Careers

Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) is one of Australia's most recognised and experienced automotive retailer groups, with award winning dealerships and over 60 years of industry experience. A proud family owned business with more than 400 employees and a deep passion for cars, we are highly regarded for our excellence in customer service and our high calibre employees.

Our focus is on customer service and ownership experiences that reflect the passion, performance and attention to detail which have been hallmarks of our business since its foundation.

SMG prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer; focusing on employee engagement to attract and retain talented employees; providing a safe, healthy and secure work environment; and embracing diversity and inclusion.

SMG provides a variety of excellent career opportunities across the business, including but not limited to Sales positions for those who are passionate about creating the ultimate customer experience, Managerial roles to support and drive high performance and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications using state-of-the-art automotive technology through our Apprenticeship programmes.

We offer all our employees a range of targeted training and educational experiences to develop valuable skills and professional knowledge, and build a solid foundation for their future.

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Employment Opportunities

The Stillwell Motor Group currently employ more than 400 people across eight dealerships, as well as automotive aftersales companies SMG Parts and Logicar. Our focus is on customer service and ownership experiences that reflect the passion, performance and attention to detail which have been hallmarks of our business since its founding.

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Staff Profile

Zara Sagiadelis

I started working with the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) in 2003 when they owned Menere’s BMW (renamed Brighton BMW in 2010)

Prior to working at SMG I was an Executive Assistant (EA) for the 3rd largest insurance broker company in Melbourne. I stopped being an EA when I had my two children and focused...
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Paul Dalle Nogare

I started on the 12th April 1999 when Brighton BMW was known as Menere’s BMW.

Before automotive I was a Real Estate agent which I really enjoyed however I was looking for a career that had more interaction with customers and a higher volume of sales. In real estate you generally sold 5 to 6 houses a...
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Trina Daws

I started in February 2001 at Volvo Cars Bilia (Hawthorn) which was later purchased by the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) in 2003 and relocated to South Yarra and Camberwell in 2015.

My first job in the automotive industry was with Nissan in Frankston, I was the receptionist and was then trained and promoted...
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Ashley Sprague

I started working on the 6th February 1990 at Menere’s BMW which was later purchased by the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) in 2001 and renamed to Brighton BMW in 2010.

My father worked in the automotive industry for 46 years, during school holidays and after school I would go with dad to work. I have...
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Zara Sagiadelis

Corporate Sales Manager at Brighton BMW

I started working with the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) in 2003 when they owned Menere’s BMW (renamed Brighton BMW in 2010)

Prior to working at SMG I was an Executive Assistant (EA) for the 3rd largest insurance broker company in Melbourne. I stopped being an EA when I had my two children and focused on being a stay at home mum until I was ready to start working again.

I initially started as the Tuesday Receptionist, it was just to get out of the house and have adult time away from the kids for one day a week. I applied for the receptionist position at Menere’s BMW as working for a luxury brand and a family business appealed to me. As a family owned business they understood and respected the flexibility required to be a working mother.

Eventually my one day a week as receptionist turned into two days a week and on the second day I would assist the marketing manager with any dealership marketing activations that were occurring. 

Within 1 year I was no longer working at reception and was solely working as the marketing assistant. As my children started growing older and going to school I started working 4 days a week as the Dealer Principal’s Executive Assistant. This role eventually turned into a full time position which I was in for 5 years.

After 5 years I was ready for a change and decided to try sales. I worked as the Aftermarket Sales Consultant for 3 months to learn the ropes of how to sell and to increase my automotive / BMW knowledge and then I stepped into a Sales Consultant role. I have now been in sales with Brighton BMW for 4 years.

I love my current role, it is competitive, face paced and busy. The best part is the customer service aspect and closing a sale after a long negotiating period. It feels very rewarding to finally sell a car after all the hard work. 

My day typically starts with a latte and we have our daily morning sales meeting, I then check my emails and calendar and prepare myself for the day. The rest of my day is spent on the phone making appointments with customers and running around the dealership organising new vehicles for delivery. Hopefully by the end of the day I have made a deal or two and can go home, relax and take off my high heels!

On a typical Sunday morning you will find me at Sunday morning sport being a mum in my jeans and runners. Then we go to Coles and stock up on food for the week. The rest of my Sunday is meal planning, ironing school clothes and cooking dinner.

Paul Dalle Nogare

Used Car Manager at Volvo Cars Bilia (Camberwell)

I started on the 12th April 1999 when Brighton BMW was known as Menere’s BMW.

Before automotive I was a Real Estate agent which I really enjoyed however I was looking for a career that had more interaction with customers and a higher volume of sales. In real estate you generally sold 5 to 6 houses a month and automotive you can sell 15 to 20 cars a month, I am also really passionate about cars and therefore chose to change to the automotive industry.  

My first job in automotive was as a sales consultant at Eastside Mitsubishi for 5 years, then I relocated to Chadstone Mitsubishi for a further 2 years. I then decided that I would prefer to sell prestige vehicles instead of volume, so I applied for a Sales Consultant role at Menere’s BMW and was successful.

I was a Sales Consultant at Menere’s BMW for the first 2 years and was then promoted to Used Car Manager. Due to upper management decisions I was only in this position for 1 year and then returned to being a Sales Consultant. After a further year of being a Sales Consultant I was again promoted to Used Car Manager and this time was in the position for 8 years.

In 2009 SMG opened a Dealer Support Centre (DSC) in Clayton to centralize some dealership functions and I was promoted to be SMG Group Valuer for our Volvo, Jaguar and Nissan brands. I was only in the position for a year as the recession hit 12 months after I was promoted. I was therefore transferred to Used Car Manager at Silverstone Volvo and Jaguar. After 1 year at Silverstone I was transferred back to DSC as Group Valuer and was in this position for a further year. 

In 2013 SMG required a European Used Car Manager at their Camberwell location so I relocated to Camberwell and become the Used Car Manager for 12 months until SMG opened up Brighton Jaguar Land Rover. I was then promoted to Used Car Manager at Brighton Jaguar Land Rover for 1 year. 

In 2014 Tim Crawford a long standing employee of 26 years with SMG decided to retire from the role of running the SMG Group Tender and Valuing, and I was therefore given the opportunity to step up into this role. For 2 years I worked at DSC running the tender and valuing cars for the whole group.

In 2016 with a change in CEO’s a decision was made to start decentralizing DSC and return some core functions back to the dealerships. I therefore took up the opportunity to become Used Car Manager at Volvo Cars Bilia (Camberwell).

I find my current role very rewarding in the sense that when you sell and deliver a car to a customer you can see the excitement and joy that a new car brings them. Personally I am also very competitive and I want to be the best that I can be, therefore selling as many cars as I can is also very gratifying to me. 

I believe that keeping a routine and processes inline is the key to success. Therefore a typical work day for me is all about routine and processes. First thing in the morning I turn on the computer, check my emails and then walk through the workshop and service department to say hello to everyone. Then I return to my desk and start responding to my emails, generally I have a number of emails from other SMG dealerships asking me to source cars from other dealers for them, I then ensure that my stock is in check, and all vehicle prices are relevant for the daily market. I then contact any online enquiries that we have had over night, passing them onto and checking up on how my Sales Consultants are going for the day. Ensuring that they are making appointments with potential customers, following up leads and selling cars.

A typical Sunday morning for me is going to my local market to grab some fresh food for the week, going out to breakfast and then spending time with my family. I am a very family oriented man and love spending time with my son who currently lives with me and is studying Law at Deakin University.

Trina Daws

Stillwell Family Office Personal Assistant at the Stillwell Family Office

I started in February 2001 at Volvo Cars Bilia (Hawthorn) which was later purchased by the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) in 2003 and relocated to South Yarra and Camberwell in 2015.

My first job in the automotive industry was with Nissan in Frankston, I was the receptionist and was then trained and promoted to stock controller. One night I was out with friends and met a Sales Consultant from Volvo Cars Bilia and he said that they were currently looking to hire a stock controller. This sparked my interest as I was keen to start working for a prestige brand rather than volume, so I submitted my resume and got the job!

I held the stock controller position with Volvo Cars Bilia from 2001-2007 and then in 2007 my partner (Jason) and I decided to buy a house in Langwarrin. Unfortunately the drive from Langwarrin to Hawthorn was just too far so I resigned from my position and moved to a newly built dealership with Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge that was located closer to home. 

Here I was able to assist in the setup of the new dealership and was pretty much a jack of all trades assisting with office manager, stock controller, reception and anything else that really needed to be completed. Although this new job was closer to home I hated every minute of it and it was not the job that I thought it was going to be. I stayed with them for 1.5 years until I got a call from the SMG Group Financial Controller (who I knew very well and had worked with at Volvo Cars Bilia). He advised me that SMG were centralizing some dealership functions into a Dealer Support Centre (DSC) in Clayton. One of these functions was stock controller and they had an opening for a group Volvo stock controller if I was interested, I said yes definitely as the drive from home to Clayton was much more reasonable than to Hawthorn, so I started back with SMG in October 2009. 

In May 2014 Dawn Dethridge the Personal Assistant (PA) for the Company Secretary decided to retire after working with SMG for 35 years. At that time I had been in the Volvo stock controller position for 5 years and was looking for a change. I had always wanted to work for the Stillwell Family and I was also looking at reducing my hours to 4 days a week, so I applied and got the promotion. 

From May 2014 I was PA for the Company Secretary 2 days a week and Volvo stock controller 2 days a week. As the company grew and progressed my role changed to 4 days a week as the PA to the Company Secretary as well as PA to the Stillwell Family. I am still in this role and we have since relocated from DSC to the Stillwell Family Office. 

It is hard to describe my current role, I pretty much do anything that is asked for the family office. I look after processing accounts for the family company directors, organize board meetings and board papers, assist on the People, Culture, Governance Committee, ensure the smooth day to day running of the Stillwell Family Office like the cleaners, ordering stationary supplies, building maintenance and security. I also assist the Company Secretary with all ATO, ASIC and legal documents. I coordinate and plan family forum events and functions as well as oversee their family forum committees.

The most enjoyable part of my role is interacting with the family, I get to see and talk to all of the Stillwell Family and it is much more personal than working in the corporate office. I also get to learn lots of new functions now that we have relocated from the automotive operational business at DSC to the Family Office.

A typical day at work for me is starting around 9.30am and having a coffee and catch up with Ross (Company Secretary) about what is on for the day and what he needs me to assist with. I then turn on my computer and go through my emails and calendar to setup and plan for any meetings. Then I assist Ross with anything he needs; typing up minutes, letters, banking, ASIC business registry and payments, looking after the office and organising the family forum events.

A typical Sunday morning for me is either at home with a cup of coffee, reading the newspaper in bed or up at our block in Macedon Ranges. Generally in the morning at our block I am doing my yoga and meditation watching the sun rise as my two Labrador’s play.

Ashley Sprague

Aftersales Manager at Brighton BMW

I started working on the 6th February 1990 at Menere’s BMW which was later purchased by the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) in 2001 and renamed to Brighton BMW in 2010.

My father worked in the automotive industry for 46 years, during school holidays and after school I would go with dad to work. I have always had a passion for cars and spare parts, much to the dismay of my father who wanted me to become a motor mechanic. Instead I started as a Spare Parts Interpreter at the same dealership as him in 1990!

From 1990 to 2001 I was a Spare Parts Interpreter and when SMG purchased Menere’s BMW in 2001 career opportunities came with the change in leadership. SMG was open to discussing my future and offered me the opportunity to step up and grow. 

In December 2004 Mornington BMW was opened and SMG gave me the chance to be the Parts Manager and I essentially ran “my own train set”. I was even able to employee an apprentice to train as a Parts Interpreter. 

In March 2008 the Service Manager left Mornington BMW and SMG promoted me to Aftersales Manager, meaning that I managed the parts and service departments. 

On the 30th November 2009 I relocated from Mornington BMW to Menere’s BMW to continue on as Aftersales Manager, and in May 2010 we relaunched Menere’s BMW as Brighton BMW. I have been in this role for 7 years and we have taken the dealership from servicing 27 cars a day to 40 cars a day and are now in preparation for relocating to our next iconic site along Nepean Hwy.

My current role is challenging and fulfilling when it is going to plan. The best part of my job is interacting with staff and customers and watching people grow and change. A great example is Nick Alamaras, he started with us as a 1st year apprentice technician and is now a very experienced Service Advisor.

When employees leave they always remember what I did and how I assisted them in their professional lives, this is a very rewarding feeling to know that I have helped people advance in their careers.  

A typical day for me is waking up at 5.30am and arriving to work at 7am. My day is consistent and I rarely have a spare moment. I believe you need to have a disciplined daily approach to procedures and policies to do this role. 

At 7am I make a coffee and turn my computer on, walk through the workshop, check all the basics and set up the daily reports. At 7.20am I have a quick daily chat with all the Service Advisors, at 7.50am is the Workshop catch-up, 8am I meet with the Parts Manager and at 10.30am I have a meeting with the CRM team. I try and find time for lunch when I can, between my 200 plus emails, resolving HR and customer issues, meetings with manufacturers and reading up on new manufacturer guidelines.

Every day I also endeavour to ensure that my staff are hitting their KPIs, whilst I am constantly looking for new staff and succession planning for roles. I check daily that all our stock levels are adequate, I meet regularly with the marketing team, sales executives and report weekly to the General Manager and on a good day that is going to plan I actually go home at 6pm.

On a typical Sunday morning I like to catch up on sleep, but in reality I am running my daughters around for their various movie and theatre productions, hoping that they will be future Hollywood stars and will then look after their retired dad!