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Maintenance Planner – Kawerau

Location: Kawerau
Company: Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts New Zealand
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
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If you are looking to progress your planning career in a region that offers a great lifestyle there is no question you’ll find it here!

Our Kawerau Sawmill employs over 180 people and with future growth plans this is an exciting time to be joining the business. Reporting to the Engineering Manager this role is predominately Monday to Friday with flexibility to work an occasional weekend. You will determine and lead the planning function for 2 planer mills and timber drying Kilns area.

You’ll impress us with your make it happen attitude, tenacious approach to problem solving and natural ability to communicate effectively with people across all levels of the business working with the trades and engineering department to achieve results.

You will likely be

  • Trade Qualified
  • Have a broad appreciation of medium to heavy manufacturing and mechanical processes.
  • Have a solid amount of planning experience behind you.
  • Knowledge of Excel and overall systems knowledge including SAP ideally or experience with computer-based maintenance management systems to good use.
  • Familiar with scheduling shutdown work and co-ordinating tasks and labour.

This position plays a critical part in our daily planning and maintenance shutdowns and preparing and reporting against budgets with health and safety always at top of mind. A technical understanding of RCM principles, lean manufacturing and maintenance best practice and tools will be the key to success in this position.

You will relish the chance to use your strong analytical ability and organisational skills on a daily basis and be able to juggle priorities to manage the unexpected! You will be curious and confident to ask the right questions to build effective plans for our site to achieve.

Our Mill is in Eastern Bay of Plenty and an easy commute from a number of large towns including Whakatane, Rotorua and Tauranga. This area has it all.


  • An awesome supportive team culture with an opportunity to develop lifelong friendships
  • An opportunity to be employed in a long-term primary industry within NZ
  • Competitive hourly rate, overtime rates and comprehensive benefits package including Superannuation and Corporate Medical Scheme

With a progressive team committed to producing high quality products to our customers, this is a great chance to build your career with us.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to perform this role in our business, then we are keen to talk with you! Please go to our careers page on to find out about working for us and to apply online to express your interest in joining our Kawerau team.

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