Maintenance Planner

The Company
Located in the sunny Hawkes Bay, this company is a well-established large manufacturer running a stable and successful operation. The company are known to be hardworking, and a team approach is a must. This company has a focus on sustainability, continuous improvement, and using high tech equipment to achieve efficiency gains. People within the company are valued and developed.

The Context
A Maintenance Planner opportunity has become available for a fixed term due to the person currently in this role taking the opportunity to work on a large internal company project. This project could last between 1 to 2 years, so initially the term on the fixed term contract for this role will be 12 months but it is quite likely to be extended beyond this, to more like 18 to 24 months I am told.

The Opportunity
This role reports to another Maintenance Engineering Planner. Alongside you there will be Mechanical & Electrical Coordinators who will lead and oversee their respective maintenance trade staff to do the physical work.

As the Maintenance Planner your focus will naturally be on maintenance planning and scheduling (including parts, labour, availability of tools & equipment), Health & Safety: including hazard identification, issuing permits to work, and leading toolbox meetings, and staff and contractor coordination. This job will suit someone who is an organiser and likes to be busy.

Days & Hours: This is a daytime Sunday to Thursday role with a standard 40-hour work week.
Sunday Hours: 6 am to 2:30 pm with the the plant shutdown for maintenance.
Weekday Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm.

A range of experience levels will be considered
This company are obviously interested in someone with loads of experience that can just walk in and do the job on day dot, however…

On the junior end of the spectrum, the company are open to training people with some of the key elements that are needed to do this role (listed below). So, I can personally imagine that this could be a great move for a Junior Mechanical Engineer, a Mechanical Fitter wanting off the tools, a Production Planner wanting to shift towards a maintenance focus etc.

At the senior end of the spectrum, you can see that this is indeed a fixed term role, so it could quite nicely suit you if you are winding down your career and you only want to work for another 1 to 2 years.

Does this sound a bit like you?
Your Experience

  • Maintenance Planning background
  • CMMS Experience e.g., they use EAM and are slowly transitioning to SAP. Other CMMS software experience will definitely be relevant and considered.
  • Mechanical Trade or Engineering background.
  • Have worked in a similar large manufacturing environment.
  • You have a high level of computer literacy.
  • Familiar with a Permit to Work system, although this can be taught.

Your Personal Attributes/Skills

  • Highly organised and experienced in managing multiple work fronts and requests.
  • Disciplined and system/process orientated.
  • Work well under pressure and within a team environment.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Confident, energetic, and proactive, with proven problem-solving skills and a “can do” attitude.
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to multitask.

Why Apply?
Experience working in a large manufacturing plant context could be very valuable for your career going forward. It could potentially be the pre-cursor you need to a Maintenance Planner role that includes more people management responsibilities or something else.

Maybe you are just down the road or are interested in a move to a lifestyle location with a sought-after microclimate, this could get you there. I can’t promise anything but in a large company like this, other opportunities could very well open up, or this could be just the steppingstone you need.

If you are from out-of-town, relocation and temporary accommodation support will be given, and this is a company that pays their staff well. Permanent staff also enjoy a range of other additional benefits.

How to Apply
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