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Foreperson (Earthworks)

  • New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Full Time - Permanent

Our Transport Projects teams are involved in large-scale multi-million-dollar projects and we are looking for an experienced Foreperson specialising in heavy earthworks to join our team working in New Plymouth on the Mt Messenger project. This project has had a 4 years duration and is continuously growing, so now would be a great time to join the team!

About the Role:

The primary role will be Hands on supervision and direction of a construction crew carrying out bulk earths in a topographically challenging and environmentally sensitive environment.

The Foreperson will be directing and conducting associated activities with a select crew of specialist operators who will ensure all works are conducted safely and productively.

This is a ‘hands on’ role and the Foreperson will be expected to provide training and development guidance for any existing and new staff. In addition to Earthworks, there will be on occasion requirement to assist construction teams by fulfilling the role of a general operative.

About You:

  • At least 10 years’ Practical experience in delivering large and complex Earthworks and Drainage projects
  • Detailed knowledge of machine operation and capability
  • Detailed practical knowledge safe and productive cut to waste, cut to fill, the selection and use of local onsite and imported materials
  • Practical experience and familiarity with Soil and sediment control structures and materials
  • Practical Knowledge and experience with the handling, drying and wetting and modifying of different soil types to achieve the compaction specification required
  • Experience with soil testing techniques
  • Detailed knowledge of safe construction techniques whilst working in steep topography
  • Experience with Machine control both total station and GPS desirable
  • Class 4, WTR preferred
  • Strong planning skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

We provide genuine training opportunities and career development, the ability to transfer to different parts of New Zealand and of course long-term job security.

  • Market competitive remuneration package including branded vehicle
  • Access to a range of company benefits and partnered discounts

Apply today by contacting heading to using the job reference number  596598 and along with your CV, please provide a cover letter that convinces us that you have the right skills, experience and attitude to exceed.

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

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

The Downer NZ Recruitment office will be closed from Friday, 23 December 2022 and we will be back on deck on Monday, 9 January 2023.   If you submit an application during this period please note that we will review your details and update you upon our return.  Wishing you a safe and festive holiday season.

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