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Why you should hire ex-HM Forces professionals

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Peter Heap Lead Consultant posted about 1 year ago

In recent years, we have seen an increased number of employees leaving the HM Forces in favour of civilian professions. Pete Heap, Recruitment Consultant and specialist aerospace and defence expert at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, explores the reasons why military servicemen and women are choosing the private sector and what transferable skills they can offer to employers in their second career.

Having served 20 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) myself, I have always been acutely aware of the strains that a career in the forces can place on individuals and their families. Whilst attrition from the HM Forces is not a new phenomenon, I find that I am speaking to an increasing number of ex-servicemen and women who have decided that their future career ambitions will be better met in the civilian sector. 

There are many reasons why more individuals are choosing civilian life outside of the recent redundancy program that has seen the numbers of forces employees drastically reduce due to a withdrawal of military troops from places such as Germany and Afghanistan. 

In addition to this, pension and benefits changes have reduced the long-term financial benefit of staying within the military services, it is therefore not as attractive to continue serving. With a decreased headcount overall, the serving soldiers that remain are more frequently expected to deploy on operational tours of duty which understandably increases the strain on individuals with families. 

The candidate skill pool is wide, including engineers, technicians, trainers, administrators, IT managers, drivers, chefs, nurses, pilots, operations managers, facilities managers, project managers and communications experts.  Ex-service personnel offer private companies a multitude of qualities that have been developed and honed through their military training. 

Some of the advantages to prospective employers include:

  • Flexibility and adaptability necessary to fulfil tasks, including working shifts.
  • Structured and disciplined, they are punctual and take pride in doing a good job.
  • High quality education and training background with good qualifications.
  • Confident with a high work ethic.
  • Work well in a team environment and as an individual. 
  • Able to think on their feet with a continuous improvement mentality.
  • Hands-on problem solvers who are generally good under pressure.
  • Strong management and leadership qualities.
  • Realistic salary expectations and a willingness to invest themselves in learning.
  • Flexible on location.

These excellent personal qualities, which have often been tested in highly demanding and pressurised situations, create high calibre candidates for many businesses across sectors.  Whilst aerospace or defence might be a natural career step for many, service organisations can also benefit.  In fact we benefit from having a number of very successful ex-Army, Navy and RAF staff in our recruitment teams at Jonathan Lee!

So, employers - keep an open mind when looking to build your teams, ex-forces professionals possess both technical and leadership capabilities that translate easily into many positions in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.  We have a proven track record of placing people into operations, supply chain, service, engineering, design, maintenance and platform systems manufacturing roles.

If you have left the services and are looking for a change in career or just some advice about your next steps, please get in touch.

Pete Heap, 01384 446102, peter.heap@jonlee.co.uk



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Supply Chain Manager Food Manufacturing - FMCG Northampton Established Supply Chain Manager required by UK owned leading food manufacturer based Northampton. Exciting opportunity for passionate senior supply chain professional to develop and grow supply chain team to support this growing FMCG business. Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge? A role with an innovative organisation who are driven to continually strive to deliver quality ingredients with the changing needs of its consumers? If so, you will be responsible for the achievement of world class service and the efficient utilisation and deployment of site resources to achieve lowest costs per unit. As Supply Chain Manager, you will be responsible for a team of directs including; Planning Manager, Customer Supply Manager with a dotted line relationship with Warehouse Team Leaders. Your responsibilities will also include: Short term performance and medium term strategic evolution and improvement of all aspects of the supply chain. Direct engagement with customers and 3PL partners. Work closely with all internal stakeholders to achieve effective and efficient deployment of all resources on site. Build strong working relationships with the commercial, financial and marketing to ensure effective demand vs supply models are delivered which deliver world class customer service levels. Engage with key customer representatives on all aspects of supply chain performance, representing the brand in a highly professional and partner based approach with customers to deliver optimised value to the business. Work with shift managers and warehouse team leaders to assess, define and implement a rolling strategic improvement plan for the warehouse operations. Implement world class warehouse operations process. Actively participate and lead all key sales and operations planning forums and process - importantly the monthly S&OP forum should be developed, implemented and refined. Work collaboratively with our international supply chain colleagues to ensure great service and engagement with our international customers. Optimise 3PL provider solutions to ensure a cost effective world class delivery performance. Identify, implement and improve a set of defined KPIs for the supply chain team with a set of defined improvement plans to make ongoing improvements in the way we operate. The Person: You will be an ambitious senior supply chain professional with diverse and extensive experience of implementing supply chain improvement strategies, with the ability to bring insight and strong people leadership skills to a growing business. Are you a highly engaging supply chain professional who has strong customer interface skills as well as effective man-management skills? If so are you able to also offer: * Previous experience as a Supply Chain Manager within a dynamic, volume manufacturing business. * Proven warehouse management and systems knowledge * Direct customer facing experience, as well as supplier facing. * Good knowledge of demand planning (ERP), business forecasting tools and techniques * Involvement in SOP forums * Educated to degree level or equivalent is desirable - but not essential. As Supply Chain Manager, you will be an integral part of this growing business. In return for your supply chain management skills, you will be working within an environment that offers career development, providing opportunities to fit with your ambitions. A competitive salary and benefits package. If you have drive and passion for establishing and continually improving Supply Chain and Logistics efficiencies, please apply today. Should you require further information about this Logistics and Supply Chain Manager role, please contact Lisa Osborne - or directly on 01384 446162.

Permanent / Northamptonshire, England

Senior Electronics Design Engineer

Senior Electronics Design Engineer Up to £30.00 per hour LTD Desford - Leicestershire Off Highway - Electrical Design A Senior Electronics Design Engineer is required to work for one of the world's leading manufacturers of off-highway machinery and diesel and natural gas engines. The primary responsibility for this position will be to work closely with supervisors, project team leaders and other development team partners to develop and maintain machine electrical systems. This will include placing components, and routing harnesses. Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Electrical System Design using TeamCenter, Creo, Vis Mockup, EDS Software tools shall include Creo Schematics, Pro/DIAGRAM and Pro/CABLING Evaluate new products, processes, or systems Communicate results to customers, suppliers, team members, and other business units To apply for this position you should have some of the following: Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in an accredited Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science curriculum. Modelling in CREO - Harness modelling and referencing, creating a 3D model of the harness, referencing it and packing in the wires to the harness. Creating assembly group with this as well. Skills in TeamCenter unified ideally - but if it's the older version then its fine, older version is enterprise - day to day, checking in and out work, moving designs through the flow process, when they do a design they will check it in and out, move it on to someone else. Hands-on practical technical experience and a good appreciation of associated vehicle sub-systems such as hydraulics, engines and transmissions…especially in a high-velocity, high-volume environment are also strongly desired. Direct experience of designing, developing, troubleshooting and introducing electrical and electronics components and systems in mobile applications is essential. Please contact James Tilley for more details.

Contract / Hinckley, Leicestershire

Airlines Sales Manager

Airline Sales Manager Permanent Gloucester Paying a competitive annual salary An Airline Sales Manager with experience of providing support to a manufacturing organisation is required on a permanent basis, to be based in Gloucester. The role is paying a competitive annual salary DOE, for the following skills and responsibilities; Manage the component intake forecast for the designated sales territory and for the region providing accurate and timely updates detailing any changes Develop and present business cases to gain approval to pursue major contracts and/or new product/market opportunities Seek and identify opportunities in new products/new markets Conduct contract review for all major component contracts negotiated with the site that will perform the work Represent at industry conferences and trade shows Manage the customer relationship with major key accounts Propose, develop and maintain a business development plan identifying and targeting growth opportunities Develop and maintain capture plans for key business opportunities and ensure that plans are implemented to secure business within agreed time scales Support receivables team in the collection of ageing and/or problem invoices Responsible for meeting sales targets, account management, quoting, contract negotiation and penetrating new markets Identify sales opportunities and transform them into profitable commercial transactions Build close relationships with customer and maintain direct contacts with key customers The ideal candidate will: Ideally have aerospace or an aviation background A technical background/exposure an advantage Have proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel Have strong negotiations Skills Have excellent communication skills Be able to drive multiple projects concurrently Be able to travel at short notice

Permanent / Gloucestershire, England

Sales Director

Sales Director Automotive Worcestershire £40,000 + benefits Set in the beautiful countryside of the Wyre Forest, the market leader in discounted vehicle leasing are looking for a Sales Director to join their small but very successful and growing team. The business has gone from strength to strength growing from a turnover of £3.5million in 2015 to an impressive £14m in 2016, with an ever-growing order book the only way is up as 2018 shapes to be an exciting year. Reporting into the Chief Executive Officer, the Sales Director will maximise the sales team performance by effectively managing all aspects of sales delivery. The new Sales Director will support the organisation in achievement of sales and growth targets by managing relationships with manufacturers, driving new sales opportunities, developing sales team capability, and maintaining existing key account initiatives. About the role Build and manage relationships with manufacturers in order to negotiate attractive support terms Meet predetermined revenue and volume goals through activities of direct reports Drive, monitor and report on sales and conversion rates Provide expert, specialist advice and recommendations in line with a customer's needs Understand a customer's needs by operating effective questioning Offer reliable and honest feedback to customers along with clarity in relation to the leasing process Contribute to the company's performance by delivering against key personal objectives Maximise development opportunities Maintain high levels of ownership, engagement and accountability Demonstrate commitment to and adherence of compliance standards and legislative requirements Take necessary actions to ensure compliance and legislative knowledge is up to date and accurate About you Proven experience in Automotive Vehicle Sales or Leasing - Essential Experience of business development through the Automotive OEM's - Essential Demonstrates high level of market and sector expertise Demonstrates expert consulting and influencing skills, commercial acumen and credibility Proven sales ability and influencing skills Proven dispute and query resolution ability Ability to manage self and time effectively Able to exceed targets in a face paced and competitive environment Demonstrates commitment to critical processes, service delivery and system integrity Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have proven Automotive Sales/Leasing and have demonstrable business development experience with the Automotive OEM's and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Sales Administrator role, please contact Scott Williams at Jonathan Lee Recruitment PSC17

Permanent / Bewdley, Worcestershire

(Senior) Powertrain Design Engineer / Engine Design Engineer

(Senior) Powertrain Design Engineer / Engine Design Engineer I am seeking a number of design engineers (either seasoned professionals or junior engineers) to work for a motorcycle manufacturer located in Leicestershire. The work is interesting and fresh and the company is going through an outstanding period of growth. What you will do: Using Creo / Pro/E CAD system & Windchill, you will be responsible for either i) creation of new parts and subsystems from concept through to release. You will be responsible for geometry creation, material selection, hand calcs, DFMEA, DVP and working with CAE engineers where appropriate ii) Packaging of engine parts and/or design of beautification or ancillary parts What you will need: - For seasoned engineers - ideally a degree, HND or HNC plus a minimum equivalent of at least 5 years engine/powertrain design experience (in any area) on a 3D CAD system - For developing engineers - we would want to see you demonstrate your potential and as such would expect a 2i degree or greater plus 2 years experience in 3D CAD design of powertrain/engines in lieu of professional experience - Must be able to work in the UK indefinitely without a work permit - Creo / Pro/E would be useful but any 3D parametric CAD system is acceptable What you will get: - A permanent position with a growing and highly respected and dynamic company - responsibility and engineering work on exciting and challenging programmes with a smaller design cycle - a chance to do something different and fresh Applications: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted prior to submission with further details, however should you have any question, please contact Please register your interest by forwarding a current CV and details of your notice period. It would also be a good time to mention any salary aspirations you may have at this stage. Please note we cannot support work permits. Successful candidates will be requested to do online testing prior to interview

Permanent / Hinckley, Leicestershire

Test Technician

A Test Technician is required to join an established company with a strong reputation in the defence electronics sector. The successful candidate will be joining to assist in the test of high-tech RF and microwave components. Responsibilities of the Test Technician will include the following: Align and test microwave products. Record results precise results accurately. Fault finding, soldering and component level test and repair. Work using a microscope to pinpoint issues. The Test Technician should have the following skills or experience: Have experience of fault finding at a component level. Experience in alignment and test of electronic assemblies. Hold a HNC or equivalent in electronics or similar relevant subject. Excellent communication skills. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of electronic test to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Milton Keynes based company will offer you: Competitive annual salary and development plan. Competitive non-standard pension scheme Early Finish on a Friday Interviews for the Test Technician will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. For further information on the Test Technician position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Permanent / Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

HR Consultant - 35448

HR Consultant - 35448 Whitley, Coventry 7 month initial contract Paying up to £33 per hour ltd/umbrella A HR Consultant - 35448 with experience of transformation projects is required to provide support to an international market manufacturing leader on a temporary basis in Coventry and is paying up to £33 per hour. The HR Consultant will have the following skills/experience; Provide support to Business Partners on national and local HR projects and initiatives, predominantly in relation to transformation activities Support organisational change initiatives to ensure strategic business objectives are met The ideal candidate will have: Experience of managing the people elements of change projects (TUPE scenarios, restructures as examples) in a unionised environment A degree qualification or relevant experience Have strong stakeholder management abilities Have adept IT skills including Excel and Word

Contract / Coventry, West Midlands

EDS Team Leader

Team Leader EDS - Gaydon - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an EDS Team Leader. The successful EDS Team Leader will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. As EDS Team Leader you will report to the Engineering Manager at Gaydon. What you will do As EDS Team Leader; Managing a team of 3D or EDS Engineers to design SDS compliant EDS designs in compliance with best practice and legal requirements Ensure the Design Team work within the SOW Interfacing with the customer to ensure project deliverables are met Presenting monthly project performance to both client & customer Responsible for engineering deliverables in accordance with the Project Timing Plan Interfacing with manufacturing and Customer Manufacturing sites What you will need As EDS Team Leader; Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent, in a relevant discipline Management level Customer facing experience Experience in the development of Vehicle EDS Systems Prepared to travel both within the UK and overseas Assertiveness, self-motivation and an organised approach to problem solving Ability to meet deadlines Excellent communication and interpersonal skills What you will get As EDS Team Leader; A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS & Management training, higher qualification support Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS Team Leaders should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Electrical Graduate Engineer - 35376

Electrical Graduate Engineer - 35376 - up to £22.50/hr Location - Gaydon, Warwickshire Responsibilities: Based in the Gaydon Quality office, the Electrical Quality team are responsible for delivering the targets set by the business for EESE Quality, in our drive to achieve world class performance levels. The team operate in an exciting, dynamic environment progressing the resolution of quality issues effecting customers in the field. Key Responsibilities: Lead PR-AIMs start up meetings. Represent EE Quality team in Whole Life Plan and Sufficiency Plan meetings, including compiling latest status pack & gaining CoC support where required. Report latest status of PR-AIMs and Sufficiency Plans. Maintaining the required level of engagement from core CoC teams to resolve PR-AIMs, 8D Projects, 6 Sigma Projects. Assigning PR-AIMs to the correct functional area, champions and track to pend and closure at AIM2 system. Identifying areas for improvement to reduce the time to close PR-AIMs Skills Required: 3 Key Skills: Degree in Electrical Engineering Capable of working in a reactive environment - "Can do" attitude with passion to learn and develop Familiar with tools and techniques to ensure robust problem resolution i.e. Six Sigma, 8D and Software Experience Required: Some previous experience of working in Electrical Engineering To apply for this role please contact Rachel Meacham.

Contract / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Lead Engineer

Lead EDS Engineer - Gaydon - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for a Lead EDS Design Engineer. The successful Lead EDS Engineer will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. What you will do As Lead EDS Engineer; Support the project team leader to ensure technical deliverables are achieved Technical lead for an assigned project, including giving overall technical direction to a small team of EDS engineers Ensure that technical direction, and delivered products are compliant with customer (SDS) and internal design standards Responsible for the validation and robustness of the delivered harness designs, including support for DVP reporting Ensure that technical direction is optimised for internal best practice, especially with regards to DFM and quality assurance Co-ordinate support for manufacturing Lead customer facing technical reviews, including presenting proposals, and negotiating preferred design solutions What you will need As Lead EDS Engineer; Demonstrable understanding of technical / engineering documentation (e.g. circuit diagrams and harness drawings. Educated to HND/degree level, in a relevant engineering discipline Demonstrable understanding of electrical principles, and vehicle electrical systems Ability to organise multiple workstreams and achieve parallel deliverables Excellent communication & negotiation skills Experience in a vehicle manufacturing environment, preferably in a design support role Knowledge of harness manufacturing processes and best practice in 'design for manufacture' Prepared to travel to Customer and Supplier sites worldwide What you will get As Lead EDS Engineer; A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS & Management training, higher qualification support Career progression Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced Lead EDS Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Cell Leader

An experienced Cell Leader is required by our client, a global aerospace manufacturer based in the South of England. The Cell Leader will be responsible for ensuring parts are manufactured and delivered according to the agreed production schedule. Key Responsibilities for the Cell Leader: Capacity planning for the team Leading daily team meetings Identifying and implementing lean manufacturing and continuous improvement Day-to-day management of the team of operators Working closely with other departments to ensure all KPIs are met Key Skills and Experience for the Cell Leader: Supervisory experience in a similar manufacturing environment Ability to read technical drawings and work to written instructions Knowledge of aerospace standards and quality management systems Demonstrable record of change management and problem solving We anticipate demand to be high for this exciting new opportunity, so if you have experience of low/medium volume production a precision engineering environment, please apply today or contact Sarah Davies on 01384 446 143 for further information.

Permanent / Middlesex, England

3D Engineer

EDS Design Engineer - Gaydon - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an EDS Design Engineer. The successful EDS Design Engineer will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. As EDS Design Engineer you would report to the Project Team Lead at Gaydon. What you will do As EDS Design Engineer; 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 What you will need As EDS Design Engineer; Educated to HND/degree level, or equivalent, in Engineering discipline Experienced in 3D CAD modelling using Catia V5/V6 with the ability to generate 3D designs suitable for manufacture and installation Ability to read/use/create engineering specifications & drawings Certified to use/knowledge of Electrical Work Bench What you will get As EDS Design Engineer; A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS & Management training Career progression (Lead Engineer development) Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS Design Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

DVP Engineer

EDS DVP Engineer - Gaydon - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an EDS DVP Engineer. The successful EDS DVP Engineer will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. As EDS DVP Engineer you would report to the Engineering Manager at Gaydon and be responsible for assisting in the design, verification, planning and monitoring of design verification activities. What you will do As EDS DVP Engineer; To produce and maintain DVP plans for the project to enable APQP reports based on DVP status To implement procedures and monitor design teams DVP activities To carry out verification of designs. To develop an understanding of reliable and robust techniques and apply to the relevant programme Liaising with the customer to understand their needs and ensuring all requirements are met. What you will need As EDS DVP Engineer; Educated to HND/degree level, or equivalent, in Engineering discipline Experienced in harness design/installation Excellent communication skills Prepared to travel both within the UK and overseas What you will get As EDS DVP Engineer; A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS & Management training Career progression Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS DVP Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

D&D EDS Technical Specialist

EDS Technical Specialist - Gaydon - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious EDS Technical Specialist. The successful EDS Technical Specialist will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. As EDS Technical Specialist you would report to the Engineering Manager at Gaydon. What you will do As an EDS Technical Specialist you will; Support introduction of new technology into Customer projects, in line with Customer requirements Support core D&D teams working on Electro mobility, Autonomous Driving and Advanced Material Body Structure projects Support development of new Customer projects at an Architecture level, including developing networks, power distribution and grounding strategy Support technical issues resolution on warranty, prototype builds, TVM and SDS Ensuring all new technology / initiatives comply with customer and legislative requirements Support regular customer and technical reviews Ensuring that all new technologies / architectures meet requirements Support the development of process and toolsets to support the EDS integration process What you will need As EDS Technical Specialist Educated to HND/degree level, or equivalent, in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Proven track record in a technical engineering role within a Customer facing environment High level of technical capability in the areas of Electro mobility and advanced technology Knowledge of vehicle electrical/electronic systems including networks, power distribution and grounding strategy Have a sound understanding of harness manufacture. Excellent technical communication skills including report writing Prepared to travel overseas What you will get As EDS Technical Specialist A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS & Management training Career progression Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS Technical Specialists should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Lead EDS Engineer - 34773

Lead EDS Engineer - 34773 - up to £31.10/hr - Electrical Engineering A Lead EDS Engineer is required to work for a leading automotive OEM based in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Skills Required: 3 KEY SKILLS REQUIRED EDS technical skills - understands technical requirements for delivery of vehicle EDS. Can identify key EDS standards and design requirements. Maintains DPa tracker and sets up RMDV for EDS. Supports the delivery of the EDS commodity including cost, weight, quality and functional performance. Supplier Management Will need to interact and work closely with many other business functions, such as Marketing and Sales, Manufacturing, Special Vehicles and Suppliers. Experience Required: Self starter able to sustain a high, multitask workload. Combine Engineering with business skills Good communication skills and leadership Must be computer literate, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and easily adapt to company specific systems (previous knowledge in WERS, AIMS, RMDV, ECRs would be a benefit but not essential as training can be provided). Ability to work within a team or alone with exceptional organisation skills and attention to detail. Must have good presentation skills with the ability to clearly communicate to all levels within the company (production line to director level). A working knowledge of Change Control, Product Definition and Change Management processes are desirable in order to support the review of feasible product actions, and so ensure robust implementation and compatibility with downstream systems through to production. Experience of Automotive Engineering design, development and delivery. Unfortunately candidates requiring visa sponsorship CANNOT be considered for this role. To apply you MUST have either an EU/UK passport or a Visa that does not require sponsorship. For more information and to apply for this role please contact Rachel Meacham.

Contract / Gaydon, Warwickshire

EDS Complexity Engineer

EDS Complexity Engineer - Coventry - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious EDS Complexity Engineer. The successful EDS Complexity Engineer will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. As EDS Complexity Engineer you would report to the Engineering Manager at Gaydon. 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 As an EDS Complexity Engineer 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 What you will get As an EDS Complexity Engineer A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS Career progression Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS Complexity Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Service Sales Support Coordinator

Service / Sales Support Coordinator Automotive Testing industry. West Midlands Salary negotiable Our client, a Global Engineering Company who develop, simulate and test Automotive technology require a Service/Sales Support Coordinator. Duties of the Service / Sales Support Coordinator. - Provide sales and service support to the Customer Service Business Manager. - To establish and maintain good working relationships with customers and internal sales and service personnel. - To proactively work for the continuous improvement of the service sales team. - Gather customer requirements and specification documents. - Provide suitable information of customer budgets. - Support customers through requirement specification phase. - Align final offer documents. Skills & experience required - Service / Sales Support Coordinator: - Proficient in the use of MS Office and general I.T literacy. - Automotive or Electrical engineering background would be preferred. - Engineering qualifications would be ideal. - A solid team player showing commitment, flexibility, self-motivation and a passion for the job. Applications: We are immediately sourcing suitable candidates for this role. If you are interested please apply with your CV and covering letter, along with confirmation of your current notice period and salary expectations. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted prior to submission with further details. However, should you wish to discuss your application in the meantime, please contact Justin Wainwright on 01268 889267 or 07711 156281

Permanent / Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Controls and Systems Integration Engineer

Background A leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Description This is a Controls and Systems Integration role within Caterpillar's European Division of the Energy and Transportation Systems Research Group based at our Peterborough Facility. This team is responsible for developing novel engineering solutions and processes working collaboratively with European Universities, internal and industrial partners as well as will our US based sister team. The team leads the powertrain research strategy and delivery within Europe, this includes global research responsibility for electrification and hybridisation systems integration and control. Key Responsibilities * Implement, validate and optimise embedded control models * Optimise and calibrate control algorithms within software and hardware * Machine electrical system commissioning and validation * Validation of implemented controls code through SiL, HiL, on test bench and with-in demonstrator applications. * Full ownership of demonstration machines and their testing - Ensuring the machine, data acquisition, drivers are ready for testing in line with requirements and that the testing is executed successfully * Analysis of data from demonstrator machine and initial investigation into issues Experience - Requires a good accredited Engineering Degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience Excellent analytical skills, a higher level degree would be advantageous. Key Competencies: Candidates must: * Demonstrate the ability to interpret data, identify quality issues and understand performance interactions * Have a high level of competency in the use of data-analysis tools (e.g. Excel, Minitab, Matlab/Simulink etc.) Candidates would ideally: * Be familiar with 1-D simulation tools (e.g. GT-Power, Wave, AmeSIM, Modelica/Dymola) Technical Knowledge Candidates must: * Demonstrate knowledge of implementation of control strategies into production systems * Have experience of electronics and electrical systems and ECM debug Candidates would ideally: * On or off-highway machine fundamentals in order to quickly diagnose and solve issues * Demonstrate in-depth understanding of engine fundamentals, air systems, fuel systems, hydraulic or electrical power systems * Have an understanding of underlying theoretical principles of Advanced Control Methods. Teamwork. Candidates must: * Have the ability contribute to multi-functional teams * Maintain effective working relationships

Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Circuit Engineer

EDS Circuit Engineer - Gaydon - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious EDS Circuit Engineer. The successful EDS Engineer will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. What you will do As an EDS Circuit Engineer you will; Generate circuit system diagrams from device transmittals Review system circuit diagrams Obtain load current data on the relevant networks within the circuit diagrams Calculate wire sizes, voltage drops and fuse blow times on the relevant circuits. Generate power and ground circuit diagrams from the circuit information provided. Assist EDS engineers in the design of the harnesses. Ensure that designs meet design rules as determined by the specification What you will need As an EDS Circuit Engineer Qualified to HNC electrical/electronics or equivalent Ability to use VeSys Capital Logic Circuit Design Software Able to use circuit tools Knowledge of automotive systems practices Knowledge of harness design practices. Knowledge of automotive terminology What you will get As an EDS Circuit Engineer A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS Circuit Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

EDS Engineer

EDS Engineer - Coventry - Permanent - £Competitive DOE & benefits This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious EDS Engineer. The successful EDS Engineer will be working 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. You will receive all the benefits of a top employer committed to further development, and product innovation. As EDS Engineer in this varied role responsibilities will include EDS design and drawing creation, technical problem solving and change tracking as well as customer facing activities including launch and build support. What you will do As an EDS Engineer you will; Responsibility for developing the engineering design of the EDS from project start to vehicle launch/SOP Responsibility for the design of wiring harnesses, including the co-ordination of mechanical and electrical design Supporting the development and integration of associated components into the harness Responsibility for design validation against Leoni and customer specifications. Responsible for the release of harness designs to agreed project timing Support manufacturing during prototype and pre-production build phases What you will need As an EDS Engineer Understanding of automotive electrical systems Experience in a vehicle manufacturing environment, preferably in a design support role Knowledge of harness manufacturing processes and best practice in 'design for manufacture' CAD tool understanding - Vesys / CATIA V5/V6, (Experience with Mentor Graphics would be beneficial) What you will get As an EDS Engineer A very competitive salary & benefits including annual bonus, pension & healthcare The opportunity to work on a range of fast moving and challenging projects Professional development in EDS Early finish on Friday Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

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