For the first time, the Ford will hire graduate designers at its Broadmeadows design centre. In addition to the design graduates, the company will also recruit graduates for various engineering roles at its research and development centre in Geelong, along with its Lara proving ground.
Meanwhile, its Richmond-based national sales firm is also taking new recruits to help accelerate Ford’s transformation plan.
Following the 2017 intake, Ford will have hired 59 graduates since 2015 to support increased global product development investment and local business transformation.
Graheme Wickman, president and CEO of Ford Australia, said: “Ford is investing in local creative and technical talent to support our aggressive global product development investments that include key programs such as Ranger and Everest in Australia”.
“At the same time, we continue building the team leading our local transformation plan, including the launch of 20 new or freshened vehicles by 2020.”
Since 2015, Ford has invested $300 million in research and development (R&D) in Australia. Director of vehicle programs, Dave French, said it’s important the company continues to invest in local talent.
“Ford graduates in Australia will play a significant role in shaping the future of the automotive industry globally,” he said.
“And because we are part of Ford’s global team we work locally to create great vehicles for markets all over the world.”
“We believe we have a real advantage investing this heavily in Australia because the country has rich talent,” he added, “as we continue to go further in this very dynamic and competitive industry, we need to continue to inject talent and innovation into every area of our business.”