Vehicle Maintenance Unit

Our talented engineers and technicians, keep our vehicles on the road and help to make sure everything runs smoothly at our state-of-the-art warehouses.

We offer a wide range of engineering and technician opportunities for people who can help to keep our HGVs, RGVs, MHE, forklift trucks and fridges in perfect working order. This is vehicle and equipment maintenance on a big scale.

Together we carry out high quality work, and thousands of services and inspections to make sure our vehicles and all kinds of equipment are safe to use and help to maximise efficiency and performance. 

As we maintain our equipment at levels above and beyond what is expected and we strive to stay compliant with all our fleet, we’ve been awarded a green award from VOSA. If you want to make the most of your mechanical, maintenance or electrical skills, our careers offer plenty of variety and opportunities to broaden your skills and develop your career.

We also employ mobile engineers across the country who look after our trolleys, pallet trucks and forklift trucks at our stores in the north and south. While the VMU administrators at our distribution sites provide vital support, maintaining our systems, communicating with our different teams and sending out third parties to deal with breakdowns on the road.

We’ve a range of VMU teams. Our sites at Latimer Park, Sittingbourne, Gadbook, Wakefield, Stockton, Bellshill and Willow Green look after our HGVs. While our teams at Rushden, Swan Valley and Thrapston focus on manual handling equipment and forklifts. 

Gadbrook – Our IRTEC qualified engineers service 1,002 trailers, 448 tractor units and 799 fridges every year. They also carry out 432 MOTs (98.7% pass rate) and carry out 1,200 forklift inspections. Thanks to their innovation, determination and attention to detail, our trailers cover 100,000 km a year and our tractor units 180,000 km.

Sittingbourne – Our 30-strong team carries out vital maintenance 24/7 at our modern 10-bay workshop. Our HGV fitters service and maintain 98 tractor units and 240 trailers. Our MHE engineers look after over 300 pieces of MHE kit. While our fridge engineers maintain 198 fridge units.

J41, Wakefield – Our team of 35 technicians maintains our fleet of 91 HGVs, 362 trailers, 13 shunters, 22 vans and 445 MHE forklift trucks. In our vehicle workshops and full body shop they repair 19,136 defects and carry out 611 MOTs and 1,802 services/inspections every year. And they test everything in our own DVLA approved test lane. While our MHE and fridge teams maintain and service our 445 trucks and 346 trailer mounted fridges.

Stockton – Here our multi-skilled RGV, MHE and HGV engineering teams work 24/7 to maintain over 30 vehicles, 95 trailers and an MHE fleet totalling 145.

“They really look after you here with all the different benefits. The shopping discount, that’s a big thing, especially when you have got a family.” ”

Mike - VMU team manager

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