Engineering Manager

Forest operations & Silviculture
Job posted:
February 23, 2024
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Ernslaw is looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to join our East Coast team.   We have a big challenge in front of us with highly sensitive geology, important land use, environmental and social considerations and a committed focus on health and safety. With the big minds focused on what changes need to happen, and with innovation and creative solutions being at the forefront of how we operate, we are throwing down the gauntlet.  If you are up for it, the rewards are many.

Reporting to the Regional Manager, you will provide strategic, operational, and technical leadership for the planning and construction of a road network through our forest estate.  The East Coast business produces 500,000+ tonnes of fibre per annum and we need quality infrastructure to get that to the port, domestic mills and future bioenergy processing facilities.

As Engineering Manager, you will lead a team in the planning, design and construction of new capital roads, upgrades, and maintenance programmes.  You will work closely with our harvesting team, be connected to industry and involved in industry working groups to drive the innovation and change needed for forestry to operate in a safe, sustainable and commercially viable manner.   You will undertake catchment analysis for crossing design i.e., bridge structures, culverts, debris traps and your technical knowledge and skills will be key to navigating the challenging earthflow geologies within this region.

Key experience for this role:

·        Proven strategic, operational, technical & people leadership experience

·        Ability to clearly define & resolve engineering issues and provide ‘best for business’ solutions.

·        Demonstrated project management skills with a good understanding of machinery, costing models & budgets.

·        Ability to build & maintain collaborative relationships between operational, environmental& health & safety teams to look after the land, our people and to meet our regulatory compliance requirements.

·        Development of meaningful and valued partnerships with suppliers and other stakeholders.

·        Strong written& verbal communication skills, tech savvy with a continuous improvement focus.

The ideal candidate will have:

·        Engineering qualifications, CPEng is an advantage

·        Strong knowledge and experience of engineering practices

·        Ability to effectively lead teams

While the East Coast is still in recovery post cyclones, it continues to offer a great lifestyle if you are into surfing and the outdoors. Working in forestry gives you access to hunting, hiking, mountain biking and working with like-minded, down to earth people who want to make a difference.  

Ernslaw offers top compensation for the right skills and qualifications, full private use of a vehicle, health & life insurance and great flexibility.  We have a forward-thinking, high-performance culture where our people are at the center of everything we do.  Ernslaw embraces diversity and promotes from within as a priority however fresh new ideas and ways of working are valued as we attract new talent to our business. Come join our team.

If you are interested in finding out more about this role please call Blair van der Maas on 027 836 0156 or to apply send your CV to by Friday 22 March.

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