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Fleet Engineer (9001)

Basic Purpose of Role

The Fleet Engineer, as a member of the Operating Company leadership team, is accountable for all aspects of engineering performance in the Operating Company. Leading the teams across a number of locations, the role holder will build a customer-centric culture whilst ensuring statutory, legal and regulatory compliance.

Working alongside the Operational teams, the Fleet Engineer will champion the continued development of Disciplined Operations to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction through excellent delivery of the customer experience.

The Fleet Engineer operates within and embeds the divisional governance framework set by the Engineering Steering Group, ensuring that standard operational policies and procedures are adopted within the Operating Company.

Key Accountabilities

  • Together with other members of the Operating Company leadership team, lead the strategic direction of the Operating Company and fulfil all legal responsibilities
  • Lead all aspects of safety, environmental and engineering standards, compliance and improvement in the Operating Company, ensuring cost efficient delivery of a safe and reliable fleet across all operating depots
  • Liaise with HSE and other enforcement bodies on local business issues
  • Custodian of the local fleet plan, ensuring local plans are aligned to the divisional fleet plan
  • Accountable for forecasting, and delivering, engineering and property related costs within budgeting guidelines and process
  • Responsible for establishing and developing an engaged and talented engineering team
  • Ensure training and development is managed effectively, resulting in competently trained teams, meeting the agreed establishment requirements
  • Manage specific and prevailing third party contracts, ensuring contract adherence and ongoing positive stakeholder management
  • Ensure active participation in the proactive management of trade union relationships and negotiation with trade unions for engineering colleagues
  • Alongside the Operational team, ensure positive, proactive relationships are maintained between Operations and Engineering
  • Maximise the effectiveness of colleague and customer engagement using all available channels; teams, marketing and technology
  • Ensure that controls are in place to manage and mitigate risk, providing assurance of compliance to the Operating Company Directors
  • Other duties commensurate with the role as may be deemed appropriate by the line manager

Skills, Experience and Qualifications required

  • Strong track record as a credible leader in the service sector
  • A team player, wholly committed to working with and supporting their peer group and other colleagues to achieve the First Bus Strategy
  • Good intellect with strong analytical insight and financial literacy skills, ale to quickly assess viability of business opportunities, with a “can-do” attitude to solving issues
  • Extensive knowledge of all relevant legislations: including health, safety and environment, with a good awareness of and practical experience of lean tools and techniques
  • Demonstrable record of achievements showing delivery of major change or sustained improvement in an engineering environment
  • Able to work in a complex operating environment and be able to lead and influence the wider business ensuring there is buy-in to a shared operational and customer vision to deliver transformational change, whilst staying within a divisional governance framework
  • Able to challenge the status quo and influence thinking of experienced colleagues' resistant to change
  • A confident communicator and inspirational leader, able to effectively engage with and influence customers and colleagues at all levels of the business
  • Results-driven and strategically focussed, with a strong ability to get into the detail when necessary
  • Understand risk management, be willing to push boundaries and take calculated risks to deliver long term strategic goals
  • Bus experience is not a pre-requisite, but an appreciation of the key challenges facing the public transport sector and its customers is essential
  • Degree educated or equivalent in engineering
  • An exemplar leader that role models the FirstGroup Values

Once you've completed your probation period, you'll enjoy fantastic benefits:

  • Free travel - On our buses
  • Discounted travel for you and your family on the trains (GWR, TPE, Hull Trains) and your family & friends will also benefit from cheap bus travel.
  • First Xclusives - Discounts on First UK rail and bus and over 3,000 offers on goods and services for you, your family and friends
  • Share in our success – Buy discounted shares in First
  • Pension – You'll automatically join our scheme and start building a pension pot
  • Free life assurance – For all members of our pension scheme.

One of Britain's largest bus operators, we connect communities and help people to go to school, work and the shops. Every single day around 1.6 million passengers get on board our 6,400 buses. It's why we're so passionate about providing services that are reliable, punctual and offer good value for money. We're also proud to be part of the FirstGroup family that's based all around the world from the UK and Ireland to the USA, Canada and Mexico.

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UK Bus - Scottish Borders
Scotland, TD1 1BY
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  • Company:
    First UK Bus
  • Website Skillset:
    Engineering & Mechanics
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    UK Bus - Scottish Borders
  • Closing Date:
    1 February 2019
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