Build a Career at Hazeldene’s
Wayne commenced with Hazeldene’s in 1991 sweeping floors and servicing farm vehicles, he now takes responsibility for almost 270,000 breeding birds – our most precious stock.
Breeder Site Manager
Wayne commenced with Hazeldene’s in 1991 sweeping floors and servicing farm vehicles. After various roles including live hanging, gutting and wash down, Wayne turned his hand to catching retired breeders, collecting eggs and feeding breeders on the weekends for additional income. When Dick Hazeldene told him ‘no one has ever broken as many eggs as you’, Wayne was up for a change. He took an opportunity to manage the new ‘Feather Farm’. When breeding and rearing facilities were moved to Bald Hill, Wayne moved too, and took on the responsibility of managing breeding stock in the verandah system sheds.
With the growth in the business, Wayne has played a key role in improving our breeding program. Wayne now takes responsibility for almost 270,000 breeding birds – our most precious stock.
With a team of three managers and 50 employees, Wayne is at the forefront of poultry breeding in Australia. He has been on several trips to America and Europe to assess breeder production equipment, and in 2012 was accepted into the Aviagen School in America for one month of intense poultry studies, focused on breeding, bird husbandry and genetics. “This was the best time of my life,” says Wayne, grateful for the opportunity. “It’s been a great ride and I love how quickly things change in this business and industry.”
Quality Assurance Manager
Tracey joined the Hazeldene’s team in 2000 as a part-time process worker after having a family. After two years she was promoted to a leading hand role, firstly in chicken pieces, then in whole birds. Learning about the whole production environment, Tracey took a keen interest in the quality assurance aspect of production and in 2003 moved into the QA team. When Tracey took on the role of QA Manager’s Assistant, she commenced studies in her own time, completing a Certificate IV in Quality Management and Assurance. “I wanted to get a better understanding of QA Systems and how to integrate them in a large organisation with multiple programs,” she says.
After being mentored in the assistant role for 12 months, Tracey was perfectly positioned to take the lead QA role when it arose in 2005. “The business has seen significant growth in the retail segment since this time, and my biggest achievements have been focused on building on the QA Management system to integrate all programs.” Tracey was responsible for the development and implementation of SQF to the business, and now manages a team of 21 employees, throughout the QA team, laboratory and cleaners.
“My proudest moment was accepting the HACCP Award in 2013 for Outstanding Company – Single Site. This award recognises businesses that have demonstrated both excellence in advancing safe food practices and passion to share their knowledge with the industry.”
My proudest moment was accepting the HACCP Award in 2013 for Outstanding Company – Single Site. This award recognises businesses that have demonstrated both excellence in advancing safe food practices and passion to share their knowledge with the industry.
Customer Service Team Leader
Doreen commenced with Hazeldene’s back in 1985 when we were only processing for four hours a day, twice a week. “We used to process about 8000 per day,” she remembers. Through Doreen’s almost-30 year career with Hazeldene’s she’s seen growth and change. “One day I remember the factory manager telling us that we were going to do 20,000 the next day, so we had better bring our lunch and dinner.”
Doreen worked in the seasoning and plating areas before being offered a role in the office. “I can’t praise the Hazeldene family enough. Dick, John, Vicki and Peter would give anyone a go if they did right by them. John asked me if I would like to work in the office one day. I told him that I’d never used a computer before and that he might be sorry, but his reply was that ‘we can always send you back into the factory’.”
Doreen stuck with the computers and now heads up the customer service area with a team of five. “I’ve always been appreciative to Hazeldene’s for giving me the opportunity to learn new skills – which I’m still doing. I’m at retiring age now, but I’m still happy coming to work every day,” she says.