The 3D printing hobbyist: Additive manufacturing expert of the future

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Oliver Smith Consultant posted over 1 year ago

The meaning of ‘Industry 4.0’ can vary from business to business and from one industry to another. For the budding engineer, the term is synonymous with the exciting future of manufacturing and engineering.

In this blog, Oliver Smith, Recruitment Consultant for Sub-Contract Engineering & Manufacturing at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, discusses how the 3D hobbyist could become an engineer of the future, a position supported by Ian Joesbury, CEO of Advanced Laser Technology.

The prospect to boost productivity, increase customisation and flexibility, achieve shortened lead times and localised manufacturing is driving significant advances in additive technology manufacturing. 

One such business, Advanced Laser Technology who are specialists in developing industrial laser applications for cleaning and blown powder additive, have developed innovative additive technology to produce metal printed parts up to 1m3. 

Ian Joesbury, CEO of Advanced Laser Technology explains: “The evolution of manufacturing technology is already having an impact on manufacturers. Metal 3D printing is allowing manufacturers to create designs that cannot be manufactured using traditional techniques and in the future will provide the opportunity to make certain complex parts more cost effectively than today.”

For many of our clients, such as Advanced Laser Technology it poses both opportunity and the unknown. Finding the right skills to support the development of innovative additive technology is becoming a challenge as new technologies require a new generation of skills, as Ian Joesbury continues to discuss:

“There are a limited number of qualified engineers to fill these positions, however, as 3D printing technology has become more widespread, it has allowed the 3D printing hobbyist accessibility. In fact, those candidates who can demonstrate their passion for engineering are often the most successful because they are enthusiastic about the technology and hungry to find out more.”

There is an opportunity for engineers of the future to gain a head start from their hobbies outside of the professional arena. Access to 3D printing technology has dramatically increased by virtue of basic 3D extrusion type printers lowering in price. For under £500 an enthusiast can purchase a kit form 3D printer or an off the shelf system and essentially begin their training from home.

The increasing access to 3D printing, is not only positive news for ambitious engineering or technology enthusiasts, but also a reminder the fast pace of change and the closing gap between concept and reality. It is also a reminder to candidates of the importance of their interests outside of their jobs.

For more information, contact Oliver Smith via email, telephone (+44 (0)1384 446104) or connect on LinkedIn


Oliver Smith, recruitment consultant at Jonathan Lee

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Permanent / Beijing, China

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3D Engineer A 3D Engineer is required to join a specialist harness manufacturer who are the market leader in Europe and one of the world's premier providers of standardized and customer-specific wiring systems for the automotive industry. Reporting to the Project Team Leader, your duties will include: To liaise with System Owners progressing information relevant to 3D models Hands on creation of 3D models to produce harness drawings to customer standards To attend packaging meetings, presenting and justifying preferred solutions Deliver 3D models to project timing To jointly own specific harnesses, in conjunction with Manufacturing and Harness Engineers Support initial product builds at the Customer and manufacturing sites Your Profile: Essential 3D Modelling experience Educated to HNC/Degree level, or equivalent, in an Electrical Engineering discipline Excellent communication and negotiation skills Ability to generate 3D designs suitable for manufacture and installation Prepared to travel to Customer and Supplier sites worldwide Desirable Understanding of harness product, vehicle installation, and manufacturing constraints an advantage. KEY SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS Technical Skills CAD tool understanding - Vesys / CATIA V5/V6 DFMEA practical experience / knowledge of. Electrical harness engineering background AIMS, ECR's & Release process Quality tools such as APQP, DFMEA, 8D Cost understanding Ability to read and use engineering specifications & drawings Certified to use CATIA V5/ V6 Certified to use Electrical Work Bench Trained and Certified to utilize Team Centre (TCe) To apply for this role please contact Rachel Meacham.

Permanent / Wiltshire, England

Service Engineer

A Service Engineer is required for a company that provide complete design and build service for laboratory automation, robots and robotic workcells. The role will focus on servicing and maintaining equipment across the UK, Northern Europe and possibly USA. This is a multiskilled position and would suit those who have an electro-mechanical background. As a Service Engineer, your responsibilities will include: Assembly of bespoke automated systems Assist with the manufacture of robotic work cells as required Assist customers remotely to identify nature of reported issues, before conducting site visit Attend customer site on short notice to analyse reported issues and perform repairs Complete all relevant paperwork To be successful as a Service Engineer you should have the following skills: PLC Fault finding Understanding pneumatics Basic wiring - Desirable Problem solver able to overcome challenges quickly and efficiently A history in mechanical, automation engineering or related disciplines This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to start their career as a Service Engineer, you will need to have: Technical qualification in electrical engineering, robotics or related field is desirable but not essential UK Driving License Excellent written and spoken communication skills Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high, should you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Service Engineer role, please contact Ed Burch at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446 129.

Permanent / Farnborough, Hampshire

Complexity Engineer

EDS Complexity Engineer An EDS Complexity Engineer is required to work for a specialist harness manufacturer who are the market leader in Europe and one of the world's premier providers of standardized and customer-specific wiring systems for the automotive industry. What you will do As an EDS Complexity Engineer you will; Raise concerns & Alerts Raise Supplier Support Plans Work according to Drawing Release Plan. Chase drawings to meet A/R Date Update Part number tracker Generate complexity chart. Check associated fixings are loaded in WERS & parts are structured correctly in WERS. Complete ECR attachment to update options on harnesses Determine complexity requirements from features list/OXO Assign harnesses to cost models BOM Validation What you will need Educated to HND/degree level, or equivalent, in an Engineering discipline Knowledge of vehicle electrical systems and circuits Knowledge of CAP-H/Vesys advantageous but not essential (role dependant) Demonstrable understanding electrical principles Experience of working in an OEM environment advantageous Have a sound understanding of the harness manufacturing processes To apply for this role please contact Rachel Meacham.

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Production Supervisor

Production Supervisor Automotive Tier 1 Staffordshire £29,000, plus shift allowance, 25 days holiday, pension Shift Pattern: 6am - 2pm, 2pm - 10pm, 10pm - 6am This global automotive Tier 1 has asked us to search for an exceptional Production Supervisor to help drive forward positive change on the shifts. You will be a strong people manager, with experience of working in a similar, automotive, fast paced manufacturing environment. As Production Supervisor you will manage the production performance, personnel issues and the Health, Safety & Environment and Lead the Quality Cost & Delivery Performance for your dedicated shift. You will work with your teams to set targets, implement plans, track daily results and make appropriate adjustments in resource planning to attain desired results. Working closely with the Production Manager and Production Supervisors of other shifts, and support functions, you will ensure a transparent information flow and work together to increase efficiency and promote best practice in your area and shift. Using your knowledge of lean and continuous improvement methodology you will look at improving performance, not only in equipment but team members by using 5s, TPM and 6M. The organisation uses a CI method like Toyota Production System. You will drive teamwork, lead problem solving groups, lead workshops on quality improvement methods. A good Production Supervisor will have impactful management tools and techniques and you will ensure that your shift has appropriate headcount, the respect of standardised work methods and continually look for ways of improving morale. You will be a trusted and respected leader of your shift where your attitude and aptitude shines through as a natural leader. We are keen to talk to Team or Cell Leaders who are ready to make the next step to Production Supervisor for a shift. Ideally you will have the following knowledge and experience: Production experience gained in an automotive environment, OEM or Tier. Team Player Strong interpersonal and communication skills Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Operational level of English Working knowledge of CI and Lean methodology, ideally TPS The business is experiencing good, stable volumes as they work across several OEMS within the UK and beyond. This is a business that offers good career progression and training. If you are keen to be considered, please apply.

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Sliding Head Setter (Any Make)

Sliding Head Setter (Lathe) Good hourly rate Birmingham Medium/High Batch Manufacturing This role is an opportunity for an experienced Sliding Head Setter to work for a SME based in Birmingham; you'll be setting an operating a Sliding Head lathe using Fanuc controls to machine medium and high batch volume parts. We are looking for the following for the Sliding Head Setter position: Previous experience with Star, Citizen or any other sliding head machines Able to use Fanuc controls (not programming) Appropriate education This Sliding Head Setter role is an immediate start working on a day shift and the company are offering the following: Good hourly rate (permanent employment) Benefits Day hours Ongoing training If this Sliding Head Setter role is of interest, please get in touch with Gareth Simpson of Jonathan Lee Recruitment today.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Powertrain Performance and Emissions Engineer - PROP943

Powertrain Performance and Emissions Engineer - PROP943 Salary: £34,000 - £44,000 (plus benefits) Location: Warwickshire Posted Date: 18/10/2018 Expiry Date: 17/11/2018 Summary of Department and Role Powertrain team at TMETC support TML powertrain strategy to deliver conventional/electrification powertrains and related technology into Tata Motors passenger/commercial vehicles. The Powertrain Performance and Emissions Engineer will be responsible for carrying out performance and emissions related activities to either optimize existing powertrain technologies or implement new technologies with a view to maximise fuel economy and reduce emissions. Main Activities and Tasks Powertrain performance and emissions engineer will be responsible for carrying out performance related activities to either optimize existing powertrain technologies or implement new technologies with a view to maximise fuel economy, reduce emissions. Support hardware development/specification of emissions critical components: Combustion system, FIE, Air handling (turbocharger and EGR systems) Perform engine and emissions testing of vehicles, analysis and reporting on test results / data. Responsible for detailed test data analysis for engine performance and emissions, investigation and reports summarising failure root causes and improvements. Support concept evaluation activities, turbocharger matching, and cam profile development, after-treatment development. Ability to direct studies on combustion, air path and after-treatment system. Deliver technology assessments to maximize performance and minimise emissions on mule vehicles either on road or wind tunnel's (CWT, FSWT, FE, Emissions testing). The above list of duties is not exhaustive and is subject to change. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties within the scope and grading of the post. Other Features of the Role Traveling as required to India or European suppliers/test houses Presenting at conferences and other events as agreed with line manager Qualifications Desirable - Degree qualified or similar qualification Desirable - Working towards chartered status or already chartered Knowledge Essential - Good knowledge of combustion engine fundamentals. General powertrain understanding and appreciation for thermodynamics principals. Essential - Understanding of exhaust after treatment performance. Understanding and experience of DoE and emissions testing. Desirable - Understanding of worldwide emissions legislation. Relevant Skills for Position Essential - Generates new ideas with appropriate action plans, demonstrates feasibility of ideas. Essential - Capable of leading a project element with support from more senior staff when necessary. Essential - Effective team member making improvements processes and providing high customer service. Essential - Technical report writing / ability to inspire team to strive for improvements and high customer service. Essential - Ability to process powertrain, vehicle test data, analyse and provide technical guidance. Experience Essential - A minimum of 3 years PT performance and emissions experience. Desirable - Specific experience within engine performance and emissions development. Hardware development/specification of emissions critical components: Combustion system, FIE, Air handling (turbocharger and EGR systems). Desirable - Exposure to simulation for performance concept evaluation, turbocharger matching, cam profile development, after-treatment development. CFD simulation of the combustion, air path and after-treatment system. Essential - Experience of on road, test bed assessments, CWT/FSWT/Emissions testing, performance analysis and reporting. Desirable - Previous experience with engine management, vehicle instrumentation and calibration. Essential - Previous experience with one or more of the following software considered beneficial; AVL PUMA, AVL Concerto, MiniTab, Diagra, INCA, IPmotion, Labview. Personal Attributes Essential - Strong numeracy and literacy. Essential - Team player with good logical reasoning. Essential - Ability to overcome cultural barriers. Essential - Self-motivated, driven and positive attitude. Essential - Good negotiating skills.

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Production Operative (Fly Press)

Production Operative (Fly Press) Good permanent Salary Romford Aerospace We are looking for an experienced Production Operative who has worked with fly presses to join an established aerospace company based in Romford; you'll be operating fly presses and guillotines and some basic soldering duties also to produce high volume components in the assembly department. We are looking for the following for the Production Operative: Experienced using a fly press in a manufacturing environment (operational level only) Able to work to schedules and production targets Relevant engineering education Experience with any of the following: basic soldering, brazing or using a guillotine This permanent Production Operative role will be on a day shift (call for exact hours) with the company offering the following: Good basic salary Great benefits package Further training and career development If this Production Operative position is of interest, please get in touch today using or give me a call.

Permanent / Romford, Essex

Application Engineer

Application Engineer Location: Silverstone Industry/Sector: Industrial Metrology An Applications Engineer is required to provide measuring support and metrology consultation for one of the world's best provider of industrial metrology applications. Key tasks will include inspection, basic training and software testing for customer components. Candidates with PC-DMIS experience with a metrology background will be well received. The role will involve attending promotional events to provide customer demonstrations and visiting customers to support sales activity. As an Applications Engineer, you will be required to: Provide measurement support for Network members, including metrology consultation, contract inspection, basic training and software testing. Predominantly facility based role working with new and existing customers, within the Silverstone Park catchment area. Manage the scheduling and complete the inspection of customer parts, using a wide array of company and third-party inspection equipment located on site. The Application Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Knowledge of manufacturing processes and constraints. Demonstrable experience in dimensional metrology and associated principles of manufacturing and inspection. A current working knowledge of core software, including PC-Dmis and Quindos. Work experience in advanced co-ordinate Metrology. Ability to manage a project through from end to end with a thorough understanding of dependencies and consequences. Ability to read technical drawings, ideally proficiency in CAD or equivalent. Strong communication and networking skills and the ability to create and develop lasting relationships with both customers and colleagues Highly self-motivated Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of metrology and measurement applications and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Applications Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Northampton, Northamptonshire

Part time Technical Consultant

Part Time Technical Consultant Food Day rate £200 Suffolk Our client is a BRC accredited Importer and Broker of Pork, Beef, Lamb, Poultry and Seafood. Sourcing meat from Europe and Seafood from the Far East, they have predominantly been supplying the UK Foodservice and Asian market for nearly 30 years. An opportunity has arisen for a Technical Consultant to join our client on a part time basis. Supporting the Directors, the Technical Consultant will oversee the technical operations of the business ensuring they are BRC compliant, ensuring documentation including accreditation certificates, specifications and traceability sheets remain up to date. With ambitious plans for Retailer listings, the Technical Consultant will provide expertise to allow them to achieve their growth strategy by entering a new distribution channel. Although a part time contract, you will be an integral part of the business as this is an open-ended contract. Their success will be your success, we want a Technical Manager who can join the business and nurture it to its full potential. In exchange for your technical expertise (estimated one day per week, this will increase during auditing periods) they will offer you a rate of £200 per day and the chance to make a meaningful difference to an ever-growing business Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are an experienced Technical Manager, with a protein and/or seafood background and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Technical Consultant role, please contact Scott Williams at Jonathan Lee Recruitment PSC17

Contract / Suffolk, England

Principal Functional Safety Engineer

Functional Safety Principal Engineer - USA - to $150k + benefits This is a terrific opportunity for an experienced Functional Safety Engineer to join this world-class, independent engineering consultancy at its Michigan Office. The successful Functional Safety Principal Engineer will be joining a business going through a period of extensive growth with plans in place to cover the next 5 years. Purpose of this Functional Safety Principal Engineer job: Take a principal role in planning and executing functional Safety activities for external customers Provide expert level consultancy in ISO 26262 and safety analyses Key Functions: Coordinating safety analyses and engineering activities for a customer and their team Coaching the team to deliver consistent and successful results Technical project management / decision making to deliver on time, to cost and quality Managing challenging stakeholders who can have diverse objectives Taking a lead, sometimes autonomous role in auditing safety related development processes Training / coaching other less experienced members of staff, particularly in audit and safety analyses Developing process to support functional safety Candidate requirements: Engineering Degree qualified At least 5 years of experience in delivering ISO 26262 to vehicle OEMs and or tier1 suppliers Safety analyses techniques, with broad exposure to different processes, methodologies and stakeholder objectives Strong experience in systems engineering and requirements driven developments and be capable of advising clients on best practice Talented, ambitious Functional Safety Engineers should apply today for this very exciting opportunity by calling Ray Greenman +44 (0) 1384 397 555 or email

Permanent / Michigan, USA

Operations Manager

This is a great opportunity to join one of the UK's leading manufactures of material handling systems based in a brand new facility in north Birmingham. The Operations Manager role will report directly in to the Managing Director and it is envisaged the position will become a Director level role in the future. The Operations Manager will take responsibility for leadership of manufacturing operations, ensuring on-time and on-budget supply of quality systems and services to customers. You will be hands-on, driving performance and ensuring you spend time with your team to assess capability across the functions. You will ensure the business is fit for further growth by developing and mentoring your direct reports, and taking ownership of succession planning and recruitment. You will have demonstrable experience within manufacturing and operations management within a complex engineering / manufacturing environment. You're hands-on and have proven experience leading and improving a team to deliver consistent results. Manufacturing process is predominantly CNC machining and metal pressing followed by final assembly of the product. Manufacturing Operations Manager Requirements 5 years plus experience in manufacturing operations Degree qualified in mechanical / manufacturing / engineering (desirable not essential) Evidence of leadership with proven success in leading people Lean manufacturing knowledge Outstanding communication skills Ambition and commitment About The Benefits: Annual salary of £55,000 plus bonus and benefits.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter - Special Purpose Machinery

A Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter with experience of assembling complex special purpose machinery is required for an established manufacturer of robotics and automated solutions. The role of Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter includes the following: Working to an engineering drawing to build unique equipment, incorporating robots, pneumatics, motors, sensors, actuators, conveyors and positioning systems. Basic machine wiring connecting the control panel to the various machine parts schematic. General bench working is required to cut profile, tap holes and make minor adjustments to parts to make them fit. Escalate issues with design at the earliest stage possible to ensure a prompt resolution. The suitable candidate for Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter will need to possess the following skills and experience: General bench working skills able to manufacture simple brackets. Able to read a mechanical drawing and pneumatic diagram. Wiring and fitting of sensors and stepper motors. Technical qualifications are not essential. If you have the required skills and experience for this role of Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer an attractive salary working for a leading manufacturer of robotics and automated systems.

Permanent / Farnborough, Hampshire

Physical Logistics Manager - Automotive

Physical Logistics Manager (Manufacturing) Automotive OEM Birmingham Exciting opportunity for a Production Logistics Manager with global leading Automotive OEM based at the company's Midlands based manufacturing facility in Birmingham. This is a unique and fantastic role for a Production Logistics Manager to lead and manage the facilities' physical logistics operation. The Role: Overseeing the physical logistics of a 24/7 volume production facility, your responsibilities will include: Leading a large team on weekend night shift for physical logistics Ensuring all physical logistics shift targets are met, including volume, cost, quality and productivity Management of technical resources Planning, budgeting and scheduling Ensuring plant and group targets are met Leading your teams to consistently achieve results. The Person: You will have a proven track record in a similar management/lead role. Ideally you will hold formal logistics / manufacturing qualification ONC / HND (or equivalent) You must demonstrate previous experience of managing technical resources Your experience will have been gained within a high-volume manufacturing environment Strong knowledge in planning, budgeting and scheduling Ability to work and manage within a highly pressurised environment In return for your logistics management experience, you will be offered career development and an attractive benefits package offering: Salary - £40,000 - £45,000 (inc shift premium £50,000 - £56,250) Superb Pension + Car Scheme + Healthcare Highly competitive Bonus Scheme Generous holiday allowance + Excellent work-life balance and family friendly policies Subsidised canteen + Ample free parking PLEASE NOTE THIS YOU WILL BE MANAGING EVENING WEEKEND SHIFTS. Interested? Please forward your latest CV as soon as possible or for further details contact Lisa directly on 01384 446162.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Vehicle technician / master mechanic - contract immed start

Vehicle build technician / mechanic - Silverstone - Immed start - 15 to £20Ltd/hr My client is a specialist in remastering classic and classically inspired cars from the 1960's. They are based in a brand new, clean unit next to Silverstone race track. Due to expansion it is seeking a number of vehicle build technicians / mechanics to assemble vehicles, powertrains, interiors etc to work on an interim basis on a 4 month contract. Note it could be that this role becomes permanent subject to workload and performance Hours of work 7am until 4.15pm M-T; Friday half day. What you will do: The cars are hand build from bought out assemblies so you will work from a clean body shell installing all components - chassis, powertrain, trim, harnesses and electrical. Use appropriate hand tools in a safe manner; sometimes following standard SOP's. You will be expected to raise any fitment issues with engineers so these can be addressed. At present there are no shifts, however you should need to be flexible for the occasional weekend work if a customer car requires such although this is very unusual What you will need You must be available at NO MORE THAN 1 week's notice For these positions we can accept applications from novice or skilled individuals. however you must be able to demonstrate practical proficiency and the right mindset. Ideally a C&G or NVQ or BTEC in motor vehicle repair (or similar engineering discipline) What you will get: An opportunity to work on one of the most exciting automotive projects available Fantastic facilities An opportunity to develop your skills or change career path Applications Please apply with current CV and details of present salary. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with further information before submission, however should you have any questions please contact or 01384 397555

Contract / Towcester, Northamptonshire

Senior Buyer

Senior Buyer Based Coventry, Warwickshire Automotive Talented Senior Buyer required by iconic niche Automotive supplier, based Coventry, Warwickshire. With a track record of being a strategic supplier to a range of dynamic, international automotive customers for over 50 years. This organisation is renowned for its precision engineered and innovative components and is seeking a high calibre Senior Buyer with a track record of both commercial success and technical understanding in procuring engineered components and raw materials. The Role: As Senior Buyer your responsibilities will include: Supporting the Head of Procurement with the responsibility, workload, aims and vision of the purchasing department. Developing ideas and strategies to improve purchase costs, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement Oversee and control supplier relationships (UK/overseas and direct/indirect). Support Quality, Cost (PVR) and Delivery areas ensuring KPI targets are met. Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities. Ensure business plan objectives are met including monthly Price Variance. Negotiate price, terms and conditions, of parts, tooling and equipment utilising Cost and Value Analysis techniques. Mentoring and coaching team members to enhance career and professional development. The Person: 5 years+ procurement experience within a manufacturing environment. Preferably automotive manufacturing/engineering. Understanding of Cost Constitution and Quotation Analysis Forms (QAF), contract terms and manufacturing processes. Fully proficient in Microsoft Office including Excel. Strong negotiation skills and excellent commercial acumen. Ability to read/understand engineering drawings. Confident communication skills, ability to work cross-functionally. Are you a procurement professional looking for a new and challenging purchasing career opportunity? Keen to move to an organisation that values its employees, part of a procurement team that has a direct and visible impact upon the business? If so, you will be rewarded for your procurement skills and experience with an attractive salary and benefits package, as well as a rewarding career. Interested? Please forward your latest CV or for further details contact Lisa directly on 01384 446162.

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

HV Battery Engineer

HV Battery Engineer Our client who design and manufacture complex high technology mechatronic products and systems for the automotive/motorsport industry are looking for an experienced HV Battery Engineer who can come on board and provides indepth technical knowledge and guidance of vehicle HV battery (PHEV/BEV) systems across diverse vehicle projects. You will support and ensure achievement of business objectives and technical development, delivering on time and within budget and take responsibility for the development and maintenance of the HV battery components to support development from concept to production. Part of the role will be to investigate HV battery (and components) related issues, both in the vehicle development cycle and also in the field. The main scope of the role will be development of the HV battery to support vehicle validation including the vehicle interface and interaction. Job Description: * Responsible for management of components and system suppliers; * Formulate and maintain robust component/system delivery plans; * Conduct system FMEA's where applicable or review of such documentation; * Support pre-production vehicle builds and feedback learning into the design process; * Plan and execute all related component releases for production; * Plan and execute component validation activities through simulation, laboratory experiments and on-vehicle tests in various environments world wide; * Manage component change, including feasibility, cost and timing evaluations; * Investigate in-field issues, identification of root causes and introduction of remedial actions; * Expedite Engineering Sign-Off (ESO) for all components; * Follow company Product Development Processes; * Complete required technical documentation including specification and test reports; * Undertake EV components, system and vehicle development and problem-solving within tight timescales; * Required to work within the boundaries of ISO26262 (with support); * Responsible for the collation and presentation of relevant data inorder to support functional /cross-functional meetings. * Develop relationships with counterparts in appropriate internal functions and VW organisations, and provide relevant guidance to suppliers. Job Requirements: * Degree-qualified in either Electronic or Electrical Engineering, Automotive or Systems; * Proven experience in a similar role, working on HV vehicles (although onsite training will need to be completed); * Understanding of vehicle HV battery technology including techniques used in the construction and limitations of assembly; * An understanding of battery thermal, electrical & mechanical design limitations to be considered and functions within the battery SW to deal with this limitations; * Understanding of cell monitoring and battery management system control * Has an appreciation of the interaction of other vehicle systems on the battery e.g. HVAC, crash safety. * Awareness of recyclability and ELV requirements with regards to HV batteries * Ideally aware of UN Transport certification requirements which may need to be met; * Understanding of the following specifications: ECE - R100, FMVSS305, ISO6469, ISO12405; * Hands on experience of developing control algorithms for EV/HEV automotive applications, including electric motor controls; * Knowledge or familiarity of, Software C-code, MATLAB, Simulink, Dspace, CAN and flexray communication protocols and toolchain; * Experience of process from launch to production; * Dynamic and proactive self-starter able to work with minimum of supervision; * Flexible (able to work extra hours and to travel abroad as and when required); * Strong influencing skills and communication, with a commitment to building positive relationships with other functions, and Group as an outward facing expert * Working with high voltage systems; * Good organisational skills * Commercial awareness, ability to identify the bigger picture. * Good test and analysis skills; * Good written and verbal communication skills; * Proficiency in German language would be an advantage; * A team player with the additional ability to work alone unsupervised; * Highly-motivated and capable of working on concurrent activities.

Contract / North West England, England

Bench Hand

Summary Panel: Job title: Bench Hand Salary Range: Up to £10ph Location: Birmingham Industry/ Strapline: Aerospace/Engineering A Bench Hand is required with knowledge of working with hand tools and working to tight tolerances. Candidates with experience of the engineering industry with previous hand tool knowledge would be well received. Due to company growth, based in Birmingham requires a skilled Bench hand with Dremel style hand tool experience for a new permanent role. As a Bench Hand you will be required to: Attention to detail Able to work on own initiative Be able to operate small air tools & "Dremel" style tooling. Follow work instructions (some comps have metering edges/internal grooves) Polishing components using a rotating polishing wheel Willing to turn his/her hand to other duties, i.e. pressure test/part marking & parts cleaning. Must be able to comply to health and safety requirements at all times. The Bench Hand should have the following skills or experience: Experience with working to technical instruction Previous hand and air tool experience Working to very high levels of detail Have the ability to help out with other aspects where required. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of being a Bench Hand with an eye for detail to develop your career. In return for your experience, this aerospace-based rapidly growing company will offer you: - Up to £10ph (39 hours contracted per week) - possibility of overtime - Benefits - Other - such as career development etc. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of engineering and working to tight tolerances and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Bench Hand role, please contact Ryan North at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446195.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Facilities Engineer (Test Cell Operations)

Facilities Engineer (Emission Measurement) Salary Range: £30,000 - £40,000 (depending on experience) Benefits: 25 days annual leave, bonus, contributory pension scheme and contributory share scheme. Location: Peterborough Relocation/ Sponsorship: Not available with this role A Facilities Engineer opportunity had become available for one of the world's leading manufacturers of off-highway machinery and diesel and natural gas engines. This role will support emissions measurement services in a dedicated state of the art Europe Research & Development facility in Peterborough, UK. Reporting directly to the Engineering Supervisor, this vacancy is an engineering position which will contribute to the successful implementation and maintenance of engine emissions measurement equipment. The day to day work will involve co-ordination and execution of projects within the team and support developing measurement techniques for future engine emissions legislation. This role will primarily focus becoming a key member of the facility wide certification testing group as well as conducting investigatory work to further improvement measurement accuracy and reliability. To apply for this position you should have some of the following: Applicants will ideally hold an Engineering / Technical Degree or be qualified through relevant work experience. Good PC Skills are essential, able to use Excel to intermediate standard or higher. Theoretical knowledge or experience of emissions measurement techniques and an understanding of test cell operations. Team working skills to assist senior engineers in technical investigations and processes. Will possess excellent attention to detail and focus on quality. Emphasis on initiative and self-starting tasks with the capacity for continuous learning. Experience of working in an engine test cell environment. Will possess good communication and statistical analytical skills, with ability to provide concise insights, conclusions and recommendations drawn from complex technical data. Please contact James Tilley for more details.

Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Manufacturing Manager

Manufacturing Manager Food - FMCG Oxfordshire £56,000 + benefits Are you an experienced Manufacturing Manager from a food production background? Are you able to empower your teams to help drive a cultural change? Do you have strong project management experience? Do you aspire to be a Plant Director in the next 5 to 10 years? This could be the role for you? Continuing our partnership with one of the fastest growing FMCG businesses in Europe, employing over 10,000 people, in more than 50 factories producing close to 2million tonnes of product per year across the globe. It has never been a better time to join, with a strong business acquisition programme ongoing, a forward order book that is at breaking point and a brand that has gone from strength to strength, time has come to invest in their capabilities here in the UK. To maintain the speed of growth they have seen over the last 2 years, a significant CAPEX programme is due to be undertaken in the next 6 to 8 years. To support this growth, we are now looking for a Manufacturing Manager to report into the Plant Director. The Manufacturing Manager will take control of all UK manufacturing activities and ensure the planned output is achieved within budget through KPI performance reporting. As you would expect this is an exciting time, so you will also proactively lead and manage all relevant projects introduced into your area of responsibility, whilst developing your staff to achieve their goals through your mentorship About the role Proactively lead and manage projects and initiatives impacting manufacturing areas Co-ordinate activities with other functions ensuring delivery of product in line with customer expectations Lead all activities creating long and short-term goals for supervision and promoting continuous improvement Provide regular reports and agree on execution of projects in partnership with the Plant Director Ensure production plans are agreed and met Ensure all product is produced in line with customer quality requirements, and to investigate all complaints to resolution. Promote safe working Actively work with the engineering function to ensure equipment is introduced and maintained Proactively support product introductions and provide relevant input About you Minimum 5 years management experience within a manufacturing environment Technical background preferred Minimum 2 year's experience managing large projects Must be proficient in MS Office with strong analytical skills Must have demonstrable customer-facing experience Excellent communications skills, written and verbal, at all levels (including presentations) Understanding of SAP would be preferred There is a real opportunity for progression to Plant Director in the next 5 to 10 years, so we are looking for someone with the gravitas, experience and future potential to step into that role down the line Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are an experienced food manufacturing manager, have strong project management experience and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Manager role, please contact Scott Williams at Jonathan Lee Recruitment PSC17

Permanent / Oxfordshire, England

Chief Interior Designer - Automotive

Job title: Chief Interior Designer - Automotive Location: Birmingham Permanent Salary: £Competitive (DOE) To oversee, manage and lead Interior design proposals in the UK Design team specifically for Advanced Design Programmes with scope to also support Product Programmes KEY RESPONSIBILITIES. Set clear time frames and objectives and ensure capabilities are continually improved upon. Accurate and creative interpretation of product plan and brand strategy and subsequent translation into coherent product proposals. Sponsorship and execution of innovative and desirable interior product proposals. Delivered in the appropriate creative form for effective communication of concept and idea to management for review and approval. Development of all aspects of interior design to include layout, interface, human factors, surface language, detail component, identity and graphic to ensure complete design concept proposal. Provide creative project leadership and direction to a team of Designers, Alias modellers, Clay Modellers, supporting Engineers and Suppliers engaged in the creation of feasible 3D data and design properties which satisfy the approved design brief. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED Well developed leadership skills and the ability to inspire a team of designers, digital and clay modellers and engineers to deliver the design brief objective Significant experience in Automotive Design within OEM environment, operating preferably at an international level A sound knowledge of all available 3D design and modelling techniques Excellent Creative Ideas Generation Able to make design input with benefit of 3D experience. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the role please contact Teresa Anderson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446156. JLDS

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Imports Analyst

Job Title: Imports Analyst (18000AP8) Location: Irlam, Manchester Benefits: 25 days annual leave, 10% bonus, contributory pension scheme, share scheme Job Description: A vacancy has arisen for an Imports Analyst within the Aftermarket Team based in Manchester. Reporting to the site Finance Manager, this is a unique opportunity for someone to support the dynamic and rapidly changing Perkins Aftermarket Team during a period of investment and growth. This is a key role within the Irlam Finance Team dealing with the Import and customs procedures into our Customs Warehouse. The Aftermarket Business Net Sales and Transfers typically totals $230m. Our sales are from multiple global locations and legal entities and we import goods from many global locations. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: * Daily operation of the Ricardo Duty Management System and submission to HMR&C * Inbound Freight Management and performance reviews * Inbound Freight invoice validation and approval * Reconciliation of Duty Management Stock to Mainframe system * Maintenance of Commodity codes and classification of new product * Ensure all import entries are raised/completed/filed by due dates * Global Trade Compliance annual review and audit * Reconcile the Duty Deferment account * Maintain accurate records for audit and trade compliance purposes Required skills, experience and qualification: * Previous experience of working within an Imports/Export role * IT literate - Excel skills a strong advantage * Planning and organising skills and ability to meet tight deadlines * Flexible approach with strong problem-solving skills * Good team player * Customer Focused Desired skills, experience and qualifications: * Experience of working with a Large organisation and the complexity this brings * Experience of working with in an organisation that buy/sell large volumes worldwide * Proficient in MS Office applications If you are interested in this position, please APPLY NOW. For more information, contact Lois Weston at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384446119.

Permanent / Trafford, Greater Manchester

Techinical Manager - Casting

We are recruiting a Tooling Manager/ Technical Manager for a highly progressive and innovative company based in Shropshire who produce cast products for the automotive and motor sport sectors. As an Executive Manager for the Tooling Business you will be responsible for leading and managing the Tooling business, encompassing a fairly large team of Pattern Makers, Design, Projects CAD and CAM Engineers. As Tooling Manager you will be responsible for:- Developing and implementing the Tooling Business Plan Managing sub-contractors quotations for casting tooling with vendors and suppliers Overseeing the operation efficiency's of the department Managing the team effectively Managing the budgets and finance of department The Tooling Manager with have the following skills and experiences:- Experience of operating at a senior level in a tooling role within the automotive manufacturing/ engineering sector. A good understanding of pattern making CAD/ CAM. Demonstrable experience of managing a team, reporting on KPIs, and continuous improvement activities. A recognised formal qualification in engineering, or demonstrable significant experience in relevant fields. A strong background within casting and cast products. Please apply to this advert or for more information please contact Katharine Bignell.

Permanent / Bridgnorth, Shropshire