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graduate careers

Start your graduate career at one of New Zealand’s leading horticultural businesses.

We have a range of roles in different areas, whether it’s the nursey, on the farm, in the salad house, or a specialised area like electrical or engineering.

There’s an opportunity at LeaderBrand for everyone


What we can offer

As one of New Zealand’s largest produce suppliers, you can learn on the job in a challenging and fast paced environment in an experienced and supportive team.

You can gain exposure to numerous areas of the business including planning, reporting, sales, marketing, exporting and research and development.

LeaderBrand is constantly evolving providing you a great opportunity to start your career to learn, grow and challenge yourself in whatever area interests you.

Our Technology

We are constantly looking at how we can use technology and innovation to evolve our business. From our state-of-the art salad factory, electric harvester, new cooler and distribution centre to exciting ag projects like drone and robotic integration.

We’ve recently opened New Zealand’s largest covered crop greenhouse; Future Farms. The greenhouse covers 11ha and allows our crop to be grown in a controlled environment for reliable, year-round supply.

OUR Graduate OpportUNITIES

We have numerous roles available across the farm, head office and workshop, including apprenticeships in engineering and electrical.

If you are interested in a career in horticulture at LeaderBrand, please send your expression of interest here:

Meet some of our Team

With almost 50 years in the business, we’ve welcomed some incredible people into our LeaderBrand family.

Billy – Future Farms Manager

I started in the sweetcorn team as a Harvest Crew Supervisor and Assistant Crop Manager. I then progressed into salad leaf as Crop Manager for four years. I now oversee the building of our greenhouse and working with other areas of the business to set up sales plans for when we start growing.  Soon I will be travelling to visit other international greenhouses and learn how we can implement this in Gisborne.

Andrew Rosso
Andrew – Farm Production Manager

I started at Leaderbrand  packing squash during my Uni breaks. After graduating, I started as a junior agronomist in squash. For eight years I was the lettuce Crop Manager on the Gisborne farm. Today, I cover all aspects of crop production, from land planning, agronomy, through to financial budgeting and reporting for watermelon and export squash. I enjoy the flexibility at work and how it changes from week-to-week.

Tayla – Agronomist

I work at the Gisborne Farm across multiple crops. I organise the transplanting and agronomy for lettuce and broccoli. In the summer, I support the sweetcorn team. Recently, I was the runner up in the Hort NZ Gisborne – Young Grower of the year.

Taylor – Crop Production Manager

I’m the Pukekohe Farm Crop Production Manager  focused on broccoli and lettuce. What I enjoy most is working with a diverse range of people both internally and externally. It’s incredibly rewarding to growing something that starts the size of your finger and turns into a healthy head of broccoli or lettuce.

Willem – Maintenance Engineering

I have worked at LeaderBrand for three year’s. I started overseeing the maintenance in our salad house. Now I work in our pouch pack processing facility. The business relies on us to fix machine breakdowns, install new machinery and improve machine efficiencies. I really love what I do, and working alongside some neat people. No day is the same which keeps things interesting.

Want to work for us?

If you’re keen to learn more about graduate positions, please get in touch