Senior Design Engineers

We’re working on some cool projects that are about to get bigger! These game-changing projects will revolutionise global industries including construction and transportation. If you’re keen to be part of the action, read on! 

We’re after top design engineers to join our team and help in the development, delivery, and technical leadership of key projects. We develop products, create technology and integrate systems. Our work has purpose, and we solve real-world needs. We focus as much on market and commercial development as we do on the technical development for our solutions.  

If you love challenging convention and imagining how the future may look, this is your chance.    

Coalface experience we’re looking for:   

  • At least seven years mechanical engineering design  
  • Technology and product R&D   
  • A breadth of engineering understanding and experience  
  • Product development strategy and leadership  
  • Technical directorship and leadership  
  •  Big-picture thinking and Systems Engineering experience  

Bonus skills:   

  • Product lifecycle experience   
  • End-user design approach  
  • People leadership  
  • Direct experience with manufacturing and quality assurance  
  • Reliability engineering  
  • Innovation framework  
  • Prototyping and test development  

This is a Christchurch-based role. We’re happy to discuss a relocation package if required.  

About us

We work with international clients in many industries including adventure recreation, construction and roadside hardware. We cover everything from ideation and R&D, to testing, compliance and accreditation. It’s fair to say there’s never a dull moment in our design hub.  

Teamwork: We are one team, helping each other and sharing knowledge. We communicate openly and hold ourselves accountable for our actions. We encourage our teammates to explore, grow and be their best.  

Our clients:  We seek partnerships, not just clients. We partner with clients and take time to understand exactly what they need. In these long-lasting partnerships we deliver valuable outcomes and are invested in their success. We become their trusted experts. 

Look ahead: We keep our fingers on the pulse to spot opportunities and identify issues before they occur. We learn by asking questions and we’re always looking for ways to add value to our team and our clients.   

Technical brilliance: We use design principles and innovative thinking to provide the best engineering possible. We experiment and use test data to refine ideas and prove the systems we develop. We are happy to ask for help when we need it.   

Entrepreneurial and commercially savvy: Tech is only part of a full solution. Successful projects consider all aspects of business – financial needs, market and value proposition. This helps us anticipate trends and spot great opportunities.  

Stronger together: Holmes Solutions are part of the tight-knit Holmes Group. The Holmes Group subsidiaries offer technical expertise and solutions across fire and structural engineering in Australia, the US, the Netherlands and NZ.  

Flexibility: Life is for living and we value that at Holmes Solutions. Everyone appreciates flexibility, so we make sure you have time to enjoy the important things in life. We are family-focussed, and we support full mind and body wellness.   

Does this sound like you?   

If you’re keen to be part of our team, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply through seek or send your CV to To apply, you must be a New Zealand Citizen or have New Zealand residency.