Broiler Farm Manager

 Broiler Farm Manager

A fantastic opportunity exists to join one of Australia’s best family businesses and Bendigo’s largest manufacturer in the dynamic poultry industry.

Hazeldene’s is an integrated Broiler Breeder company based in Central Victoria. Our absolute commitment is to producing higher welfare birds for our loyal customers.  We have a vacancy for a Manager at our facilities.

The successful applicant will be self-motivated and have proven experience as follows:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Broiler Farm Manager & 10 years in the industry
  • Strong knowledge of poultry production for broilers
  • Organisational skills with attention to detail
  • Good people and leadership skills
  • Must be able to work flexible hours
  • An understanding of basic repair work
  • Coordination and organisation of work teams, scheduling rosters and training staff

Interested? Please apply via SEEK by Friday 12 January 2018.  Only those with the right to work in Australia may apply.

Hazeldene’s is an EO employer

Fabrication Leading Hand

Fabrication Leading Hand

4 days on/4 days off

  • Large progressive company
  • Regional Lifestyle
  • Leading Family Business
  • Rotating Day/Afternoon

We have a vacancy on the above shift for a skilled and enthusiastic person to join our large expanding fabrication team.  We are continuing to expand and are currently upgrading and revitalising our plant, transforming it into one of the most advanced poultry processing facilities in the world.

To be successful for this position you will need to have:

  • Time management skills, interpersonal relationship skills, knowledge of GMP, OH&S requirements and good organisational skills
  • Must be capable of coordinating a small team providing support, direction and advice as required and working autonomously to provide support to the engineering and production areas outside normal operating hours.
  • Breakdowns/Maintenance – basic mechanical skills
  • Flexibility – ability to work overtime or extra shifts as required

This position is challenging and offers a wide variety of work for a suitably qualified and experienced tradesperson. Suitable applicants will have:

  • Metal Fabrication trade qualifications – Eng Cert III
  • Good problem-solving skills and techniques and be a practical thinker
  • Project management skills to ensure tasks are delivered on time
  • Welding – MIG/TIG/ARC
  • Experience working with stainless steel material (must have)
  • Mechanical maintenance skills (would be an advantage)
  • Experience in maintaining a high volume food production plant and processing equipment (would be preferred).

Interested? Please apply via SEEK – “Leading Hand Fabrication”

Applications close 5.00pm Friday 8th December 2017.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Warehouse Group Leader


  • Relaxing regional Bendigo lifestyle
  • Exciting, Rewarding and Challenging senior leadership role
  • Make a statement with your leadership in this progressive business
  • Career growth opportunities

This newly created position provides an exciting opportunity for the right person to join the Hazeldene’s team, one of Australia’s best family business in the dynamic poultry industry.

You will have an opportunity to make a difference in a growing Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) environment.

The successful applicant will report to the General Manager, Plant Operations. The role is focused on ensuring the effective and efficient daily operation of the Warehouse and Load Out facility, together with ensuring that all operations are in accordance with the safety and food quality standards, including that a continuous improvement ethos is maintained.

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote a safety-first culture in the Warehouse and enhance systems/processes to generate improved safety outcomes
  • Provide a customer-centric focus for the team
  • Responsible for the development and delivery of the Warehouse Management System that will be new to the system (Innova)
  • Ensure that Delivery in Full on Time (DIFOT) is maintained to the highest level within the role’s control
  • Work collaboratively with relevant departments to ensure the product is produced to meet Transport requirements
  • Ensure that daily KPI’s for the Warehouse performance are achieved/exceeded
  • Ensure that the Warehouse process flow is maintained on time and on budget
  • Analyse results to identify then deliver on improvement opportunities
  • Ensure employees have the information required to contribute as effective members of the team
  • Lead and deliver daily operational improvement, together with working with production management to support daily operation

The successful candidate will have:

  • 5 + year’s experience in a key leadership/management role is desirable
  • FMCG with Cold Chain experience is essential
  • Demonstrated knowledge in setting up and managing Warehouse Management Systems
  • Understanding of budgeting/expense management with a basic understanding of financial and accounting practices
  • Well-developed Microsoft Office Software (Project, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) experience
  • Ability to influence and inspire and excellent communication, relationship management skills
  • Experience across supply chain management
  • Ability to review processes, recommend improvements, build buy-in and execute with excellence
  • Ability to deal with multiple priorities and opportunities, in a fast-paced environment

Previous applicants need not apply

Interested? Details available here: POSITION DESCRIPTION – Warehouse Group Leader

Please forward your application to: or post to Human Resources, Hazeldene’s, PO Box 1147, Kangaroo Flat 3555. 

Applications close Friday 29th, December 2017

Hazeldene’s are an equal opportunity employer

Maintenance Fitter

Maintenance Fitter

4 days on/4 days off 

  • Large progressive company
  • Regional Lifestyle
  • Leading Family Business
  • Rotating Day/Afternoon

We are looking for skilled and enthusiastic people to join our large expanding family owned business located in central Victoria. We have recently expanded and are continually upgrading and revitalising our plant, transforming it into one of the most advanced poultry processing facilities in the world.

This position is challenging and offers a wide variety of work for suitably qualified and experienced tradespeople. Suitable applicants will have:

  • Mechanical maintenance trade qualifications – Eng Cert III
  • Good problem-solving skills and techniques and be a practical thinker
  • Working knowledge of Preventive Maintenance Techniques
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics – preferable but not essential
  • Welding – MIG/TIG – preferable but not essential
  • Experience in maintaining high volume food production plant and processing equipment would be advantageous.

In return for your energy and effort, we offer job security, opportunities for advancement and the opportunity to work on modern equipment to further develop your skills. We offer a relaxed country lifestyle with the benefit of being close to a number of recreational facilities and just a short drive to the nearest major regional city.

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Interested? Please forward your application to or post to HR Department, Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm, PO Box 1147, Kangaroo Flat 3555.  

Applications close Friday 29th, December 2017.  

Hazeldene’s are an equal opportunity employer

Family Business with an International focus

Family business with an international focus

Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to the world.

After many years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and PNG, Hazeldene’s is now exporting fresh products to Hong Kong several times a week in order to meet growing demand.

Hazeldene’s is the biggest private employer in Bendigo with more than 700 employees and 400 contractors, most of whom come from the area. This family business, which produces chickens for market from breeding to plate, has been operating for more than 60 years. It processes up to 680,000 chickens a week at Lockwood, with breeding and rearing farms, a hatchery, growing farms and a processing plant across Central Victoria.

Hazeldene’s Executive Director John Hazeldene said the company, which prides itself on producing quality chickens and presenting them in innovative ways, was starting to reap the rewards of building relationships and contacts throughout Asia.

“The quality of our product is drawing plenty of attention and we are creating a highly sought after brand position in Hong Kong,” he said.

“While exports currently make up only a small portion of our overall sales, we are keen to expand this section of the business rapidly over the next five years.”

Mr Hazeldene said it was important for the company to do plenty of ground work now in building capabilities, gaining accreditations and finetuning logistics in preparation for the planned growth.

Recent Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) negotiated by the Federal Government have encouraged Hazeldene’s to pursue export markets more aggressively.

“These FTAs may open up areas that we have not had direct access to previously,” Mr Hazeldene said. “We are very optimistic they will lead to strong opportunities for growth.”

For “Australia has a reputation for growing high quality fresh food – we pride ourselves on producing the best chicken in the country so a growing export market will enhance both our and Australia’s reputation.”

For more information contact Sue Titcumb on 0417 368 671.

Proud to support the local community and provide many local jobs


Lockwood Primary School students take on the RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge

All the team at Hazeldenes are behind a group of Grade 6 students from Lockwood Primary School who are currently seeing a years worth of work come to fruition on the track at Maryborough as they participate in the 2015 RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge.

The entire school community have watched these students grow throughout the year and develop into a really close group, who positively encourage and support each other every single day.

The years work is culminating this weekend in Maryborough where the students will spend 2 nights and three days camping behind the pits at the track as part of the event.  Not only do their vehicles have to pass strict scrutineering process for both design and construction but they students them selves are taking part in a fourteen hour ride during Friday and Saturday.

What an amazing effort from the students and the support crew of teachers and parents involved in the project.

Go the Chicken Ninjas and the GT Zoomers

Hazeldene’s presents to Senate Inquiry

Today Hazeldene’s voluntarily presented at the public hearing of a Senate inquiry into the impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labor market and on temporary work visa holders.  Hazeldene’s welcomed the opportunity to engage with the Federal Government via the Senate Inquiry on such an important component of strengthening and sustaining Australia’s job market.

Contrary to claims by Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chester Hazeldene’s is not increasingly using temporary work visa workers to fill shifts.  Over the last five years Hazeldene’s has experienced substantial growth generating a 50 percent increase in employment with job generation predominantly from the Bendigo and surrounding region.  Hazeldene’s is one of regional Victoria’s largest private employers currently employing 720 people directly and more than 670 contractors.

While we do not use the Seasonal Worker Program we do have seasonal demand for our products and we manage that by engaging local staff on a casual basis over this period. We find that process works well for local job seekers and meets the needs of our operations.

Hazeldene’s also works in partnership with reputable contracting companies who provide locally based contract staff, the majority of whom are local, for a broad range of tasks including plumbing, electrical and equipment maintenance, cleaning, security, equipment hire, chicken boning and packing.

Hazeldene’s is committed to its employees and values the contribution that staff from a broad range of culturally diverse backgrounds makes to the long-term viability of our operation.

Our full media statement can be found here.

Biosecurity at Hazeldene’s

Biosecurity at Hazeldene’s

Hazeldene’s Farming Manager Karl Lawson discusses the importance of biosecurity with ABC Rural in light of the recent Avian Influenza outbreak in the US. Read the full story and listen to audio here:

Righteous Pups Gala raises $80,000

Saturday Nights Gala Auction Night for Righteous Pups was a huge success, raising more than $80,000 to help train Autism Assistance Dogs for children with high spectrum autism.

Sponsored by Hazeldene’s, WIN and Harley Central Bendigo, the Gala brought out the best in the Bendigo community, with many people digging deep.

“We were ecstatic to achieve such a fantastic result” said Hazeldene’s Brand Manager and event organiser, Michelle Daniel. “Hazeldene’s would particularly like to extend thanks to Adam Poyser of Poyser Motors who was the winning bidder on the Harley Davidson motorbike at $14,250 and promptly donated the bike back into the auction. Poysers effectively made a $14,000 donation to Righteous Pups and that really set the tone of generosity for the night” she said.

Second time around, Steve Robertson was the winning bidder of the Harley Davidson at $14,000, but added a very generous donation when making out his cheque to Righteous Pups.

Dick Hazeldene paid $10,000 to sponsor and name a 7 week old Righteous Puppy who stole hearts, making an appearance on the night.

The audience were enraptured by some very special stories of recipients of Righteous Pups who attended, really showing the difference an assistance dog makes to families living with autism.

John Lingard sang beautifully, and rose to the challenge when WIN’s Scott Hosking offered to make a further donation for another song late in the night.

Founder and Managing Director of Righteous Pups, Joanne Baker was blown away with the result. “We’ve run fundraisers before, but this really took it to a whole new level for us, and we are absolutely thrilled with the result, its just brilliant” she said at the end of the night, almost speechless.

The evening would not have been possible without the donations from many businesses for auction, and the many people who bid at auction. Hazeldene’s and Righteous Pups would like to thank everybody that contributed to the night’s success.