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Rental Manager

Joliet, IL, USA Req #379
Thursday, February 29, 2024


Alta Equipment Company recently acquired Burris Equipment! 

Burris Equipment, as part of Alta Equipment Company, delivers exceptional service, knowledge and support. We offer the top brands in construction and turf equipment including: CASE, VENTRAC, WACKER NEUSON, STIHL, and JACOBSEN.
Contact Burris Equipment at one of three Illinois locations: Waukegan, Ingleside & Joliet.   With our large selection of new equipment, used equipment, rental, parts, and services, we are your complete one-stop shop.

We provide our employees with the following tools and resources to be successful:

  • Training
  • Outstanding benefits package (Medical, Dental and Vision, plus much more!)
  • 401(k) with match 
  • 10 Paid holidays

Our construction equipment group is seeking a full-time Rental Manager for our Joliet, IL branch. This role is responsible for the efficient & profitable operation of the branch rental department. This individual will advise and make recommendations to the Operations Manager with respect to the best interest of the branch rental department whenever & wherever activities of the company are involved.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Decision making: Analyzes machine revenue vs. expense and recommends rental rate structure; analyzes driving costs and recommends appropriate changes; analyzes various manufactures equipment and recommends suitable new products; records customer requests and recommends additional services to meet requirements; reviews equipment utilization and recommends inventory adjustments; monitors competitive activity and recommends suitable responses.
  • Supervisory: Selects and hires personnel; clarifies duties and responsibilities of all department employees; motivates employees toward greater productivity; utilizes people and equipment resources in an efficient manner; resolves employee complaints; ensures compliance with all applicable OSHA and other safety standards.
  • External communications: Answers customer questions quickly, clearly and competitively; handles complaints on a timely basis; maintains positive communication
    with manufacturers and other vendors.
  • Internal communication: Provides adequate notice to service department for upcoming machine requirements; provides office personnel with credit/insurance verification reports on a timely basis; works with all company personnel to drive profitability; works with sales department on demonstrations and delivery/pickup of new equipment; works with service department on delivery/pickup of customer equipment.
  • Technical knowledge: Knows rental equipment well; knows truck specifications and proper machine & auto maintenance requirements.
  • Difficulties and emergencies: Knows how to take action during a crisis (equipment failure, etc.); copes with unexpected work and work flow requirements; make proper decision relative to weather and driving conditions.
  • Administrative practices: Maintenance of accurate and current records; verification of customers credit and insurance; properly prepares rental information sheets; ensures equipment rented is "rental ready”; properly prepares and follows all policies and procedures in relation to the rental department; obtains permits, licenses and other such necessary documents on a timely basis; prepares daily driver schedules.
  • Insure that all rental equipment, shop equipment, & delivery vehicles are in safe operating condition and in compliance with all licensing, inspection, OSHA & FHA rules
    & regulations.
  • Prepare, develop, and execute self/employee & training and product knowledge for all rental department personnel. Insures the company meets contract requirements for all unionized employees.
  • Overall responsibility of entire branch truck fleet. Insures all vehicles are being maintained properly in good mechanical condition and in compliance with all government safety requirements. Makes recommendations regarding the purchase and maintenance of vehicles and trailers.
  • Makes Recommendations to Branch Manager for any Building/Facility issues or upgrades that are needed.
  • Develops annual objectives for the branch rental department to include customer service, proper and acceptable inventory levels, acceptable expenses, and revenue goals. Prepares an annual budget/business plan for the department.
  • Attends instructional/educational seminars, annual business meetings as required, & association events to promote business/departmental growth & development.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Must be able to lift 90lbs, 50% of the time, in order to load/unload equipment.
  • Must be knowledgeable about the operation of a personal computer, Business system, & Microsoft Office.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business management or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ rental department experience.
  • Possesses a clear understanding of the Rental Department and all related activities.
  • Possesses excellent problem solving, administration, and management skills.

Culture is Job #1. Alta Equipment Company prides itself in the 3 P’s of business: People, Process and Product. By investing in the best people and creating a “one team” approach, Alta Equipment Company earns customers for life.

If you have a passion for excellence and are ready to make a difference within our organization, we’re ready for you. Whether it’s selling the world’s-best big iron, rolling up your sleeves and servicing our industry-leading construction and material handling product brands or being a difference maker behind the scenes, we can use your skillset.

At Alta Equipment Company, we believe in mutual respect and are committed to diversity while inspiring our employees to reach their maximum potential. Voted a “Top Work Place USA”, our employees across North America are committed to excellence. It’s the Alta way.

So, let’s start the conversation. Click the link to apply and begin the journey of a lifetime.
What we look for:  
At Alta Equipment Company, we are looking for candidates who are a cultural fit with our organization and understand that every task and job goes toward fostering customers for life. Along with that, a great attitude that embraces mutual respect and delivering a consistent high energy level that exudes a passion for excellence. Also, we are searching for a skill set that has a high aptitude for the position with a continual focus on investing in one’s profession through additional training and learning

Other Opportunities at Alta:

Please visit our careers page at to view other openings that may be of interest to you!

Alta Equipment Group is an equal opportunity employer.  This means we do not discriminate on account of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, height, weight, marital status, familial status, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, misdemeanor arrest record, or membership in any other classification protected under applicable law.  If you believe the Company has violated its equal employment opportunity policy in any way, please contact immediately. 

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  • Joliet, IL, USA