Design Manager

Hamilton Based – Food / Dairy – Multidisciplined Consulting

The Dairy industry is starting to ramp up again with several large projects on the books across NZ. To complement one of the largest specialist dairy/food teams in the country, we are after a skilled and specialised engineering professional, to manage the design process of these new projects. This will involve overseeing the design, construction and commissioning of these large multi-faceted dairy / food projects. These projects will be in throughout New Zealand, but you will be based in Hamilton.

The role is heavily client focussed and you will work across more than one project at a time. Essentially acting as the project manager for the kick-off and design phase of the project, you will then pass over to a PM/C when construction starts. So very limited time on site. Pretty much a perfect job for someone with a family, where you’re able to enjoy both aspects without being stuck on site 24/7.

This autonomous role covers all aspects of process project engineering from liaising directly with key clients in the conceptual discussions through to the design, construction and commissioning of their large multi-faceted dairy, food or wine projects.

Successful applicants will preferably have a strong level of process engineering experience from within the Dairy or Food Industries, along with an appropriate Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Mechanical or Chemical Process).

Some key attributes expected:

  • You will have proven dairy, or food / beverage industry / engineering experience
  • At least 8 years of relevant Food / Dairy Process engineering experience (Dairy process design experience either wet or powder preferred, but not critical)
  • Preferably worked within a multi-disciplined design consultancy or specialised project delivery company
  • Commercially strong and experienced with tenders and contracts etc
  • Positive leadership and people skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal

Highly rated amongst the dairy and food manufacturing fraternity, a move here would solidify the career aspirations of any professional, looking step up into a proper project delivery company and not a lumbering corporate giant.

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