Our Global Graduate Program
Now you’ve got your degree, it’s time to find a graduate program that will reward all your hard work. One that gives you real responsibility, real diversity and real opportunities to travel. One that exposes you to all levels of the organisation. One that will prepare you for an exciting longterm career.
At Orica, our Graduate Program is a strategic priority for success in building leaders from within the organisation. We are serious about your development and invest in a three year rotational program to give you the hands on experience you want with the responsibility you’ve earned.
As a truly global company Orica is progressive and forward thinking with a focus on global expansion and continued market leadership. The Global Graduate Program is strategically aligned to this strategy, creating endless opportunities for your growth and development.
Satisfy your desire for diversity of work, travel and training on Orica’s Global Graduate Program;
- Three diverse rotations across different parts of the business -each rotation 12 months in duration and usually different geographic locations
- Opportunity for international rotations in the third year of the program
- Face-to-face graduate development workshops each year with a focus on preparing you for operating in a global environment
- Remote learning sessions with your graduate peer group, facilitated by Orica’s leaders
- Structured networking opportunities with Orica’s senior leadership teams
- An assigned Mentor for career guidance, support and advice
- A nominated graduate Buddy in your first year for peer-to-peer support
- Involvement in local community projects and the option to be involved in our Graduate Sustainability Committee
- A graduate peer community – one that lasts a lifetime
A Global Leader
At Orica, we’re committed to developing tomorrow’s technologies and solving today’s challenges for our customers.
Founded in 1874, we have built a proud tradition of leadership, innovation, quality and safety. Today, Orica is a truly global company with a diverse workforce of over 15,000 people that originate from more than 130 nationalities.
Orica is the largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets, the global leader in the provision of ground support in mining and tunnelling, and the leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction.
Orica also supplies general chemicals across a diverse range of markets, including agriculture, building and construction, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care, plastics, pulp and paper and water treatment industries.
Orica has a strong portfolio of manufacturing and distribution assets strategically located across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Latin America and Africa which enables us to provide valuable supply chain capabilities for our customers.
Orica has operations in more than 50 countries with customers in more than 100.
Orica’s strategic positioning within the mining sector allows us to maintain stability through continued global economic uncertainty. The mining and processing segments of the commodities value chain on which Orica focuses are largely influenced by production volumes that demonstrate low volatility, even during times of economic slow-down.
People and Environment
At Orica, we care about our people and our environment. Meeting our environmental, social and community obligations is important to us, our customers and the community.
We believe that our responsible corporate practices will not only enhance our financial performance, but the communities in which we work.
Vision and Value
At Orica, we have implemented a performance-based culture driven by personal accountability for delivering results. We all work toward our vision of providing our customers with ‘Clever Resourceful Solutions’.
Within the company the culture is defined by four key principles that guide how we act and behave.
- No accidents today
- Succeed through collaboration
- Find valuable solutions
- It’s our business
What you need to know
Degree’s and Disciplines
Orica accepts graduates from a wide range of disciplines including;
- Mining Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Supply Chain/Logistics
The skills and qualities we look for in graduates;
- genuine interest in our business and industry
- strong interpersonal and communication skills
- personal drive and motivation for a fulfilling career
- open minded with a willingness to learn and ability to embrace change
Our Recruitment & Selection Process:
- Online application
- Online psychometric testing
- Brief telephone or video screen interview
- Orica Assessment Centre
- Behavioral Interview
- Reference check, Medical and drug screen
How to apply
Visit our website and go through our online application – www.grads.orica.com
When to apply
Applications open 1 March 2013 and will close on 31 March 2013. If we have additional demand, we may recruit at different times of the year. Roles will be advertised on our website.
- At minimum, a three year university degree
- Minimum grade point average of 65
- Must be mobile and willing to relocate for each rotation
We recruit for a role in Australia/New Zealand and international opportunities are available for high performing graduates in their third year of the graduate program.
- Locations in Australia could include; Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, Emerald, Mackay, Townsville, Gladstone,
- Locations in New Zealand could include; Auckland, Tauranga or Christchurch.
Please visit our website – www.grads.orica.com
We look forward to receiving your application!
Chemical Engineer, University of Adelaide
- Orica Graduate Program Year 1: OMS Technical Centre, Kurri Kurri, Newcastle, NSW
- Orica Graduate Program Year 2: Orica Chemicals Chlor-Alkali Plant, Botany, Sydney, NSW
- Orica Graduate Program Year 3: OMS Latin America Operations Team, Santiago, Chile
- Associate: Office of the CEO, Melbourne, VIC
I joined Orica in February 2009, and remember being immediately given my first sink or swim opportunity. I was sent to a training seminar to learn about the risks and properties of Ammonium Nitrate and before being immediately integrated into the engineering design team for, easily the biggest project the team had ever embarked on. I was given the opportunity to work on the detailed design alongside my colleagues, and whilst the work was always challenging and forced me to push myself, I was always given full support to assist my growth.
My second huge challenge came shortly after, where I was given the chance to act as the lead design engineer for a new plant being built in the Hunter Valley. The site was critical for the business, and so the opportunity to prove myself to the company was extremely exciting and rewarding, particularly the feeling of seeing the first tone of product leaving the facility.
A year later, I was given the chance to act as a Commissioning Engineer for a Sodium Hypochlorite plant in Sydney. The opportunity to test equipment, instrumentation and to prove and validate a design was extremely interesting, and in particular I really enjoyed troubleshooting and testing the safety systems. This two month period was an extremely steep learning curve and taught me as much as I learnt throughout the rest of the year.
My International rotation on Orica’s global graduate program was in Santiago Chile, where I was given the opportunity to prove myself in another country and culture. I had the opportunity to work not only in Chile, but also Brazil and Peru. I cannot understate how much I have valued the experience to communicate cross-culturally and learn about the business priorities, work methods, structures and challenges outside of Australia. I’m now fluent in Spanish and didn’t speak a word of it before I was appointed to the role in Chile.
Orica has given me a wealth of opportunities in the last four years, including a year in Chile and now working for Orica’s CEO - I could not think of a better leader to learn from! I never expected to get these opportunities so early in my career. These experiences have provided me with great insight and fundamentally changed the person I am today. If I needed to make the decision of which company to join as a graduate again, I would make the same decision I did four years ago.
Mining Engineer, University of New South Wales
After finishing my studies at UNSW, I joined Orica full time in March 2011 based out of the Townsville office. After a week of inductions and paperwork I went straight out to Cannington, Ernest Henry and Mt Wright to begin working underground with experienced underground operators. Working with crews and engineers of varying experience and with different mining methods in highly complex geological domains was a very good introduction to the role of a tech services engineer. My time with the operators gave me a very valuable insight into underground charge-up and the drill and blast process.
I have worked for Orica at over 20 different mine sites. The work I do is specialised drill and blast and I frequently provide unique advice to Orica’s customers. When you consider the fact that blasting is the primary means of rock breakage for almost every mine and quarry in the world, it is easy to see why good blasting engineers are very highly sought after – and well rewarded. My blasting engineering training has introduced me to arguably the most experienced blasting engineers in Australia, world renowned shock physicists, CSIRO geo-mechanical engineers and more than my fair share of mine managers.
Making the decision to work for a specialist contracting company may have appeared as a gamble at first however the Orica Global Graduate Program has presented me with many options regarding my ongoing career path.
Electrical Engineer, University of New South Wales
- Orica Graduate Program Year 1: Chemicals Complex, Yarwun, QLD
- Orica Graduate Program Year 2: Engineering Shared Services, Melbourne, VIC
- Orica Graduate Program Year 3: Chloralkali Plant, Laverton, VIC
- Electrical Engineer: Orica Design Team, Kurri Kurri, NSW
My first year was with the Chemicals Complex in North Queensland within the Reliability and Maintenance Team. This team focuses on improving Plant uptime. The team would be required to solve plant breakdowns and analyse situations where they could implement new and improved equipment and methods in the current chemical process for the Cyanide and Chlorine Plants. As an Electrical Engineer I was part of a multidiscipline team and therefore had the opportunity to learn about the various disciplines and how my knowledge and role fit into the team, to assist with Plant breakdowns and improve processes.
I then relocated to Melbourne for my second year with the design team at Engineering Shared Services. As part of this team I had the amazing opportunity to work on two major projects; the building of an Ammonium Nitrate Plant in Indonesia and a Detonator Plant in China. My role included evaluating and reviewing consistency and accuracy of key electrical drawings, designed by the international contractors, and collaborating with international and local contractors to ensure design conformity to the Australian Standards.
My third year of the graduate program was at the Chloralkali Plant in Laverton, Melbourne. The role I played was that of a Project Engineer. I’ve been responsible for managing projects between $5000 - $100,000. Responsibilities included supervising contractors, communicating with site personnel of varying disciplines and managing resources and people, to ensure projects were within time, budget and specification.
The Orica Global Graduate Program has provided me with professional development through the fun, skill building workshops. The yearly rotations gave me the opportunity to live and explore the different parts of Australia. I am now in a permanent role as an Electrical Engineer in the Projects team based in Kurri Kurri, designing and commissioning plants locally & internationally.