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General Sales Manager

  • Job added:   11 August 2017
  • Salary :   £Highly Competitive Company CBS Vehicle 3% Company Pension Contribution 4 X Life Assurance
  • Location :   Mercedes Benz of Poole ( BH15 2BD)
  • Job Type :   Permanent
  • Company :   Sandown Group
  • Contact :   Jo Michael
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  • Telephone :   01202 666 330
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Sandown is a privately owned Mercedes-Benz group operating across six sites. The group is responsible for two of Mercedes-Benz UK’s market areas and employs approximately 430 people. Sandown is focused on being innovative and dynamic and is committed to delivering an exceptional experience to its Mercedes Benz customers.

Mercedes Benz of Poole is a fantastically successful site which exceeds budget and Sales targets. Poole has an incredibly stable team of 14 Sales Executives and a first class management team who drive the performance of this outstanding dealership.

As a result of  the existing GSM’s well deserved promotion into the role of Dealer Principal at another of our sites   , an exciting opportunity has arisen to join Mercedes Benz of Poole in this challenging role.  Responsibilities for this role will be to maximise sales and profit opportunities through the delivery of the sales strategy and motivate, mentor and inspire the committed sales team.

Responsible for the sales team the successful candidate will need to ensure that the site achieves maximum profit margins within the annual budget. In order to do this you  will have to  continually review the financial situation, examining all accounts, daily and weekly  taking corrective measures and actions as deemed necessary.

A key part of the role will be to take actions to sustain and enhance levels of sales customer satisfaction, and retention through processes and training/development of staff. In addition respond promptly to any customer complaints and ensure timely and correct resolution. 

 Additional duties include :

  • Maintain effective control of expenses in line with budget objectives.
  • Ensure at all times Company risk is minimised.
  • Minimise vehicle stock holding costs and interest charges.
  • Ensure cost effective stock turn ratios.
  • Achieve manufactures challenging new and used car targets.
  • Review monthly vehicle debtors to ensure company policy on vehicle debts is applied.
  • Establish and agree departmental staff requirements.
  • Ensure sales training needs are met efficiently and are in line with operational and block exemption requirements.
  • Lead and motivate a sales team, taking steps to create a professional and customer focussed environment.
  • Ensure Company HR policies are followed correctly.
  • Ensure that area of responsibility complies with relevant legislation on consumer law, trade descriptions, FSA Regulations for insurance etc.

The successful candidate will have significant relevant retail motor experience and be able to demonstrate a track record of success in a challenging and fast paced automotive sales environment in a management role. Candidates will need to have outstanding drive, ambition, enthusiasm and excellent communication skills and be immaculately attired. 

A full Driving Licence is essential as travel between sites will be required.

Closing date for applications  31st August 2017

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