act as the link between all parts of our business and the media, our customers, the Government and a wide range of other important community stakeholders. We’re sought-after and trusted advisors, guiding our team through a range of gnarly media issues and tricky projects. 

As a Communications & Sustainability graduate at Countdown, you will have the opportunity to contribute to significant projects that have a direct impact on our corporate reputation and how our customers and team feel about us. In the past year alone, we’ve phased out single-use plastic bags, we’ve helped tackle period poverty in New Zealand, we’ve given grants to schools throughout Aotearoa for environmental projects, and we’ve also worked with a range of charity partners to support the important work they do for our communities.

To be successful as a Communications & Sustainability graduate we expect you will:

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Have the ability to analyse and disseminate information succinctly 
  • Be able to effectively prioritise tasks and work to deadlines 
  • Think strategically 
  • Be able to navigate risk 
  • Have strong research skills 
  • Have strong problem-solving skills and think outside of the box 
  • Have great relationship skills 
  • Have an interest in sustainability 
Your 18-month programme will include rotations in core areas of Communications & Sustainability such as food safety, quality, health and safety, sustainability, Government relations, community, alcohol responsibility, legal, and the wider business giving you exposure to invaluable learning experiences and career opportunities. The final 6-months will be your specialisation period and on completion of your graduate programme, you will move into a permanent role that will support your continued development both personally and professionally.

As a Communications & Sustainability Graduate, you will contribute to delivering real results for our communities and the environment - helping make kiwis’ lives a little better every day.