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Why work for us

Welcome to Alexander Dennis

Alexander Dennis offers diverse and exciting career opportunities across a wide range of disciplines. Employing over 2,500 people, we are a global business driven by the commitment of our exceptional team members to innovation, world class design and manufacturing, quality products and customer support. We design, engineer, build and support an industry-leading range of low and zero emission buses and coaches. This is only possible to achieve through continued investment in recruiting, developing and retaining the best and brightest talent.

Being part of the Alexander Dennis team

We are looking for capable, energetic and ambitious individuals who will show their passion and enthusiasm for building strong company for our customers. As a member of our team you will get an opportunity to work with the best people, where you can show and develop your potential for individual growth. Get ready for new journey in your life and join us.

Diversity at Alexander Dennis

Here at Alexander Dennis we are aware that promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is important - it’s about valuing everyone's talent uniquely within the organisation. Being part of the ADL team, individuals can comfortably express their opinions, where mutual respect is given and makes everyone feel included. Alexander Dennis is committed to eliminating all types of discrimination through training and educating staff, along with implementation of its Equality and Diversity Policies, Schemes and Action Plans. By hiring people with different beliefs and outlooks and at varied stages of their career, this can help ADL to foster creativity and offer a range of perspectives and ideas.

Opportunities at Alexander Dennis

Our goal is to recruit and retain highly motivated and engaged employees, who will thrive working in a dynamic and stimulating environment.  Team members have the opportunity to achieve the most in their career path by building on their skills by participating in structured development programmes.  

Apprentices

Alexander Dennis offer various Modern Apprentice opportunities across the organisation.

An example of the apprenticeship schemes we offer are a Modern Apprentice (MA) in either Automotive Engineering or Electrical Automotive Engineering across our UK manufacturing sites: Falkirk, Scarborough and Guilford.  The successful applicant would be enrolled in a 4 year training plan, resulting in achieving a National Certificate (NC), a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and a level 3 vocational qualification (VQ) in the chosen discipline. The NC and HNC would be gained through attending a local College, day release, while the VQ is measured against work based learning, experience which is gained through helping and assisting build the UK’s most popular buses and coaches with lots of hands-on practical training

Some of the Modern Apprentices have chosen to progress and have completed relevant qualifications in their field at HND or even degree level.

The current Modern Apprentices programme has been in operation for over 10 years, and as a growing company Alexander Dennis has demonstrated a firm commitment to the development of apprentices. They have an opportunity at Alexander Dennis to achieve their capabilities and develop skills, we can proudly say that we have an excellent retention rate with our apprentices stay and many develop further within our company after the apprentice period. This demonstrates the value of Modern Apprenticeships to both the company and local community.

Graduates

At Alexander Dennis we have various rewarding and challenging undergraduate and graduate opportunities available to the highest calibre candidates. We are looking for individuals who are both passionate about the automotive sector and those who strive to achieve the highest standard in everything they do. If you are looking for challenge, a degree of autonomy and have a desire to grow, Alexander Dennis is the place to kick-start your career.

Engineering Graduates: Alexander Dennis is an engineering-led business, striving to bring the most advanced and innovative buses and coaches to market. This is contingent on having the best engineering talent in our team. Our Engineering opportunities allow engagement in exciting and fast-paced live projects from day one. Alongside our expansive product portfolio, Alexander Dennis have a strong new product development pipeline offering successful candidates exposure to projects that will bring the vehicles of tomorrow to the market.

Business Graduates: A business of our size demands the sharpest commercial minds to make pivotal commercial decisions. Successful candidates are offered cross-functional exposure from the get go, truly allowing immersion into a fast-paced, international business.

Leadership Development

At Alexander Dennis we appreciate teamwork, effort, knowledge, innovation and loyalty of our team members. Our company is developing various programmes for employees to show that high quality performance can lead them to better position in the career path. One of those programmes is the company’s Leadership Development Programme which is developing a practice and a perspective of leadership while supporting leaders in growing their own style and ability. It is designed to support them to grow their capacity and capability as a key leader within the business.

Billy Hislop applied for the Leadership Development Programme to develop his skills in leadership. “Returning positive results is a key part of my role as a Procurement Manager; however I am learning that there are other attributes required. I am using this programme to actively stretch and challenge myself – this will hopefully have a positive impact on my team and their development, which will in turn benefit Alexander Dennis as a whole.”

Andy Edwards, Manufacturing Engineering Manager for the Plaxton site is responsible for directing and coordinating all manufacturing engineering activities.  He applied to be part of the programme after his recent promotion: “the programme looked like a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop new leadership skills, enabling me to make a positive and tangible difference within the organisation.”

Lynsey Gardner, Procurement Manager based at our Larbert site, was encouraged to apply by her line manager: “Ultimately, I want to be the best leader that I can be, and I want to develop my team to become future leaders within the organisation.  Participating in this programme will enable me to understand both my strengths and weaknesses develop skills to maximise the performance of others and equip me with a greater sense of self-awareness – which will help me to understand how my leadership style can affect others."

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