Customer Support Specialist – Cycling

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Position: Customer Support Specialist – Cycling
Employer: Halfords
Category: Customer Service
Location: Redditch
Salary: £18,360 + Excellent Benefits Package
Date posted: Friday, December 1st 2017
Description:

Do you know your stuff when it comes to bikes?  Can you talk passionately about the world of premium cycling with even the most enthusiastic of people?  Are you brilliant at customer service?  If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you at our Support Centre based in Redditch.

Our Contact Centre has a brand new team looking after the Premium Cycling customer-base, and we need someone who can work confidently answering technical questions, queries and complaints on the phone, by email, live chat and also on social media.

You need to be able to work in a fun environment, working together with a larger team of 80 customer service aficionados! If you can work at breakneck speed with a smile, then you might just be the person we're looking for.

Click through below to start your journey with Halfords!

JOB PURPOSE

To ensure customers remain our number one priority by taking pride in the service we provide and to develop a ‘first contact resolution’ ethos. Develop and maintain positive relationships between Halfords and its customers, by acting as a point of contact and resolution for customer enquiries and concerns. With expert knowledge in their field, the job holder will provide comprehensive and in depth advice to our customers on Halfords products which will drive and maintain customer loyalty.

JOB CONTEXT

Working as part of the Customer Contact Centre, looking after the needs of the customers, shops, suppliers and all associated functions, to deliver a positive outcome.

Reporting to a Team Manager, reporting to the Customer Service Manager. Contact Centre with 68 colleagues including Management. 460 shops, Halfords.com, Halfords.ie, Halfords Autocentres & Cycle Republic.

WORKING PATTERNS

Our phone lines are open 9.00-20.00 Mon-Fri, 9.00-18.00 Sat, 10.00-17.00 Sun however our overall opening hours are 8.00 - 22.00 7 days a week as we also handle live chat, email and white mail along with a growing Social Media presence. A full time role will work 37.5 hours per week over an 8 week rota pattern covering various shifts including one weekend every four weeks.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide expert advice to customers through a variety of channels, remaining professional at all times, showing empathy and providing the highest level of service to our customers
  • Provide a professional and timely response/resolve to concerns and enquiries generated by customers & shops through phone, e-mail, live Chat, white mail, shop portal or social media
  • Build rapport with our customers through spending time with them, identifying their needs and engaging with them in such a way that they will want to use Halfords in the future. Suggest a variety of solutions in order to provide the customer with options.
  • To ensure communication across all channels is of the highest quality in line with the standards laid down by the L&D team
  • To ensure calls are answered within the agreed SLA’s
  • To actively seek to respond/resolve all enquiries & concerns within the set SLA’s
  • To ensure that all customer contact is logged, as appropriate on the system
  • To update the system with additional customer contact and log/conclude any enquiries/concerns in real time
  • Liaise with our suppliers and colleagues in the Support Centre to build and maintain knowledge of products, systems & processes so that you are seen as the expert in your field.
  • To liaise with key Support Centre functions, suppliers and legal sources to further investigations if necessary to resolve a concern or claim
  • To ensure customer contact, if escalated is directed to the correct Customer Support Team Manager and/or department in line with the escalation policy
  • Actively use customer concerns to convert customers to promoters and use every opportunity to ‘rescue’ sales where necessary
  • To primarily support the Customer Support Team Managers but also undertake such other duties appropriate to the post that may be required
  • Have a basic understanding of current Consumer Legislation
  • Work with the Management team to ensure effective feedback into the business to the appropriate colleagues in order to raise awareness of key themes/topical conversations and make recommendations
  • Support your shop colleagues and other Customer Support colleagues and act as a second tier support when they do not have the required knowledge to respond to complex questions asked by customers
  • Display our exceptional behaviours of ‘with fun, with a smile, with confidence & with togetherness’

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • To be able to demonstrate experience of dealing with difficult individuals whilst remaining professional, tactful and calm at all times.
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent admin skills with the ability to prioritise your work effectively with pace and urgency. 
  • A good working knowledge of desktop and database applications is required
  • The role holder will need to have the following key skills:
    • A passion for Cycling & Cycle Accessories
    • Excellent technical knowledge and skills
    • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
    • Able to work under own initiative

As the expert in their field they will take responsibility for their continued development and ensure that they have the most up to date knowledge of the products, processes & industry.

The role holder will be a self-starter who is happy to work on a high workload without needing a high level of support.  In addition they will need to be able to think on their feet and respond to customer queries in a timely manner and offer the appropriate solution or advice.

The role holder would need to have a flexible and open-minded approach to working and be extremely organised. Tenacity, resilience and enthusiasm are key to the role as they will need to liaise with colleagues in the Support Centre, Shop Colleagues and customers.

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