Service Advisor

Location Land Rover Croydon
Working hours Full Time
Salary Excellent Basic + OTE
Closing date 17/11/2016


Automotive retailer Harwoods Group, represents prestigious car brands Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar and Land Rover, as well as the truck brand MAN. We have eighteen businesses across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.

Established since 1931, we are a successful and progressive third generation family owned business and rank #31 in the Sunday Times ‘Top Track 250’, which league tables the UK’s private companies with a turnover of <£650m and <5,000 staff. In 2015 our turnover was £555m and we employed 900 people.

Our vision is to ‘create memorable experiences’, as we believe our primary role is to add maximum value to the customer journey. We also aim to make working at Harwoods as memorable and enjoyable as possible and benefit from above average employee engagement.

With 91% of staff scoring positively when asked ‘I care about the future of Harwoods’, we’re a safe bet for a job and career.


Harwoods Land Rover Croydon was acquired in 1994, when the Group purchased the Brighton Road, Coulsdon site. It is situated on the main arterial A23 road to London, with great transport links nearby. April 2016 saw us purchase Jaguar and become a dual-branded retailer, offering both sales and aftersales departments for Land Rover and Jaguar. In total, we have a team of around 75 employees across both brands, many of whom have worked at this site for 20+ years. Our territory stretches as far as Streatham and Dulwich, down to Caterham and Tadworth. We deliver around 900 new and 700 used vehicles per year, across the JLR brands.

Job Purpose

The role ofthe Service Manager is to:

  • Be the point of contact for customers requiring servicing or repair to their vehicles.
  • Manage the flow of information between the workshop, the rest of the business and the customer.


All Harwoods employees are expected to comply with/adhere to all Harwoods policies and procedures and any additional manufacturer requirements relevant to their role.

Person Specification


  • Proof of Right to Work in the UK.


Skills & Knowledge


  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Smart appearance.
  • Competency in numeracy, literacy and IT.


  • Understanding of basic vehicle design, function and location of parts.


Harwoods has 5 key competencies which describe the behaviours expected of all employees. For this role we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate all of the competencies below at the level described, as per the attached competency framework.

Level: Team Member

Delivering Memorable Customer Service

Provides customer service which creates ‘memorable experiences’ through meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

High Performing Teams

Supports others to continuously improve performance. Seeks feedback on own performance, takes responsibility for own development & demonstrates Harwoods values.

Commercial and Operational Excellence

Understands the drivers of business performance and uses them to optimise commercial opportunities. Plans and manages processes, resources workflows efficiently.

Innovation & Improvement

Demonstrates openness to change and improvement. Proactively looks for more effective ways of doing things.

Brand Aligned

Knowledgeable of, aligned to and ambassador for the brand and adheres to brand standards.

Key Responsibilities

  • To handle customer enquiries and queries promptly and efficiently.
  • Qualify service needs and diagnose vehicle running problems where appropriate.
  • Establish understanding and an agreement with the customer of the work to be carried out.
  • Accurately maintain the service department loading system in line with workshop capacity.
  • Manage the handover and administration of loan vehicles. Explain the work carried out on vehicle ensuring customers full understanding and authorisation.
  • Understand and adhere to manufacturer service requirements.
  • Maintain relevant systems ensuring accuracy at all times.

Maintain safe working practices and abide by the working rules and standards of the business.

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