Foreperson - Carpenter


Location: Canterbury

Job Type: Full time


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.

Here in Timaru we are looking for a Foreperson - Carpenter to join our crew as we carry out work on our maintenance contract and construction works in the region! This is an exciting opportunity for you if you are looking for a change in career and are looking to take the next step.

About the role:

You’ll be leading your crew doing construction, roading/bridge maintenance and drainage works. This role comes with a variety of projects, so no two days will be the same. Reporting to the Supervisor, you’ll be setting up sites and running the team through general scopes of projects with a focus on safety and quality. You’ll have operational duties ranging from some skilled carpentry, through to general highway maintenance and general labouring. This ‘hands on’ role will require you to provide leadership by planning, providing direction and controlling activities whilst working alongside the team in the field while working on highways carrying out concrete work, bridge maintenance and so much more!

About you:

Along with your civil experience as a Foreperson or Leading Hand there are a few essentials to what we are looking for, but don’t stress too much if you don’t tick them all off, we are prepared to train you:

  • You’ll hold a class 1 minimum full New Zealand Drivers licence with WTR endorsements being desirable
  • Previous proven experience as a carpenter
  • Current STMS Level 1 qualification with temporary traffic management experience highly desirable
  • Previous experience operating an excavator a bonus
  • High standard of workmanship with a commitment to safe workplace practises

If you have clear communication skills with the ability to build rapport with stakeholders and easily chat with your crew, then we would like to hear from you!

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 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 596089 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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