About Crown Lift Trucks Ltd

Since its entry into the material handling industry in the 1960s, Crown Equipment Corporation has earned a reputation for exceptional product design, engineering and manufacturing of its award-winning line of electric lift trucks.  From our smallest pallet truck to our highest lifting VNA truck, our goal is to always provide the user with the safest, most efficient and ergonomic forklift truck possible.  Crown supports customers with a wide selection of electric forklift trucks ranging from pallet trucks to very narrow-aisle VNA trucks.

Our brand promise is:

“Crown designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports material handling products that provide customers with superior value.”

Quality and performance are the foundation of Crown’s success. Since our inception, our company culture has always been about people performing and working as a team to ensure that quality is built into every forklift truck we make.

Crown’s headquarters, manufacturing facilities and network of branches offer diverse and challenging careers in a broad range of professional and vocational roles.

Job Description

As a Workshop Manager, you will play a very important role in one of the busiest and most pressurised roles within the branch.  You will be required to assign engineers to tasks ensuring productivity is maximised and that deadlines are adhered to. 

The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills and will thrive under pressure whist delivering unprecedented levels of customer service to both external and internal customers.

You will have responsibility for a team of Engineers and will be expected to manage workshop loading, utilisation, efficiency, productivity and quality of work. In addition, you will also have the ability to assist in conducting effective staff performance appraisals in order to offer support and feedback to key members of the Workshop team.

Undertake a range of management duties associated with the running of the workshop and production activities:

  • Working closely with senior management to achieve the highest possible customer satisfaction (both internal and external).
  • Focus on customer needs and satisfaction; set high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and maintains quality and productivity.
  • Schedule work to meet customer requirements, considering workshop utilisation, job complexity and parts availability.
  • Distribute and control work for engineers to maximise quality and overall efficiency.
  • Ensure a strong relationship is maintained with the Parts department to maximise parts availability.
  • Awareness of financial KPI’s of the service department recording daily / weekly / monthly engineer’s productivity / efficiencies.
  • Review Engineer performance with Regional Service Manager.
  • Schedule weekly team briefs on workload.
  • Review engineer headcount requirements on a monthly basis.
  • Complete all PDRs as per schedule.
  • Maintain branch facility to high standards.
  • Monitor costs on all jobs throughout the workshop process and reduce where possible.
  • Warranty Claims reviewed and monitored for all Workshop jobs where applicable.
  • Ensure all claims are reviewed prior to submission and are processed within set timescales.  Monitor rejections and manage for continuous improvement.
  • Target to have all new equipment completed within the required month, and ache set PDI prep times.
  • Target to schedule the completion of all used equipment within 6 weeks of receipt of works order.
  • Target to meet all demonstration requests within time scale requested on works order.
  • Maximise Jobs per Day by ensuring appropriate headcount and training are in place.
  • Ensure 100% of returned STR and LTR machines are inspected and tagged accordingly.
  • Ensure 100% of damage documented, quoted and recovered.  Monthly date to be presented accordingly.
  • Ensure all thorough Examinations are completed on time (Rental, Demos etc.)
  • Maintain a high level of communication with all internal departments.
  • Follow up on customer complaints and ensure root causes and corrective actions are identified and implemented as required.
  • Establish strong reporting routines for your direct reports.
  • Weekly production report volume and cost.
  • Ensure a clean WIP clearing down with office and team weekly.
  • Ensure all PDI reports are submitted direct upon completion.
  • Promote a safe workplace for all by your actions.
  • Ensure regular checks of tools are maintained and recorded.
  • Reduce incidents at work by establishing root causes.
  • Ensure product incidences / issues are reported promptly and all documentation completed within Crown’s procedures and policies.


Person Specification

Essential Skills:


  • Recent and relevant experience (minimum of 5 years) of working in the forklift truck service environment.
  • Significant previous experience of managing a team.
  • Must hold full UK Driving Licence.
  • Flexibility is essential in this key role within the Service Department and critical to achieving both first time fix and high standards of customer satisfaction.
  • Outstanding individual whose enthusiastic, positive approach will encourage exceptional levels of work and efficiency from the workshop
  • Solid mechanical engineering and vehicle maintenance background.
  • Proven background of working within a time critical environment.
  • Leadership skills with the ability to work hands on all the time.
  • Understanding of the need to continually learn about our products.
  • Positive work ethic and flexible attitude.
  • Strong training and mentoring skills.
  • Commercial awareness and understanding of value for money.
  • Experience of Health & Safety requirements working in a workshop practice.
  • Commitment to continuing personal and professional development.
  • Proficient in fault finding and repair.
  • Excellent organisational skills, resourceful and solution driven.
  • A high standard of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi‐task, prioritising workloads to work to tight deadlines.
  • Clear communication skills – oral and written.
  • Consultation and negotiation skills.
  • Flexibility to cope with diverse needs of the post.
  • Highly motivated and possessing a resilience to work under pressure.
  • Positive, personable and optimistic with a can do attitude.

Desirable Skills: 

  • Engineering qualification.

Vacancy Details


Hours of Work:

Monday to Thursday – 08:00am to 4:30pm with 30 minutes lunch.

Friday - 08:00am to 4:00pm with 30 minutes lunch

Target Salary:

Highly competitive salary dependent on experience.

Company Vehicle:

A company van and fuel card are provided with the option for private use (provided the tax is paid).


25 days holiday.


Company pension plan.

At Crown, we know that our employees are the driving force behind our success in the material handling industry. We cultivate a culture of passionate people and inspired innovation. In fact, throughout Crown’s history, more than 1,000 employees have reached a 25-year milestone, and we are proud to have travelled their career paths with them.

From employee training and development to competitive compensation packages, we invest in our employees, knowing that people are always at the core of what moves us forward.

In addition to financial remuneration and participation, we our offer our employees various social benefits including but not limited to:

  • Company van plus fuel card – private use of company vehicle (subject to tax regulations)
  • Company pension plan.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Support with tooling
  • Excellent discount scheme with access to the best perks from some of the UK’s biggest brands.  This includes (but is not limited to):
    • Free mobile phone insurance
    • Breakdown cover
    • Up to 8% off at UK supermarkets.
    • Free Tastecard to enjoy 2 for 1 and 50% off your bill in more than 6,500 restaurants nationwide.
    • A free movie a month.
    • Great price cinema tickets at Odeon, Vue, and Cineworld.
    • Nationwide gym discounts.
    • Insurance and health cover including medical, dental and life cover.
    • Salary sacrifice options including childcare, technology, cars and parking, cycling and gyms.
    • Childcare voucher scheme.
    • Employee assistance programme.



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If you have any further queries regarding this job, please do not hesitate to contact the Recruitment Team at Crown Lift Trucks Ltd on 01256 300211 or via uk.recruitment@crown.com

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