Panel Technician

Department: Thatcham Research
Salary details: Dependent on skills/experience + competitive benefits
Published date: 01-Mar-2022

The future of automotive collision repair is evolving. As the technologies used in automotive body repair advance, we play an industry leading role in re-shaping vehicle repair data in the UK. Want to be involved? Come and join us as a Panel Technician working in our state of the art Research Technology Centre (RTC).

Working at the forefront of automotive repair, the Panel Technician will work with the very latest automotive designs and technologies. You’ll be responsible for applying your panel repair expertise to conduct research that delivers risk management and vehicle repair data that influences safe, cost effective repair for our member insurers and commercial customers.

As the Panel Technician your responsibilities will involve:

  • Researching and creating body repair data that defines safe, cost effective vehicle repair
  • Producing risk management data for our member insurers by utilising panel repair expertise to assess vehicle repair
  • The application of practical panel skills and knowledge such as removing and refitting of body components, chassis alignment, hot and cold joining techniques to support and feed into repair research projects for our member insurers and commercial customers
  • Identifying and utilising established technologies and methods to conduct all aspects of vehicle Panel repair

As the Panel Technician your skills and experience will include:

  • Strong background in body repair, either as time served Panel Beating or working within Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) disciplines
  • Ability to apply existing knowledge and experience to execute all aspects of panel body repair processes
  • Recognised motor vehicle certification (apprenticeship as a foundation) ATA / NVQ is desirable
  • The ability to apply data analytical techniques in order to evaluate data, or a willingness to learn this skill
  • Discretion as often dealing with market sensitive knowledge and information to which the company are obliged to keep confidential through non disclosure agreements (NDA’s)

About you:

You’re a team player, with the ability to work collaboratively to achieve tasks and solve problems. You’re confident in your ability to apply your knowledge to execute all aspects of vehicle repair processes and are comfortable working autonomously without supervision. Your critical thinking skills enable you to understand, analyse, breakdown and clearly communicate technical information to others, including those from a non-technical background.

As an organisation that believes a strong set of Values are key to our organisational success and a sense of belonging for all colleagues, we ask that you understand, represent and apply our Values of fearless, inquisitive, resourceful, supportive and trusted and demonstrate these Values throughout the recruitment selection process.

Salary: Based on skills/experience. In addition we offer a competitive benefits package which includes a 10% non-contributory pension, sick pay, competitive annual leave increasing with length of service, TechScheme Vouchers, plus more!

Location: Thatcham, Berkshire. Our blended working approach means you’ll spend time working from our head office in Thatcham and from home, should you wish to do so.

Working Hours: 8.30 - 16.30 Monday - Thursday and 8.30 - 15.45 Fridays

About Thatcham Research

At the cutting edge of automotive research in the UK, Thatcham Research has a unique role in shaping the design of new vehicles and influencing ever higher standards of safety, security and repair.

With an on-site Crash Laboratory, Repair Technology Centre, Training Academy, Track Testing Facility and Crime Lab, our research expertise is driving some of the very latest automotive developments in technology, materials and standards in this fast moving and highly technical industry.

Thatcham Research is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. We are committed to ensuring we have a fair and inclusive recruitment process. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made at any point during your recruitment journey.

All applicants must have current and permanent Right to Work in the UK



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