General Manager

Reference Number: 7882aa

Location: Auckland

  • Transport and Logistics Sector
  • Make Your Mark in an Autonomous Leadership Position
  • New Growth Focussed Leadership Opportunity


About the Role

This is a newly created opportunity and follows the planned retirement and exit of the founders, with a subsequent transition to new owners.  Reporting directly to the Board, this role has a real mix of strategic, operational, and client-facing responsibilities and represents a unique opportunity to lead a company with a strong foundation through further growth.

The purpose of the position is to:

  • Contribute to setting long term plans and strategic aims.
  • Ensure that the Company’s strategic plan is implemented.
  • Lead the team delivering excellent client services.
  • Support developments in line with existing and future growth strategies.
  • Ensure the business results are realised in a controlled, predictable, and timely manner.
  • Ensure the smooth ongoing function and continual improvement in the Company.
  • Lead and drive health and safety across the Company.


Skills and Experience

Supported by an experienced team the ideal candidate will:

  • Ideally have a strong background in logistics, commercial hire transport, or an associated sector.
  • Be ready to step up into a General Manager role.
  • Possess proven experience in a senior operations role.
  • Have well-developed customer engagement and leadership skills.
  • Lead with a continuous commitment to customer service. 
  • Maintain and refine internal systems that inspire and support everyone to be their best.

This is a dynamic and growing organisation and, for those seeking an exciting leadership opportunity, this role represents a compelling next career step.



An attractive remuneration package is on offer including a full range of benefits and incentives.


About the Company

Auckland Forklifts Limited (formerly Auckland Forktruck Hire) is a long established and successful company providing a range of rental forklift vehicles to clients on a mix of short and long-term hire in the Auckland region.  The Company has a strong belief in personalised service, commitment and loyalty and truly cares about its clients.  It also provides a comprehensive range of products and services related to the forklift industry, including hire, sales, service, and maintenance breakdown.  The Company is justifiably proud of its efficient customer service and the ability to meet a wide range of client requirements. 


To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 28 November 2021.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing document.

For more information please phone Neil Munro on +64 22 694 9620.

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