Realise Your Potential

Part of the North Technology Group, Southern Spars is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of carbon fibre masts, booms and other components for high-performance race yachts, including the America’s Cup, round the world races and superyachts for high-profile clients.

While the marine sector remains at our core we are also recognised as a world-class operation in aerospace, aviation and high-performance sport.

With boundless room for progression, projects at the cutting edge of design and innovation, opportunities for travel and international transfer, and chances to work on ground-breaking sustainability projects, Southern Spars is an exciting and rewarding environment.


About the Role
Based in Avondale, the Category Buyer will manage a cost-effective & timely delivery of consumables, tools, materials and parts as required for production. You will work cross-functionally with suppliers, project managers, production team, and local stakeholders.
This person will also have the opportunity to optimise the operations and day to day running of their role striving for operational excellence.
To excel at this role you will be proactive, a strong problem solver, and highly organised.
A can-do attitude and eagerness to learn will be required.


What you’ll be responsible for:
  • Work closely with various stakeholders to ensure raw materials & consumables are available at all times to meet the production plan.
  • Negotiate with suppliers to ensure they meet quality, cost and delivery requirements, and ensure that price lists are up to date.
  • Own and grow strong business relationship’s between Southern Spars and the Supplier.
  • Maintain Purchase Order data within our ERP system, and ensuring that PO’s are being sent, and delivered In Full, On Time.
  • Have a continuous improvement mentality, search out new ways of working and new supplier opportunities.
  • Contribute to new ideas and to the team culture.


What are we looking for?
In order to be successful for this position, we are looking for a motivated individual with:
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Highly organised, you approach your work in a methodical way.
  • An avid problem solver, you will think laterally to solve problems.
  • Experience in procurement / purchasing is preferred.
  • Relevant tertiary education is preferred.
  • Intermediate level skill of MS office, experience with ERP systems is preferred.
  • Willingness to learn, and a positive attitude.
  • Easy-going, capable of working independently and as a team.
  • Motivated to achieve results and contribute to new ideas.


Employee Benefits
  • JUST OPENED – State of the art GYM – available 16.5 hrs a day.
  • On site Café with free barista coffee, fruit and snacks.
  • Subsidised Health Insurance.
  • Opportunities to learn and advance your career.
  • An employee wellness/personal development programme including health checks.
  • Birthday off on full pay – if it falls on a normal working day.
  • Long service leave entitlements.
  • Great team culture with an active social club.


Start Date – ASAP
Employment – Full Time


Great team and technology – Our customer requirements constantly “test the boundaries.” Our team taps into leading-edge knowledge of carbon fibre and composite properties; access to the world’s brightest minds, and most advanced technology and a production team who can deliver the end results.


Best possible design – Our spars are designed by the world’s leading designers and using the latest software, backed by a team of the most diligent project managers.


Manufactured like no other – We work to High Quality standards on the inside and outside of our products. We are meticulous about detail, where you can see it and where you can’t. We use LEAN manufacture to ensure organization, traceability, efficiency and consistency.


Quality assured – Our satisfied customers are our reputation. We deliver outstanding product quality and service so our customers choose us ahead of others.


Opportunity – Working at Southern Spars means being part of a global team of world-leading experts who are passionate about what they do. There are opportunities for travel to commission rigs and support international races.


You must be legally entitled to live and work in New Zealand.
We thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Job title: Category Buyer
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Position:  Full time (on site)
How to apply
Please email your CV to [email protected].

Please email your CV to [email protected] if you’re interested in joining Southern Spars as a composite spar maker.