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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. Our focus is on delivering good prices, good acts, and good food for our customers whilst growing our business. Our ways of working ensure we are always improving by working end-to-end as one team, encouraging freedom within a framework, and keeping things simple.   

As a Retail Operations and Supply Chain Graduate, you will be joining one of the largest, fastest and most exciting chain of retail stores in New Zealand. With have 180 stores supported by 4 dry grocery distribution centres, 3 fresh produce distribution centres, 2 meat processing plants, 1 seafood processing plant and a central support office - running an operation of this scale is no easy feat, and this is where you come in!

Your 18-month programme will include rotations within retail and supply chain operations such as fresh food, long-life, customer service, loss prevention, business excellence and operations-finance you will be able to understand and be apart of collaborating and working end to end with all teams to ensure we provide the best customer experience. With additional rotations including our distribution centres, transport, supply planning, merchandise/buying and systems and inventory you will be able to learn the fundamentals of how the millions of customers who choose to shop at Countdown each week, get the products they want - when, where and how they want them. You will be encouraged to contribute to our ‘always improving’ culture, by testing and trialling new and innovative ideas to ensure all of our team, and customers, lives are made a little better every day.

The final 6-months will be your specialisation period. On completion of your graduate programme, you will move into a permanent role that will support your continued development both personally and professionally.

To be successful as a retail operations graduate we expect you will..

  • Be able to build strong relationships 
  • Be flexible and able to quickly adapt to change 
  • Be a practical problem solver 
  • Have strong commercial awareness 
  • Be a team player with a positive can-do attitude 
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Be keen to develop strong commercial acumen 
  • Have an understanding of and interest in the environment in which we operate 

The Retail Operations and Supply Chain function are extremely fast-paced, where no two days are the same. This operational and leadership programme will help you develop the retail knowledge and leadership skills you will need to set yourself and your future teams up to succeed in one of the largest retail environments in New Zealand.

Luana Daniels
Supply Chain GradThe graduate programme has been a great opportunity to learn about the different roles within Countdown. I had the opportunity to experience first hand the way different departments work, and at the end of the year I was offered a role in my area of choice.I’m so glad I had the chance to learn how we work together as a business, and I’m excited to see where my career at Countdown will take me.