Vehicle Fitter
  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC402LS
  • Published: Mon 11/01/2021, 14:40 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 04/02/2021, 14:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 44 hours per week, inclusive of 7 hours contractual overtime
  • Salary: £23,356 to £26,252
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Brookvale Depot, Northfleet, Kent

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Vehicle Fitter

Our Organisation

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses. 

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England. 

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area. 

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves. 

The role  

Responsible to the foreman fitter for the maintenance and repair of the council’s vehicle fleet. 

Main responsibilities 

To carry out essential maintenance to ensure effectiveness of the fleet.

To carry out planned checks and maintenance of our fleet of HGVs, vans and other vehicles.

To respond to unplanned work and break downs, this may mean out of hours, during scheduled breaks, weekends.

Requisition of parts as necessary.

To carry out welding and fabricating duties.

To maintain and repair the vehicle’s cameras.

To fit and remove vehicle decals when required.

To prepare vehicles for MOT including deep cleansing.

To take vehicles for test and MOT.

To keep working area clean and tidy. 

To execute workmanship to a high standard and ensure it is carried out in strict compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and any other relevant legislation covering safety in the workplace for self and others. 

Plan and organise the work, materials and equipment according to priorities, the size and complexity of the job, the need to minimise travel and other non-productive time, and the need to keep scheduled appointments. 

Provide supervision and guidance to work experience students and apprentices as and when required. 

To keep supervisory staff aware of progress and potential issues in a timely manner. 

To carry out gritting, salt spreading and snow clearing, as necessary, during bad weather. 

Essential qualifications/experience

Ability to manage their own time.

Good communication skills.

Good customer service skills.


Ability to plan work schedule and materials needed for assigned work projects.

Ability to work with minimum supervision or as part of a team.

3 years minimum experience required

Experience of vehicle inspection, pre MOT, DoT regulations

City & Guilds Mechanic/Technician (or equivalent)

Experience of working in similar role

Keen to develop personal skills

Trouble shooting skills

Well organised

Good team player

Must wear a uniform.

Commitment to equal opportunities

Weekend working to catch up after bank holidays or after inclement weather

Outside work is required in all weather conditions

Willingness to do work of a routine repetitive nature.

Willingness to update skills and attend training courses 

Desirable qualifications/experience

R.C.V. Experience & Hydraulics

A full and clean HGV driving licence

Experience of dealing with the public. 

In return we offer you:  

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays. 


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training. 

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face. 


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website. 

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Ronnie Helen, Waste & Transport Manager on 01474 33

Important Information

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date. 


How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS


If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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