Who Are We?

Sonny Merryman is one of the nation’s leading bus & people-moving equipment companies. Our vehicles transport students and the community across Virginia and as well as other states across the country. We’re a small business but a big fish in our respective pond as Virginia’s largest and most experienced bus company and one of the most respected and successful dealerships in the country. Our team of nearly 200 employees works across our four locations in Central Virginia (Evington/Lynchburg), Greater Richmond (Ashland), Hampton Roads (Chesapeake), and Northern Virginia (Bristow/Manassas). We love to help our Customers when problems arise, and our employees would tell you that we appreciate each other and treat our fellow coworkers with respect. Put simply: we’re a bus company, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll understand we’re much more than that.

Take a glimpse into what it means to be part of Team Sonny.

What Do We Do?

We are a bus dealership that sells, services, and provides parts for school buses and commercial buses used to transport community members.  Besides buses, we have supporting business units that sell trailers, rent storage containers, provide parts services to city garages, and we even operate a collection of local Napa stores.

Why Be a Part of Team Sonny?

There’s a reason many of our employees have 10+ years of service on Team Sonny. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Our Culture. It’s what we call the “Sonny Merryman Way,” and it has a very specific recipe that all comes down to the ingredients – our core values. We’re a company that believes in taking care of our customers as well as our team.
  2. Competitive Pay. We believe in a livable, fair market wage for all of our employees.
  3. Paid Time Off. Full time employees immediately start accruing time upon hire; that’s in addition to the seven paid holidays.
  4. Medical and Prescription / Dental Coverage. Multiple plans are available for you as well as your family at competitive monthly premiums.
  5. Employee-Stock Ownership Plan. It’s a company retirement plan our employees don’t pay a single dollar into but rather are awarded simply for their continued years of service.
  6. Optional 401K. In addition to our ESOP, we also provide employees with a 401k program.
  7. Growth and Advancement. We’re a team that wants to be better today than we were yesterday. We grow as a team as well as individuals.
  8. Security. Last but by all means certainly not least – job security. We keep good people for an awfully long time. Founded in 1967, we are a trusted partner of the transportation community and work hard to maintain and continue to earn the loyal business of our customers.

Sonny Merryman Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Think you’re a good fit for our team?

Click the button below to fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Career Openings

Commercial Vehicle SERVICE Technician

Multiple Openings: Central Virginia center (Evington, VA), Northern Virginia center (Bristow, VA), Greater Richmond center (Ashland, VA) | Full-time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you like to work on big stuff that transports our future and our community, we may be a match.

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Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You like to think problems through and come up with creative solutions. You have a good sense of humor and like to have fun. You like a brisk work pace and enjoy pleasing a Customer. You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl).  You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

Please do not apply if…

  • You enjoy drama and gossip. We just don’t have time for that!
  • Nothing is your fault. We love to “own it” – and mistakes are the best way to learn!
  • You like a large “corporate” work environment.  We like to give you enough rope to run on your own, then eliminate the rope.
  • You want someone asking you every hour “when is that job going to get done?”

What kind of stuff will I be doing?

You will be inspecting, diagnosing, and repairing all systems found a modern medium/heavy duty vehicle, as well as diesel engine.

What experience or qualifications do you need?

  • Former related experience required.
  • Tools necessary to perform the common duties of the position.

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION TECHNICIAN

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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If you like to work on big stuff that transports our future and our community, we may be a match.

Who Are We?

Sonny Merryman is Virginia’s Bus Company. Our vehicles transport students and the community. We’re a small, family-owned and employee-owned business that started south of Lynchburg, and now has additional locations in greater Richmond, Chesapeake and Northern Virginia. We love to help our Customers when problems arise, and our employees would tell you that we appreciate each other and treat our fellow coworkers with respect.

What Do We Do?

We are a bus dealership that sells, services, and provides parts for school buses and commercial buses used to transport community members. Besides buses, we have supporting business units that sell trailers, rent storage containers, provide parts services to city garages, and we even operate a collection of local Napa stores.

Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You pay attention to the details of a task or project. You like a brisk work pace and can roll with changes to your daily task schedule. You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What kind of stuff will you be doing?

You will be inspecting and preparing a wide variety of new buses and vehicles prior to customer delivery. For each bus that comes through your bay, you’ll inspect the interior and exterior for obvious damage, missing components, and loose or misaligned items (trim, doors, and other hardware). You’ll take care of replacing or fixing any items that don’t pass quality inspection and properly document those items. You’ll put the finishing touches on vehicles by installing non-factory modifications according to customer orders. Finally, you’ll ensure the proper function of equipment and perform test operations prior to sending the vehicle for a final Quality Assurance check.

What experience or qualifications do you need?

  • Prior related experience is a plus but not required. On-the-job training will be provided.

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


BODY SHOP TECHNICIAN

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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If you like to work on and give new life to big stuff that transports our future and our community, we may be a match.

Who Are We?

Sonny Merryman is Virginia’s Bus Company. Our vehicles transport students and the community. We’re a small, family-owned and employee-owned business that started south of Lynchburg, and now has additional locations in greater Richmond, Chesapeake and Northern Virginia. We love to help our Customers when problems arise, and our employees would tell you that we appreciate each other and treat our fellow coworkers with respect.

What Do We Do?

We are a bus dealership that sells, services, and provides parts for school buses and commercial buses used to transport community members. Besides buses, we have supporting business units that sell trailers, rent storage containers, provide parts services to city garages, and we even operate a collection of local Napa stores.

Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You see a dented, scratched, faded, and sometimes even mangled vehicle as a canvas to work your art. You like to think problems through and come up with creative solutions. You have a good sense of humor and like to have fun. You like a brisk work pace and enjoy pleasing a Customer. You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

Sometimes you’ll be working on a new vehicle that gets a custom paint job or needs a touch-up here or there before delivery. More often though, you’ll be working on vehicles already in-service that need repair after an accident or parking lot oops or a fresh coat of paint after a few years of service.

What Qualifications and/or Experience Do You Need?

  • Former body shop experience required.
  • Tools necessary to perform the common duties of the position.

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


QUALITY ASSURANCE ANALYST

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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Who Are We?

Sonny Merryman is Virginia’s Bus Company. Our vehicles transport students and the community. We’re a small, family-owned and employee-owned business that started south of Lynchburg, and now has additional locations in greater Richmond, Chesapeake and Northern Virginia. We love to help our Customers when problems arise, and our employees would tell you that we appreciate each other and treat our fellow coworkers with respect.

What Do We Do?

We are a bus dealership that sells, services, and provides parts for school buses and commercial buses used to transport community members. Besides buses, we have supporting business units that sell trailers, rent storage containers, provide parts services to city garages, and we even operate a collection of local Napa stores.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

The QA Associate will assist the QA Manager in all duties to include but not limited to the following:

  • Check in new vehicles and initial inspection.
  • Check proper operation of vehicle features.
  • Manage vehicle flow through numerous shops for inspections.
  • Properly note and report all discrepancies found during inspections.

These are just a few of the duties the QA Associate will be responsible for. Applicant will receive a complete job description prior to employment.

What Qualifications and/or Experience Do You Need?

  • Must possess a valid Virginia Driver’s License.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

 

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


EV CHARGER SPECIALIST

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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Job Overview

The Field Support Technician (FST) is passionate about EVs and a self-starter who will work closely with Sonny Merryman’s customers to ensure that their electric vehicle charging stations are running properly and that their buses can get students where they need to be. No day will look the same, but responsibilities will include performing original equipment manufacturer-approved testing, troubleshooting customer issues, and repairing a broad range of equipment (including Level 2 EV chargers to DC Fast Chargers, and communications equipment). The FST reports to Sonny Merryman’s VP of Parts and Service, with input from the EV Charger Manager.

Responsibilities

Training and development 

  • Undergo EV and charger training
  • Support launch of new buses, charging stations and Regional Field Service Representatives.
  • Help shape the customer support process for a fast-growing team
  • Train the customer and other partners on the safe operation and best technical practices on all charging products.

Triage 

  • Act as the company’s on-site advocate for EVSBs, striving to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction
  • Proactively monitor data and create reports to inform best charging practices, utilizing on site and telematic charger management platforms.
  • Order parts, tools and supplies when needed
  • Manage various vendors when working on customer equipment
  • Maintain detailed and timely paperwork and documentation for repairs and installations.
  • Manage manufacturers and external support vendors to implement our customer support plan, including support ticket submission.

Service and Repair 

  • Be available on the ground or to travel to customer sites across the state to repair, maintain, clean and troubleshoot and service charging systems and electrical infrastructure
  • Repair, maintain, troubleshoot and service electrical buses and chargers using skills and tools that range from computer diagnostics to basic mechanical tools.
  • Work with the Service team to develop maintenance methodology to prevent issues from arising and track ongoing repairs

Expectations/Responsibility:

EV charger specialist is responsible for supporting the uptime of chargers at our Customer’s site throughout the life of the project.  Uptime can be maximized through Customer training on proper charger use, coordination and data collection for charger OEM’s when defects occur, and hands on problem solving through OEM guidance, training, and experience.

 

Qualifications

  • 1+ years of related work experience
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Comfort with electrical systems ranging from 12V to 120+ systems
  • Strong technical capabilities
  • Has driver’s license and is able to travel domestically
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve mechanical and electrical problems
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Self-starter with the ability to multitask, prioritize assignments and work independently
  • High focus on safety and customer service
  • Competent in operating hand tools and electrical tools and measurement devices
  • Familiarity with solar, EV chargers, power supply, batteries, high voltage, etc. is a plus
  • Flexibility to be on-call during off-hours and weekends (when on scheduled shift)

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


human resource manager

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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Overview

This position is responsible for developing, planning, organizing, and executing the Human Resources programs and functions of the Company.  The position is responsible for employee programs and personnel services.  This includes managing programs, processes, and policies that create a competitive and fair workplace for our people.  The role shall ensure effective and efficient utilization of our employee resources.

General Responsibilities and Tasks/Duties

Employee Attraction and Retention 

  • Lead and organize all hiring and recruiting functions with appropriate hiring managers
  • Participate in local workforce development activities
  • Provide structure for job descriptions, postings, and employee responsibilities
  • Evaluate and institute employee programs that are beneficial to employees and the Company
  • Execute onboarding and offboarding processes, while completing appropriate administrative steps
  • Key member in establishing processes and procedures that shape the Company’s culture

 

Employee Growth and Development 

  • Develop programs for training, provide managers and employees opportunities to execute
  • Assist department leaders and senior leadership in succession planning
  • Provide managers and employees development programs opportunities (formal training courses, rotations, cross training, challenging work assignments, etc.)
  • Assist in employee performance reviews and subsequent in year coaching and follow up
  • Coordinate and manage employee monthly and annual meetings. (AJC)

 

Compensation, Benefit structure and execution 

  • Organize and execution of performance reviews, merit, and bonuses with department managers
  • Direct and administer company-wide classification systems
  • Employee benefit administration
  • Liaison for employee payroll administration
  • Direct and administer workers compensation program
  • Competitive design and execution of compensation and benefits

 

Policies, Regulations, and all Personnel Issues 

  • Establish, maintain, and update employee records and policies
  • Resolve employee personnel issues; complaints and resolving problems
  • Participate in initiatives to define and uphold Company values and culture
  • Developing proper employee rewards and discipline
  • Stay current on federal, state, and case law pertaining to labor laws
  • Handle/report Workman Comp Claims with Workman’s Comp Insurer and coordinate/communicate with Senior Management

 

Expectations/Successes:

The HR Manager shall provide the overall organization and structure to ensure we have the proper people resources to take care of our Customers.  This leader must provide opportunities for our employees to grow, expand and improve.  The position will work to improve our knowledge and skills with emerging technologies.  Employee records and files will be kept up to date, organized, confidential, and shared with only appropriate managers.  Employee issues will be executed swiftly in a manner that is fair to all employees and the Company.  Overall, success will be defined by developing and maintaining the best structures to support our people, making Sonny Merryman an employer that is highly sought by talented employees.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR Management or equivalent
  • Certified HR Manager (CHRM)
  • SHRM-SCP Certification
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Firm understanding of labor and employment law
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and ongoing initiatives simultaneously
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


Facility manager

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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Overview:

The Facility Manager performs and provides maintenance safety, and management tasks that promote a clean and safe work environment for employees and visitors. The role is responsible for managing and supporting the company’s maintenance department. Care, upkeep, and future planning is provided for all Sonny Merryman properties. The individual also manages or assists in managing the security and safety programs. At times, support is required for information and tooling in collaboration with our Parts, Service, and IT departments. Specific functions include:

General Responsibilities and Tasks/Duties:

Facility Maintenance (50%)

• Oversee Maintenance of company facilities
• Determines repair jobs required, and internal or external personnel utilized to complete jobs.
• Prioritizes and schedules projects and jobs appropriately.
• Manages project completion to budget.
• Obtains competitive quotes and internal cost estimates for completing various jobs and projects.
• Manage vendor/contractor repair contracts.
• Determines the need for emergency renovation, carpentry services, plumbing, electrical, etc.; prepares work schedules; requisitions materials, tools, and equipment needed to complete job tasks.
• Assist in performing maintenance tasks when needed.
• Ensure facilities meet compliance standards and government regulations.
• Collaborates with other departments current and future needs to develop facility plans of an evolving business, in a way to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness of the organization.

Personnel Management of Maintenance Staff (20%)

• Creates work schedule and priorities for staff to execute
• Provides technical information and guidance to maintenance personnel.
• Mentors and coaches team members to develop technical and efficient competencies
• Leads by example and models behavior that are consistent with company’s values.

Safety, Security and other (20%)

• Build and Maintain company SDS database.
• Coordinate Safety training for company Facilities.
• Manage SMI Uniform contract.
• Oversee SMI Security Systems in Evington & Chesapeake.

Other Responsibilities (10%)

• Assist IT Department as needed in maintaining diagnostic software licensing and support customers.
• Assist to quote, build, and maintain diagnostic laptops for customers.

Expectations/Successes: The primary goal of this position is to create a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for our customers and staff by keeping all facilities in proper and professional condition. Success can be seen in customer, partners, and employee feedback. Other successes include reduced equipment and facility downtime, and timely and economical project completions.

Qualifications:
• 3-5 years of experience in facilities maintenance and grounds keeping, or equivalent professional level experience.
• Experience in managerial and leadership skills.
• Knowledge of OSHA and other environmental regulations.
• Knowledge of general maintenance methods, operating requirements, and safety precautions related to facilities management.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
• Mechanical aptitude and application of mechanical system.
• Must be well organized and detail oriented.
• Experience and skills using Microsoft Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.) to collaborate effectively with staff, management, and business partners.

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN II

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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Overview

This is level 2 of 2 for Maintenance technician.

Performs skilled maintenance, repair, minor construction work in the trades to ensure that facilities are properly maintained.  Trains less-skilled employees in facilities maintenance trades.  Assists Facility Manager in planning work, identifying staff training needs, and in project management.  Duties may fall into a variety of trades, including carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and keys/security systems.

 

General Responsibilities and Tasks/Duties

  • Performs preventative maintenance on building systems, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical.  Assists Facility Manager in planning and scheduling preventative maintenance work and recommends approaches to preventative maintenance programs.
  • Repairs and maintains a variety of facilities systems, components, and structures; repairs building plumbing, low-voltage, and line voltage electric systems, door hardware, fire and life safety protection equipment/systems, constructs and maintains indoor/outdoor facilities, fans, lights and related; conducts structural inspections for safety.
  • Maintains HVAC systems, cleans, and inspects all equipment, completes filter changes.
  • Trains less-skilled staff in facilities maintenance trades; assists Facility Manager to determine training needs for work group.
  • Responds to facility emergencies and closures including adverse weather to ensure that all facilities are protected and remain operational. Assists with tasks required in preparing to open facility after a closure including snow and ice removal, systems and equipment checks, and start-up operations as assigned.
  • Maintains appropriate records and reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Expectations/Successes:    The primary goal of this position is to create a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for our customers and staff by keeping all facilities in proper and professional condition. Success can be seen in customer, partners, and employee feedback. Other successes include reduced equipment and facility downtime, and timely and economical project completions.

 

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience in facilities maintenance.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for operation of a motor vehicle in Virginia.
  • Forklift driver certification required within six months of employment.

 

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


school bus regional sales manager

Sonny Merryman Eastern Virginia Territory | Full time, Mon-Fri.

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Company Overview:

Join our team at Sonny Merryman, one of the nation’s leading providers of school bus solutions dedicated to safety, efficiency, and sustainability. We are committed to shaping the future of transportation by delivering top-of-the-line products and fostering strong customer relationships. As a School Bus Regional Sales Manager, you’ll play a pivotal role in driving sales and championing customer satisfaction within the eastern Virginia territory.

 

Job Description:

The School Bus Regional Sales Manager (Eastern Virginia) is a key player in our sales team, responsible for generating sales, nurturing customer relationships, and promoting brand awareness. Reporting directly to the Director of Marketing & School Bus Sales, this role combines sales acumen with customer advocacy to achieve success.

Responsibilities:

Sales Generation and Management (50%):

  • Proactively identify and pursue sales opportunities within their region
  • Establish, pursue, and track annual target sales accounts
  • Collaborate with Director of Marketing & School Bus Sales on deals and pricing
  • Produce sales quotes in accordance with state and customer specifications
  • Research and develop product advantage specifications
  • Maintain a knowledge base of customer-preferred product specifications
  • Track and keep customer abreast of order status and updates throughout the sales process
  • Participate in and provide support for customer deliveries
  • Mitigate order and sales challenges in cooperation with Director of Marketing & School Bus Sales
  • Be knowledgeable of and promote funding strategies and sources to aid customers in achieving product purchase goals
  • Prepare financing deals and strategies in partnership with the internal finance team and Daimler Finance partners
  • Participate in regional, state, and national industry events and conferences to promote brand awareness and drive sales growth

Customer Relationship Management (35%):

  • Build and maintain loyal relationships with customers, serving as their dedicated point-of-contact and trusted advisor
  • Maintain a regular cadence of customer contact and visits, striving for an average of 2-3 monthly touchpoints and a minimum of one in-person touchpoint every other month for each customer
  • Demonstrate comprehensive product knowledge and expertise to effectively address customer inquiries and provide tailored solutions
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with internal teams to facilitate positive customer experiences and resolve issues or challenges
  • Act as a dedicated advocate for customers while concurrently safeguarding the company’s financial interests and overarching objectives
  • Host customers on OEM tours, educational events, and customer-appreciation outings
  • Provide customer contact updates for customer relationship management database

Product and Industry Experience Knowledge (15%):

  • Analyze market trends, competitor activities, and customer feedback to inform sales strategies and enhance product offerings
  • Actively participate in ongoing product training, events, and meetings with OEM partners
  • Stay informed about advancements and new technologies in the school bus industry, emerging technologies, and best practices
  • Maintain regular engagement with OEM representatives to stay in-tune with latest developments

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business/marketing/related field or equivalent experience required
  • Knowledge of school buses, vehicle systems, and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) (preferred)
  • 5+ years of sales experience (preferred)
  • Centrally located within the eastern Virginia region (preferred)
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, and customer-service skills
  • Keen attention to detail and intricacies of crafting sales proposals
  • Problem-solving and winning mindset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft programs, specifically OneDrive, Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Teams
  • Self-motivated to work independently while also maintaining a team-oriented mentality
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holder (preferred)
  • Remote and in-office working environment with 30-40% travel required (primarily within state)

Join us in shaping the future of school bus transportation and making a positive impact in communities across the region. If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


CDL Delivery drivers

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Part time, Mon-Fri.

If you like bringing a smile to Customers’ faces every day and taking in the beautiful views of Virginia, this may be a perfect fit.

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Who Are You?

You love a good road trip and enjoy taking in new scenery. Whether following directions from a GPS or a map, you can find your way almost anywhere. You value safety and would never consider texting while driving or any other distraction from the road. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). Your schedule is flexible and you can roll with quick delivery changes.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

You will be on the road bringing smiles to Customers’ faces when you deliver their new buses and vehicles safely and efficiently. Most of your trips will be in Virginia but occasionally you may take a trip to a neighboring state. As a driver for Sonny Merryman, you’ll also be a rolling billboard for our company along the roads of Virginia.

What Experience and/or Qualifications Do You Need?

  • Clean driving record
  • Valid CDL, minimum Class B
  • Flexible schedule

If you’re interested in this position, submit an application and one of our team members will contact you.


Once you speak with a Sonny Merryman representative, you may be asked to submit a full application. Click the link below to download a paper application or submit your application online.

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