Technical Officer – Waharoa

Open Country Dairy is New Zealand’s second largest dairy manufacturer, producing a range of quality dairy ingredients that are exported globally. There are currently three manufacturing sites throughout New Zealand with the head office based in Auckland. We are seeking a Technical Officer to join our manufacturing site based in Waharoa. 

Reporting to the Technical Manager you will work towards ensuring that the site produces, distributes and sells dairy products in a safe manner that consistently meets our customer requirements. This will be achieved by managing the product testing process through to the grading of product, and the review of MPI requirements to ensure products is eligible for our respective export markets. You will ensure Quality Assurance systems are developed and implemented, have a key role in the relationship with the MPI and be responsible for supporting continuous improvement processes on site. 

This interesting and challenging role will suit ambitious candidates with prior dairy, food or pharmaceutical industry experience looking for this next step up. We are looking for a self-motivated team player with strong communication skills as you will work closely with testing laboratories, the manufacturing support teams as well as senior managers. 

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes, qualifications and experience: 

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline such as food/dairy science or technology
  • Prior QA experience in the dairy or food industry
  • Good knowledge of GMP requirements and HACCP
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work
  • Proven MS Office skills, in particular MS Word & MS Excel
  • A disciplined approach with attention to detail
  • Sound working knowledge of dairy processing
  • Strong commitment to team success
  • Positive can-do attitude

If you are a driven individual who has a passion for excellence and an eye for detail then apply today. We are looking forward to meeting you! 

For a confidential enquiry or to apply for this position please click on the relevant button below, alternatively contact Franziska Buch on 0800 171 000 if calling from New Zealand, 0064 4 472 6558 if calling internationally or email 

Note: If this vacancy is not exactly what you are seeking, then please contact me in confidence to discuss your individual requirements.