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Site Manager Kinleith – Kinleith Based

Pedersen Group is a multi-national organisation in the wood-fibre industry. Recognised for its innovation, we have an exemplary reputation spanning over 40 years of designing and delivering individual business solutions for our customers.

A vacancy has become available at Tokoroa, for a Site Manager reporting to the General Manager, Pedersen’s.

The Kinleith site manages log yard operations for Ojifs Kinleith Mill, the Chipping and Debarking operation, the Taumata Export Log Yard and Debarking Plant for Manulife Forest Management NZ.

The role is accountable and responsible for the day to day management of all operations, maintaining a close working relationship with the principals of our clients by managing the operational outputs and performance, setting strategies and plans in place through the coordination of fibre, labour and both fixed and mobile plant at the Kinleith Site.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Commitment to a Health & Safety focussed culture by promoting and supporting the Company quality & safety standards and on continuous improvement, whilst demonstrating the Company values and behaviours.
  • Client Relationships and KPI’s.
  • Input into, and accountability for the site operational budget.
  • Providing leadership and support to the site’s employees.
  • Overseeing and co-ordinating all functions on site.

The successful applicant will have a proven ability to lead and motivate a cohesive team of 6 direct reports and a total staff of 51 operating on a 24/7 basis, whilst fostering an on-going organisational culture and improvement. Demonstrating sound judgement with a focused and logical approach to problem-solving.

Our commitment to you is an industry and market competitive remuneration package including a motor vehicle, while working for a vibrant company with a culture and core values of openness, integrity and respect, of which we apply at every level.

Should you require any further information relating to the role contact Richard on 0278 25 6676

Pedersen operate a drug and alcohol-free workplace and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol test prior to any position being offered.

Applications, including a copy of your CV, can be submitted using the apply on-line for currently advertised jobs section under Careers on this website www.pedersen-group.co.nz

or posted to:

HR, Pedersen Group

PO Box 1895

Rotorua 3040

Loader Operator – Tokoroa Based (Shift)

A vacancy has arisen in the company’s operation at the Kinleith Mill for a Loader Operator

Applicants for this role should be able to demonstrate previous experience and current competency in the operation of a log loader or similar equipment. The primary function of the role is the unloading of log trucks and the servicing of log decks at the mill.

The position is on a permanent 12-hour night shift rotation, working 4 on, 2 off.

Whilst the holding of a class 2 license and W endorsement is required for the role, applicants who do not have these endorsements but have the skills and experience should apply, as support for you gaining your licenses may be given.

Pedersen operate a drug and alcohol-free workplace and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol test prior to any position being offered.

Applications, including a copy of your CV, can be submitted using the apply on-line for currently advertised jobs section under Careers on this website [www.pedersen-group.co.nz]

or posted to:

HR, Pedersen Group

PO Box 1895

Rotorua 3040

Diesel Mechanic – Kawerau Based

Pedersen Kawerau Limited is seeking to employ a suitably qualified and suitably experienced Heavy Diesel Mechanic to join our workshop team at Kawerau.

The successful applicant for this position will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Experience on heavy diesel mobile plant is essential
  • Able to work within a small team on a day shift 4 on 4 off shift roster
  • Be self motivated and safety conscious 


We offer a competitive remuneration package, varied and interesting work on our mobile fleet, within a safety conscious and desirable work environment.

Pedersen operate a drug and alcohol free workplace and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol test prior to any position being offered.

Applications, including a copy of your CV, can be submitted using the apply on-line for currently advertised jobs section under Careers on this website [www.pedersen-group.co.nz]

or posted to:

HR, Pedersen Group

PO Box 1895

Rotorua 3040

Loader Operator – Kawerau based

A vacancy has arisen at the company’s Kawerau PLT Log yard operation for a Loader Operator.

Applicants for this role should be able to demonstrate previous experience and current competency in the operation of a wheeled loader or similar equipment, preferably in a log yard or forestry environment.

The role is a 5 day a week position usually Monday to Friday. The successful applicant may be required to work either day or night shift to meet the operational requirements of the business. 

Whilst the holding of a class 2 license and W endorsement is required for the role, applicants who do not have these endorsements but have the skills and experience should apply, as support for you gaining your licenses may be given.

Pedersen’s operate a drug and alcohol free workplace and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol test prior to any position being offered.

Applications, including a copy of your CV, can be submitted using the apply on-line for currently advertised jobs section under Careers on this website [www.pedersen-group.co.nz]

or posted to:

HR, Pedersen Group

PO Box 1895

Rotorua 3040

Chip Truck Driver – Tokoroa Based

A vacancy has arisen in the company’s operation at the Kinleith Mill for a Chip Truck Driver

We seek applications from suitably qualified and experienced people interested in this full-time permanent position.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate previous experience and current competency in the operation a truck and trailer unit, with experience in tipping. Knowledge in self-loading using a pivot loader would be an advantage.

Whilst the holding of a class 5 license and W endorsement is required for the role, applicants who do not have these endorsements but have the skills and experience should apply, as support for you gaining your licenses may be given.

Pedersen’s operate a drug and alcohol-free workplace and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment Medical including drug and alcohol test prior to any position be offered.

Applications, including a copy of your CV quoting vacancy 22/29, can be submitted using the apply on-line for currently advertised jobs section under Careers on this website [www.pedersen-group.co.nz]

or posted to:

HR, Pedersen Group

PO Box 1895

Rotorua 3040

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Working together works

Pedersens is about more than running the most productive and cost effective operation possible.

Pedersens is also about people power. The core values of this modern, innovative and growing business are centred around openness, integrity and respect. These are very much to the fore when it comes to staff relations.

Employees thrive in this culture at this family business with family values. Fresh fruit bowls, modern plant to work with, excellent safety records, numerous awards for staff training, a stable management core, pathways to empowerment … this is all part of the Pedersen employment picture.

The company’s caring management model promotes employee engagement, employee motivation, employee development and employee retention.

“Pedersens are industry leaders and we credit our staff with much of that success. It’s little wonder we put so much effort into making Pedersens a great place to work.”
Managing Director Paul Pedersen.

Pedersens is proud to boast an engaged and enthused workforce.

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Staff talk about working at Pedersens

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Nick Russell

Mechanic Supervisor

Nick is a relatively new addition to the team. Yet his potential was promptly recognised and, as a result, promotional opportunities have already come his way.

Nick, who is based at Pedersen’s Kinleith operation, came on board as a mechanic in mid- 2012. Shortly afterwards he was offered in-house supervisory training and within nine months achieved a job description change. Nick is now Mechanic Supervisor – overseeing a team of three.

There is much he likes about working for Pedersens. A major plus, he says, are the family-friendly hours. Working from 6am until 4pm five days a week is great for family life, and a “luxury” he hasn’t always experienced in his working life.

Team morale is “awesome” at Pedersens where, he says, he feels as if he is “much more than just a worker”.

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Jarrod Haare

Loader Operator

Career growth and work experience abroad have both come Jarrod’s way since he became a Pedersen employee.

“Since working for Pedersens I have had the opportunity to work in Australia and to try my hand at something different.”

Jarrod started off stacking timber and then moved up the ladder to take on loader operator duties. He is now Kinleith based.

Being a loader operator and working for Pedersens is a good fit for him, he says.
“The guys are a good bunch and easy to get along with; the management are understanding and easy to talk to; and I get to play on some good machines.”

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Pita Ropiha

Loader Operator

Pedersens provides Pita with a job, camaraderie… and a healthy living plan.

“These guys really try to look after their workers. The smoko huts have fresh fruit all year round and soup in winter. It’s free – you just help yourself. It’s about healthy eating and it’s a good incentive for me.”

Pita says exercise programmes – and social functions – are organised too.

“It’s a good team and I plan to be here as long as I can.”

Pita, who was once a truck driver, is based in Kawerau and has been with Pedersens since 2006.

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Clarence Dakin

Log Yard Supervisor

Clarence is a bit of a “go to” man at Pedersens… for obvious reasons. He’s worked on the Kawerau site for just shy of 30 years, the past ten as a Pedersen employee. He’s a Jack of many trades too, having worked for Pedersens as a stacker operator, a loader operator and a truck driver.

Then he got tapped on the shoulder to take up a team leader’s position.

“I’ve worked in most areas around the mill. I have knowledge and I feel this was recognised. I feel valued here,” Clarence says.

“I like the people I work with and the company I work for.”

His career aspirations are clear cut. “I’m aiming for 50 years on site.”

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Bruce Hutchings

Operations Advisor

Bruce has been with the Pedersen Group for 20-plus years commencing as a casual operator.

He is perfectly placed to comment on promotional opportunities available at Pedersens. Bruce is now the Operation Advisor, responsible for providing Operational Management support to managers and supervisors. He also has specific responsibilities around Mobile Plant Asset Management, and specific Project work as requested and required throughout the group.

“You want to go places? Then do the hard work and chances are you will go places,” is his advice.

Bruce lives in Whakatane and travels to Pedersen’s sites in New Zealand and Australia.

“Pedersens is a caring company – the sort of company that sends flowers and looks after your family as well as you”.

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Nathan Thompson

holiday reliever

He’s described as a holiday reliever, but there’s not much holiday time for this employee at the Albury site.

Nathan’s job is a full-time one, across many departments from fitters to utilities to production. He just goes where he is needed in a job which works for him on many levels.

“It’s a very well-managed company. They recognise that family life is important and they want their staff to be happy.

“The pay is really good, training is offered and my job is great – I love the versatility and flexibility. I feel well looked after.

“Pedersens pretty much ticks all the boxes.”

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Tyson Lees

loader operator

Tyson has been with Pedersens since 2013. It was a great career move, he says.
“I love operating machinery – the bigger the better – so this is the place to be.”

Pedersens is a company which commits to the best and most reliable machinery, he says.

The biggest excavator this enthused loader operator has ever seen has been commissioned by Pedersens and he has been assigned as one of its operators.

Tyson’s happy about other things in his workplace too.

“It is a flexible place and I have good relationships with my workmates and the boss. There are really good channels of communication here and that’s really important.”

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Louise Grzegorczyn

Technical administrator and health and safety coordinator

Louise has been described as the glue of the Maryvale site.

She has been with Pedersens since the contract commenced at this Australian site, and fulfils a number of roles. She is involved in chip quality testing and administration support. Her main focus, however, is on health and safety.

Louise thoroughly enjoys the dynamics of working in production, all the more so as she is employed by a “professional, forward-thinking company”.

Pedersens is, she says, a company that constantly reviews things like safety, productivity, focus going forward and improvements in general.

“If you draw attention to something that needs actioning you will be listened to, note will be taken, and the feasibility of change analysed. At Pedersens you are never hamstrung.”