Do you share our passion?

We’re passionate about delivering consumers the world’s best quality lamb. If knowing you’ve helped create the ultimate dining experience excites you too, let’s talk.

In return for your commitment to our premium product, we offer:

  • competitive rates of pay
  • a wide range of shifts including nights and twilights
  • year-round operations
  • professional and personal growth opportunities
  • on the job training, coaching and mentoring
  • long-service entitlements
  • staff sales

We have a variety of roles across our processing plants throughout the North Island of New Zealand including process workers, production supervision and management, engineering & trades, health & safety, and quality assurance. Plus sales, marketing, livestock procurement, logistics and finance.

Career Stories

My job at Ovation has helped me get on the property ladder”

Aubrey Stainton
Leading Hand

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I have been extremely lucky and given lots of opportunities to evolve and learn”

Debbie Ross
Quality Systems Co-ordinator

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This was my dream job at School that subsequently delivered many opportunities”

Axel Campbell
Supervisor

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For somebody who had nothing when I started, this job has given me a lot of opportunities”

Andrew Smith
Engineering Team Leader Waipukurau

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Career opportunities in Operations Management
  • Supervisory staff
  • Auditors
  • Engineering
  • Management Trainee

I’ve always had a passion for the meat industry and I like the seasonal nature”

Jason Raabe
Cold Store Supervisor

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Career opportunities in Cold Storage
  • Logistics
  • Forklift operators
  • Export documentation

This industry has given me a lot of life-structure and enabled me to grow”

Kyle Hill
Production Manager

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Career opportunities in Operations Management
  • Supervisory staff
  • Auditors
  • Engineering
  • Management Trainee

Featured Job - Group Technical Manager

Management position with a heavy focus on business strategy, continuous improvement, compliance, and other technical elements.

As the Group Technical Manager, you will be responsible for managing all facets of compliance with food safety, quality, customer, and legislative requirements across the Group. You will contribute to R&D continuous improvements, while assisting with strategic business decisions and growth. Among other tasks, you will be responsible for providing leadership, mentoring, and training of the technical team, conducting HACCP audits, maintaining certifications and systems, and assisting in regulatory affairs.

Requirements:
As Group Technical Manager, you will have a strong understanding of compliance, quality and food safety, regulatory affairs, and continuous improvement in the food industry. You’ll have strong leadership and relationship building skills with an ability to influence and foster teamwork at all levels.

In addition, you are expected to have the following skills, attributes, and experience,

  • Strong management experience in a similar role
  • Tertiary qualification in Science, Food Technology, or similar preferred
  • Sound understanding of quality, food technology, R&D, regulations, and compliance
  • Proven experience with HACCP and RMPs
  • Strong skills to establish, maintain, and improve technical systems and processes
  • Experience with business strategy and continuous improvement projects.
  • Organised, risk based thinking and flexible, with a high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels of the organisation.
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Ovation operates modern plants in the North Island of New Zealand. Throughout all of the facilities substantial investment has been made in state of the art technology, machinery, processes and quality assurance programmes to ensure our products meet and exceed the highest international quality standards and customer expectations.

9 minutes drive from city centre
Employs up to 360 people during the season
Opportunities to work day or night shift hours
Processes Lamb, Mutton and Goat

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3 minutes drive from city centre
Employs up to 380 people during the season
Opportunities to work day or night shift hours
Processes Lamb, Mutton, Goat and Veal

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Current Vacancies

Night Shift Process Workers – Feilding

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Night Shift Process Workers – Gisborne

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Day Shift Process Workers – Gisborne

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Day Shift Process Workers – Feilding

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  • Potential for year-round employment.
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Group Technical Manager

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  • Key Technical Leadership role
  • Be part of a large NZ owned organisation
  • Lifestyle location in sunny Hawkes Bay
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Logistics Administrator

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Logistics Administrator

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Livestock Administrator

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  • Regular Staff Sales
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Accounts Payable Administrator

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Production Planner

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  • Fixed term agreement.
  • Opportunities for career growth.
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