Are you someone who can take the wheel here?

Our Dealer Graduate Programme is all about helping you find your strengths and fulfill your potential with one of the most recognised and loved brands on the planet. Our programme's fast-paced, practical and equips you to take on a leadership role in one of our dealerships. Anything is possible at Toyota, because we believe in YOU. You don’t even have to be into cars!

Meet Susannah - Toyota Dealer Graduate

As a new graduate there's the opportunity to go wherever you want to here. Wherever you perform or stand out, you’re encouraged to follow that pathway. There's no set boxes to fit into. I get excited by that freedom.

Applying for the dealer graduate programme was a really great process - amazing how fair the assessment was. It gave you a chance to show your best self and was orientated toward what you would end up doing. The questions they asked - although they were challenging - offered you chances to sell yourself in the interview. They were actually trying to get you to win.

"Everyone was really welcoming and accommodating all round. Obviously it is still a lot of hard work but good things usually are!"

The Toyota culture flows right through to the recruitment process. They let us know how we went literally the next day. It shows that they care, making sure we weren’t left hanging. Everyone was really welcoming and accommodating all round. Obviously it is still a lot of hard work but good things are!

It gave you a chance to show your best self and was orientated toward what you would end up doing."

What our programme looks like

At Toyota we go for quality over quantity. There’s no fixed quota or corporate boxes to tick. What we're looking for is special talent and qualities that match with our business.  If we believe in you, we’ll invest in your continuous improvement and growth to make sure there's no place in this business you cannot go.

Through your leadership programme you’ll get to discover plenty about yourself - and us. We'll help you work out your strengths and gear up for future leadership positions within our network of Toyota dealerships. 

The programme covers three key areas:


You’ll be making a difference to Toyota right from the start. Help develop a strategy to enhance the sales and customer operations of a dealership, then get the chance to put your recommendations into action at a dealership.

Customer focus

Get to know the customer side of the business. You’ll learn and get to improve on what makes Toyota the number one trusted brand in New Zealand. Your ideas count, so you’ll also get to develop recommendations to enhance customer relations at a dealership.

Business skills

Hone your business skills with one of the best brands in the world. You’ll work directly with our people to really understand Toyota and what it means to be a global business. Live our belief of ‘going the extra mile’ by helping customers love everything about Toyota, even more.




Are you one of us?

Toyota people thrive on having the freedom to make decisions and do extraordinary things. Here's what we look for:

  • Interest, enthusiasm and passion for working in an exciting and dynamic environment. See how your beliefs and values fit with what we believe
  • Successful achievement of (in last 12 months or will successfully achieve before the start of the programme) a Bachelor’s Degree from a NZQA approved New Zealand tertiary institute
  • Your programme of study is relevant to the content of the Toyota Dealer Graduate Programme e.g. including but not limited to: Commerce, Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation.
  • You are energetic, competitive, proactive, resilient and have tons of initiative
  • Proven experience working with people, preferably in a sales or target driven industry
  • Leadership experience and potential to develop and grow in this area
  • Please note, you MUST be a NZ citizen or permanent resident to apply for this programme. 

What to expect at Toyota

Learn to expect the unexpected!

We choose you because we believe in you and will do everything in our power to help you fulfill your potential. In other words, we’re 110% behind helping you find what you’re passionate about and preparing you to take on a leadership role with us in the future.

You will receive a comprehensive induction, structured leadership development and mentoring, personalised coaching and ongoing professional development opportunities.

Application dates and process

If you’re ready to challenge yourself, and demonstrate your unique strengths in the fast-paced business of a highly competitive car dealership, applications open in August, we’re always on the lookout for grads.

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  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Timaru/Oamaru
  • Otago/Southland