Dan specialises in the sourcing and placement of operations, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and purchasing professionals within the FMCG and transportation sectors.
With more than 16 years’ experience of delivering the highest calibre recruitment services to both clients and candidates, Dan’s knowledge of the market and his functional expertise means that he is adept at delivering skilled and experienced talent for the most demanding of positions.
He has successfully worked with clients on both retained and contingency search assignments, bringing his dedication to quality and his passion for recruitment to everything he does.
His breadth of experience of working for large corporates as well as SMEs, coupled with his consultative, open and honest approach means that he can add real value to your recruitment process, designing a bespoke solution to best meet your specific needs.
Management Accountant Kidderminster Manufacturing and Engineering Salary up to £45,000, pension, 25 days holiday, healthcare plan We have been asked to assist with the recruitment of a Management Accountant for a well-established and well-known general engineering and manufacturing business based in Kidderminster. This newly created post reports into The Finance Director, you will already have experience and knowledge of working in industry, in particular the manufacturing sector. The business is going through a period of expansion and demand for their goods has increased over the last 6 months. The main purpose of the Management Account is: Provision of financial and non-financial information to management for decision making. Supporting the Finance & HR Director through taking ownership of the following business processes whilst adhering to regulatory compliance, accounting standards and meeting relevant deadlines Sales Ledger Management Accounts VAT Banking Key responsibilities and duties Sales Ledger management & Collection of Debt Daily management and reporting of bank accounts Preparation of all schedules for management accounts including accruals & prepayments. Variance analysis and explanations Preparation of management accounts for final review with line manager Responsible for producing Balance Sheet Reconciliations and resolving any erroneous entries. Completion of the Annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting Reporting on ONS Statistics Posting of relevant journals required for month end process. Preparation and submission of quarterly VAT return Provision of monthly statistics Working with team to improve automation of internal processes. The successful candidate will ideally have the following qualifications: CIMA Qualified or equivalent Computer literate and confident with numbers. Willing to work with others to develop and improve processes. Experience required. Experience within department or manufacturing company of similar background. Experience of planning using ERP systems. Key technical skills in core business areas of finance If you feel you have the right background and qualifications, please apply for further information. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Kidderminster
Customer Service Manager Herefordshire FMCG Manufacturing Competitive salary with excellent benefits Due to continued growth in several sectors, this multi-national organisation has asked us to assist in the recruitment of a Customer Service Manager. You will ensure an efficient and qualitative customer service to contribute to meeting contractual. agreements, meet and exceed customer satisfaction levels, reduce lead time to customers and minimise costs. You will provide first line support for customer service and importantly the external sales team, ensuring a good working partnership for the business. This position becomes an effective member of the site middle management, actively being involved in communication, coordinating and decision-making on issues critical to achieving the overall site business plan. You will be responsible for supporting growth in the business by establishing a best in class. Customer Service processes for its customers. Customer Service is a fundamental pillar in offering a seamless service to the customers and a key function in supporting the wider business community. Key Responsibilities as Customer Service Manager You will own and deliver on agreed KPIs and targets for Customer Service. Team leadership of Customer Services Executives. Review and improve existing processes and processes controls. Oversee and advise Customer Services Executives with regards to stock control, minimizing obsolescence of finished goods and stock holdings agreements. Support the introduction of new business onto site. Work closely with the Commercial Manager to continually develop and improve the customer service team by excellent leadership, motivation, and support. Developing clear plans to grow the team. Create a “winning team” mentality and approach whereby each team member understands their role and that project goals are clearly understood and owned. Build strong relationships/partnerships with both internal and external customers. Create and deliver tailored value plans for strategic customers. Reduce the overall supply chain cost to serve our customers. Reporting for forecasting various customer information to Senior Leadership Team, providing ad-hoc reports to other areas of the business as required. Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated leadership / management experience, accepting responsibility and accountability for the whole of the Customer Service. Excellent communication skills Good influencing / interpersonal skills Ability to plan effectively, organise and prioritise workload. Numerical / Analytical Good problem-solving skills Advanced Microsoft Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Advanced English speaking, and writing is essential. Required Experience Manufacturing background is preferred. SAP experience High level of experience within a customer service function Qualifications: Solid GCSEs including Maths and English, A Levels and Further Education (Degree, HNC, ONC is desirable) Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Ledbury
Product Segment Manager Business to Business/manufacturing sector Warwickshire, with flexible working from home Excellent basic salary with strong benefits package We are assisting with this well-known consumer and commercial product manufacturing group in the recruitment of an exceptional and forward-thinking Product Segment Manager to take control of b2b products within their highly competitive and innovate commercial sector. This excellent opportunity will be working in the Product Marketing team. You will lead the creation of product and service propositions for the Commercial Private segment, engaging with customers to develop a deep understanding of sources of value. You will establish and lead a multi-disciplinary segment team to execute the growth plans. You will establish the Commercial Private segment KPIs to measure strength of the proposition and benchmark competitive offers, identifying USPs and areas for improvement. Be able to understand the impact of UK regulations, legislations, and government stimuli to ensure the product range is compliant and maximises opportunities. You will own the dedicated product roadmap, managing product value life cycle including phase-in/phase-out planning, ensuring alignment across other dependent segments. You will work closely with the related Product Business Development Units as well as across other Segment Managers to ensure the needs of the UK & Ireland market – regulations, voice of customer, and competitive bench marking – are fully met. You will input into to the annual budgeting and strategy processes for the segment. You will have excellent communication and influencing skills and have a passion for creating products that are sustainable in a modern, greener environment. This is an excellent position for the right candidate to join a business that will have a direct impact on sustainable energy in the UK, being a major part of the continuing green revolution. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Warwick
Production Leader Permanent position within General Manufacturing and Engineering Kidderminster, Worcestershire Salary Circa £28,000 plus excellent benefits We have been asked to assist in the recruitment of an exceptional Production Leader, who can manage teams using manufacturing and production experience, data, and enthusiasm. Leading from the front, you will positively manage a manufacturing team, providing guidance, direction, and strategy, and in turn delivering a quality product, on time, to cost and to an expected standard. This organisation is a well-established and respected manufacturer of specialist equipment, providing solutions to several European original equipment manufacturers. They are keen to add people management experience to several positions they are recruiting for. As Production Leader you will be responsible for the efficient operation of your area within the Manufacturing function. To provide support to the Manufacturing Manager with the day-to-day management of your manufacturing area. Provide leadership and line management to the team, coordinating their workloads, providing support to ensure that the team delivers, monitoring any issues, and ensuring production targets, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and quality standards are met to meet the requirements of the customer. Develop the team by focusing on individual performance and support requirements to achieve high standards, whilst fostering a culture of working safely. As Production Leader your key responsibilities and duties will be: Delivering manufacturing excellence by ensuring: People and resources are applied in an efficient and effective manner to meet delivery requirements while achieving quality and safety standards. Team members follow defined manufacturing procedures and comply with quality requirements. Maintain full adherence to 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, always Sustain) practices. All records are completed appropriately. Non-conforming material is clearly identified and segregated. An escalation procedure for quality concerns is followed. Achievement of production throughput against stated capacity targets. Team are aware of day-to-day targets and responsibilities. Manage work order closures and stock control transactions. Maintain visible lead for adherence to procedures and instructions. Monitor and maintain all safety equipment and tools including calibration. Support root cause analysis and resolve problems. Identify business improvement opportunities within the organisation. Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department. Responsible for day-to-day management of team including absence management, holidays, and training of operators for products and processes within the local team. Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviours expected of them. Support, comply and ensure complicity with Health & Safety regulations, the Company Handbook, Quality and Environmental standards, and all other Company policies and procedures. Qualifications required/ desirable. BTec first certificate or equivalent NVQ level 2 qualification Six Sigma Qualification Experience required / desirable. Experience in manufacturing environment Competence in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making. Demonstrable evidence of leading a team. Ability to communicate with employees at all levels of the business. Understanding and ability to work in an SME. Lean manufacturing/kaizen experience ERP systems knowledge This is an excellent role for the right candidate looking to push on in their career. If you have strong Team Leadership skills gained in a manufacturing and production environment, with a recognised qualification, perhaps a HND or HNC, you may have a Lean Manufacturing qualification, then we are keen to hear from you. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Kidderminster
Engineering Manager Northamptonshire Specialist Engineering, mechanical and electrical sector. Bespoke and Low volume products. Salary £35,000-£45000 Strong benefits package We are working in partnership with this superb, specialist vehicle conversion business that has an enviable reputation of providing a first class, market leading solution to very regulated sectors. As part of a global manufacturing group, this organisation is forward thinking and works in partnership with a large range of customers providing them with state of the art, safe, reliable, and quality products. With an ever-increasing order book, the business is on a very stable footing and will continue to do so, even within a changing European landscape. We have been asked to assist in the recruitment of an exceptional Engineering Manager. This specialist business provides high quality solutions and products into a high-risk environment i.e., working at height, by the roadside, on up to 46kV networks. The products must be robustly engineered to stringent standards where compliance is pivotal. This key role requires an Engineering Manager who not only has exemplary engineering prowess but is commercially aware and has working knowledge of Executive Risk Management, delivering accurately costed solutions whilst ensuring product designs are aligned for ease of production. As Engineering Manager, you will be joining a highly focused, passionate team, working on a range of exciting and challenging projects to deliver on-time Mobile Elevated Working Platform engineered solutions on vehicles. We are keen to talk to Engineering Managers who have strong people management skills, from developing new and existing teams, to appraisals and performance management. Managing a team of engineers, supporting their continued professional development, as well as conducting performance reviews and disciplinaries where required. You will take an active lead in reviewing new technology and standards to make sure products are to the latest specification and meet all relevant Standards whilst making sure Technical Construction files are maintained and updated. You will work as part of the Operations Management Team helping support the day to day running of the business. You will conduct technical project reviews with customers during lager bespoke projects. Management of Health, Safety, and Quality on site whilst maintaining the ISO9001 QMS system and promoting safe working across the site. As Engineering Manager, you will ideally hold a Degree / HND qualified in Mechanical Engineering or similar, we are also looking for an IOSH qualification. We are keen to talk to candidates that have a well-rounded engineering knowledge of Structures, Hydraulics, and Electrics as well as experience of people / team management. This is a challenging role, the business is unique in what it develops and manufacturers, but it a true engineering business, with problem solving and team work right at the heart. The growth the organisation has had in the last 2 years is remarkable, so the pace is frenetic, and with a full order book will go from strength to strength. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Northampton
Containerisation Manager Supply chain packaging solutions Automotive, East Anglia, option to have flexible home working. Excellent salary and benefits to include : 25 days holiday + bank holidays, Bonus scheme ,Pension scheme We are working with a highly reputable automotive manufacturing business in recruiting a Containerisation Manager which is required to support the Supply chain engineering department in advanced planning activities for packaging solutions for all current and new vehicle programmes. Design and commission prototype and production packaging solutions for part, Sequenced and kitted deliveries. You will be working within cross functional departments to ensure that all planning & packaging is in line with business expectations and planned activities for existing and future requirements. Role and Responsibilities The Supply chain Engineering department takes a lead in developing and deciding upon the best logistics solutions for the introduction of new parts for both existing and new products into the business. The items below are examples of the general duties/responsibilities to be carried out by the wider supply chain team. Calculate internal / external costs that contribute to the Total Acquisition Cost of a part and feed that data into the supplier selection process. Develop & maintain the operational detail of Logistics footprints within current & future facility layouts. Review & sign off new part releases (Product Change Orders / Requests) after assessing the impact on packaging & process flow & capability. Support the introduction and maintenance of part kitting / decant activities for all current & future production lines through the planning of kitting zone layout, picking process & line side delivery methodology. Attending Project & Design Change Control meetings to ensure the team is launching suitable packaging solutions in line with required timings. Develop packaging standards for all containerisation requirements for the Group. Develop a future packaging strategy for all procured products. Work with third party suppliers to provide bespoke packaging for parts where required. Complete internal Vendor Packaging Method sheets to ensure all stakeholders have signed off agreed packaging solutions. Maintain project packaging tracker to ensure progress against part releases is measured at all time. Maintaining and develop the internal system for tracking returnable packaging. Support the launch and removal of containers in the logistics loop in line with MRP requirements. Develop and Monitor performance metrics for Packaging deliverables. Labelling & re-labelling of new bins to ensure parts are delivered to the correct supplier. Develop a maintenance, cleaning, and repair strategy for all containerisation. Maintain, track and work within defined department budgets. Develop future budget strategy for the department. Work within the health and safety guidelines for automotive requirements. Essential Criteria GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) Competent in the use of a PC and associated programs (excel / word). Aptitude for quick thinking and methodical in application of solutions Experience of problem resolution, continuous improvement activities, manufacturing, or supply chain environment. Flexible, attention to detail, team player, right first time proactive approach, good communicator Full UK / EU driving licence Desirable Criteria ONC or above in Engineering / Supply Chain Supply chain / Packaging / Automotive / Process Engineering Knowledge of and ability to use key software systems, IFS, MPPDM, AutoCAD or other 2d or 3d drawing packages. Experience of Automotive supply chain or manufacturing environment Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Norwich
Ahead of the annual Food and Drink Engineering & Processing Summit on 7 November at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Dan Plimmer, lead consultant for FMCG and consumable durables at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, highlights key areas the sector needs to address if it is to tackle the current skills shortage. According to the BBC, the skills shortage in UK food and drink manufacturing shows no sign of slowing down. While engineers are in short supply, there are positive steps a business can take to secure the best talent in this competitive market.Dan Plimmer
The skills shortage in the food and drink industry is well documented, with 170,000 vacancies needing to be filled between 2010 and 2020, and growing engineering shortages threatening the ability of the sector to adapt to the ever-increasing focus on technology and automation.Dan Plimmer
Dan Plimmer, Lead Consultant and Head of FMCG & Consumer Durables Division at Jonathan Lee Recruitment contemplates the FMCG sector in the aftermath of Brexit Britain. In the abundance of news articles that have examined the possible consequences of the decision to leave the EU, there is no clear indication of what exactly Brexit really means to the FMCG sector. Political and economic commentaries swing from the apocalyptic to extreme optimism. In my daily interactions with clients in the sector, the common thread has been that businesses are cautious about the future but recognise the need to 'get on with it' so that they do not lose ground whilst the terms of exit are negotiated.Dan Plimmer