Title: New Car and Auto Damage Field Inspector
Reports to: Area Manager
This is an exciting, challenging and highly visible position. The AiM Auto Damage Field Inspector conducts mobile, used vehicle inspections within a designated geographical area. The field inspector will perform a variety of different inspections ranging from off‐lease vehicles at a lessee’s home or business to major damage vehicles on behalf of an insurance provider. The field inspector will also be cross-trained to perform new car inspections dealer floor plan audits on behalf of automobile finance companies.
The field inspector must maintain high ethical/company standards and policies when conducting inspections and audits on behalf of AiM. All field inspectors are provided with a company vehicle, equipped with GPS technology, subject to satisfactorily meeting all AiM standards/requirements upon being offered a position.
II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Vehicle inspections – The field inspector drives to locations such as homes, offices, and other fixed sites to perform used vehicle inspections. A field inspector must accurately assess vehicle condition, estimate value of required repairs (using damage estimating software), document findings in a condition report, and transmit completed reports after each inspection.
- New Vehicle Inspections–
- Performs new vehicle inspections from various car manufacturers for minor/ major impact damages, vandalism, factory defects, restraint failure damages, accidents, weather related damages and damages incurred during the transportation process.
- Document and code damages as they are found and provide damage verification codes for trucking companies prior to the vehicles being delivered to the car dealerships.
- Able to complete inspections in demanding outdoor environments and fast paced, multi-organization facilities.
- Responsible for quality of inspections, consistency of standards, performance of data transmission, and timeliness of inspections.
- Ability to interpret and make analytical inspection decisions based on a defined set of guidelines applied to new vehicles. Inspections may occur on the grounds, or on board rail cars.
- Damage Reports
- Documents and records vehicle damages, utilizing a handheld computer and digital camera. Ability to identify physical auto damage; assist in conducting root-cause analysis of transportation related damage. Renders routine oral and written reports of inspection results as required. All files are to be transmitted upon completion of the inspection. Perform other related duties as requested, including but not limited to locating vehicles and boarding rail cars and ships.
- Dealer Floor Plan Audits –The field inspectors will be cross-trained to perform dealer floor plan audits based on geographical area and need. The field inspectors will be responsible for a physical count of vehicles, in addition to an audit of dealer’s records including the sale, disposition and proceeds of the vehicles in question. The field inspectors will be responsible for reconciling dealer and AiM customer physical counts, and in some cases, facilitating payment from dealer to the finance company
- Performance Expectations – Document and record vehicle damages, utilizing proprietary inspection and damage estimating software with laptop computer and digital camera. The field inspectors will be expected to electronically report status of his/ her assignments during the day using AiM’s proprietary scheduling and routing software in order to maintain high productivity each work day.
- Customer Engagement – The field inspectors will be the front line in regards to face-to-face interaction with AiM’s clients including their dealers and lessees. This position will require an increased level of customer service skills combined with a heightened sense of professionalism.
- Other – Perform additional duties as required by the Company. Make continuous recommendations to improve quality and efficiency.
- Regular Attendance and Availability
III. Supervisory Responsibilities : None
IV. Required Skills
On occasion, field inspectors may be asked to train new hire field inspectors and supervise group dealer audits.
- Teamwork – Balance individual and team responsibilities.
- Highly Motivated – Ambitious and open to working in fast paced environment.
- Attention to Detail – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
- Good Communication Skills – Both oral and written
- Time Management – Ability to manage individual workday and work independently from home with minimal supervision. Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion, and to conclude as to inspection and audit findings.
- Advanced Computer Skills – Knowledge of basic hardware, operating systems, software and overall functionality with a computer (i.e. email, media download/upload, internet, etc…)
- High school or GED equivalent required
- Some college level courses and/or technical courses (particularly in the automotive industry) preferred, but not necessary.
- Minimum 4 years of consistent, full-time work experience
- General knowledge of automotive components preferred. AiM will train the ideal candidate.
- Automotive Estimating/ Repair a plus
- Experience working independently or with limited supervision
VI. Essential Physical Requirements
Must meet all physical aspects to be able to successfully complete the vehicle inspection routine including;
- Bending/ Kneeling
- Lifting (up to 25 lbs.)
- Getting in/out of vehicles
- Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions (heat, rain, cold, snow, etc.)Must be able to work extended hours including weekends and holidays if needed
Must be able to safely operate a Motor Vehicle
- Possess a valid state issued driver’s license
- Good driving record with no more than one moving violation in the last three years
- Must be 21 years or over due to car rental regulations
VII. Pre-Employment Screening
- Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) review (driving record from state DMV)
- Criminal background screening
- Drug Test
- All candidates considered for employment must satisfactorily pass all elements of the pre- employment screening before a formal offer can be made.
- The position requires occasional overnight travel to assist with special projects or increased volumes.
This position is non-exempt (hourly) and eligible for overtime. Full Time Auction Inspectors (30 or more hours per week) are eligible to participate in AIM’s benefit plans, including medical, dental and 401k (upon completion of the first 60 days of employment, beginning on the first of the next month).
AiM provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation,age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, religion, or veteran status. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on AiM. Please inform us if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.