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Surfacing Foreperson / Supervisor

Apply Now angle-right Job no: 587482
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Nelson
Categories: Engineering (All disciplines), Trades, Maintenance, Construction

Downer has been designing, building and sustaining New Zealand’s infrastructure for over a century and is a leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 10,000 employees in New Zealand, we work alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, councils and government agencies.

About the role

Downer’s Surfacing division is highly respected and has a great track record for delivering excellence. We have an exciting opportunity for a Surfacing Foreperson or Supervisor to join our high-preforming and rapidly growing team in Nelson.

This is a key leadership role where you will be involved in the planning, scheduling, directing, and controlling of activities and operations for the chip sealing crews. You will ensure that works are completed to the satisfaction of our customers and that all our targets are met. Day to day you will:

  • Foster and build strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • Provide mentoring and training to the crews
  • Lead by example and drive a strong health and safety culture
  • Successfully plan projects and resource programmes of work to ensure your team can deliver work efficiently and effectively 
  • Organise, direct, and control all activities and operations of crew, to ensure that work is completed on time, on budget, and with a high level of quality

You will be a part of a team that designs, builds, and maintains 25,000kms worth of roads in Aotearoa New Zealand. With over 150 years of projects and knowledge under our belts, our methods are innovative, and our vision is future focused (just like your career once you join us). We are building sustainable communities that you can be proud to say that you have been a part of producing.

About you

As an experienced Surfacing professional, you will also bring with you the following skills and experience:

  • Strong knowledge of Surfacing specifications and procedures
  • Experienced in the use of bitumen and emulsions advantageous
  • High standard of workmanship
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong safety and quality focus
  • Demonstrated leadership behaviours that empower others to do their best and develop their skillset
  • Strong planning skills with the ability to problem solve on the fly


Downer offers more than just the basics you'd expect from a large organisation. Our benefits are designed to develop the whole person, at home and at work - trust us when we say we’ve got you covered. Here’s just a brief insight into some of the many things we can offer you:

  • A very competitive remuneration package & company vehicle dependant on experience
  • Enjoy flexible working, as we take work-life balance so seriously we include it in your contract
  • An employee recognition programme which celebrates and recognises our people
  • Career development opportunities & a dedicated personal development plan
  • All the tools of trade you need to perform successfully your role including clothing and merch
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package through our partners - you will receive a great range of corporate discounts and benefits across banking, insurance, retailers, technology, vehicles, automotive, healthcare, childcare, homeware, dental care, travel, accommodation, gym memberships and more! 
  • We also encourage our people to participate in community volunteering initiatives and pay for the time you spend helping to make our community better with Downer's volunteer leave!
  • A Socially responsible, inclusive, and diverse culture, that includes a Zero Harm tolerance

You will love being a part of the Downer lifestyle, come and see for yourself why we are the crème de la crème of employers as we continue to build our future! Literally. 

About us 

At Downer, our purpose is to create and sustain the modern environment. From our roads to our rail, ports, and airports, our Transport Services business unit is responsible for keeping New Zealand moving.

We are big picture people, operating under a model that pushes beyond the here and now. We design, build, and sustain the projects we work on, whilst also developing innovative solutions to the world’s leading issues around sustainability, where we are recognised as global leaders.

We remain at the forefront of our industry by employing the best people and having the courage to challenge the status quo. Our people are experts in their fields, influencing and shaping our future.   

This is an exciting opportunity for you to make a real difference by joining us as we continue to build a better tomorrow for generations to come. 

How to bring your Difference to Downer 

If you are interested in the work that we are doing to make New Zealand better and want to take your career to the future with us, then we want to hear from you. Hit the Apply Now button to fill out an application form and upload your CV.  

If you would like to learn more about us, the work that we are doing, and the difference we are making to the communities we work in then head to our website to find out more

Downer NZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.  

Our workplaces are drug and alcohol free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a Pre-Employment drug test and medical. 

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