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  • Nelson, New Zealand
  • Full Time - Permanent

About us

At Downer, our purpose is to create and sustain the modern environment. Using world-leading insights and solutions, we design, build, and sustain assets, infrastructure, and facilities. Our Transport Services business unit is a world class market leader, shaping and influencing the future of New Zealand’s infrastructure.

Whatever it is you are doing, we are a part of your everyday life. We build and maintain our roads, rail, ports, and airport infrastructure. Our labs and plants produce and manufacture pioneering solutions that are changing the game in creating a sustainable planet. And our cutting-edge intelligent transport system technologies continue to keep us moving forward safely. We have plenty of opportunities for our people to become trailblazers as we continue to build our future and take you with us. 

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity in Nelson for a Foreperson who will be leading the crew as we carry out works for the top of the South! Spend your days outdoors and on your feet enjoying the fresh air and mountain views, whilst taking your career to the next level with Downer!

Working on a variety of projects, no two days will be the same. You’ll be leading your crew by setting up sites and providing general scopes of projects whilst maintaining a strong focus on delivering excellence with zero harm. Current projects include maintenance works on roading, pavements, and drainage. Leading from the front in this hands on role, you will also have operational duties such as operating machinery and general labouring. 

About you

Along with your civil experience as a Foreperson, you will be organised, as effective planning is crucial to the success of this role. You will also have a proven record of leadership experience as you will need to be a respected leader providing direction and controlling activities whilst also working alongside the team in the field. Other experience we will be looking for are:

  • Minimum Class 4 full New Zealand Drivers licence with WTR endorsements
  • A proven track record of operating a range of civil machinery to a high standard
  • Commitment to safe workplace practices
  • Clear communication skills with the ability to build rapport with stakeholders and easily chat with your crew

Perks & Benefits

Working for a progressive and reliable organisation, not only will you be surrounded by a team of leading experts, you will enjoy flexible working as we take work-life balance so seriously we include it in your contract. You will be offered a competitive pay package, a vehicle package, and all the extras that make working for Downer the crème de la crème. You will receive ongoing training and development opportunities to ensure your knowledge and skills continue to be industry leading. And because we are all about relationships creating success, we offer our people a comprehensive employee benefits package through our partners. You will receive extensive discounts and perks across a huge number of sought-after multinational brands, think: banking, gyms, insurance, retailers, technology, vehicles, automotive, healthcare, childcare, homeware, dental care, travel, accommodation, and plenty more! You will love being a part of the Downer lifestyle, come and see for yourself as we continue to build our future! Literally.

How to apply

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, hit the apply now button or head to and enter reference number 595760 to apply.     

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

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

Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible. 


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