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Production Manager - Come build robots with us!

Technical and Operations
Christchurch, Canterbury
November 24, 2021

We are looking for a capable and energetic person to take up the role of Production Manager at Design Energy. You will run our current factory operation and grow the scale and capability of our production team as we work towards our goal of being a world leading robot systems producer.

At Design Energy we get excited about creating and building cool robotic automated production systems that make our NZ customers more productive and successful.

We’ve been doing this for 15 years and according to our customers, we’re pretty good at it.

The demand for automation is growing significantly so we’re very busy and we’re looking for good people to join us in our mission.

You’ll have opportunities to grow your skills and learn from our team’s 150+ years of automation experience. You’ll be buried deep in building and commissioning innovative robotic production systems, working with two of the world’s leading brands of robots (Universal Robots & Nachi).

When you join our team, you’ll find we’re an approachable, down to earth bunch who enjoy each other’s company and the varied and challenging projects we work on. Our company culture is based on doing what we say we will, having each other’s backs, doing things right and celebrating our successes.

The opportunity

  • Management and responsibility for Design Energy’s factory and production team
  • Contribute to our strategic growth plan as part of the senior management team
  • Collaborate with our superb design engineering team in the continuous improvement of our products and the designers’ manufacturing knowledge and methods
  • Hands on experience with our world-leading high-speed and collaborative robotic equipment
  • Tap into 150 years’ worth of automation knowledge
  • Support New Zealand’s manufacturers and our team of 5 million
  • Skills and career growth
  • Competitive remuneration package

You will ideally come from a trade background and have led teams in machine building, maintenance, fitting, or toolmaking. To be the perfect fit for this team, you will bring a diverse range of skills, tenacity and your ‘A’ game to each new task, learning opportunity or challenge that comes your way.

The role

  • Lead the building and delivery of robotic automation systems and related services
  • Plan and manage workflow to meet project and company deliverables
  • Contribute to and execute growth strategy and process improvements
  • Manage and grow supply chain relationships and procurement
  • Some travel, after hours and weekend work required

Essential skills & experience

  • Proven track record in building effective, happy and sustainable teams
  • Minimum 10 years relevant trades/industry experience or advanced mechanical knowledge
  • Strong understanding of machinery-related competencies such as pneumatics, controls etc
  • Excellent troubleshooting and fault-finding skills
  • Strong eye for detail, quality orientation, and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • The desire to learn, and the flexibility and adaptability to do new things!
  • Experience with robotics and/or industrial control systems would be an advantage
  • New Zealand residency and full driver’s licence

To be considered you must contact Echelon Group directly as applications through other agencies will not be considered or accepted.

Applications Close 3 December 2021

For a confidential enquiry, contact Matt van Tuinen

Tel: 03 335 3276
Mob: 021 998 383

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