VEHICLE SALES ADMINISTRATOR WANTED

Fingers typing on a black keyboard
 

BACK TO SCHOOL

Trucksmith's Adam Barnett hold his acceptance to Exeter College letter whilst stood in an engineering workshop

Trucksmith are delighted to announce that the Design and Development department’s very own Adam Barnett is going back to school as he has been accepted onto the university grade course “HNC Mechanical Engineering” at Exeter College starting in September.  Adam’s studies will run alongside his work at Trucksmith.

Adam joined Trucksmith in August 2017, initially on a six month internship.

A Real Asset To The Trucksmith Family

“I really enjoyed my first six months with Trucksmith, engineering is a passion of mine and coupled with the supportive team atmosphere it ticked all the boxes of what I was looking for.”  Emma Trebble, Company Director continues, “Having such a motivated intern on the team was fantastic for the Design and Development department, so when Adam asked if he could defer his entry to university for another year and stay with us it was a no brainer, he’s a real asset to the Trucksmith family.”

A University Grade Course Delivered Through Exeter College

With his further education in mind the training team worked with Adam to find a way of combining his academic studies with a role a Trucksmith.  

“We looked at a couple of options, ones that would suit me and my career whilst also bringing something valuable to the business,” says Adam, “we decided on HNC Mechanical Engineering, it’s university grade course delivered through Exeter College and it covers things like Computer Aided Machining and Fluid Mechanics.”

The Sky’s The Limit

Adam’s Department Head, Allin Jeffery, is particularly pleased, “I’m delighted with his development to date and can only see skies as his limit.  It’s very generous of Trucksmith to fund Adam’s studies and shows a desire to build a successful future for the business.”

For more information about University standard courses at Exeter College see https://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/Course/engineering-mechanical-hnc/hnc

For more information about the Trucksmith internship programme at Trucksmith, please email your CV and cover letter to mail@trucksmith.co.uk

 

TIM IS STANDING UP TO CANCER

Trucksmith's Tim Hall drives an orange forlkift ahead of challenging bike ride

LANDS END TO JOHN O’GROATS

Trucksmith’s very own Tim Hall is standing up to cancer by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Between 3rd and 12th May 2018 Tim will cycle the length of the UK in 10 days – that’s an average of approx. 100 miles per day!   Training has been going well with the mixture of excitement and trepidation for the massive mental and physical challenges that lie ahead.

Please join Trucksmith in helping Tim raise money for Cancer Research UK at the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-hall22

For more information about the amazing work Cancer Research UK so, please see their website https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

 

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT WANTED

A mud flap on a Trucksmith® LoLoader® shows the contact number 01884 3001 so that applicants for the Accounts Assistant role can get in touch.

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR AN ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Trucksmith® are looking for an Accounts Assistant to join our busy Finance Department.  Working directly for the Finance Manager, the right applicant will be hard working and looking for a challenging role, keen to learn new skills and build professional relationships.  

QUALIFICATIONS

Fully qualified AAT and either fully/part qualified CIMA.

BENEFITS

Salary based on experience and qualifications.

23 days holiday per year plus bank holidays.

Childcare voucher scheme.

Contributory pension.

Career path supported by training and professional development.

APPLY IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS

Either send your CV to mail@trucksmith.co.uk or complete and submit the application form at https://trucksmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Job-Application-Form.pdf

FOR CHEEKY RECRUITERS

The in house team at Trucksmith® has a highly trained set of recruiters who know the precise type of person that would flourish in the business, as such we won’t consider / read speculative or unsolicited CVs from agencies to any Trucksmith® employee.

When we need to draw upon our external recruitment partners we will only use suppliers who have signed up to our preferred supplier list. Only our selected recruitment partners will earn a fee where we have instructed them directly within a specific remit.

If the above is not observed the Trucksmith® team reserves the right to contact submitted candidates directly and initiate discussions without payment of any agency fee.

If you chance your arm and submit unsolicited CVs and proposals to Trucksmith® all of the above will apply.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE TEAM THAT BUILD THE LOLOADER® – TYLOR

Trucksmith team member, Tylor, sits in the back of a LoLoader wearing his blue and yellow Trucksmith uniform.

 

A STANDOUT APPLICANT

 

The story of the Trucksmith® LoLoader® is a long one starting with the original design back in 1993.  Along the way the design and build has been influenced and developed by many people; these include customers, design engineers and the actual Trucksmith® team that work on the production line; one such team member is Tylor.

Tylor joined Trucksmith® a little over five years ago.  A keen footballer and Spurs fan, his links with Trucksmith® go further back than this.  Whilst he was still at school, Tylor’s older sister worked in the Trucksmith® Accounts Department, she approached Company Director, Emma Trebble, with a view to Trucksmith® sponsoring Tylor’s football kit at Willand Rovers FC;  “Trucksmith® has always been a family run business and naturally, family helps family, so we were more than happy to sponsor Tylor; it also meant that when he applied for a job with us I remembered him as being a dedicated lad who wrote very polite thank you letters.  It may sound trite but in the employment market, anything an applicant can do to stand out in a positive way is important.” 

And apply for a job at Trucksmith® Tylor did, “I knew about Trucksmith® for two reasons really,” says Tylor, “First of all Jade had worked there and secondly because they’re known in the area for being a good employer and a company that is at the head of its field.  Everyone knows what a LoLoader® is and everyone knows that Trucksmith® invented them.  So when I finished my apprenticeship at Exeter College, it was the first place that I really wanted to work.”

 

“EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT A LOLOADER® IS”

 

Trucksmith team member Tylor seals up a wheelbox in a LoLoader

 

Tylor joined the team at Trucksmith® as a trainee, “When I first started the training to get me established was really good.  I’m quite a handy person so I was comfortable using air tools and different materials, I was trained and tested in lots of different areas so that at the end of my probation period I had a good idea of what was expected of me and my manager Wayne knew where I was best suited to work.”  Wayne agrees, “Tylor is a talented young man and that was apparent from the outset, he’s hardworking and a real team player, it means placing him in different areas of the Production Team has always been easy.”

Tylor feels that his greatest achievement in his career so far is how he has progressed; “There’s always room to grow here, if you work hard and apply yourself Trucksmith® will support you.  I’m a Journeyman now but am hoping to move up in the next round of grade rises.” that won’t be enough for ambitious Tylor, “Ultimately I want to be a Line Manager at Trucksmith®.  The management team here have always believed in me and wanted me to be the best version of myself I can be, so leading my own team at Trucksmith® would be an important goal I’d like to reach.  I want to buy my own house and settle down one day and for me I want to do that at Trucksmith®.”

 

“IT’S QUALITY WORKMANSHIP THAT MAKES A QUALITY PRODUCT”

 

Reflecting on what he is most proud of when it comes to LoLoader® production Tylor continues, “We all take pride in our work producing the LoLoader® at Trucksmith®.  There’s a lot of thought that’s gone into how it’s built and how it can benefit our customers.  It’s quality workmanship that makes a quality product.  The guys here are top rate, you can’t fault us as a team, everyone wants to produce the best work they can because we’re all proud to be part of Trucksmith® and to build the LoLoader®.” 

 

“TRUCKSMITH® CHANGED HOW THE ROADS OF BRITAIN LOOK WITH THE LOLOADER®”

 

And what about the prolific numbers of LoLoader® bodies you see on the road? “When you think about it Trucksmith® changed how the roads of Britain look with the LoLoader®.  You cannot go anywhere without seeing a Trucksmith® LoLoader®, they’re everywhere.  It makes me proud to be part of that story, you see one and you go ‘LoLoader®’, we all do it.  What’s great is when you see a really old one on the motorway still going strong, there’s that history and again it’s that quality of workmanship, it’s one of the reasons our customers come back for more and one of the reasons we’ve been voted What Van? Magazine’s Converter of the Year two years running.”

 

Trucksmith LoLoader sits against a clear blue sky unloading two giant What Van? Converter of the Year awards, one for 2017 and one for 2018    

 

SNOWMAGEDDON PART DEUX

The staff at Trucksmith stand outside the building at the grand opening with their MP Neil Parish

Due to the unprecedented amount of snow that has fallen at Trucksmith over the course of the weekend – locally known as Snowmageddon Part Deux – the Trucksmith offices will be opening at 10am today, this will allow the haulage fleet of Really Trucks to clear the Uffculme site prior to Trucksmith staff arriving this morning.

The offices will be closing at at the usual time of 5pm this evening.

WE ARE HIRING AT TRUCKSMITH!

Three staff members at Trucksmith work in jobs to build a LoLoader

JOBS AT TRUCKSMITH® AND REALLY TRUCKS®

We are currently recruiting for the following positions at Trucksmith®:

1 x Welder Fabricator, ideally a coded welder however a proven track record would suffice.

1 x Design & Development CAD/Solidworks Design Engineer, we’re looking for someone with a lot of Solidworks experience and a real desire to finish projects.

4 x Production Staff

1 x Skilled commercial vehicle bodybuilder.

We are currently recruiting for the following position at our sister company Really Trucks®:

1 x experienced traffic planner

https://reallytrucks.co.uk/

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the application form at:

https://trucksmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Job-Application-Form.pdf

A NOTE FOR CHEEKY RECRUITERS

The in house team at Trucksmith® has a highly trained set of recruiters who know the precise type of person that would flourish in the business, as such we won’t consider / read speculative or unsolicited CVs from agencies to any Trucksmith® employee.

When we need to draw upon our external recruitment partners we will only use suppliers who have signed up to our preferred supplier list. Only our selected recruitment partners will earn a fee where we have instructed them directly within a specific remit.

If the above is not observed the Trucksmith® team reserves the right to contact submitted candidates directly and initiate discussions without payment of any agency fee.

If you chance your arm and submit unsolicited CVs and proposals to Trucksmith® all of the above will apply.

RECORD YEAR OF PRODUCTION FOR TRUCKSMITH

Trucksmith production employee at work

 

LOLOADER® PRODUCTION AT AN ALL TIME HIGH

Trucksmith® are delighted to announce that 700 LoLoader® bodies rolled off the Devon based production line during 2017, surpassing all previous production records.

The Trucksmith® LoLoader® was originally designed over twenty years ago by Trucksmith® founder Brian Trebble and his team of coachbuilders.

Speaking from the Design & Development office located in a converted Double Decker bus at the Uffculme site, Brian explained, “The original idea behind our design was to combat the historic issues of poor aerodynamics and handling associated with Luton vans.  We developed the stylish, high volume, low floored vehicle using innovative manufacturing methods to achieve an outstanding payload that has become the hallmark of all Trucksmith® vehicles.”

 

PIONEERING DESIGN

The Trucksmith® LoLoader® features a 450mm loading height – the lowest in its category – eliminating the need for a heavy tail lift. Trucksmith® also builds the body using aluminium as standard rather than composites, which significantly reduces body weight, is stronger and increases payload.

 

QUALITY PRODUCTION, QUALITY VALUES

Daniel Trebble, who became Managing Director of Trucksmith® in 2007, commented, “This significant milestone in the history of the Trucksmith® LoLoader® demonstrates our continuing popularity within the UK van market.  Quality is at the heart of everything we do, be it in customer service, the supply chain or employing Six Sigma values in our production system. 

The company’s innovative approach has led to Trucksmith® becoming the first port of call for customers nationwide looking for unique designs, premium commercial vehicle bodies and the building of small and large fleets.

https://trucksmith.com/what-we-do/

 

AWARD WINNING

2017 also saw Trucksmith® take the voted for What Van? Converter of the Year.  A prestigious title that they hope to retain in 2018.

http://www.whatvan.co.uk/what-van-awards/awards-2017/what-van-awards-2017-converter-trucksmith

TRUCKSMITH WINS WHAT VAN? CONVERTER OF THE YEAR FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING

Trucksmith LoLoader sits against a clear blue sky unloading two giant What Van? Converter of the Year awards, one for 2017 and one for 2018

 

TRUCKSMITH® RETAINS CONVERTER OF THE YEAR TITLE FOR 2018

The team at Trucksmith® are delighted to announce that they have won the prestigious What Van? Converter of the Year title for the second year running.  This is the first time any converter has achieved this incredible accolade.

 

“WE’RE INDEBTED TO OUR CUSTOMERS”

Speaking from the award ceremony held at The Brewery in London, an ecstatic Emma Trebble, Company Director of Trucksmith® said, “We are so happy and proud.  This award really means the world to us and all the staff back at the factory in Uffculme.  I can’t put into words how indebted we are to our customers and all the readers of What Van? for voting for us in their droves.  We’ve been receiving calls back at base from customers wanting to know how we have got on today.  They’re as invested in Trucksmith® and the LoLoader® as we are.”

 

All the winners with their trophies with host, comedian Zoe Lyons, stand together on the stage in front of the What Van? banner

 

HONORING THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

Speaking after his opening  address, What Van? editor James Dallas commented, “The LCV market is constantly evolving, improving and rising to meet the challenges that confront it, so it’s a pleasure to be able to honor the best in the business in terms of product, innovations and services.”

“For 2018, we expanded the most coveted pantheon of independent accolades in the LCV industry to embrace 19 categories as well as the big one – the overall What Van? 2018 Light Commercial Vehicle of the Year, which went to the stand-out model debut of the previous 12 months, Volkswagen’s Crafter van.”

http://www.whatvan.co.uk/what-van-awards/awards-2018/what-van-awards-2018-honouring-the-best-in-the-business

 

RECORD NUMBERS OF VOTES

The 2018 voting saw a record number of readers cast their ballots in many categories, including the all important What Van? Converter of the Year.

 

PRIDE OF PLACE

The What Van? Converter of the Year Award soon saw itself winging its way to the Trucksmith® offices in Devon, where it has taken pride of place next to its sister award from 2017. 

Two black resin awards bearing the What Van? Converter of the Year 2017 and 2018 logos, sit next to each other against a white background

TRUCKSMITH HIRES LCV SPECIALIST PETER GENARI

New salesperson, the LCV Specialist, Peter Genari stands in front of a LoLoader on the Trucksmith production line

NEW LCV SPECIALIST ON BOARD

Here at Trucksmith we are delighted to announce that LCV specialist Peter Genari has joined us as Territory Sales Executive, covering the South East and London areas.  Peter brings a wealth of experience with over 30 years in the motor industry and over 16 years with Renault covering fleet and LCV sales.

“FANTASTIC CHALLENGE”

Peter is also very happy with the move, saying, “After many years with Renault and dealing with Trucksmith selling the LoLoader® as an LCV Specialist, it is fantastic to have joined the team.  I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge of Groupe Renault LCVs to continue to grow our market in my territory.  I’m happy to be supporting existing customers and all the dealers in the network that know me so well.  It is fantastic to take up a new challenge with a great professional team producing class leading vehicles.  I look forward to meeting old friends as well as new clients and friends”

Daniel Trebble, Managing Director at Trucksmith, added, “Peter brings a great deal of experience and strength to the sales team at Trucksmith after years in the industry as an LCV Specialist.  We have worked with Peter a great deal over the years and are pleased to have a new face on board that shares our value for customer service and the LoLoader® van.  Here at Trucksmith we are focused on service as a business and Peter’s ability to form strong relationships at the highest level will play a key part in our client strategy.”

WHAT VAN? AWARD WINNERS

Trucksmith was voted What Van? Magazine Converter of the Year 2017 by readers and is up for this prestigious award again in 2018.  For more information see: https://trucksmith.com/news/trucksmith-wins-van-converter-of-the-year-2017/

Trucksmith began designing and developing the pioneering low loading Luton the LoLoader® over 25 years ago and is an approved body builder for world leading marques including Groupe Renault, Vauxhall, Renault Trucks, Nissan and Fiat.  It currently has a 64,000sq ft production facility in Uffculme, and is celebrating over 30 years of van conversions.

To vote in the awards visit: http://whatvan.co.uk/readeraward