Engineering firm expands to create more jobs in the Waikato
Kirk Roberts Consulting is providing greater job opportunities for the industry, with the opening of a new office in Hamilton this month. One of New Zealand’s largest privately owned and operated engineering companies, Kirk Roberts prides itself on providing progressive and innovative engineering and project management solutions, as well as software and capital management services.
The new office, which opens for business on September 23, will see the employment of two engineers, a structural technician and a full-time administrator. A structural engineer and intermediate engineer will also relocate from Kirk Roberts’ Tauranga office, creating more opportunities for recruitment in the heart of the Waikato.
“The new location enables us to add more job options to a growing industry, as well as retain the skills and experience of our existing staff who were looking for new challenges or wanted to move to be closer to family,” says Executive Manager Craig Manssen.
Kirk Roberts currently employees more than 100 staff across their Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch offices and take a forward-thinking approach to their business structure for the benefit of their staff. They recently introduced a Compressed Work Week structure for more flexible working hours and all staff have access to a ShareTrust, the profits of which directly benefit all Kirk Roberts staff members.
“We take a considered approach to company culture nationwide, to help our employees grow within our firm and to see the pathways available for long-term development,” says Operations Manager Aimee Fitzjohn.
While Kirk Roberts offer a range of services, the Hamilton team will be focused predominately on structural engineering at this stage. However, the staff have the ability to draw on the expertise based in all three offices, enabling them to offer further consultancy services, geotechnical, environmental, fire and civil engineering along wtih project management services.
“Although we work in diverse regions, each its own unique challenges, we like to pull together our expertise across our four offices, to deliver a full service to our clients,” says Craig.
“Having a physical base in the Waikato is really important to us. We like our clients to know who they are talking to and will be working with on their projects, to build strong and collaborative relationships for the success of any project.”
Kirk Roberts has been involved in the development of a number of projects in the region, including Hamilton’s only urgent medical care service centre, Anglesea Clinic, and luxury retirement resort Tamahere Country Club. Craig says the team are looking to bringing their innovative and experienced approach to engineering in the Waikato, providing the best possible solution for any clients’ project. “We’re really looking forward to getting over there, to work with existing clients and help new clients. Anecdotally, there is a demand for services that is not being met and a want for a fresh approach to projects and timely delivery – all of which we can offer.”