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Our Approach2018-10-30T11:53:32+00:00

Founded in 2012

In September 2012 the Directors noticed a huge lack of service being delivered to companies throughout the North West WA. Seeing that again and again in the companies that they were working for, decided to partner up and made a commitment to provide the best service around, which is still one of KBSS Engineering’s core commitments today.

Company Milestones

Our Values

Mission Statement

Our mission is to build sustainable relationships that deliver safe, high quality and cost effective engineering and fabrication services to those in the infrastructure and mining sectors. We succeed when our clients succeed.

Vision

To lead the way for all small business’s engaging the resource sector, excelling at all undertakings and delivering on all expectations. Through an intelligent training schedule and impeccable mentoring and management systems, we will provide the most versatile and flexible workforce, empowering both employee and client.

Culture

We recognise our people as our most valuable asset and the foundation on which KBSS has been built. We employ capable and passionate individuals who are committed to team success and recognise that engaging people with the right cultural fit and skillset is paramount to meeting the needs of our stakeholders.

KBSS teams represent a broad cross section of skills, backgrounds and experiences. We invest significant resources in to the ongoing training and development of our team and encourage every individual to achieve a high standard of personal and professional excellence.

KBSS values the relationships we have fostered with local indigenous communities and traditional land holders in the area we operate. We openly and actively seek young locals who we can train to become multi skilled valuable attributes to our company.

The People of KBSS

We recognise our people as our most valuable asset and the foundation on which KBSS has been built. We employ capable and passionate individuals who are committed to team success and recognise that engaging people with the right cultural fit and skillset is paramount to meeting the needs of our stakeholders.

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KBSS Engineering is a company that is represented by its people through workmanship, solution based thinking, and objectivity. Over the years, clients have engaged us to undertake small projects, or assist alongside our clients workforce. Repeatedly, our skilled workforce execute and exceed the expectations of clients which has resulted in KBSS being called upon to complete a range of small and large projects within Australia and beyond.

The Strength of Our Culture

History and culture have consistently been a focus of our operation. The core of our success has been built around fostering partnerships between traditional land owners within Australia, and has brought with it, an expanding workforce that can be identified by its diversity and professional pride.

Our culture has developed not only through presenting employment opportunities, but through internal organisational planning. Ongoing education, training and support has allowed the strength of local community attributes to become an integral part of the day-to-day culture from an operational perspective.

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Guiding Our Direction

To continue growing the industry reach of KBSS Engineering and its people, a curated team of leaders has been appointed to ensure that sustainability, success, and growth continue to be achieved objectives.

Cory Byers – Managing Director

Cory founded KBSS in late 2012 having seen a shortage in the market for companies that can deliver great service and decided it was time to make a difference.
With the ongoing successful growth of the company and the strategy behind that growth Cory has been a key part of managing aggressive growth from a start-up company to $50m revenue in a short period of 5 years.

Cory’s career as a Mechanical Engineer so far has been very diverse and he has worked across various sectors including, Marine, Oil and Gas and Mining and has bought all his experience into the KBSS Management Team.

Cory Attributes KBSS’s competitive advantage to its people and culture. Its core values of safety and wellbeing, integrity, achievement, teamwork and loyalty are the foundation of the way the company operates.

Bernie Pfoeffer – Director – Specialised Machining Manager

Bernie co-Founded KBSS joining the company not long after its inception. Bernie has had a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer travelling the world for work with his previous employers and brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the company in the Specialist Services Division.

As the Director of OSM Bernie has secured Specialist Projects for KBSS around Australia and Abroad and through these projects has built long lasting partnerships with an international client base which has been a key component of driving KBSS’s aggressive growth strategy.

Damian Cooper – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Damian Cooper joined KBSS as the Chief Financial Operator in 2015 bringing the financial guidance the company required to continue its aggressive growth path. Damian has worked in the construction and mining services industries for 20 years across many states of Australia and brings extensive commercial and financial experience to KBSS. Damian has previous management experience in companies enduring rapid aggressive growth.

Aidan Cosgrave – Strategy & Development Manager

Aidan has spent over 25 years working in the mining, oil & gas and marine sectors both in operational leadership and strategic business development roles. A strong believer in open and transparent communication with clients and colleagues alike he looks to achieve results for both by establishing solid relationships built on trust, good business acumen and delivering excellent outcomes.

Aidan has worked in the resources sector globally with experience gained throughout S.E. Asia, Middle East, USA and PNG and supports KBSS in the areas of strategic business development, marketing and key account relationship management.

David Taylor – Engineering Manager

David started with KBSS in 2016 as North West Area Manager to take on the responsibilities of continued sustainable growth in the North West Region of WA. As of 2018 David now heads up the Engineering Department at KBSS. David is a tertiary qualified Mechanical Engineer with experience across a diverse range of projects with his previous employer, John Holland, in the Marine, Mining, oil & Gas, Power and Sustainable Construction sectors. He has a particular interest in sustainable developments and renewable energies however is 110% committed, whatever the task.

David is an energetic and driven leader in his field and excels in all areas. He is passionate about having the right people and working as a team to achieve the best possible results for KBSS and the Client alike; he believes this is a core component of any well executed project and a successful business.
David is an “outside the box” thinker but approaches his Engineering in a calculated and risk assessed manner, ensuring every option has been explored and the best solution chosen for any client requirement.

Brian Geraghty – Operations Manager for KBSS Engineering

Brian brings a wealth of technical and engineering skills to the KBSS team. With a strong background specialising in heavy machinery, Brian pairs his technical knowledge with a disciplined and organised approach to Operations Management. Brian’s ability to build rapport combined with his Account Management experience within the Construction, Mining and Agricultural Industries enables him to provide exceptional leadership and deliver business operational controls and procedures which further the growth and ability of KBSS Engineering.

Wyatt Kennedy – Operations Manager for KBSS Australia

Wyatt is the Operations Manager for KBSS Australia and has a strong and diversified background of supervision and construction management experience built upon the foundation of a trade background.

Wyatt has previously held senior positions on various Resource, Commercial and Heavy Industry projects and most recently in the delivery and safe start-up of 2 LNG mega projects on both the East & West coast of Australia.

Wyatt is committed to our safety leadership and maintaining a high level of awareness to conduct safe work practices. Using the knowledge and experience of world class implementation and delivery to achieve zero harm and for the safe execution of work duties.

More Than Just A Workplace

Here at KBSS we support the communities where we operate and where our people live and work. We encourage and provide assistance to community and sporting organisations, schools, charities, shows and events.
Our people give their time and make personal contributions in volunteer roles and through charities. We support education, medical services, Indigenous initiatives, and a range of charities through funding, donations, help in kind and encouragement of involvement by employees. We encourage and assist employees to raise funds for charities through participation in events including;

  • Karratha City to Surf
  • Mothers Day Classic
  • Port Walcott Volunteer Marine Rescue
  • Cancer councils shave for a cure
  • Various Local sports clubs
  • Movember, World’s Greatest Shave

Diversity and Integration

KBSS Engineering was founded in Karratha, Western Australia. A big part of this industrialised community is the diverse ecosystem of workers and residents from local and international backgrounds. The local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, has, for many years, been an integral part of the KBSS working culture. We acknowledge Indigenous people as being the original carers of their lands and the importance of preserving their culture and customs. As such, KBSS Engineering embodies the following three guiding principles:

Respect

We recognise and respect the local customs and practices of Indigenous people and their communities and the importance of these practices in preserving and protecting their culture.

Opportunities

We are committed to providing long-term, sustainable employment, training, education and business opportunities for Indigenous people and their communities.

Relationships

We see that having strong, sustainable and respectful relationships with Indigenous people and their communities is crucial to ‘closing the gap’ of disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups.

KBSS has furthered these relationships to the stage of having a strong Alliance with the Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation (BRIDA) of Roebourne and have worked closely together for many years. The relationship is one of mutual benefit giving local Aboriginal people employment opportunities and training whilst assisting KBSS Engineering to fill employment vacancies.

Globe Hill, a company of the Thalanyji people having Native Title over the Onslow region, has signed a joint venture (JV) with KBSS Engineering to set up a relationship with a local Pilbara Company that has a proven track record in the oil and gas industry, and who can also offer various services to the Wheatstone Project, whilst giving opportunities to the traditional owners.

A Commitment To Safety

KBSS are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment to ensure a high standard of Occupational Safety and Health for all employees, visitors & contractors and sub-contractors is maintained. Management shall make every reasonable effort in the areas of accident prevention, control and removal of hazards and injury protection.

This is achieved by:

  • Developing and implementing, in consultation with our employees, a comprehensive and effective Occupational Safety and Health Management Plan (OSHMP).
  • Ensuring that all laws and regulations are complied with. Where adequate laws and regulations do not exist, KBSS develop and apply standards and word practices that reflect management’s commitment to high levels of safety and health. At all times, this is achieved through the consultation and involvement of its employees.
  • Implementing risk management programs for the control of hazards.
  • Providing training to ensure that high standards of work and safety are maintained.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement in occupational safety and health and safety performances.
  • Ensuring that no task shall commence if safety and health standards are compromised.

All employees are responsible for their own safety and the safety of their fellow employees. The success of a safety and health programme is dependent upon the total commitment and cooperation of all employees of the organisation, including management.

The safety committee and employee initiatives shall be totally supported by management.

Award Winning Business

We’re proud to have been recognised in the 2017 Karratha & Districts Chamber or Commerce & Industry Awards (KDCCI) with three awards, including an entry into the Hall of Fame, for being awarded the Best Business (20+ Employees) Winner for three consecutive years.

In 2017 KBSS Engineering were recognised by the KDCCI as Winners in the following categories:

  • Best Business (20+ Employees)
  • Hall of Fame! Best Business (20+ Employees)
  • 2017 KDCCI Best Business of the Year

*Photos courtesy of CB Snaptz & Pilbara Site Pics

KDCCI Best Business Hall of Fame