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Mechanic OFRS522862




Job details


Salary range: £31,895 - £34,373 per annum + additional Standby allowance £1,950 per annum + Overtime

Work location: Fire Service Workshops Headquarters, Kidlington

Hours per week: 37 – we are open to discussions about flexible working. Compulsory standby duty 1 week in every 6

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday, 3rd July, 2022

Interview date: TBC- A short theory test is required to be completed prior to interview this should take approximately 15 minutes.



About Oxfordshire


Oxfordshire has a wonderful balance between beautiful Cotswold countryside and quaint villages and towns against the urban dynamic of the world-renowned university City of Oxford and surrounding market towns. It is a thriving county with one of the fastest growing economies in the country with a rapidly growing science sector in and around the county and is the base for many national and internationally recognised companies and organisations. Oxford has good transport links to London and the rest of the country. 



About us


This is an exciting opportunity to join Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service Fleet Department at Headquarters in Kidlington where employees are highly valued and staff retention is high. We are looking to recruit two individuals to join our highly trained team of mechanical technicians to provide a high level of support to the organisation.


Fire Service Workshops maintain a varied fleet of vehicles and specialist operational firefighting equipment, this ranges from light commercial vehicles and cars through to LGVs with a large portfolio of specialised fleet and equipment such as hydraulic rescue tools, ladders, various firefighting pumps and hose branches.



About the role


Working to the Fire Services high standards and the standards as laid down by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), your daily duties will include carrying out repairs, diagnostic investigations, service / safety inspections, on a varied fleet of vehicles and specialised firefighting equipment. Primarily you will be working out of our Fire Service workshop in Kidlington but will also be expected to travel around the county to all 25 Fire stations as required.


Working hours are Monday – Thursday 7.30am to 4.30pm and on Friday 7.30 – 12.30pm.  As a requirement of the role, for 1 week in every 6, you will be required to participate in 24hr stand-by duties as part of a duty rota system which will at times include lone working with minimum supervision.



About you


  • It is essential that you are a fully qualified time served heavy goods vehicle (HGV) mechanic and have previous experience of working in a commercial vehicle garage, experience in servicing and repairing vehicles and interpreting the requirements of maintenance schedules.
  • It is essential you are qualified to City & Guilds, or BTEC level 3 in Motor Vehicles or equivalent.
  • Along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, you’ll have a flexible approach, the ability to follow instructions, work unsupervised or as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to work effectively to deadlines and adapt to urgent re-prioritisation of workload.
  • Essential you hold a current, valid driving licence (LGV, CE driving licence is desirable).
  • Essential to have experience in diagnosing vehicle mechnical/electrical faults using diagnostics software and remedying them, a sound knowledge of modern vehicle systems including can-bus and firmware.
  • Ideally have knowledge of the Health & Safety at Work Act (HSAWA)
  • Ideally experience on electric hybrid and hydrogen vehicles.
  • Basic IT skills including email and computer software systems.



Rewards and benefits


Working in local government is interesting, innovative and challenging. The commitment of our teams to public service is key to our delivery of all services including infrastructure.


Oxfordshire has invested time and resource to create an environment where people develop professionally and personally. Oxfordshire offers a generous and family friendly rewards to benefit life both at work and at home.

Rewards package:


  • 29 - 32 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Flexible working arrangements where applicable
  • Excellent Pension Scheme contributing up to 19.9%
  • Staff Discount Schemes
  • Family Friendly Schemes
  • Health and wellbeing activities
  • Discounts on rail and bus travel
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme  



Training and Development


We’re proud of our strong learning and knowledge-sharing culture here. You can look forward to:


  • Our online skills and knowledge platform dedicated to your continuing professional development.
  • Ongoing maintenance training on all specialised fire service equipment and vehicles.
  • Coaching, workshops, mentoring, shadowing and support from social groups
  • A tailored induction.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Adam Poulter, Workshop Manager via email on



Application Procedure


To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking Apply Now. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.


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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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