Equipment Manager
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers - Houston, TX

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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has an immediate opening for an Equipment Manager at our Houston, TX auction site. This role is ideal for an experienced, ‘hands-on’ person with a background in heavy construction or agricultural equipment.

No previous auction experience is needed for this role, and lots of training will be provided.

What we offer:

Our success is built on the drive and dedication of our people. As we continue to grow around the globe, there will be many opportunities to advance your career – we’ve proven this throughout our 55+ years in business. And, we’ll help you achieve your own career goals. Here’s how:
  • Base salary + performance-based bonus.
  • Affordable, comprehensive medical and dental benefits.
  • 401(K) and Employee Share Purchase Plan, both with company matching.
  • Meals catered at our auction sites at auction time, plus post auction celebration.
  • Laptop, smart phone and expense account.
  • Safety equipment subsidy.
  • Ongoing training, professional development and tuition reimbursement.
The Opportunity:

Our Equipment Managers manage, monitor, maintain and enforce the auction site’s Detailed Equipment Information (DEI) Program standards and procedures.
  • Assume full accountability for DEI program quality control (e.g. equipment documentation, photographs, descriptions, etc).
  • Oversee the auction site’s customer service levels as it pertains to the DEI program.
  • Monitor key performance indicators and generate detailed reports.
  • Recommend best practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Manage and coach the DEI team to their full potential by creating a culture of achievement.
  • Assist the DEI team with their work during peak periods.
  • Oversee development of auction advertising materials (e.g. brochures).
  • Assist the Sales team with appraisals and write-ups between peak periods.
  • Assist the Training department with developing and delivering related training / certification programs to employees.
  • Promote a culture where the health and safety of our employees and customers is top priority for all.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
For an idea of what our auctions are like, you can check out some auction videos on YouTube right here:

Job Requirements
Here’s what you bring:
  • 3+ years of experience in equipment management (inspections, inventory and appraisals) and/or inventory control management, preferably in the auction or heavy equipment business.
  • 3+ years of experience supervising and leading a team. Proven strong leadership and coaching skills are required for this role.
  • A post-seocondary degree or diploma in Business or a related field would be ideal, but is not required.
  • Proficiency using computers, MS Office Suite products (Word, Excel) and digital cameras.
  • Top-notch written and verbal communication skills (on this job your most valuable tool will be the 2-way radio, a cell phone and a desk phone).
  • Proven ability to collaberate effectively with Sales and Operational teams, as well as customers. You must have a strong customer service orientation.
  • You must be process-oriented, hands-on and ready to roll up your sleeves to succeed in this role.
  • Excellent organizational skills -- you’re the type that leaves no detail unattended.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Demonstrated ability to identify issues, develop solutions and drive resolution.
  • Capable of meeting strict deadlines in a high-pressure, ever-changing environment. You must also have the ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  • Able to work independently, but also collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. You thrive working as part of a team and pitch in whenever needed.
This job will require you to:
  • Maintain a valid driver's license, a clean driving abstract, and a passport (or passport eligibility).
  • Work indoors and outdoors year-round, and climb on and off large equipment and trucks.
  • As an event-driven company, we need you to be available for regular overtime, including weekend hours, at 5 onsite auction sales. You can expect to work extra hours for 2-3 weeks prior to each sale, during each sale , and for 1 week after each sale.
  • Travel to other auction sites if necessary.

Office/Auction Site Location


Employment Type
Permanent Full Time

About this company
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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers began as a family business in Kelowna, Canada. Three brothers -- Dave, Ken and John -- conducted their first...