Machine Shop Manager – CNC Fitting and Turning - Auckland

15 May 2018
58754 / 18-001
  • Skilled and qualified professional
  • Managerial role
  • Lots of variety in world-class team

We are seeking to appoint a qualified and experienced Fitter Turner to work as Workshop Manager in the North Shore-based workshop of Henley Engineering Ltd.

This is a full-time, permanent position in a small and expert team of specialists. 

(Image courtesy of Henley Group)

Most of the work is bespoke and so a wide variety of challenging projects is guaranteed across a growing raft of industrial sectors and technologies.

Work primarily involves the operation of CNC (Victor, Morton, SMX) and semi-CNC (Harrison) center lathes and milling machines, working in high-grade bronze, stainless steel, aluminium and plastic materials. 
The CNC programming languages are Fanuc and Fagor.

Reports to: General Manager.

Reports:  2 tradesmen, 1 apprentice (with a second apprentice in rotation within the group)


Main duties and responsibilities of this position:

This role combines hands-on and managerial work (up to 50:50 mix which will vary according to what work is passing through the workshop)

Hands On: manufacturing and repairing marine and industrial driveline components, commencing with boring propellers (allowing for training). 


  • Daily determination of workshop schedule and priorities with General Manager.
  • Job allocation and oversight of all machine shop work in progress at Job / Individual level in order to meet completion and delivery targets
  • Staff performance management, including apprentice(s) and organisation of training as required
  • Quality control
  • Tooling and Raw materials management with General Manager
  • Machinery maintenance
  • Maintaining a clean, tidy, safe and well-organised machine shop environment.


Qualifications and Experience Required:
You will be a trade qualified Fitter Turner and must have experience of programming and operating both CNC and semi-CNC center turning lathes and milling machines. 
It is self-evident that you will also have skills in the operation of manual lathes, drill presses, etc. and working in both imperial and metric measurement units.

We need someone who can hit the ground running, so it is likely that the person we appoint will have prior post-qualifying experience in comparable roles of not less than five years.

However, if you’re somewhat more recently qualified but can readily demonstrate the skills and professional expertise we are looking for, plus the calibre and appetite for leadership responsibilities, do not be deterred, come and talk to us.

Background training, skills and compatible work experience will include general machine shop experience, ideally drawn from the marine or industrial sectors.

Previous experience within the marine mechanical environment is highly desirable, but is not essential to be effective in this role.

You will be able to demonstrate the ability to read and interpret CAD and technical drawings from external sources and workshop manuals.

Personal Attributes and Qualities:

  • Attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy considered essential to deliver ‘right first time’ results
  • Highly capable in a technical, hands-on engineering environment
  • Analytical thinker with an orientation to solutions
  • Strong work ethic and positive approach to work
  • Ability to work with and manage a mix of personalities
  • Clear managerial focus to deliver high quality products from a well-organised workshop team
  • Clear verbal and written English communication skills

… but at the end of the day it will be all about your attitude.

Training will be provided on an ongoing basis.

The normal 8-hour working day starts at 07:00 a.m.
This is a salaried position based on a 40-hour working week, with half-an-hour for lunch each day and two 10-minute breaks.
The start salary is negotiable according to what the successful candidate brings to the role.


Job Location:
Most work is performed at the North Shore premises in Glenfield, but once in a while you may be required to attend a client vessel to check measurements.

Applicants for this position should possess NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit to be considered as a candidate.

Any applications sent direct to the company will be referred back to Marinejobs for normal processing.


Company Profile:
(See for a group overview).

A marine industry player since 1917, the Henley name is familiar to designers, builders, owners and operators all over the world.  A family-owned and run enterprise, it’s a specialist in providing custom-built drive train solutions for a wide range of vessels, both sail and power, in sectors as diverse as Commercial Fishing, Aquaculture, Military, Fast Ferry, Pleasure craft, Police, Customs, Ocean race yachts, Tugs and Pilot boats. 

Thanks to its group capabilities, Henley can deliver a genuinely integrated engineering solutions to marine and industrial players in sectors as diverse as: marine (as above), hydro generation, waste water systems, wave generation, dredging, mining, logging, oil and gas, transport, hybrid propulsion systems for transportation (ferry, bus and truck), earth working machinery, fire fighting equipment, diary / food processing and military.

For you, this means a huge range of variety in the range of work undertaken, an outlet for creative engineering and lots of opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills.

Contact Rob Everall of Marinejobs by writing to or call him on +64 21 996 796 for further information.  You can also apply directly to this job using the form on the right side of this page.