Mainfreight Development Program (MDP)

The Mainfreight Development Program is designed to help shape professionals and build life skills that enable MDP team members to take on any role in this business, anywhere in the world. We are focused on developing leadership competencies because at Mainfreight leadership is a mindset not a title. 

What does the Mainfreight Development Program Look Like?


Key Objectives of the Program

Leadership Development

Mainfreight is committed to the development of their leadership skills through our blended track of training consisting of online monthly modules, team projects and in person learning.


We understand that the beginning of your Mainfreight journey can be daunting, therefore mentorship is crucial. A dedicated training and development team is here to provide support via our consistent catch-ups with the MDP'er.

Network Discovery

Our four divisions in the Americas work together as one to create a global supply chain. We submerge each MDP candidate into each business unit for a week's time to understand the business and gain empathy for their neighboring division. We are ONE Mainfreight.

Driving Forces

Driving Forces will allow the team opportunity to learn more about Mainfreight while gaining exposure to our senior team members on a local and global level.

In Person Learning

Each MDP team member will have the opportunity to build their peer network from business units, diversities and The Americas by being grouped together in their journey.

Mainfreight Spirit

The newest addition to the program is our gamification which allows individuals to show off their blue blooded spirit by completing and competing in challenges that align with the Mainfreight culture.

Ready to start your Mainfreight career?

Do you think you have what it takes be a true Mainfreighter? Then we'd love to hear from you! Apply now or contact us with your questions!

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The more questions you ask, the more it shows how much you care about your branch and the company as a whole. There’s so much opportunity to grow your career every day, and you’re always learning something new.

Sean Betts Account Champion, Warehousing, Los Angeles

The thing that stands out to me the most when it comes to our three pillars and our culture is the encouragement to openly discuss problems and solve them together as a team. At Mainfreight we have a very collective mindset when it comes to solving problems, and at the end of the day, that is where we’re able to add value to our customers.

James Blok Sales Executive, Air Freight

Everyone really wants to push you to learn and to excel. You are given the opportunity to think creatively and solve problems in the ways you think work best. This kind of goes with Mainfreight’s 100-Year Vision. That’s why the people here are so amazing and willing to help you out, because they know you might be the person who will take over their position in the future.

Gianni Uba Import Operations, Air Freight

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The three pillars of Mainfreight


“Special people, Special company” embodies Mainfreight and its unique culture. We have developed a style of doing business, successful not only in New Zealand, but around the world.


We promote our people from within, and encourage innovative, non-hierarchical and decisive outlooks. Our team regard each other as a family and share mealtimes.


All decisions that we make are on the basis that we will be here for another 100 years. This view shapes our approach to recruitment and training of team members, customers and supplier relationships.

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