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Are you looking for the opportunity to manage your own depot, working for one of the biggest freight operating companies in the UK?

Ford & Stanley Group, The Rail Recruitment Specialists are partnered with a leading operator in the UK Heavy Haul rail freight market, on their search for a Depot Manager.


Requirement for a confident Depot Manager to take responsibility for the locomotive fleet, across two workshops. An ideal role for a Production Manager looking to make the leap into Depot Management. 

Managing a relatively small (fleet of 30) but busy, depot; the successful candidate will gain exposure to the challenges and responsibilities that come with management including resource deployment, recruitment, HR and finance.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ensuring company policy and standards that apply to the inspection, maintenance, and repair of equipment or vehicles under the responsibility of the rolling stock maintenance function are carried out with a high level of management control.
  • The post holder is required to ensure that inspections and maintenance work are carried out on a planned basis for all Rolling Stock equipment and repairs are carried out with minimum disruption to company business. The post holder should ensure that the needs of the maintenance business are communicated and acted upon by operational staff to ensure maintenance is adequately achieved.
  • Responsible for ensuring group and company safety procedures, controls, audits and associated documents are correctly enforced and maintained. Support audit teams and personally ensure that the daily management of the required standards to ensure workmanship, physical condition of equipment, and safety / environmental procedures meet both company and legislation requirements
  • Provide dynamic man management and leadership skills to all staff and to develop the workforce to be capable of working confidently under their own initiative and be capable of reporting accurate activity. Provide effective briefing procedures to all staff.  Identify training needs and ensure all staff are competent and certificated to carry out the work required of them.
  • Lead in driving service reliance delivery and improve productivity in asset and equipment utilisation. Ensure product audits are carried out and, if possible, involve the staff who undertook the work with a view to improving the quality of work.
  • Ensure that liaison exists with all key suppliers and that the company’s best interests are protected. Ensure only approved Contractors are used when purchasing services or materials.
  • Ensure investigation into all reported incidents mishaps and near misses identifying trends and ensuring that all appropriate action is taken to remove risk of recurrence.
  • Maintain discipline and foster good industrial relations, ensuring that correct, fair and appropriate action is taken.
  • Ensure fleet performance is reviewed and actions are taken to implement change.
  • Development and provision of resources required to support new business or changes to business including preparation of business case in liaison with appropriate staff.
  • The Depot Manager will ensure that all Environmental Policies and Procedures are always communicated to all depot members of staff and adhered to. The depot manager will be responsible for investigating all environmental events, including third party complaints, and ensure mitigation measures are actioned to closure appropriately. The depot manager will put relevant candidates forward for appropriate Environmental training programmes.
  • Carry out other duties as directed by the Fleet Manager.

Location: Shepton Mallett (fully on site M-F, with a requirement to work one weekend every 7/8 weeks). 

Essential criteria: 

  • People management experience.
  • Depot/workshop experience.
  • Production experience.
  • Rolling stock experience (desirable). 

Likely Job Titles: Production Manager, Depot Manager 

About Ford & Stanley Group

Ford & Stanley Group are in the business of people and performance. Our mission is to create one million better workdays through facilitating great recruitment, leadership and occupational mental fitness.

Ford & Stanley Group Ltd is a Disability Confident Committed employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all opportunity seekers. We shall adhere to such a policy at all times and will review on an on-going basis all aspects of recruitment to avoid unlawful or undesirable discrimination. We will treat everyone equally irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief or political beliefs and we place an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy.


    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: Shepton Mallett
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:£50000 - £57500

    This opportunity is being managed by:

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    Cat Lane

    Recruitment Consultant