Careers at the M O'Brien Group

Purchase Ledger Clerk

M O’Brien Group are currently looking for a Purchase Ledger Clerk based in St Albans.

Must have previous experience within accounts payable in construction or Plant hire

Character of the Job:

Reporting to the Financial Controller and the candidate will be responsible responsible for the Accounts Payable ledger. Logging, coding, processing and reconciliation of all statements and invoices ensuring authorisations are in place. This role requires problem resolution skills and the ability to communicate effectively across functional lines.

Essential Functions:

* Setting up and maintaining of supplier accounts and ensuring compliance with our procurement policy.

* Experience of Sage Line 50

* Investigating and managing system interface errors to ensure that invoice batches are correctly processed.

* Reconciliation of supplier’s statements, to ensure all invoices have been received and matching to the GRNI reconciliation.

* Reconciliation of intercompany Accounts Payable Ledger with other sites.

* Resolution of any queries on invoices and Purchase Orders, relating to price, quantities delivered etc., this involves developing strong relationships with our suppliers and operations departments. Track errors and issues to ensure they are closed in a timely manner.

* Clearing Accounts Payable Bank transactions


* The ability to work on own initiative, as well as being a team player

* Application of established accounting policies and procedures gained through academic training and practical accounting experience.

* Analytical and interpretive abilities.

* Sound knowledge of, and user skills in all pertinent computer systems, and PC based analytical tools.

* Human relations skills for personal, telephone and written contact with Finance and other departments to tactfully obtain required information and to supply solutions to problems

Role: Full time

To apply please submit your CV and current / expected remuneration details to the link below

Training Centre Manager

We are currently seeking a motivated and experienced person to help us lead the way in the field of training as we launch our new construction training centre in Hemel Hempstead. The centre is newly established with CPCS and NPORS accreditation in place. Our aim for this school is to give new operators a safe, nurturing and friendly environment to learn their skills through a comprehensive training strategy.

The responsibilities of the role involve:

  • The overall running of the training school.
  • Maintaining and ensuring compliance of accreditations to ensure the school retains status (NOCN, CPCS, CITB, NPORS etc)
  • On boarding and supervision of training staff.
  • Commercial management, ensuring all training is captured and invoiced in line with the company’s processes.
  • Overseeing and implementing the M O’Brien Groups apprentice programs, providing input to continuously improve the syllabus to better the learning experience.
  • Producing of learning material for in house training courses (GPS, Slew/height, Environmental training etc)
  • Producing of KPI and Business performance reports to the Group Directors.


Skills/ Experience

  • Experience of the construction training environment.
  • Familiarity with the CPCS/NPORS testing processes.
  • Knowledge or the various skills cards and their achievement process for delegates.
  • Good computer/ administration skills.
  • Trainer qualifications desirable (CPCS/ NPORS)
  • Presentation skills.

Trainee Hire desk controller

We are seeking a motivated individual who would like to set themselves up for a career in the plant hire industry. We’re looking for someone that can help us offer the highest level of customer service that we pride ourselves on. An excellent opportunity is available for the right candidate. The trainee hire desk controller will be assigned to assist our busy hire desk in their day to day operations with the aim of gaining experience and graduating to more senior positions within the team.

As a trainee Hire Desk Controller you will have responsibility for:

  • Shadow the hire desk and help them with administrative tasks, such as updating our system with on and off hires, collating pre delivery paperwork and uploading to the system.
  • Liaise with the operator manager to help allocate an appropriate operator to the hire contract, ensuring they have the necessary experience and qualifications.
  • Liaising with customers and any enquiries.
  • Receiving the customer’s order and inputting into the IT system
  • Managing off-hires and processing on our IT system
  • Developing and maintaining knowledge of the Company’s equipment for hire or sale
  • Calculating, supply and chasing of quotations
  • Generating reports for our customers where required

Skills requirements:

A professional manner with good communication and people skills,
Some basic knowledge of construction equipment would be useful.
PC literate with experience of Microsoft Systems (experience of Syrinx would be beneficial),
Ability to prioritise work load and work to tight deadlines,
Ability and confidence work with a team.
Motivated self-starter with good administration, time management and organisation skills.
To apply please submit your CV and current / expected remuneration details to the link below

All applicants will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Plant and Product Trainer

Windmill training is currently recruiting for a full time trainer to work at its new training facility in St Albans. This is a full time position and your time will be split between delivering CPCS/ NPORS courses and conducting end point assessments. Part of your role will from time to time involve visiting M O’Brien sites and conduction operator assessments and delivering any in house training courses such as Red zone training and economical operator training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering CPCS/ NPORS approved courses to candidates.
  • Testing Candidates for CPCS/ NPORS categories.
  • Deliver refresher training to experienced operators.
  • Support the wider M O’Brien group with Safety knowledge and input.
  • Deliver on site training and in house training courses.
  • Support apprentices with training and advice.
  • Help the training team develop new and existing training courses.

Skills and experience

  • Minimum of 10 years experience of operating plant.
  • Various categories of CPCS tester card (360 excavator/ ADT/ Dumper/ Telehandler etc)
  • Experience of tenstar simulators would be beneficial but not crucial as we can provide training for this.
  • Presentation/ coaching skills.
  • Driving licence.

Above all, we want our training experience to be a positive one for candidates, the trainer will be required to deliver training in a helpful and nurturing way, particularly for candidates new to the construction industry and apprentices.

For more information on this role, please click the link below to send us your CV for consideration.

Aggregate & Haulage sales manager

Ashvale Haulage Ltd are part of the M O’Brien Group of companies and are looking for a Sales/Transport Manager to join their team. Ashvale Haulage Run a fleet of 8 wheel tippers and 8 wheel grab lorries. We are looking for a confident and enthusiast sales person with previous experience in muck away and aggregates, ideally with an understanding of construction road haulage and compliance

Skills that will help the applicant

  • Must be computer literate (Excel,word,outlook)
  • Good communication skills with the team, customers and suppliers
  • The applicant should have a positive outlook and be forward thinking
  • Full UK Driving licence

This role will be office and road based and the candidate should ideally live within 25 miles of St Albans

Rate of pay and package will be dependent on experience

If you feel you are an ideal candidate please call our office on 01582 840414 and speak with Jack

All applications will be kept in the strictest of confidence

Job Type: Full-time

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • St Albans, AL3 8HA: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred)


  • Sales: 2 years (preferred)

Reference ID: Sales/Transport Manager

Expected start date: 01/09/2022

Operator Recruiter

M O’Brien are seeking a motivated individual to join our operated resourcing team at our busy St Albans office. The ideal candidate for this role will have experience of recruiting within the construction industry and will be confident with interviewing candidates and assessing their ability/ potential. M O’Brien are renowned across the UK for the quality of plant operators that it supplies to its customers projects, the ideal candidate will be passionate about maintaining that reputation, not only offering great customer service, but ensuring that M O’Brien is a great place to work.

The responsibilities of this role include:

  • Advertising of job availabilities for upcoming hires.
  • Interviewing of candidates via phone.
  • Updating and maintaining the operator database.
  • On boarding of plant operators
  • Act as the point of contact for operators to approach with questions.
  • Place suitable operators in the site positions required to fulfil our customers hire requirements.
  • Checking of references/ competency cards and negotiating of pay scales.
  • Booking of operator inductions.

Skills/ Experience

  • Previous recruitment experience within the construction sector
  • Understanding of different types of plant and the competencies required to operate within these categories.
  • Good communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Computer literate within Microsoft office.
  • High attention to detail.

M O’Brien Plant Hire is a large equipment rental company based in Hertfordshire. We have a large range of equipment and include a selection of specialist application machinery. We are consistently growing and are always aiming to improve our level of customer service. We have a strong view on Health and safety, environmental sustainability, and also in equality, any applicants will be expected to work with these views in mind and to always upkeep the reputation of the company.

All applications will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

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