Shelbourne Motors launches recruitment drive for 60 new jobs at £5m Newry facility

General Manager appointed for Newry as major recruitment drive begins

Shelbourne Motors has launched a recruitment drive for 60 new jobs at its £5m multi-franchise complex in Newry. The family-owned vehicle retailer will bid to attract new talent to fill a number of key roles in customer service, sales and technical support at the multi-franchise complex that is scheduled to open later this year.

The recruitment drive coincides with the appointment of automotive industry expert and Newry native Michael McCartan as the General Manager of the new state-of-the-art facility. Michael has gained over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry across a variety of sales, leasing and marketing roles for a number of local franchises. He will be responsible for overseeing all departments across the Newry site and ensuring the delivery of first-class sales and after-care experience to its customers.

Speaking about the launch of the recruitment drive, Paul Ward, Director of Shelbourne Motors, said; “This is an exciting period of growth for Shelbourne Motors as we look to the opening of our new £5m state-of-the-art complex in Newry.

“The appointment of Michael brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. This made him the ideal candidate to spearhead our Newry operation.”

“We now want to appoint a dynamic and experienced team of 60 new staff that have the skills and enthusiasm, across a range of roles, to deliver excellent customer service to our strong and loyal customer base.

“In return, recruits will enjoy highly competitive benefit packages, as well as working in an environment that’s modern and spacious with a host of technologically-advanced features.

The £5m facility will include new Renault and Kia car showrooms, new car handover bays, lounge-style waiting area with café and a drive-thru service centre with a 28-bay service workshop.

Speaking about his appointment, Michael McCartan, General Manager of Shelbourne Motors (Newry) said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed General Manager of Shelbourne Motors’ new state-of-the-art showpiece facility in Newry.

Michael McCartan Shelbourne Motors Newry General Manager
Michael McCartan has been appointed as General Manager of the new £5m Newry facility on the Armagh Road & will oversee the management of all departments.
“This is an exciting time to be joining Shelbourne Motors. I look forward to establishing a significant presence in the Newry and Mourne area for the family-owned vehicle retailer and further strengthening its position as one of Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned vehicle retailers.”

Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973. It currently employs over 130 staff at its 9-acre Portadown headquarters, where it operates Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as well as a Used Car Supermarket, Accident Repair Centre and Valet Centre.

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