So, you want to be a detailer do you?

June 18th, 2010

We are looking for a trainee detailer to join the Polished Bliss team as soon as possible. However, before we outline the benefits the position will offer, it is really important that we take a moment to be brutally honest with you. Many people seem to think that being a professional detailer must be the coolest job ever, and in some ways it is. Working on amazing cars day in day out and doing something you love to do for a living is pretty awesome, but there is also a harsh reality to being a detailer that we must be clear about from the start. If you think that detailing is just a job think again, because it isn’t. It’s more like a lifestyle choice, and the spirit of what it involves will need to run deep in your veins if you are to succeed and thrive as a Polished Bliss detailer. If this doesn’t put you off and you know deep inside that you will work as hard as it takes no matter what to meet our standards and become one of the best in the business, read on.

Detailing to our standards is extremely challenging. If you think you are fussy think again. Plenty of people claim to be fussy, but you will only truly begin to know what fussy means if you secure the position with us. If you think you are physically fit and your body can take a lot of hard work think again. For the first six months with us you are going to ache and be sore like never before. In addition, you are going to need boundless enthusiasm and a hugely positive mental attitude to get through your training period with us, as you will receive daily feedback on how best to improve your skills. To be able to thrive and develop a broad set of detailing skills you will need to have bundles of energy and a burning desire to learn. You will need to work as many hours as it takes to get every car finished to the right standard (40 hours per week is the target, but sometimes you will need to work many more). The main duties of the role will be as follows:

• Detailing prestige and performance cars to the highest possible standard, in line with the service options currently offered to Polished Bliss detailing customers

• Maintaining your workspace to the highest possible standard, i.e. sweeping and mopping the floor after every detail, cleaning your tools and equipment, tidying up at the end of every day, etc

• Dealing with detailing customers, mainly in person when vehicles are dropped off and collected, but also occasionally on the phone to make or rearrange bookings

In addition to the above, the new team member will also be expected to help out in the retail warehouse from time to time and to attend car shows and other promotional events as and when required. Although no previous experience of detailing in a professional capacity is required (as full training will be given), it will obviously be of benefit if applicants have a keen amateur interest in proper car care. The position is full time (40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 0900 – 1730), although additional evening and weekend work will sometimes be required. The starting salary will be £16k per annum, rising over time on the basis of annual performance reviews. Our annual leave allowance is currently 30 days per annum, although any periods of leave must be booked well in advance due to the continual waiting list for our detailing services.

To apply for the role, please download and complete the application form linked below (MS Word and Adobe PDF options available) and then either e-mail it or post it back to us along with an up to date copy of your CV. All applications must be received by the close of business on Friday 2nd July.

Application Form (MS Word version) Application Form (Adobe PDF version)

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14 Responses to “So, you want to be a detailer do you?”

  1. Kenneth Tang says:

    If only I lived in the UK….

  2. …if only! We’ve had a fair bit of international interest, which is surprising but very nice all at the same time. Only one more day to go to get your application in!

  3. Gutted I did not know of this until now, have you guys ever thought of teaching people to detail properly? If only I had ordered products a couple of days earlier!

  4. Yes we have, but time and insurance implications are currently against us. We do occasionally hold open days and informal training events, but nothing too strenuous or thorough. Things may change in the future, so keep an eye out on here, as the blog is where we would post details of any developments in this area.

  5. Rolex Watches says:

    Thanks for your honest look at a great position. Hope you find just who you’re looking for!

  6. auto polish says:

    If only I were in the UK I would have jumped at this opportunity!

  7. Steven says:

    Hello PB, maybe a naive question but has the position been filled? Steven.

  8. Yes it has, but keep your eyes open in the future, as we expect to grow further in the next 12-24 months.

  9. Jonay says:

    Any part-time positions available? Or a view to be available? I’d love to do this kind of work during my time off from my full time job. I’m already a keen clean car enthusiast who’d love to learn more.

  10. Not at the moment, but we will be recruiting again next year, so check in this section of the site regularly for updates and vacancy announcements.

  11. Mindis says:

    I am always late for good things. Will keep my eyes open for next available position, as it’s my dream job.

  12. Elliot says:

    Wow, just came across this. Man, I’d love this job as at the moment I’m nearly 19 and want to strive so much to be a professional detailer. I’m going to be keeping my eyes peeled in case anything else comes up. Only downfall is I live in Oxfordshire!

  13. We’ve no plans to take on more staff at the moment, but this may change in the future. There are plenty of good detailing companies up and down the UK, so get your head down, build your skills and there is every chance you will achieve your dream. Also, it’s well worth signing up on Detailing World if you haven’t already, as it’s a great source of information and will help you to identify detailing companies closer to home.

  14. Elliot says:

    Many thanks for the advice. I am indeed signed up to DW and what a great site it is. I love reading your write ups! I’m going to be expanding my knowledge over the next few years, putting my head down and grabbing myself a few bonnets and get to know the different polishes and pad combinations.

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