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Workshop Chargehand

Salary      – £28,900-£32,909

Hours      – 37 hours – depot based


The role

We are currently looking to appoint a Workshop Chargehand to carry out the full range of servicing, fault diagnosis and repair of all RBC vehicles and plant.  You will supervise and co-ordinate the workshop facilities and staff and provide technical support.



City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in HGV Maintenance and Repair qualification or equivalent.

UK Driving Licence - Category C

Have a minimum requirement of NVQ Level 2 in Mathematics and English

Qualification in Management, desirable


Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist with the delivery of a high quality and efficient transport management and vehicle maintenance service.  Fault-find, service and repair the full range of RBC vehicles and plant.  This will include repairing electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment as well as fabrication and welding.  Ensuring that repairs and maintenance are carried to DVSA and manufacturers’ specifications, and in line with relevant safe systems of work.
  • Maintain systems and procedures to ensure compliance with the Council’s Vehicle Operators Licence ensuring vehicles are maintained in a roadworthy condition. Carrying out clear record keeping of all work done, parts used etc.
  • Assist the management of stock control and ordering of parts / materials and equipment in a cost effective manner, ensuring best value.
  • Supervise and motivate staff. Monitor and review working methods and practices in order to improve the service and analyse training needs of the staff.  Assist and mentor trainees/mechanics within the workplace
  • Respond to vehicle breakdowns, outsource recovery where required.
  • Drive and operate vehicles and plant as required. To ensure that the workshop, vehicles, plant and equipment are only used by trained and competent team members including third party service providers, ensuring that they are inducted and follow site safety rules.
  • Liaise with relevant supervisors/service managers/contractors to organise vehicle servicing and repairs according to the fleet maintenance schedule and advise of any likely delays.
  • Ensure the workshop and depot facilities are kept in a clean and tidy condition.
  • Undertake additional responsibilities in the absence of the Workshop Manager and assist in the development of the Service department.


Person Specification

  • Time served mechanic with significant experience in the industry.
  • Experience of dealing with vehicle manufactures and associated suppliers.
  • Experience of supervising a municipal fleet and maintenance workshop, working with refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, light commercial vehicles, tractors, trailers and grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Experience of leading, motivating and developing staff in a workshop environment.
  • In depth knowledge of Health and Safety, risk assessments, Fleet Management Legislation including the role of DVSA and the Traffic Commissioner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent IT skills with good working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Ability and willingness to demonstrate the council’s values and behaviours
  • Ability to liaise with relevant supervisors/ service managers/contractors to organise vehicle servicing and repairs according to the fleet maintenance schedule.
  • Ability to prioritise and achieve workloads required.   Delivering to a high standard, in line with safe systems of work, DVSA and manufacturers standards.
  • To have an excellent, positive and flexible attitude to work in a demanding and changing environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Senior Officers, Elected Members, Managers, staff, colleagues and partners.
  • Commitment to developing and maintaining high levels of customer care.      
  • Willingness to undertake additional training courses as and when required 
  • Requirement to work flexibly between 6.30am and 6.00pm to meet the needs of the service, potentially on a rota basis.
  • To have a comprehensive tool kit to fulfil the role.



  • Family friendly policies
  • On-site free parking
  • Up to 31 days' annual leave
  • Option to purchase additional leave
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Savings and loan scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Additional voluntary contribution to AVC
  • Staff reward scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee forums (Your Voice, Health & Wellbeing)


General Statement

The information contained in this job description is provided to assist employees joining the council to understand and appreciate the work content of their post and the role they will play in the organisation. However, the following point should be noted:


  • Whilst every endeavour has been made to outline all the duties and responsibilities of the post, a document such as this does not permit every item to be specified in detail. Broad headings, therefore, may have been used, in which case all the usual associated routines are naturally included in the job description.





How to apply

Download and complete the application form at


Application forms should be returned to: OR

Rossendale Borough Council, People & Policy, The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 0BB


Alternatively, email your name and address, quoting reference number XT1005 to or telephone People and Policy on 01706 252449.


As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people.  To qualify, you will need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition.


Closing Date        – Monday 22nd May at 10.00 am 

Interview Date     – To be confirmed