Senior Manager, Maintenance

Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Full time
Posted 21d ago

About the business

The Port of Darwin is the nation's 'northern gateway' for Australasian trade. We have commercial wharf facilities at East Arm and the cruise ship terminal at Fort Hill Wharf.   

Darwin Port provides world class pilotage and harbour control systems and a seamless supply chain capable of handling containers, bulk liquids, bulk materials, live exports and heavy lift oversized cargoes.  With expansion plans and a commitment to continuing investments in infrastructure, Darwin Port is ready to service Australia's future needs and capitalise on the development of Northern Australia and emerging markets.

About the role

As the Senior Manager Maintenance, you are accountable for all maintenance functions within the Port across facilities ranging from bulk materials handling systems to mobile plant through to fixed facilities infrastructure. 

This role provides oversight, guidance and direction to cross functional teams including internal trades and external contractors focusing on the delivery of all maintenance activities within the Port 

Leading a hardworking team, you are highly motivated, enjoy mentoring and developing your team and will have a rare opportunity to work at a strategic level within the organisation. You are action oriented and relish the opportunity to drive improvement and change. 

Position objectives include;

  • Strategic development of repair and maintenance (R&M) and capital project budgets, including
    • ownership of key services contracts, 
    • accountability for project management and delivery of major projects
  • Establishment and implementation of robust safety management systems and protocols to ensure the safety of the team and stakeholders.
  • Application of effective work management protocols which ensure that team productivity is maximised and that resource allocation is conducted in a clear and transparent manner. 
  • Managing risk within the planning and delivery of maintenance activities to ensure that asset performance is delivered at a level required to meet business objectives and in accordance with the asset management system requirements.

Skills and experience

You will be degree qualified in an Engineering discipline or hold trade qualifications applicable to the role. Ideally you will hold formal education in an Asset or Project Management field.

To be successful in this role, you will require;

  • Proven experience in a senior management role, preferably in a Port or bulk materials handling operation.
  • Experience in planning, coordinating and managing maintenance works.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge and experience of Work Health & Safety principles, including safety and environmental issues relating to a marine environment.
  • The ability to display high level of professionalism, honesty and integrity in line with Darwin Port Values
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to relate professionally, tactfully and effectively at all levels internally and with external stakeholders in order to achieve company outcomes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, high level report writing skills 
  • A current Australian drivers’ licence

All applicants must hold or be eligible to obtain a Maritime Security Identity Card (MSIC) and will be required to undertake a pre-employment medical assessment and will be subject to Drug and Alcohol testing in accordance with Company policy. 

Benefits and perks

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • 5 weeks annual leave per annum
  • Permanent full-time position
  • Located locally at East Arm, Berrimah NT

You are expected to carry out your position in alignment with the Darwin Port values of Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Honesty and Safety

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a great business in a unique location.

Interested?  Applications are to be submitted via the ‘Apply’ link on this advertisement

Review the full position description on our Careers page at 

All applications should include your resume plus a short covering letter specifying which role you are applying for and detailing your suitability for this role.

For further information on this position please email Human Resources at

Applications close 24th June 2022.

NOTE: In accordance with the NT Chief Health Officer’s Direction (No. 55) 2021, COVID–19 vaccination is a mandatory requirement for all Darwin Port employees.  You must provide evidence that you are vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.

NB: We reserve the right to commence the recruitment process prior to the closing date on the advertisement if we receive suitable candidates.  We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Are you willing to undergo a pre-employment medical check?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a maintenance manager?
  • How many years of people management experience do you have?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • How many years of project management experience do you have?
  • Have you completed a qualification in engineering?

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