Business Manager

Reference: ZR_734_JOB

Business Manager

Dublin, Ireland

Highly Competitive Remuneration Package

Purely Automotive Recruitment offers a wonderful opportunity for an experienced automotive finance and insurance Business Manager to join our client based in Dublin, Ireland.

About the role:

To maximise the profitability of the luxury car dealership through the sale of Financial Services and Products, Finance and Insurance to customers who are purchasing a vehicle from the dealership.

To complete the sales process in a manner that is consistent with the integrity of the business and provide unrivalled levels of customer service. Customers and leads will come through the Motor Sales team in each dealership.

Please Note: Demonstrable Business Manager and Sales Experience in the Motor Trade and a Full, Clean Irish or EU driving licence are essential requirements for this role.

Detailed Responsibilities:

To be responsible for sale of Financial Services products, finance and insurance products to all car purchasers and meet mutually agreed targets.

Assist the dealership in effectively prospecting for new business.

Administration.

Accurately complete all relevant documentation to the required legal standards and those of the Financial Services provider.

Complete and keep accurate records of car sales and F & I performance, including receipt of all payments due.

Administer all customer settlement enquiries.

Ensure relationships with other sources of finance are established to handle business which may not be acceptable to another provider.

Product Knowledge: 

Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of financial services and competitor products and protect the dealership from financial and legal exposure.

Budgets Assist in and provide information for the preparation of departmental budgets.

Customer Service Ensure customer service standards are maintained and reflect the manufacturer brand values.

Technology: Fully-utilise all available Financial Services technology within the dealership’s sales process.

Act with honesty, integrity and professionalism in all dealings and transactions with our customers.

Our Client will recognise and reward your hard work, achievements and loyalty with our excellent reward and benefits package, including:

Competitive basic salary, Generous commission structure, Company vehicle provided (for qualified/experienced Business Managers)  Career progression opportunities available to the right candidate, State of the art facilities, Life Cover, Bike to Work Scheme, Annual Leave, Social Club, Employment Assistance Programme.

To apply for this fantastic position, please follow the link on this page or contact Purely Automotive Recruitment for a confidential discussion today!

Purely Automotive Recruitment is a dedicated automotive industry talent resourcing service provider operating across the UK and Ireland.

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    Service Manager

    Reference: ZR_733_JOB

    Service Manager

    Bolton, Greater Manchester

    Highly Competitive basic salary  – £70,000 OTE per annum

    Purely Automotive Recruitment offers a fabulous opportunity for a motivated Service Manager to lead a busy Service Department for a main franchised automotive dealer group based in Bolton.

    High Basic salary and an OTE of up to £70,000 per annum with company car and other company rewards.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Maximise customer satisfaction by treating everyone as an individual and delivering an exceptional service experience!

    Oversee regular contact with all existing customers ensuring service levels are met, issues are being resolved and further business opportunities identified

    Monitor department performance against budget, identify any shortfall and implement plans to improve the performance

    Provide guidance, training and appraisals to each of the Service team to encourage a forward-thinking attitude which will help them achieve their full potential

    Encourage all staff to recognise additional business opportunities through the use of regular briefings and the implementation of appropriate processes.

    Recruit, select, coach and develop staff as required.

    Ensure dealer standards are met and systems and procedures are complied with, whenever commercially viable.

    Requirements: 

    What we are looking for:

    Experience gained from a similar role within the Motor trade is essential.

    An ambitious and target driven leader with a proven track record of exceeding targets

    The ability to train, coach and motivate the Service team to develop them to their full potential

    A customer-focused individual with an uncompromising attitude to delivering excellent Customer service and maintain a customer centric culture within the Service team

    Outstanding interpersonal, organisational and communication skills

    Innovative individual, willing to explore new methods of driving performance

    A full and valid UK driving Licence

    Benefits:

    Benefits include a company car, 22 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, enrolment in the Company pension scheme, half day off for your birthday along with Birthday and Christmas gifts, great discounts across various departments for you and your family and enhanced incentive programmes.

    Additional benefits include annual holiday leave, plus bank holidays, pension scheme, training and excellent career prospects within the company.

    To Apply now! please upload your C.V. by clicking the link below or call Purely Automotive Recruitment for a confidential discussion on: 07775 560448

    Purely Automotive Recruitment is a dedicated Automotive Industry talent resourcing service provider, operating across the UK and Ireland.

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      Vehicle Technician

      Reference: ZR_731_JOB

      Vehicle Technician

      Altrincham, Cheshire

      Highly Competitive basic salary £35,000 – £40,000 per annum

      Purely Automotive Recruitment offers a fantastic opportunity for a Vehicle Technician.

      Due to continued rapid growth we are looking for dedicated and knowledgeable Vehicle Technician to join our client’s friendly team based in Altrincham, Cheshire.

      Our client is a highly professional and trusted independent service centre, offering their customers both a high-level of service and a personal customer experience.

      They are committed in offering a high standard of work life balance where everyone is valued within the business. Our client is providing a fantastic working environment with 20 days holiday plus bank holidays (Rising to 25 days over a period of continued employment service)

      If you have a proven Technician or Mechanic Background, take pride in your work and can demonstrate a high level of quality in line with our clients expectations, we want to hear from you today!.

      As Vehicle Technician, you will get the opportunity to work on a varied range of prestige vehicles, carrying out servicing and repairs to a high standard as well as delivering unbeatable quality levels right first time.

      Required Skills & Experience

      Minimum NVQ Level 2 / City & Guilds (or equivalent qualification)

      Experience as a Motor Vehicle Technician / Mechanic within a workshop

      Full UK driving Licence is essential

      Willing and able to tackle all aspects of vehicle repairs and servicing

      Diagnostic skills and the ability to Fault-Find in a timely manner

      Time efficient to carry out each job within specified repair times

      Maintain high levels of workshop standards, tidiness and cleanliness

      An excellent communicator and a great team player

      Benefits

      Competitive Salary and Bonus Package

      20 days holiday per annum Plus Bank Holidays (Rising to 25 days holiday after a period of continued employment)

      Pension scheme with employer contribution

      Career progression opportunities & MOT Training

      Clean and friendly working environment

      To be a part of a continued success story and join our client’s friendly, strong, and motivated team, please send your CV including all your contact details, mobile number, email address and post code to Purely Automotive Recruitment or simply follow the link on this page to apply today!

      Full time, Permanent

      Basic Salary: £35,000 -£40,000 per year (Depending on previous experience)

      Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 6:00pm, and Friday: 8:30 – 5:30pm

      The business is closed Saturday and Sunday – No weekend work!

      For further information please follow the link on this page or call Purely Automotive Recruitment for a confidential discussion.

      Purely Automotive Recruitment is a dedicated automotive industry talent resourcing service provider operating across the UK and Ireland.

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        Vehicle Technician

        Reference: ZR_730_JOB

        Vehicle Technician

        Llandudno Junction, North Wales

        Highly Competitive Remuneration Package

        Purely Automotive Recruitment Ltd are seeking an experienced Vehicle Technician to join our client based in Llandudno Junction, North Wales. Our client is a successful family-owned dealer group operating a number of prestige retail franchised vehicle operations across their group.

        Requirements

        We are looking for a time served qualified vehicle technician with a formal qualification in Automotive City and Guilds – NVQ Level 2 or 3, in light vehicle maintenance and vehicle diagnostics (or equivalent qualification). Ideally you will also be located within a commutable distance to and from Llandudno Junction, North Wales.

        You will have the ability to work within given timescales and the ability to tackle all aspects of vehicle repairs and servicing, in line with the company and manufacturer standards and procedures. Diagnostic skills and experience of vehicle problem solving is essential along with the ability to fix vehicles right first time. Teamworking and the ability to exceed customer expectations is a big part of the criteria for this position.

        Benefits

        Our client provides manufacturer training to help you make the next big step in your career whilst providing a fantastic working environment. They will also recognise and reward your hard work, achievements and loyalty.

        As well as a competitive salary you will also benefit from a bonus mechanism based upon your individual performance. The company also offers a workplace pension scheme.

        Apply now for this position by following the link on this page or for a confidential discussion then please contact Purely Automotive Recruitment Ltd.

        Purely Automotive Recruitment Ltd is a dedicated automotive industry talent service provider operating across the UK & Ireland.

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          Car Sales Manager

          Reference: ZR_729_JOB

          Car Sales Manager

          North Dublin, Ireland

          Highly Competitive

          Purely Automotive Recruitment are proud to offer a fantastic opportunity for a driven, energetic, and talented Car Sales Manager to join our client based in North Dublin Ireland. Our client is Ireland’s leading Motor retail group and currently represents 21 franchises across southern Ireland. Employing over 610 people, their Group has a proud heritage of providing excellent customer care from the foundation of its first dealership back in 1972.

          About you:

          You will be immaculately presented, articulate and a motivated individual. You will be providing customers with the highest standard of customer care, assisting with their vehicle purchasing experience, offering advice and assistance with finance, insurance and accessory products within the defined operating, and financial guidelines. At the same time, you will be focussed on delivering 100% of set volume & profit targets on a monthly and quarterly basis.

          As Sales Manager you will be part of a successful team responsible for the sales of New & Manufacturer Approved Used Vehicles. You will be working in a great environment within an established team for a very successful business.

          Requirements

          Skills and experience you will bring to the Transaction Manager role:

          • Previous experience in the motor trade is essential, preferably already as Car Sales Manager, Business Manager or equivalent Sales Controller level currently based in Ireland or the UK only.
          • You must be able to display a track record of achieving sales targets, achieving high levels of customer experience within a retail franchised car dealership or a similar sales role within the automotive industry.
          • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to quickly build genuine lasting rapport with customers.
          • You must also be able to present and deliver strategic plans to the management team to assist the business achieve and exceed their objectives.
          • Full EU/UK driving licence required with no spent – disqualifications for insurance purposes.

          Benefits

          This is an exciting role that will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity for further career development and to be part of the Group’s future ambitious growth strategy. We are offering a highly competitive salary and bonus with excellent executive benefits, including a relocation package if required.

          So, if you think you could make a difference to their sales team and would enjoy working with a dynamic, driven and energetic team at Ireland’s fastest-growing motor retail Group, then please apply now online.

          For a confidential discussion about this position, contact Jason Shenton at Purely Automotive Recruitment Ltd.

          Purely Automotive Recruitment is a dedicated Automotive Industry talent resourcing service provider operating across the UK and Ireland.

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            Scottish Apprenticeship Week – 4-8 March 2024: Automotive sector insight

            Scottish Apprenticeship Week – 4-8 March 2024: Automotive sector insight

            Purley Automotive News - March 2024

            New data from automotive professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry reveals continuing drop in new apprenticeship starts in Scotland

            According to new analysis from the automotive industry’s professional body, the IMI, the first quarter of the current academic year saw automotive apprenticeship starts in Scotland fall 3% year on year. With the sector continuing to face significant skills gaps and combined with the recent withdrawal of funding for apprenticeships by the Scottish government, this is a particular concern.

            Key Scottish Automotive Apprenticeship data:

            • On average there are just under 1000 automotive modern apprenticeships starts in Scotland
            • Apprenticeships are falling 3% year on year
            • Only 4% of apprenticeship starts in Scotland in the past 3 years have been female

            Hayley Pells, Policy at the IMI comments:

            “Whilst our data is retrospective, we can’t ignore the fact that recent funding cuts in education and skills development in Scotland, including axing the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, are a concern​​. This fund’s elimination, coupled with broader budgetary decisions impacting education and employability, could indirectly affect apprenticeships by reducing the resources available for training and development programs.

            “Moreover cuts to the Scottish Funding Council and the implications for colleges and universities, points to a challenging environment for skills development and apprenticeships​​. These sectors are crucial for providing the training infrastructure necessary for apprenticeship programs, and budget reductions here could potentially limit opportunities for new and existing apprentices.”

            Article courtesy of www.fenews.co.uk published March 4th 2024


            BEN raises £100k in Race Across the World challenge

            BEN raises £100k in Race Across the World challenge

            Purley Automotive News - March 2024

            Group 1 was among dealer groups, part suppliers and trade suppliers who helped Ben raise £100,000 so far in its latest fundraising challenge.

            Inspired by the TV series ‘Race Across the World’, it has raised funds to support people who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry and was proudly supported by LKQ Euro Car Parts.

            From 26th to 28th February, 27 teams travelled from the starting point, LKQ Academy in Tamworth, to six different checkpoints including some major landmarks, Angel of the North, Blackpool North Pier and The London Eye.

            The joint winners were LKQ Euro Car Parts: ‘The Mavericks’, Tony Shearer and Andy Southby, and ‘Skint Sprint Squad’, Chris O’Rourke and Melanie Lowe.

            There were strict rules such as no smart phones, no planes and no plans so participants were tested to the max, covering around 1,300 miles using only public transport or by walking, running and cycling.

            They also had a strict budget to cover food, travel and accommodation and checkpoints were kept secret until just before they needed to leave so they could not plan or pre-book.

            Matt Wigginton, Director of Partnerships, Engagement & Income said: “We have been blown away by the success of this event and it was frenetic, exciting, challenging and so much fun.”

            Article courtesy of www.motortrader.com published March 1st 2024


            Three-point action plan on tax could recharge EV market: SMMT

            Three-point action plan on tax could recharge EV market: SMMT

            Purley Automotive News - March 2024

            Industry is calling for the Chancellor to use next week’s Budget to feature fairer taxes to help accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.

            New research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that rising numbers of would-be EV drivers are now likely to delay their switch to a battery electric car –

            The SMMT said that a three-point plan of tax reform would recharge the market and accelerate the UK’s progress towards net zero.

            The survey found that last September’s decision to delay the UK’s end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, from 2030 to 2035, has led to almost one in four drivers (24%) delaying their plans, while one in seven (14%) say they now won’t ever make the switch.

            While the UK remains Europe’s second largest new electric car market by volume with the actual number of EVs on UK roads rising, the rate of growth has slowed and EV market share has stabilised.

            Growth in the market is being sustained by fleets and businesses, which benefit from tax incentives. Private retail uptake, however, has been in decline since 2022 – with these buyers now accounting for fewer than one in four new EV registrations, compared with one in three previously.

            The motor industry body said this change in sentiment puts delivery of the UK’s net zero goals in jeopardy.

            When the same survey was conducted in early September 2023 – just before the government announced a delay to the end of sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans – only around one in 10 (11%) survey respondents interested in driving electric said they would wait until after 2030.

            That has now risen to almost half (46%). Responding to the latest survey, almost three quarters (73%) of consumers named vehicle affordability, chargepoint availability, or chargepoint costs as being their biggest barrier to going electric.

            It said the upcoming Budget is an opportunity to put Britain’s electric switch back on track, supporting drivers to go green by halving VAT on new EVs, changing upcoming Vehicle Excise Duty rates so EVs are treated as essentials, not luxuries, and giving drivers more affordable public charging.

            SMMT research shows that a VAT cut on EVs is the single most effective measure that would encourage drivers to go electric sooner. Almost four in 10 drivers (37%) interested in going electric said a VAT cut would accelerate their plans – and even a quarter of drivers (26%) who weren’t interested in switching named it as the option most likely to change their mind.

            Buyers of other CO2-saving technologies such as heat pumps and solar panels benefit from VAT incentives, but motorists pay the full 20% regardless of whether they buy a zero emission or fossil-fuel powered car.

            With EVs having typically higher purchase costs, this discrepancy has seen Treasury reap a VAT windfall of around £1.7 billion over the past half-decade, as EV uptake has risen almost 20-fold.

            Halving VAT on new EV purchases would save the average buyer around £4,000 off the upfront purchase price – yet cost the Treasury less than the scrapped Plug-in Car Grant.

            Such a step would deliver an additional 270,000 EVs – instead of petrol or diesel – to the road over the next three years, bolstering supply to the in-demand used EV market, where uptake rose 90.9% in 2023.

            It said that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) also needs to ensure fairness. Forthcoming changes to VED due in 2025 – announced before the pandemic, economic downturn and weakening of EV demand – will result in around seven in 10 currently sold EVs being subject to an ‘expensive car’ VED supplement from next year.

            This would mean EV purchasers would effectively be penalised a total of £1,950 for choosing to buy an electric car – a choice which new mandated EV sales targets are intended to encourage.10

            Industry also wants to see an end to the unfairness of taxation on public charging, with VAT reduced from 20% to 5%, in line with home charging. Britain’s net zero goals are dependent on everyone going electric but the current system actively discourages drivers without access to a home charger – such as those in housing with no off-street parking – from moving to an EV, by charging them four times more tax than homeowners with driveways.

            Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The Budget is a crucial opportunity to re-energise the EV market, with fair tax for a fair transition. The Chancellor must end the perverse fiscal system that discourages drivers from moving away from fossil fuels and send a clear signal that the time to go electric is now. Success will see our economy powered up by zero emission mobility, delivering cleaner air, quieter roads and cheaper running costs, ending the uncertainty we are seeing amongst motorists.”

            Article courtesy of www.am-online.com published March 1st 2024


            JLR cancels move to agency and launches refreshed franchise model

            JLR cancels move to agency and launches refreshed franchise model

            Purley Automotive News - March 2024

            JLR has cancelled plans to move to an agency model and is instead refocussing its franchised model with an ‘elevated concierge levels of client care’.

            The brand has worked directly with retailers and revealed the new plans ahead of its annual ‘Retailer of the Year’ conference and awards next week.

            JLR had been working on the move to agency for over two years and was originally planning to move to a ‘direct to consumer’ model this year.

            Patick McGillycuddy, managing director JLR (UK) said the decision to move away from agency and focus on a refreshed franchised model was taken due to: “Internal and external challenges afoot, and the scale of change required to maintain a sustainable, profitable business.”

            Dealer group bosses from Sytner Group, Hatfields and Vertu Motors all supported to the move to commit to a reworked franchised dealer model.

            Darren Edwards, Sytner chief executive, said: “JLR is to be applauded for adapting to the rapidly changing dynamics we have witnessed in the UK new car market.

            “The franchise model is a tried and trusted model, which can be intelligently flexed to suit the needs of all stakeholders involved in a new car transaction, i.e., clients, retailers and manufacturers.

            “Sytner Group is convinced that the model JLR has created will provide a genuine modern luxury experience for our clients and look forward to many years of continued mutual success.”

            Gareth Williams, Hatfield’s managing director, said JLR took a positive approach to work with retailers before finalising its retail plan.

            During those meetings, the retailers all agreed that the franchise model “provides a robust route for delivering those client outcomes considering the current sales climate”.

            Williams said: “The decision to prioritise the pursuit of an enhanced customer experience while retaining an established route to market is absolutely the right thing for our brands.”

            Robert Forrester, Vertu Motors chief executive, said the decision to retain the franchise model was a decision made in consultation with JLR’s investor community.

            He concluded: “ provides the stability to progress with delivering innovative services to our clients without distraction. On this basis, we welcome the news.”

            Stellantis announced at the end of last year that it would be delaying its agency model plans until at least 2026 to allow new group managing director Maria Grazia Davino to “rebuild the confidence and trust of its franchisees”.

            JLR is currently reviewing its network representation and McGillycuddy said the UK retail network will be “rationalised to ensure we have the right partners in the right locations”.

            Article courtesy of www.am-online.com published 27th February 2024


            Car Sales Executive

            Reference: ZR_727_JOB

            Car Sales Executive

            Chester, Cheshire

            Highly Competitive

            Purely Automotive Recruitment proudly offers a new fantastic opportunity for Sales Executive to join our client based in Chester. This is a unique position for a new prestige brand that has recently entered the retail automotive industry.

            Requirements for this opportunity:    

            To achieve agreed sales targets for used cars, within defined operating and financial guidelines.

            To request from all prospects/visitors to the centre who might show an interest in purchasing a vehicle, their contact details, i.e. name, address, email and two contact telephone numbers, and to follow up within a maximum 24 hour period.

            To contribute to the development of plans, policies and procedures as required to ensure the achievement of all sales tasks smoothly and in a timely manner.

            Adhering to all financial compliance and FCA regulations.

            About you and what we require:

            Excellent sales, communication, negotiating and influencing skills.

            Proven excellent customer service skills with a commitment to providing the best possible standard of customer service.

            Strong presentation, organisational and prioritisation skills.

            Good judgement and ability to act with discretion, diplomacy and tact are essential.

            Ability to remain calm, well organised and confident, particularly when working to demanding deadlines.

            Customer Centric Attitude.

            Ability to meet sales targets.

            An outstanding attitude and passion for sales and customer service.

            An enthusiastic, dynamic and team orientated personality that offers help and support to others with ability to take direction and assist their colleagues when necessary.

            Ability to work autonomously when necessary.

            Willingness to learn and develop, and keep up-to-date with complex/ technical/product information.

            Ability to work weekends and bank holidays.

            Thorough knowledge of computer applications (MS Office, Drive).

            This is an incredible opportunity to join a family based business that offers both a competitive salary along with the chance to work with a prestige brand. Other benefits include great staff discounts and life assurance.

            For further information about this fantastic opportunity or to apply, please follow the link on this page or contact Purely Automotive Recruitment Ltd.

            Purely Automotive Recruitment is a dedicated Automotive Industry Talent Resourcing Service Provider operating across the UK and Ireland.

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