Graduate Program

Title Graduate Program
Categories VIC Opportunities
Location Geelong
Job Information

The Program

McColl’s 2-year Graduate Program develops graduates to give them foundational skills which are useful throughout their business careers as well as exposure to the day-to-day business.  The structured rotations will see graduates learning about different parts of the Company, as well as designing, recommending and implementing improvement projects.

There are two core elements of the program:

1.0 Operational Divisions – Rotations

As part of our program, graduates rotate through each of our four operating units:

  • Fleet, which manages vehicles and equipment;
  • Farm Pickup, which manages the specialised task of milk collection from dairy farms;
  • Bulk Food, which transports ingredients for our industrial food customers; and
  • Bulk Chemicals, which services our customers in manufacturing industries.

Each graduate has an experienced mentor in their current division to guide their learning and experience.  Part of the rotation is some on-the-ground work experience in the division, spending time with drivers, customers, mechanics or suppliers.

2.0 Strategy and Analytics

The second dimension of the program is with the Strategy and Analytics team.

This part of the graduates’ journey concentrates on learning and practicing more general business skills:

  • Office and professional etiquette/norms
  • Excel, Powerpoint and report writing skills
  • Process mapping
  • Data preparation and analysis
  • Data handling tools
  • Presentation skills
  • Career planning
  • Client entertainment
  • Introduction to project management
  • Ad-hoc project work for other support divisions (HR, Safety, Finance, IT etc.)

This element of the program helps graduates to be confident in professional environments, interacting with a wide group of people around the organisation. It also helps graduates to learn to process unstructured information, draw meaning from it and present their findings in a structured, persuasive way.

Our managers have been through similar programs at Macquarie Bank, Caterpillar, McColl’s, McKinsey, Ford and Nestle – so we are confident that we can offer a comprehensive post-university experience.  Graduates of this program should have a well-rounded experience in the Company and have learned good habits which prepare them for the next stage of their careers.


What are we looking for?

We start by matching prospective recruits up to our McColl’s values:

Safety first
Honesty and Integrity
Mutual respect
Commercial responsibility

We are looking for smart and resourceful future leaders.

To thrive in this role, you will be:

  • Intelligent and perceptive
  • Energetic, outgoing and action-oriented
  • Capable with technology
  • Passionate about transport and logistics or agriculture
  • Confident, determined, independent and resourceful
  • Empathetic and relate well with people from different walks of life
  • We especially like people who have lived in regional areas and who have interesting work experiences to talk about

The following fields of study are highly regarded:

  • Commerce or Business
  • Engineering
  • Business Analytics
  • Science
  • Commercial Law
  • Agricultural science

You will have passed in one of these fields of study – or you will be able to make a strong case for how your different path has made you a strong candidate to join McColl’s.  We are more interested in people with a suitable personal style than people with perfect university grades.



Most of the activities of the graduate program take place in McColl’s Geelong head office.


Application Process

We would like to see:

  • A personalised introduction email addressed to Tahlia Douglas (using the email below)
  • A link to your LinkedIn profile
  • A transcript of university results


To Apply

Send your initial email and LinkedIn profile link to with the subject heading ‘Graduate Program’.

Please submit your application via PDF format. McColl’s is unable to accept files in any other format.

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