Sanitarium New Zealand, founded in 1900, is 100% New Zealand owned. We have factories in Auckland and Christchurch and, together with Sanitarium Australia, employ around 1,700 people to produce 150 products – breakfast cereals, soymilks, spreads and other vegetarian foods.
Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in New Zealand and all profits are used for local community and humanitarian work.
We believe that health and wellbeing start with good nutrition. We have supported the KickStart Breakfast programme for the last five years, providing Weet-Bix and milk twice a week to more than 570 low-decile schools around New Zealand. The programme will gradually be extended, with Government financial support, to five days and more schools.
We also established the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon (swimming, running and cycling) 22 years ago, to encourage children to enjoy an active lifestyle and.
We have a large number of staff, including graduates with technology, engineering and science qualifications. We suggest that students enrol in a science degree that leads into a specific industry. There are a number of Applied Science degrees that focus on using sciences in the working world. These degrees are set up to teach students about science, business and current industry practice. It is also important to do work experience while studying, as it makes a world of difference when it comes to getting your first job.
Our open plan head office has a mix of office and manufacturing staff. People work in ‘cross functional’ teams, meaning that each project involves staff from different departments working collaboratively. We offer our employees various benefits, including: a ‘buddy system’ for new graduates, personal development plans, assistance for further study, health and wellbeing programme, onsite gym, life insurance, and the opportunity to be involved in community projects locally and overseas. Employees do not need to be associated with the church but will be involved in the company culture of caring for others.
Posted October 2014