General Manager

Blenheim, Marlborough

Reference Number: 8799SIaa

General Manager

Blenheim, Marlborough

  • Leadership of aspirational and respected business
  • Future focus on innovation and adding value
  • Blenheim based, competitive salary and vehicle


About the Company:

Southern Water Engineering (SWE) is an innovative and industry leading strategic partner in the design, installation, monitoring and servicing of engineered water solutions.

Based in Blenheim, SWE specialises in working with clients in the primary industry (particularly viticulture) and civic projects to provide individually tailored irrigation installation and servicing.


About The Role: 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager oversees all day-to-day business operations, maximising productivity and growing new business opportunities through innovation and adding client value.


Skills & Experience: 

As the ideal candidate, you will be an experienced General Manager with sound commercial acumen and a proven ability to identify and implement performance enhancing initiatives that impact on both the top and bottom line.

You will inspire the team to be nimble in their thinking and delivery, identifying innovative opportunities to deliver SWE’s strategic vision. Committed to the SWE values, you will lead by example, creating a high performing team that continues to deliver and service quality, bespoke solutions.

You will have a keen interest in data and technology, gaining insights into not only how the business operates but also how to innovate, adding value to client services and products.

An excellent communicator you will relate easily from ‘field to Board’, building relationships of value with key clients and suppliers.

In addition, you will:

  • Have proven experience leading a business or business vertical at a GM/senior level – five years plus.
  • Have strong leadership skills with skills to grow a cohesive team through coaching and development.
  • Be a champion of health and safety.
  • Be familiar with applying continuous improvement principles with a passion for innovation and adding value.
  • Have worked in a related industry – engineering, trades or agri-related.



A vehicle is provided.


The Region

Marlborough’s strategic central location at Te Tauihu (the Top of the South) provides an easy connection to the rest of New Zealand. Marlborough is ‘big enough yet small enough’ — there’s a sense of connectedness and freedom while working and living here.  With 51,900 residents, Marlborough offers all the facilities of a larger centre without the cost, travel time or stress. It’s easy to get around. Locals call it the ‘seven-minute commute’ – including from its main centre, Blenheim Waiharakeke, to the airport.

More than 50% of Marlborough’s economic activity originates from the land and the ocean. The biggest economic drivers are the wine and viticulture, aquaculture, farming, food and fibre, and forestry and wood processing industries. These sectors live side-by-side with a healthy visitor economy. Emerging sectors include technology and innovation — primarily agritech solutions — medical cannabis, and the screen and creative industries. The economy is supported by established engineering and manufacturing industries as well as construction and professional services sectors.

A big industry shared across the Te Tauihu with Nelson/Tasman is the ‘blue economy’ which includes kai moana (seafood) and aquaculture.