Workshop Manager (Foresta Timber & Board )

Location: Gauteng and South Africa
Sector: General
Contract Type: Permanent

Workshop Manager

A well established timber merchant based in JHB South is looking for a hands – on Workshop Manager 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Routine servicing of Vehicles

  • Trucks and bakkies based on manufacturers recommendations
    • Order service kits/parts/consumables
    • Oil changes
    • Filter changes
    • Brake shoe / pad wear and replace
    • Cooling system flush and top up
    • Brake fluid flush and bleed
  • FLT’s based on hours
    • Order service kits/parts/consumables
    • Oil changes
    • Filter changes
    • Brake shoes / pads
    • Cooling system flush and top up
    • Hydraulic fluid levels
    • Clean and grease slides, masts and chains
    • Check wear of forks
    • Brake fluid flush and bleed

Daily vehicle inspection

  • Carry out vehicle inspections
  • Attend to issues highlighted on Daily Vehicle Inspections, e.g. lights out of order, windscreen wiper replacement, tyre wear, etc.

Fuel Dispensing

  • Dip tank prior to dispensing
  • Assist with dispensing of fuel
    • Record litres dispensed
    • Record kilometres/hours travelled
  • Dip after all vehicles have been fuelled

Fuel receiving

  • Dip prior to dispensing fuel from the delivery truck
  • Check fuel density using hygrometer
  • Check that meters are zeroed
  • Check that correct volume is dispensed
  • Dip after the fuel drop is complete
  • Sign off delivery document

Diesel Generator Checks

  • Ensure fuel levels are maintained after generator has been used
  • Schedule routine servicing and maintenance


  • Respond to vehicle breakdowns
  • Attend to breakdown repairs where possible
  • Arrange towing where required

Stock Control

  • Ensure adequate stock of “break-fix” parts
    • Fan belts
    • Light Bulbs
    • Fuses
    • Filters
    • Oil/Coolant/Brake Fluid/etc.
    • Vehicle cleaning materials

Safe Disposal of Workshop Waste

  • Used oil, coolant and other fluids
  • Used filters, brake pads, etc.

Vehicle licensing

  • Annual license renewal
  • Annual roadworthy
  • Annual load test


  • General workshop tidiness
  • Tool care – ensure all tools are accounted for and care is taken of tools

Skills and qualifications:

  • Qualified Mechanic with knowledge on petrol and diesel engines.
  • Hydraulics knowledge and solid administrative experience

Key Attributes

  • Quick thinker and fast learner
  • Tidy
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Willing to work overtime when required to fix breakdowns

Salary: Market Related

Closing Date for applications: 19 July 2024.

Request CV

    Ref: 1159367
    Nationality: South African
    Annual Package Range: ZAR 451 000 - 550 000, per annum
    Total Years Experience: More than 30 years
    Home and other languages: English, Afrikaans
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Caucasian / White

    Senior Account Manager

    Online Interview Questions

    Current / most recent job title?
    Senior Account Manager

    1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

    Set up a new product division within the business. Started customer base from zero and have grown it in a very difficult market.

    2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

    Sourcing stock at pricing levels which enable the company to be able to resell at a profit.

    3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

    Positive person, with lots of tenacity, perseverance and the willingness to achieve company and personal goals.

    4. Ideal business title: 

    Sales Manager / Area Sales Manager / Product Manager / Regional Sales Manager

    5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

    • Sales
    • Staff motivation
    • Sales Growth
    • Staff development and mentoring

    6. Skill area of competence:

    Extensive knowledge of the South African Timber markets.

    7. Career summary:

    • 5 years banking
    • 30 years timber industry

    8. Achievements: 

    In a number of companies I have worked for, I have always been instrumental in either setting up a product group / and or new customer base

    9. What do you absolutely love doing?

    Interacting with people

    10. Ideal company (culture and values):

    Empowered employees, open door policy, supportive and team orientated.