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With a staff of just over 200, Port Nelson is one of the larger employers in the region.

With a staff of just over 300, Port Nelson is one of the larger employers in the Nelson/Tasman region.  With a number of operating divisions such as logistics, marine, workshop, stevedoring and corporate within its’ control, Port Nelson Ltd provides a diverse range of employment opportunities.  A number of our staff have been working at the port for over forty years, and whilst employee turnover is very low, it's always worth checking out employment opportunities.  We regularly profile our staff who will tell you a little bit about themselves as well as their role at the port.

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Jaron McLeod

Jaron McLeod
Operations Manager, QuayConnect


Jaron McLeod who hails from Christchurch, has a science degree in Zoology with majors in aquatic ecology and animal behaviour.  It's not quite the qualification you'd expect in the newly-appointed manager of the Port's QuayConnect operations - unless you factor in the job's proximity to the sea.


However, Jaron is right at home in the newly-completed Patterson Logistics Centre. After graduating and completing his big O.E, he took up a trainee managership with Online Distribution Ltd which specialises in third party logistics and warehousing, and quickly progressed into management roles. He then shifted to MOVE Logistics in operations management and business development. Employment with Sealords and Cold Storage Nelson gave him useful insights into the logistical requirements of the fishing and pip-fruit industries.


Jaron's role as manager of QuayConnect's operations includes managing the 13,000m2 Patterson Logistics Centre which holds up to 18,000 pallets of bottles and dry goods: mostly empty bottles destined for the Marlborough wine industry and full cases of wine heading to international markets. The centre also caters to the needs of local beer, cider and soft drink manufacturers.


CargoWise, a warehouse management system, helps keep track of all that incoming and outgoing product, it's location, and product age. Safety is a big part of Jaron's job: trucks pull into the warehouse's loading bays 24 hours a day and are loaded or unloaded through high-speed roller doors by forklifts which stack pallets up to four high.


Outside of work, Jaron is a motorcycler, riding a "street fighter" bike, the Triumph Street Triple R. He and his wife have a holiday home in St Arnaud where they enjoy relaxinng and enjoying the great outdoors.