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Vehicle Builder

Employer
Alexander Dennis Limited
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Sector
Engineering
Contract Type
Permanent
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Vehicle Builders - commencement June 2021Location FalkirkCompetitive package + half day on Fridays - £15.24 per hour/£29, 321.76 per annumTerm Fixed Term Contract - 6 months minimum (37hrs per week)

More than half of the buses that you see on the roads in the UK are made by Alexander Dennis. Globally, there's over 25,000 people every minute, of every day using our products. That's a lot of responsibility we have for keeping the world moving.

At Alexander Dennis we design, engineer, build and support the widest range of market leading buses and coaches using low, ultra-low and zero emission technologies. We have extensive experience in vehicle supply and support across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, with a near 50 50 revenue split between UK and international markets.

We are excited about the opportunities arising from the global push for lower pollution and better air quality. The UK Government as well as many others around the world have committed to aggressive but achievable decarbonisation agendas and at Alexander Dennis, we are ready to deliver the green buses needed to transition to cleaner transport.

Our Operations teams are responsible for building and completing vehicles to specification, within the agreed timeframe and to a high-quality standard. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will be responsible for manufacturing, fitting and rectification of components or sub-components for vehicle assembly. Depending on your trade, this can be anything from laying floors and mounting seats to installing of electro-mechanical components, such as door systems.

Why join
  • You'll have an interesting and technically challenging workload from day one, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an experienced and established team.
  • It's a dynamic, fast paced environment where no two days are the same, where you will have the opportunity to work cross functionally with colleagues towards a common goal.
  • You'll take great pleasure in being able to see the tangible results of your hard work, as vehicles that you and your team have produced become finished vehicles on the streets in your local community.
  • As a business, we have an excellent track record of recognising talent and offering opportunities to develop. Furthermore, we would hope that we could make these roles permanent in the future.
  • Career development at Alexander Dennis is not necessarily linear; so, whether you want to progress in Operations, or perhaps your interests are in Aftermarket. Either way, you'll have plenty of opportunities available to you.
  • Many of our experienced Vehicle Builders have had the opportunity to travel the world, helping us to introduce new products in new territories, with a number of them relocating permanently.
  • As part of the USD $2.9bn NFI Group, you can be assured that there will be plenty of opportunities made available to you. This could be in the UK or any one of our global locations around the world, including Toronto, Hong Kong or Auckland.
  • On top of a competitive hourly rate of £15.24 per hour (Grade 2), pension, production bonus and life assurance cover; you'll also receive a generous annual leave entitlement that increases with tenure.
  • You'll have the opportunity to earn more through agreed overtime and the potential for shift work which can see your hourly rate increase by up to 25% depending on shift.
  • Normal working hours are 07 54-16 30 Monday to Thursday and 07 54-12 30 on a Friday, giving you that much needed work-life-balance. (Currently staggered start and finish times are in place to support COVID requirements).
About You
  • Ideally you will be a time-served Coachbuilder, however, thereafter we would love to hear from you if you have a background and or experience as
  • Time served Trimmer / Floor Layer.
  • Time served Welder/ Welder Fabricators.
  • Time served trade from Armed Forces (electrical/electronic/mechanical).
  • Time served Mechanical Engineer / Fitter.
  • Time served Pipefitter / Plumber.
  • Time served Mechanic (Heavy Goods Vehicle).
  • Time served Mechanic (Light Vehicle) with demonstrated occupational competence in a manufacturing or assembly environment.
  • Time served Panel Beater
  • Time served with wood working skills
Due to the nature of the role, you will be comfortable reading and working from technical drawings, schematics and standard operating procedures (SOP's).You will be comfortable using various hand and power tools, carrying out with a range of mechanical fixing and bonding activities to a high standard. Basic electrical skills would be highly advantageous.Alongside your core technical skills, you will have strong communication and interpersonal skills, being able to work as part of a team or on your own to a high standard of quality.Attention to detail is essential and you should be comfortable with basic administrative tasks, documenting and updating build record cards on works completed.This is a hands-on role which involves a lot of physical activities, which means that it is essential that you are comfortable with (not limited to) Heavy manual labour, including lifting or carrying of heavy materials or operating heavy machinery; crouching, kneeling, bending and twisting; working at heights and in confined or awkward spaces.Finally, you should be comfortable and enjoy doing all of this in a deadline driven, pressurised environment.
What You Will Be Doing In Your New Role
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team at various stages of the vehicle build, you will be responsible for a variety of assembly activities in line with Engineering drawings and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Some examples of activities include
  • Fitting panels and glazing
  • Erecting and fixing walls and stairwells.
  • Fixing seats, poles and laying floors
  • Fitting electro-mechanical systems such as doors (including lay harnesses and plugging in if you have the skills).
Using your core technical skills and experience, you will use the right tools, materials methods to complete tasks on time, to quality and of course safely.Quality is one of our core values and as such, you will take great pride in your work. As part of this, you will receive feedback from colleagues in Quality and it is important that you learn from this to avoid repeat failure and to help us strive towards 'Right First Time'.Where appropriate and in advance of doing so, you will communicate any discrepancies or changes to works completed from engineering drawings to your supervisor and engineering teams.You will ensure that your work area is maintained in a safe and tidy manner, in line with 5's methodology. As part of this, you will ensure that calibration of tooling is up to data and any issues responded to.On completion of your tasks, you will be responsible for updating Build Record Cards for each vehicle that you have worked on, taking accountability for completion of activity and quality of workmanship. As part of this, a Functionality Testing Checksheet will be completed as evidence that systems are working as expected.Building a vehicle is a complex and dynamic process and therefore, this is a non-exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities. As such, you may be asked to support with other activities as required.
What NextIf your skills and experience are matching with this challenging role, then we would love to hear from you.

Alongside uploading your CV, it would be great if you would take the time to write a short cover letter with the key reasons that make you ideal for the role.

We care deeply about being inclusive and we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Due to the volume of vacancies and applications, we would prefer that you submit your application online. If however, you require an alternative method of applying, please give us call on +44 1324 621 672 or send an email to careers@alexander-dennis.com

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