Collision Industry Job Descriptions: Parts Manager
Responsible for entire parts operation. Oversees parts ordering, receiving, and returns. Verifies correct parts are ordered and received in time for repairs according to the production schedule. Works closely with shop manager, production manager, and shop foreman. May oversee additional parts personnel.
Personal Characteristics and Skills
Must enjoy working around cars and trucks, solving problems on a regular basis, and be comfortable making decisions. Must be comfortable working with details. Must have patience to track part numbers, invoices, and repair orders, usually with computer programs.
As vehicle population and miles driven increase every year, the need for quality collision repair will always be here. Parts flow is an essential link in the repair process and must be efficient for production to proceed as planned. With the wide variety of vehicles and part variations available, this has become a critical position in medium to large collision repair operations.
Pre-Employment Education and Experience
Math, reading, and business management skills are necessary to understand and manage all the operations necessary in an efficient parts operation. A high school education is expected with post-secondary education a plus. Industry experience is preferred. A good understanding of vehicle construction and are helpful to communicate effectively with technicians and parts suppliers.
Starting salaries may be in the $30,000 – 40,000 range, depending on business size and market conditions. Additional earnings are commensurate with experience and overall shop performance.
An experienced technician is an ideal candidate for having extensive technical knowledge. This position can lead to other management positions in the local collision repair business or to vehicle manufacturer and independent parts businesses.
Training is available from vendors for inventory systems, computer applications, and details of part ordering and returns. Certification is available through ASE.