Working with Aston Barclay

Operations Manager

Location: Wakefield

We are the leading national independent auction group, led by quality people, driving the future of the remarketing industry through leading results, innovation, investment, excellence in technology and exceptional service.

Our mission is to bring new perspectives, energy and more innovative ways of working to extend our value within the automotive industry.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Operations Manager to join our Wakefield site. You will be responsible for leading the yard team and ensuring the smooth running of our auctions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Be responsible for all vehicles on site, their movement and actions undertaken in relation to them while on site.
  • Lead the yard operations team.
  • Meet and exceed financial and operational metrics.
  • Promote exceptional levels of service throughout the site.
  • Champion continuous improvement throughout the site.
  • Enforce & promote safety within the workplace.

Duties include:

  • Take a proprietorial approach to all vehicles on site, always seeking to balance site profitability with exceptional customer service.
  • Lead the yard team in all yard operations, balancing productivity with exceptional customer service.
  • Ensure exceptional site standards and housekeeping are upheld.
  • Highlight and action or escalate potential process failures prior to any drop in service levels.
  • Attend and contribute at monthly and weekly site management meetings.
  • Produce quality management information within set timescales
  • Develop continuous improvement mindset in the yard and update processes to ensure consistent process compliance.
  • Support all site projects as required.
  • Provide visible, respectful leadership to the yard operations team and be the technical expert for direct reports.
  • Manage direct reports to achieve agreed outputs.
  • Report all vehicle defects in a timely manner.
  • Fuel vehicles in accordance with training provided.
  • Ensure that vehicles are prepared for sales in line with the documented process.
  • Review vehicles for reconditioning opportunities.
  • Embed KPI’s to manage performance across team, including the number of not inspected vehicles and the inspection process as a whole.
  • Ensure that the pre-sale line up is appropriate, with all vehicles correctly lotted and displayed.
  • Be responsible for end to end car processing.
  • Ensure the effective running of sales.
  • Check mechanical condition of vehicles.
  • Ensure all employees with the department have PDR’s and monthly 1:2:1’s which have structure giving SMART objectives throughout.
  • Utilise performance management processes to ensure success is celebrated and enhanced and poor performance is dealt with in the correct process.
  • Develop succession plans for high performing team members.
  • Support the business to deliver key training for all relevant modules.
  • Meet and exceed all financial metrics set.
  • Identify and act on any failures to meet metrics.
  • Identify and as appropriate act on opportunities for additional revenue.
  • Identify and as appropriate act on areas for cost out/down.
  • Carry out daily monitoring of site KPI’s - highlighting pressure areas and providing suggested solutions including; Collection/Delivery performance.
  • Monitor Stock Management, Days to Inspect, Losses etc.
  • Ensure site adherence to group HSEQ & Compliance policies and procedures.
  • Promote a positive H&S mindset across all areas of the site.
  • Continually seek to improve the department by working in a cycle of continuous improvement.


  • Previous experience in yard/operations management or a similar role.
  • Proven ability and experience of managing a complex, fast paced operations function.
  • Automotive industry experience – preferred but not essential.
  • Established experience in effective problem solving and decision making.
  • Ability to manage, coach, mentor and develop people.
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing and communication skills.
  • Experience of producing high quality information to deadlines.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing HSEQ & Compliance standards and processes.
  • Proven experience of delivering exceptional service to customers both personally and through a team.
  • Strong organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Full UK Driving License,

40 hours per week, 5 out of 6 days Monday to Saturday with shift patterns between the hours of 07.30am - 7.00pm.

We offer a fantastic range of benefits that reflect the value we place on our employees and help make Aston Barclay Group a great place to work. These include:

  • 33 days leave per annum inclusive of Bank Holidays.
  • The ability to purchase upto an additional 5 days leave per annum
  • Enhanced sick/maternity/paternity/adoption policies
  • Healthcare Cashback scheme on costs such as Dental, Optical and Physiotherapy
  • Access to an online rewards scheme that gives you discounts and money back on everything from fashion, holidays, entertainment, car hire, health and beauty and even weekly shopping from major supermarkets
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (also available to family dependants)
  • Life assurance cover 2 x salary
  • Christmas savings scheme
  • Length of service awards
  • Refer a friend recruitment incentive scheme
  • Early finish on your birthday

Registered Address

Units 1 & 2 Harvard Way
Normanton Industrial Estate
West Yorkshire

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