Fonterra: Integrated Work Systems: Lean Manufacturing principles with a focus on resource efficiency at Stanhope (2021-22)
Integrated Work Systems: Lean Manufacturing principles with a focus on resource efficiency at Stanhope (2021-22)
Sunday, 5th September 2021
This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation
Fonterra manufacturing sites across NZ & Australia operate under a lean manufacturing framework known as Integrated Work System (IWS) which is focused on improving manufacturing reliability, reducing costs and elevating productivity. Under this system there are 11 pillars with Work Process Improvement (WPI) being a key pillar that drives improvement in how work processes are performed.
Fonterra is seeking a team of students to help lead a number of WPI projects requiring full immersion into the manufacturing environment, data gathering, trending and analysis. The projects will be based at the Stanhope factory site 2.5 hours north of Melbourne and will be scheduled in/around this season's manufacturing schedules. For this reason, much of the work is not continuous so the team will get involved with 3 diverse work streams as follows:
1. Cheddar Plant CIP efficiency. This project will look at all aspects of cheese plant cleaning.
2. SAPAC Batch Code change over. The packing process in Powder plant requires several checks and changes.
3. Site Resource Recovery. The use of materials and packaging in dairy manufacturing can generate waste but must ensure food safety quality is maintained.
The students will learn about the IWS framework which works on two principles; the power of zero defects and losses, and the power of 100 per cent Total Employee Ownership.
The 3 projects cover a wide range of site operations at Stanhope and will present the student team with a great learning opportunity and insight into dairy manufacturing.
Business and Economics
Hold an Australian permanent resident/humanitarian visa, or
Hold an international student visa (Must be Melbourne placed during placement period)
Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2021 to end of February 2022.
Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:
Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar
Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project(s) you apply for
Quick Learners, adaptable and enthusiastic.
Career goals and ambitions
Successful interview with industry partner
Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company. Outside of NZ, the Australian business is one of our largest, operating 8 manufacturing sites and employing over 1,800 people in order to provide Australians with the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
Milk collected from more than 1300 dairy farms is processed across our Victorian and Tasmanian network to produce world class dairy products for Australian and international markets.