Automation Team Lead or Engineer

The Company
This market leading company supplies, installs, and services a range of automated post-harvest machinery for the horticultural sector. Being a long-established family-owned kiwi business that has grown to cover New Zealand and Australia you will get the stability, brand, and product variety of big business combined with the family culture and tight knit team feel working in their Tauranga office.

Automation Team

A new Automation Team is being created as a national resource for this company’s machinery installation and service teams and for the company’s customers around New Zealand. This team already has a Technician and a Mechanical Engineer who will move into this team and likely will in time grow to include another Technician and a Documentation Lead as your direct reports.

The Role

You will become the Automation lead for the company, championing all thing’s automation. The company’s machinery is automated electro-mechanical machinery and the term automation for them covers things like PLC’s, Hydraulics, and Pneumatics.

Internal Training: A real focus will be on increasing the automation capacity and troubleshooting ability within the company, particularly with the Installation & Service Technicians. You will identify where the existing teams are at, where the knowledge gaps are, then develop an Automation Training Program to suit for both existing staff and as part of the on-boarding process for new staff.

Troubleshooting & Technical Support: The Technicians and Regional Managers will become more equipped to address automation issues, with these escalating up to the automation team if they remain unresolved. You will then work with your team to resolve the issues remotely, with one of your Technicians, and if all else fails, go to a site yourself and resolve issues.

Installations: The idea is for the Automation Team to be roving, going to hot-spots, dealing with longer term issues, helping with installations, if not doing them autonomously.

Machinery Safety: there is a lot of retrofitting required for machinery safety, you will be leading this, including assessment, review, and remediation activities through the use of third-party experts and internal staff.

If you are a Team Leader/Manager wanting a change this could be for you. Alternatively, if you are an Automation Engineer that either wants to take a step up to management OR if you like the sound of this role without the management elements to it then please do get in touch too as this is also an option.


  • Tertiary and or Trade Qualification in electrical engineering with strong ability in mechanical engineering.
  • Electrician with Full EWRB Registration

Ideal Experience


  • PLC design, coding, and diagnostics
  • 5 years + service experience in electrical and engineering fields
  • Evidence of being a collaborative leader
  • Sound experience managing supplier relationships


  • Knowledge and understanding of packaging and processing equipment
  • Experience with machine safety and guarding
  • Proficient with CAD design and preferably with Solidworks
  • Experienced with regular customer contact and relationship building

Why be in touch?

Well looked after: A competitive salary, plus Kiwisaver, a full personal use Ford Ranger Ute, and laptop and phone, all adds up to a healthy total package for this role.

Ideal Location:
Tauranga is simply one of those places that people seem to enjoy living in or want to move to. Being a decent sized city yet still not too large, and near a beautiful coastline where the sunshine hours are reliably high certainly helps. Tauranga is not to far from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, or the popular Coromandel for holidays or visiting friends and family.   

Career Company:
This is a well setup company that recognises their people, and long term there are paths for internal promotion so do be in touch to talk further about this opportunity if it looks like what you are looking for.

Right to work here:
Applicants for this position must have NZ Residency or at least a 3-year work visa.

Boxes to tick:
You must have a clean driver’s licence. You will need to take a pre-employment medical and drug & alcohol test as part of the hiring process.

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To apply for this position please click on the relevant button, alternatively, for a confidential inquiry contact David Milmine by email ( or phone (04 595 4102).  

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

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