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Dan Plimmer

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  2. dan.plimmer@jonlee.co.uk
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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.

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Section Leader Laboratory

Section Leader: Laboratory Shropshire Automotive Tier 1 Excellent salary and benefits This organisation is part of a multi-national automotive component manufacturer. They have a well-established base in Shropshire and are looking to recruit a Section Leader for their laboratory facilities. We are looking for someone who has experience of managing a laboratory in a fast-moving environment. Role Purpose To lead, develop and coordinate all company Laboratory testing and validation activity and resources. To ensure effective testing and validation processes that meet customers need / expectations, recognised specifications, legislation and lead times. To initiate, participate and drive focused kaizen within the laboratory. To verify part, products or processes conform to design requirements. Development, maintenance and management of company calibration system. Duties and Responsibilities Health, Safety and Environmental Ensure all activities within the laboratory are conducted with due consideration of the latest Safety / Environmental and Quality standards. To develop and ensure risk assessment guidelines for all activities are met. Ensure PPE is worn where identified in SIR or risk assessment. Ensure 5S practices are followed. Quality Ensure parts purchased and products manufactured conform to customer expectation / design requirements through testing and validation. Determine life expectancy of products through testing to customer specifications. Perform structured product analysis to determine cause of failure. To understand and support the 'Built in Quality with Ownership philosophy and support its application and strengthening company wide. Ensure all non-conformance's are challenged, escalated, understood through thorough investigation. Co-ordination and management of overall product testing. Management of company calibration system. Delivery Ensure parts and products are tested and validated thoroughly in a timely fashion such that gateway timings are met, and any risk escalated appropriately. Human Pro-actively contribute to your own self-development to ensure your knowledge is at an appropriate level for all current activity and future challenges. Provide technical support to other sections, suppliers and the customer in order to achieve continuous improvement and enhance overall effectiveness. Utilise effective communication techniques with supporting sections to achieve resolution of identified issues. Performance Measures On time testing and validation in line with agreed milestones. Kaizen implementation. Quality PPM target. Safety targets. Environmental targets. Compliance to the requirements of ISO/TS16949 and IATF. Dimensions Responsible for 6 direct reports. Provide data, analysis and robust reports in terms of product testing, validation and analysis. Technically support team members. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential HNC /HND in Engineering discipline. experience in managing a laboratory in a fast-moving environment. Supervisory experience e.g. conducting performance reviews. Gravitas - ability to lead and manage experienced team members. experience in technical role e.g. testing to destruction, measuring, assimilating information, understand how heating, ventilation and air conditioning works. Highly motivated to develop technical understanding and challenge to learn new skills. Knowledge and understanding in the effective use of business management systems and processes. High level of numerical and analytic ability. Ability to read and understand drawings and technical specifications. Proven presentation skills. Problem solving techniques. Computer literate - Microsoft office. Excellent written and verbal communication. Desirable Previous Metrology experience. Previous Metallurgy experience. Standard knowledge, ISO9001/ ISOTS16949/ISO14001 / OHSAS18001 IATF. Experience within automotive industry or fast paced manufacturing For more information, please apply or contact

Permanent / Shropshire, England

PMO Project Administrator

PMO Project Administrator Automotive Sector Rugby £25,000 - £27,000 We are working with a well-established automotive tier 1 based in Rugby. They are part of a wider European business that supply into all major OEM's across the UK and Europe. The business has asked us to assist in the recruitment of a PMO Project Administrator, to help the wider Project Management team. As Project Administrator you will be expected to do the following: Deliver project data to management team to ensure progress through quality gates/ milestones. Regional and global lead of project administration accounts through the Product Development Process (PDP) Report budget release and consumption on a regular basis (e.g. monthly) Monitor data quality and milestones in anticipation of reviews and significant events according to project plan Maintain up to date list of Quality Gates (QG) status and lists of open issues by project Invite, lead and document relevant project meetings (e.g. Project Review Committee's - PRC) Review procedures and continuous improvements activities Provide support to Project Leaders We are keen to talk to Project Administration experts who have the following skills and qualifications: HND/A-Levels or equivalent Previous relevant administration experience Strong interpersonal skills, team player, able to communicate with all levels and disciplines on a European and global level Has good eye for detail & high standards of work Good time management organisational and prioritising skills Strong IT skills especially Excel Competencies Ability to work as part of a team. Confidence to communicate effectively at all levels. Ability to plan and communicate tasks to achieve to review and adjust to meet pressure and priorities Must be self-motivated and possess the drive to complete tasks in a timely manner Ability to persuade others using relevant information, assertiveness and logical argument This is an excellent opportunity to join this progressive and forward-thinking organisation, the business will offer a dedicated career pathway and in return for your dedication and hard work, a competitive remuneration and benefits package will be provided. For more information, please apply or email

Permanent / Rugby, Warwickshire

UK Advanced Quality Engineer

UK Advanced Quality Engineer Preston based with travel to other UK plants Circa £45,000 plus car 25 days holiday, Contributory Pension Scheme, flexible benefits scheme, Medical and Dental scheme and Child Care Vouchers This reputable manufacturing business has had a footprint in the UK for over 100 years. They develop and manufacture quality products that are used in homes and commercial properties. The Role: As the Advanced Quality Engineer your main purpose will be to ensure products and processes meet the company's quality, technical and health & safety standards through collection and analysis of data. To take part in, and actively promote, continuous improvement activities for line side quality. You will be expected to work primarily in the Preston Plant but have a roaming role to 2 other plants in the south. As UK Advanced Quality Engineer, you will be expected to: Work with Operational teams to ensure procedures, standards and systems are maintained, monitored and improved Directly Supervise Quality Improvers Collection of production data to feed into data driven improvement activities Investigate and resolve the causes of failure Identify and drive continuous improvement initiatives Support operations teams to ensure process, product and customer requirements are met Product, process and system auditing To provide flexibility to support the Company's manufacturing patterns Knowledge and Experience Detailed Understand of Management Systems TS16949 and ISO9001 Detailed understanding and knowledge of Quality tools & techniques such as, SPC, FMEA, trials, audits, PPAP, ISIR, 8D problem solving, Ishikawa diagrams, control plans, 5s, SMED. Hoshin, Kanban Ability to build close working relationships at all levels Previous experience of working in a Quality/CI environment Attention to detail Use of measuring equipment (Digital calipers, micrometers, CMM) Excellent time management and organisation skills Use of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel Reading engineering drawings Sheet metal fabrication, Aluminium casting and machining experience or qualification (desirable) Working knowledge of zero defects/lean philosophy Experience of improvement tools (FMEA, SPC) Root cause analysis tools (8D, cause and effect/Ishikawa, SEA, 5 Whys) We are looking for a positive and enthusiastic person who can demonstrate passion for quality products and processes and champions these within the team. You may be working in Automotive, an OEM or Tier manufacturer or a large general engineering and manufacturing business. If you think you have the skills and experiences then please apply or contact

Permanent / Preston, Lancashire

Supplier Development - Purchasing

Supplier Development Engineer - Procurement Shropshire Attractive salary, plus benefits package. As a Supplier Development Engineer for procurement, you will be responsible for managing and leading the execution of supplier improvement activities within your allocated suppliers ensuring they have short and long-term improvement plans in place, resources to deliver and that they execute the required changes necessary to provide long term sustainable performance. This is a fast paced, manufacturing environment where quality and delivery from the supplier base is vital. Key Accountability's: This is a new position within the purchasing function and as such the role will initially report directly to the Head of Purchasing. You will deliver all VAVE (Value Add-Value Engineering) cost reductions generated through Commodity Buyer/supplier activity as well as VAVE professional. This will involve project managing the realisation of these ideas, setting up action/timing plans and holding regular review meetings with various departments and stakeholders as well as Sales, Engineering and Suppliers both in the UK and Europe. In conjunction with the Commodity Buyer you will be expected to investigate alternative suppliers globally to enable the most competitive costs to be obtained for both existing as well as new business and you will carry out full supply chain analysis involving commercial, logistic, capacity, pre-audit and risk. Strong presentation, negotiation and influencing skills are key as you will present findings for evaluation and recommendation to Head of Purchasing and Purchasing Section Manager. As Supplier Development for Procurement you will ideally have the following skills and experiences: Preferable Degree qualification. Demonstrable experience within Process Engineering or Quality or a demonstration of Supplier Development and /or VAVE Strong Project Management skills Experience within a medium/high volume fast paced manufacturing environment (Automotive an advantage). Understanding of production processes and cost drivers. Understanding of product / component evaluation and functionality requirements. Good communication skills Confidence to negotiate with suppliers at a high level. Ability to collate, review, analyse and present data Ability to lead multifunctional team to enable changes to be realised in a timely manner Flexibility and the ability to travel within the UK and globally as and when required. This is a new role for the business and one with huge potential that could develop into a more senior position for the right candidate. If you are interested, please apply or contact

Permanent / Shropshire, England

Section Leader

Section Leader: Automotive Coventry Circa £37,000 plus shift allowance, pension Shift Pattern : Nights, 6am - 2pm / 2pm - 10pm Job Description We are working with a well established automotive tier 1 and due to the increase in production volumes they have asked us to search for an exceptional Section Leader in their top class automotive seating assembly facility in Coventry. The Section Leader will coordinate the activities within a manufacturing line to ensure manufacturing, quality and key performance indicators are met and are continually improved to ensure customer satisfaction. Role Responsibilities as Section Leader Guide and direct associates regarding the improvement and implementation of work methods to ensure correct build and quality is continuously improved, leading to ultimate customer satisfaction. Monitor and review operational methods to facilitate both qualitative and quantitative improvement in the operation and service to the customer Develop, maintain and promote corporate work ethics, teamwork and a general culture of change and flexibility within all team members to develop the continuous improvement initiative within the Company Implement training plans in order to ensure all new and existing employees within the manufacturing department receive training to ensure flexible job rotation and skills matrices are maintained. Monitor production targets and act on delinquencies in order to ensure shift targets are met. Implement and maintain systems and processes which ensure accountability for specific tasks, goals and the general introduction of changes within the plant. Collect and evaluate information to analyse the key issues, liaising with all relevant team members to implement any changes that may be required. Communicate with internal/external customers, suppliers and any other agencies regarding any relevant issues during the shift concerning the manufacturing department and/or the plant in general Ensure all applicable quality systems are implemented and continually work to improve all such systems in line with company targets Utilise problem solving methods, communication and leadership skills to provide support to other internal departments and customer personnel in resolving open issues within all areas of the business in order to continuously improve quality and productivity. Actively work to reduce scrap levels in line with relevant policies and procedures. Manage day to day absence ensuring return to work interviews are carried out and corrective action taken where necessary Ensure a shift handover report is completed and all issues are reported Required Skills Previous experience of leadership within a busy manufacturing or assembly facility. Previous experience of leading by example in Health and Safety Good problem solving skills Willingness to work on a rotating shift pattern. Team and people management experience This is an excellent time to join the business as the organisation is in a period of growth and are looking to recruit candidates who wish to further their career.

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Production Supervisor

Production Supervisor Automotive Tier 1 Coventry £43,000 plus shift allowance Shifts: 6am-2pm/ 2pm - 10pm and Nights This automotive tier 1 business has seen significant growth over the last few years and more recently completed some valuable acquisitions to greater support expansion. Due to the increase in business they have asked us to assist in the search for an outstanding Production Supervisor, to work out of the Coventry plant. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating developing and an environment where safety, quality, cost, delivery, morale is paramount. You will strive to continually improve using CI and Lean tools to reduce costs, improve production and quality. As Production Supervisor you will supporting the management of change within the plant to provide continuous improvement. The Production Supervisor will be empowered with the management of FLM's to ensure they are working to standard. As well as managing quality issues and delegating actions to the team. You will have responsibility for reducing Shift costs by implementing controlled methods of distributing manufacturing and the reduction of scrap costs and be relied on to Keep relevant data up to date and present out weekly using KPI shop floor control. Production Supervisors act as champions of improvements to 5S, continuous process flow, ergonomics and one-piece flow. You will also have opportunities to make this position your own by Implementing cost reduction and cost saving ideas using Kaizen tooling techniques and managing KPI's in using management visuals and production running documents. You will be a key player in managing customer issues with the senior management team to ensure swift resolution. Your experiences: To be successful you will need experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment Automotive/Aerospace/FMCG etc with a HND/HNC (or equivalent in manufacturing engineering) with experience in a similar role. You will process Good problem-solving skills. You will have an understanding and experience of processes, Lean Manufacturing methodologies, 5's, Poke Yoke systems and product engineering. You will have established experience of managing cells and teams of circa 60 -100 operatives. This is an excellent opportunity to join this progressive, automotive tier 1at a time when they are expanding.

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Quality Assurance Manager

Quality Assurance Manager Up to £60,000 plus car, excellent pension scheme Home based, but region is East and South West This successful organisation is part of a major British Food Group. They are a world leader in the development and production of specialist feeds. The business has asked Jonathan Lee Recruitment to assist in the search for a Quality Assurance Manager for one of their regions, covering the South West and East of the UK. You will be responsible for the Quality Assurance element of the relationship between the clients Customers and the business so that they are confident in the quality and safety of the products they purchase and the service they are given. You will be working with several key stakeholders within the plants, working with them to improve quality. You will be working with Operation Management, Commercial Teams, Customer Support, Logistics and other quality professionals. Key areas of responsibility To promote the development and provision of reports and data to customers as required, and meeting with selected customers to build and maintain relationships and trust Management of internal and external customer's expectations. Ensuring operations, customer services and all commercial departments understand what is required of them in respect of Customer's Quality Experience Supporting colleagues, particularly in Operations, to ensure that actions in relation to compliance, assurance and product quality are delivered. Management of a first-class complaints handling, resolution and preventative action system We are keen to talk to food quality professionals who are keen to make the move to a Regional, Multi-Site role. Ideally you are currently working in a world class food manufacturing environment and hold all the relevant quality qualifications, including knowledge of HACCP. You will be an ambassador for the company who balances a determination to meet customer needs with what is commercially sensible You will be driven by the desire to be the best in the industry will want to see complaints investigated thoroughly and resolved effectively at speed in a way which leaves the customer in agreement with the outcome and causal factors addressed. There will be an element of travel involved with the job, so flexibility is a must. For further information on the role, please apply or contact Dan Plimmer, Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446174

Permanent / South West England, England

Foundry Manager

Foundry Manager, High value, low volume Automotive. West Midlands £45,000 - £55,000 Bonus potential, pension, private medical This is a well-established manufacturing business that supplies Automotive OEM's with high value components. There are going through an excellent period of growth and development, backed up by strong capital investment. The business has asked Jonathan Lee Recruitment to assist in the search for a Foundry Manager to Lead the manufacturing function within budget and output targets to meet customer requirements and standards. You will have Full accountability for ensuring safety, customer quality, cost and delivery requirements are met. It is the responsibility of the Foundry Manager to develop an enthusiastic, motivated and flexible team by building working relationships ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to. You will Implement and manage continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principals by highlighting deficiencies and recommending changes in training, working practices and processes. The business needs a strong candidate who can work with Senior Stakeholders in the business to drive strategic change, but also work closely with the Shop Floor on implementing and improving the production operation. As Foundry Manager it is expected you will have the following key attributes: Excellent leadership and man- management skills Excellent interpersonal skills Ability to manage a variety of cross-functional team members Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills Excellent organisational and follow-up skills Competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making Commercial and Financial acumen We are keen to talk to candidates who have been in a Foundry or Forging environment and hold a relevant manufacturing/engineering degree is preferred, or HND, BTEC Professional Level 5 Award or equivalent NVQ Level 5 qualifications. You will have excellent management experience and understand Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Kaizen and lean manufacturing. This is an excellent opportunity for a manufacturing professional to join the organisation at a great time in its growth. For more information, please apply or contact Dan Plimmer on

Permanent / West Bromwich, West Midlands