Automotive Operations Manager, Jobs, 19424

Automotive Operations Manager

  • Location: Wolverhampton
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GTG Training is looking to appoint an experienced Automotive Operations Manager. The candidate will have a strong understanding of strategic leadership and possess business acumen of both performance and financial management. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead and create opportunities across a priority sector.


£45,000 – £50,000 per annum


GTG Wolverhampton with some UK wide travel required.


This is a full-time role: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm with a half hour lunch break.

What we can offer you…

  • 33 days’ annual leave which will grow with years of service
  • Private healthcare
  • Life assurance
  • Generous staff discounts
  • Opportunities for training and progression
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Maternity and paternity packages
  • …and much more

About the role

As Automotive Operations Manager, you will ensure our programmes are delivered to the highest standard, and that they are financially viable with many growth opportunities. The role requires excellent result-driven outcomes, ensuring that our apprentices and employees are achieving far greater than minimum expectations.

To achieve these outcomes, you will operate closely with the senior management team, practitioners, quality team, learners, employers / mentors, awarding bodies, EPAOs and other key stakeholders. The post will require a minimum of 6 days per month of UK-wide travel, engaging with peers, practitioners, and employers. In this role, you will develop and shape personnel to deliver prescribed curriculum, as approved by the Board.

The ideal candidate will display strong operational performance experience and will be able to discuss their understanding of apprenticeship programme rules and wider commercial activities. You will be an excellent communicator with an adaptable skillset that will take you from the automotive industry floor to the FE sector Board room. You will also display excellent people and time management skills, managing a raft of internal and external expectations and demands.

Day-to-day duties

  • Lead and support training managers and development coaches to ensure continuity of training and assessment practice.
  • Strategically profile, and stringently operate, apprenticeship and commercial aspects of the business as targeted by the Board. Provide oversight of operational performance at monthly SMT and quarterly Board meetings.
  • Put into practice leadership and associated skills to deliver organisational objectives while promoting and managing staff performance against business KPIs.
  • Cooperate with the Curriculum Manager and Lead Quality Assurer to embed a practice of continual improvement, informing the QIP and affecting change to practice as is necessary.
  • Manage and plan resources for continuity of services, i.e., labour, vehicles, space, time, and equipment, by using all internal systems.
  • Take a stringent operational approach to performance management, using all internal systems. Conduct monthly practitioner 1-2-1s and evaluate practice against a risk management framework.
  • Utilising management information, you will understand the content and impact of data. You will intervene and mitigate risk to learning.
  • With a deep understanding of learning materials, tools and industry-relative equipment required to fulfil the curriculum objectives, including all Gateway and EPA pre-requisites, you will ensure that the department is operating with fully stocked resources.
  • Use sector-based support, such as EPAOs, industry networking, employer engagement and sector consortiums, in support of continual improvement and your own CPD.
  • Working collaboratively with the on-boarding team, quality assurers, curriculum manager and functional skills delivery team, you will know the correct starting point for each learner and how well they are progressing.
  • Develop and recruit managers and practitioners so that they have the knowledge, skills and competence required to undertake their role, ensuring that there is a robust induction programme that meets both individual and organisational needs.
  • Value diversity and promote equality internally and externally.
  • Engage in marketing activities with employers and the wider community in line with GTG strategies.
  • Contribute to cross GTG events.
  • Adhere to GTG policies and procedures.
  • Undertake any other duties that GTG considers appropriate.

Essential skills

  • Automotive light or heavy vehicle industry qualifications
  • Safeguarding Level 2 or above certified training
  • English and maths qualifications at Level 2 or above
  • Good standard of IT and administrative skills
  • Display initiative, positivity and enthusiasm
  • A commitment to equality and diversity, customer service and quality
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong collaborative skills
  • An elevated level of professional behaviour and attitude
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to respect confidentiality
  • A commitment to the process of continuous review and improvement
  • Flexible approach (within reason) to working times in line with GTG
  • A current full driving licence

Nice to have but not essential…

  • Level 4 or above leadership and management

Arnold Clark is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strive to create an environment where collaboration, unique perspectives and multiple approaches are celebrated. We care about our employees and our communities, we nurture talent and encourage ambition, and we are passionate about people who take pride in their work. Our employees are at the heart of everything we do – diverse in our make-up, united in our goals.

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Employment within the Arnold Clark Group is offered subject to satisfactory reference and disclosure checks.