Group Manager | KiwiStar Optics

Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Position Location: 
Wellington, New Zealand
Job Description: 

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your outstanding technical and business management expertise to the manufacture of world-leading optical components?  If so, an exciting opportunity is available in our Gracefield, Lower Hutt, location.

We are looking for an exceptional manager for KiwiStar Optics - a business unit within Research and Technical Services group. Kiwistar provides a unique total system integration package, with the ability to design and manufacture optics and their mechanical housings, and the assembly and precision alignment of optical systems, including precision spectrographs, very large lenses and mirrors.

As the successful candidate, you will be running a business unit with 8-10 people, and have overall accountability and responsibility for the leadership and management of KiwiStar service capability, delivery, people, financial, and resourcing functions. You will lead the ongoing innovation of products and services within the KiwiStar team and lead delivery of integrated projects and solutions for customers. Your  commitment to quality and passion for exceeding your customer’s expectations will ensure your accomplishment in this role. 

To be successful in this position you will need the following skills and experience:

  • Advanced business and project management skills
  • Excellent decision making ability and judgment
  • Superior communication skills, with the ability to deal professionally with people at all levels
  • Strong and realistic financial, commercial and contract management skills are a prerequisite
  • A strong  technical background in science, engineering and/or manufacturing 
  • An interest in astronomy or optics and a broad understanding of the scientific and technological capabilities, innovations and advancements in KiwiStar’s market
  • A successful track record in product design and development projects, including the ability to work to tight project timelines and within approved budgets
  • Proven ability to represent the organisation at all levels 
  • Proven ability to  effectively manage employees and external business contacts while conveying a positive, service-oriented attitude
  • A successful track record of adhering to and/or implementing and maintaining an effective quality management system 
  • Excellent people leadership skills and a practical hands-on attitude, working as one-of-the-team as required 

About Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is charged with helping New Zealand businesses realise value from their ideas and grow through the use of technology.  We are on a mission to encourage and support businesses to turn their ideas into new products, services, and processes faster and to connect them to the technical services, talent, markets and funding they need to grow – being a strong, nimble and innovative organisation with great people is integral to this.

Working in our Wellington location, you’ll enjoy everything that our vibrant and cultural capital has to offer – whether it’s sampling the incredible restaurants, cafes and bars, enjoying our stunning outdoor offerings, or making the most of the laidback lifestyle. Within the business, you’ll be welcomed via a comprehensive three month programme to ensure you start with your best foot forward and have the ability to gain all that you can through your career with us. We’re also proud to offer a year-round Wellness Programme that provides a range of activities covering many facets of wellness – after all, it’s our people who make us what we are, so we want to make sure they’re well taken care of.

A career with Callaghan Innovation will challenge you and provide you with broad opportunities to showcase your skills and abilities. For driven high achievers, you will be working with committed, like-minded people, giving you the scope and support to reach your full potential. 



If you possess the required level of skills and experience and are looking for a change or a new opportunity, we would love to talk to hear from you. To apply or to read the Position Description, please click on,2082.html