Harwoods Group is an automotive retailer representing prestigious car brands; Aston martin, Audi, Bentley, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover together with the truck brand MAN. We have a total of eighteen businesses providing sales and aftersales services across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.
Established since 1931, we are a successful and progressive third generation family owned business. In 2017 our turnover was £630m and we employed 900 people. We rank #6 in the Sunday Times ‘Top Track 250’, which league tables the UK’s private companies with a turnover of <£650m and <5,000 staff. .
Our vision is to ‘create memorable experiences’. In other words, we believe that our role is to ensure our valued customers are offered the best possible experience in their interactions with our company. We feel it is equally important that our staff are well supported and are able to deliver these experiences working as one cohesive team.
With 98% of staff scoring positively when asked ‘I am fully committed to doing my best for the company”, we’re a safe bet for a job and career.
Southampton Audi was purchased by Harwoods from the Testwood Motor Group in 2004 and is situated in the Chandlers Ford area of the city, servicing Southampton, Winchester and territory stretching east towards Fareham and west into the New Forest. We operate a large retail sales department, along with a hugely successful service operation. In all we have a team of around 70 people. Southampton Audi also acts as the head office for our corporate sales division and will be responsible for the purchase and delivery of over 1,500 new Audi company vehicles
The role of the Service Advisor 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.
To handle the customer enquiries and queries promptly and efficiently.
Quality 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 vehicles 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.
All Harwoods employees are expected to comply with/adhere to all Harwoods policies and procedures and any additional manufacturer requirements relevant to their role.
Proof of Right to Work in the UK.
Skills & Knowledge
Full UK driving licence.
Competency in numeracy, literacy and IT.
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:
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.
Knowledgeable of, aligned to and ambassador for the brand and adheres to brand standards.