Nick Ross

Operations Manager of Online Sales, Fonterra - Hamilton, New Zealand

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Business Analysis
  • Economics

The lure of working for the world’s leading exporter and milk processor was too hard for Nick Ross to resist after completing his Bachelor of Business Analysis at Waikato Management School.

“When I was offered a place on the 24-month Fonterra Graduate Programme I jumped at the chance,” says Nick, a former Otago Boys High School student.

"Having six-month rotations in different departments provided me with the variety I needed to grow my knowledge of the company and help me understand the type of business role I would be ideally suited to.”

On finishing the programme, Nick was offered a full-time role in the optimisation planning department; one of the areas he enjoyed the most while he was on his rotation. Since then, he has been promoted to his current role as operations manager - online sales.

Fonterra has recently started trading on a new online sales platform named Global Dairy Trade Marketplace, and Nick’s role is to manage this sales channel to keep the day-to-day operations of listings and sales running smoothly, as well as help drive business strategy to grow and realise new demand for the sales channel.

“Being in an area of the business that works continuously to deliver incremental value in such a volatile market is an exciting environment to be in and a great challenge,” he says.

Nick credits the analytical and business skills he honed at Waikato Management School for securing a career that he enjoys so much.

“I’ve always been quite analytical so doing the BBA degree was a no-brainer. While studying, I became interested in understanding the dynamics of business and the economy, and the more I learnt about it, the more I discovered how economics can be applied to so many facets of everyday life. This is reflected in the diverse array of papers available throughout the BBA degree," says Nick.

"The BBA degree is a great option for those who are more analytically focused, and for this reason it suited me exceptionally well."

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