For over 40 years, Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been supplying the engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors with the best permanent, contract, interim and executive candidates both in the UK and overseas.
Our vision is to be the customer’s first choice. Our specialist team of technical and industry professionals, offer a consultative approach bringing an in-depth understanding of the skills, experience and personal attributes required for a variety of roles from entry-level graduate positions to executive and board level appointments.
With over 85% repeat business annually, we build relationships for the long term, committing to continuous improvement, working closely with industry partners and professional bodies to support our candidates, clients and the wider market. Click here to view our FAQs.
Vision, Mission & Values
To be the customer's first choice
COLLABORATE - Our people work in partnership with clients and candidates to add value and build relationships. Teamwork is central to our culture, we invest time in understanding and in leveraging individual strengths to deliver the best resourcing solutions with confidence, expertise and empathy.
CARE - We are committed to contributing to progress in our community and to caring about our environment, to provide a brighter future for everyone. We strive to give our people and partners a framework that encourages social connection, compassion and positivity, making work both a passion and a pleasure.
To deliver solutions that help people to succeed and organisations to flourish, contributing to a better future for everyone
CREATE - Working in engineering and technology, we are inspired to be creative in producing tailored solutions for our clients. We celebrate innovation in our teams, encouraging our people to be entrepreneurial, inventive and adaptable and to reach their full potential in a supportive and solution-led culture.
COMMUNICATE - Honesty, openness and integrity underpin everything we do. We embrace all opportunities to listen, share information, be consultative, provide advice and to develop knowledge, intelligence and insight that benefits clients, candidates, contractors and co-workers.
Jonathan and Lindy Lee establish Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment in Stourbridge, West Midlands.
First major assignment won, working with GKN Technical Centre in Wolverhampton.
The business begins to grow, taking on first Sylvia Wall and soon afterwards Jenny Oakes to support the recruitment administration activities and to ensure high quality service to the growing portfolio of clients.
Jonathan buys Knighton House in Stourbridge as a new home for the technical recruitment business. Over the 1980s, the team grows to around 20, with industry experts recruited from aerospace, automotive and general engineering.
Major assignment won with Eaton Group for a senior management role, which led to our first display advert run nationally in the Sunday Times to attract candidates.
Land Rover engages Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment to hire an entire product engineering and development team in Solihull for the first generation of the Discovery model.
To start the decade, we won a major project to support all of the management and engineering recruitment for the start-up of Toyota Manufacturing UK.
Having received more than 15,000 applications, the Jonathan Lee team interviewed 2,000 candidates eventually placing 178 of the first people to join the operation.
Jonathan Lee Contracts Limited was formally incorporated to support the increasing need for more flexible workforce in the engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors. Our first contract placement was made at Ford Motor Company the same year.
With the business growing, Jonathan invested in the renovation of a local derelict malting house in Stourbridge. The office opened in 1995 and is still our headquarters today.
The team grows to 48 and the business begins offering executive search services, opening two new offices; in Basingstoke, Hampshire and Leeds, Yorkshire.
Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment rebrands to become Jonathan Lee Recruitment Limited.
In 2001, the strategic acquisition of XR Associates in Basildon helped us further support our clients in the South East and lead to the award of a Managed Service for Visteon UK.
On the back of considerable growth in demand for our executive search services, a new brand Factura was established in 2002, occupying a new office premises in Bromsgrove.
In June 2003, the Directors and staff celebrated the 25th anniversary of the business with a gathering of new and old faces in Birmingham.
The business continues to thrive and as part of our growth, we acquired recruitment firm PHDS Group, with offices in Wakefield and Leicester giving wider geographical reach.
In August 2006, Jonathan Lee collaborated with another business under the banner of the Alpha Consortium and was awarded Master Vendor status for Smiths Aerospace UK.
This arrangement lasted for more than 6 years, through their corporate aqcuisition from GE Aviation and Moog Aerospace, delivering more than 300 permanent placements and 500 contract assignments.
Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc (TMETC) selected Jonathan Lee to be the master vendor for permanent and contract recruitment for all UK locations.
James Billingham of TMETC and Jonathan Lee, Chairman
Consolidation of group brands all under the name of Jonathan Lee, including the rebranding of the executive search business Factura to Jonathan Lee Executive Search.
Established our Consultancy Services business in Dubai offering offer knowledgeable and professional advice to companies intending to set up operations in the UAE, as well as to companies already established in the region.
Jonathan Lee Design Services incorporated, based from an office in Warwick, offering digital modelling, design and styling expertise to industry.
Our 40th anniversary year, with exciting events and articles to come throughout the year.
Jonathan Lee Recruitment has worked closely with industry over many years, partnering with reputable and recognised industry bodies. We are committed to supporting the future of the manufacturing, engineering and technical industries. To see more about how we work with these organisations, please follow the link below.
We are proud of our team’s enthusiasm to support our values, “to contribute to the welfare of the community”. We have great fun organising fundraising events throughout the year, promoting team work and participation to support good causes both locally and nationally.