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National Plant Manager

A rare opportunity for the right person. Interested to manage the ownership of our plant and equipment including our workshop operations across Australia?

About Keller Australia

We are the world’s largest geotechnical engineering contractor. We have delivered industry leading foundations and ground improvement solutions to the building, construction and mining industries in Australia for over 60 years. We are part of Keller Group globally which is celebrating 160 years. People enjoy working for us because of our friendly work environment, our commitment to ongoing development and our recognition of employees' contributions and input. We have a strong focus on Health and Safety, and we are dedicated to fostering a healthy and safe work environment.

About the role

Keller Australia are currently seeking an experienced Plant Manager to join Keller Australia. The role will be based in Victoria on a permanent full-time basis. The National Plant Manager is responsible for the management and ownership of the plant and equipment department at Keller Australia including the operations of our plant and equipment workshops across Australia. They will ensure compliance with the latest plant and equipment standards, specifications, and legislation, be cost conscious and ensure financial responsibility over all plant and equipment. The individual will ensure sustainable and cost-efficient plant management and meets individual state requirements.

Primary Objectives

  • Responsible for managing Keller Australia’s large national fleet of plant and associated equipment for heavy foundation and ground improvement, providing timely updates to stakeholders as and when required.
  • Planning, organising and directing the Plant Teams including technical equipment expertise and capability support.
  • Increasing asset capacity and flexibility whilst minimising unnecessary costs.
  • Ensuring efficiencies, economies of scale and negotiations of procurement of plant and equipment nationally and globally if required.
  • Responsible for the plant budget, capex expenditure and reviewing costs in relation to plant and equipment.
  • Driving collaboration between state operations and relevant plant yards.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring the safety, mobilisation & demobilisation and maintenance processes of plant and equipment are complied with nationally.
  • Ensuring compliance with legislative, internal and customer/site requirements across different states.
  • Conducts work in a manner that is safe and consistent with Keller’s policies and procedures.
  • Continuously seeks to identify, define, critically analyse, and resolve problems through researching and testing alternative ideas and approaches, making suggestions for improvements and innovation.
  • Provides technical advice and direct support to the workshop, tendering and operations teams when required and managing plant asset, performance maintenance and safety information.
  • Analyses equipment trends and usage to review safety, utilisation, performance, and key areas for improvement. Provides reporting of metrics to the necessary stakeholders as and when required.
  • Liaison with state managers, construction managers and superintendents to ensure that plant and equipment is used according to expectations and reviews lessons learnt and recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Planning and coordination of Keller’s plant and equipment, ensuring demands are met for projects nationally.
  • Able to problem solve and act quickly to avoid delays, increased costs and not meeting project expectations.
  • Propose recommendations on how to improve technologies, systems, cost efficiencies and processes.

About you

We are looking for candidates with a health and safety focus, a strong sense of integrity and ability to drive performance excellence.

To be successful in the position you will have:

  • Experience with managing budgets and managing the financial responsibilities of plant and equipment.
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of the requirements of the NHVL Legislation and experience working with Legislative, Management and Compliance Systems.
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge and expertise with at least 10 years of relevant experience with diesel and electrically powered plant.
  • Knowledge and experience of piling and ground improvement techniques is preferred but not essential.
  • Excellent communication, organisational skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and has accountability. Professional autonomy and ability to integrate/delegate to ensure tasks are completed in agreed timeframes.

How to apply

We are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining the right people who are highly competent, live our values and actively contribute to our long-term success.

If you are ready to join the Keller Australia Team, please send through your current CV and Covering Letter. For more information please contact

Keller Australia is an equal opportunity employer and we support diversity in our workforce. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQI+; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged to apply.

Due to the high volume of applications, unfortunately only suitable candidates will be contacted.