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Imagine driving through the Canterbury countryside to go to work, avoiding the bumper to bumper commute in peak hour traffic.  Imagine being a part of New Zealand’s south island manufacturing history, and helping to produce a premium product globally recognised for its uncompromising quality.  Imagine the excitement of working with complex, automated machinery, cutting edge technology and industrial plant on a grand scale, at an operation that never closes.

Welcome to Customwood by Daiken
Ten minutes north of Rangiora, amongst the spacious Canterbury Plains, Daiken has been quietly producing an incomparable product, 24/7/365 for 40 years.  We have a focus on continuous improvement, quality and sustainability and we pride ourselves on our ability to consistently produce export commodity in a sustainable manner.

The success of our business is driven by our core values: Safety, Quality and Production and we are working smarter and safer than ever before.

We only hire people who have a dedication to maintaining our premium reputation, who are enthusiastic, loyal, hardworking and committed. We are always open to fresh ideas and strategies, so your initiative will be very welcome here.

With competitive pay and benefits package, stability, potential for growth, flexibility and a fantastic team of people to work with, Daiken New Zealand is an employer you’ll be proud to work for.

“Our premium product is your prime opportunity”

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Production Operators and Team Leaders

Our Production Operators work at the front line, working rotational shifts throughout the year to produce exceptional MDF. They work in teams and learn their specialized skills on the job, acquiring a deep knowledge of plant, machinery and process.  The Production Team Leaders are amongst the most critical personnel on site, taking on the responsibility for multiple personnel as well as vast operational knowledge. To become a production operator at Daiken, you will need to have a mechanical and process aptitude, be prepared to work shift, have some written and computer literacy, be a strong team player and hardworking, responsible attitude.

Mechanical and Electrical Roles

Daiken has a proud team of fitters and sparkies who bring their exceptional specializations to play in a myriad of industrial settings. Fitters and electricians must be trade qualified and registered as appropriate, and in return, Daiken offers them the opportunity to apply and grow their skills amongst serious machines, plant, tools and circuitry. Work of this type is not for the feint-hearted, and we only consider applicants who are safety ambassadors and can demonstrate highly developed investigative skills.

Engineering and Quality

If you’re technically minded, passionate about quality or serious about finding solutions, there’s plenty for you to do at Daiken. Our engineers and our technician’s team together to consistently challenge the leading edge of fibreboard production.  From designing and commissioning to testing and analyzing, the brains of our operation live in an exciting forefront, building our reputation as an exceptional manufacturer in harmony with the environment. To work with these teams, you’ll need an engineering qualification, a knowledge of international production and operational standards and be a zealot for continuous improvement.

IT and Automation

At Daiken, our IT and Automation professionals like to be where the action is. There’s no hiding behind a computer for our specialists here, they are constantly hard at work where it counts, keeping the PLCs and machines ticking smoothly, finding solutions where there are no solutions, blue-sky thinking and implementing technology found nowhere else in the south island. Upgrades are constant, challenges incessant and opportunities frequent. If you love industrial IT, feel at one with the machines and are interested in progressing your career in Automation, apply with us.


Our product adorns the homes and buildings of families and workers throughout the world, and it gets there thanks to our experienced team of Logistic professionals, who don’t register the word “can’t”. To join this formidable crew, you need to think globally, your time-clock is set at international, and be a master of systems and processes. This team start at go with production scheduling, and only stop when our product arrives in mint condition to our esteemed customers.  Except there is no stopping – our men and women in logistics are as passionate as they are dedicated.

The Pit Crews

It might be behind the scenes, but operations like Daiken don’t run themselves. Our finance, admin, sales, HR and safety personnel are the pit crews who quietly coordinate the organizational systems that keep the business in business.  Constantly setting fresh challenges and targets for achievement, the Support Teams need their unique expertise and business knowledge to keep the ship right-sized. We only hire people for these teams who understand and can apply their professional talents to the unique nature of manufacturing, and who are committed to measurable results.

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We advertise our vacancies via SEEK and/or Trade Me. Please search on these sites for Daiken NZ for any current positions that may be available and apply according to the instructions with the advertisement.

Alternatively, please email HR@daiken-nz.com to enquire about any current or future vacancies.

We do keep prospective CVs and applications for future reference. If you would like to be considered for future vacancies prior to advertising, please send your details and CV to us at HR@daiken-nz.com. Please complete our application form below.

We do not appoint candidates who are not eligible to work in New Zealand. You must have appropriate immigration documentation if you are not a resident or citizen.

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