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Dan Plimmer

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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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Export Shipping Co-ordinator

Export and Shipping Coordinator Staffordshire Up to £23,000, excellent pension, bonus, 25 days holiday This global organisation is looking for an Export Shipping Coordinator to play a key role in supporting the International Business Manager and Regional Business Managers in developing new business and maintaining and growing existing business. This is a key role for the international growth the business. As the Export and Shipping Coordinator you will help to maintain the excellent relationship they already have with their customers by ensuring the timely and accurate despatch of orders in line with requirements. You'll process orders accurately, from order receipt through to delivery, you'll liaise with suppliers and shipping lines to ensure timely dispatch to meet customer delivery deadlines. You'll also be responsible for the generation of accurate shipping documents. You'll support regional BDMs in developing business by ensuring all leads are followed up effectively and promptly. Supporting the customer services team, you'll help maintain excellent relationships with the national and international customer base. You'll ensure customer queries and questions are answered promptly, and necessary actions are coordinated. Skills & Experience You're an export professional able to quickly gain an understanding of the business and company processes with a view to supporting the growth of the wider business. You're experienced with: International freight Export documentation/ Letters of Credit/ Incoterms. Export payment terms. Ideally you've got experience dealing with Customs and international VAT, with some commercial experience and knowledge of Preferential Trade and Origin. We are looking for an Export and Shipping Coordinator who has a confident manner and is quick to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders. You're an excellent communicator, both written and verbal. You're also highly numerate, being used to working with financial records and business systems. Cultural awareness and the ability to interact across cultures is important in this role due to its international nature. This is an excellent business and one that has a very strong global reputation for quality and innovation. You will be potentially joining at a time of heavy investment and expansion.

Permanent / Rugeley, Staffordshire

Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer

Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer: Automotive Tier 1 Manufacturer and Supplier Birmingham Up to £37k 37.50 hours per week 25 days per annum + 8 bank holidays Pension contributions: 3% employee and 2% employer Regular travel will be required This organisation is a global Tier I supplier of interior systems and components with leading market shares across its product lines. The core products consist of Instrument Panels & Consoles, Door Systems, and Headliner and Overhead Systems. They supplier into the majority of UK Auto OEMS. The business has asked us to assist in the recruitment of a Supplier Quality Engineer. As part of the Procurement Team the Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer works closely together with the plant supplier quality resources, program launch and purchasing resources to achieve the corporate supply base development and supplier performance objectives. Principle Accountability of the SQA Engineer Auditing of suppliers Development of suppliers on-site within Central and Eastern Europe Facilitate the supplier escalation process Support VA/VE activities Support in supplier risk assessments Corrective and preventive action review and follow up Provide input to Approved Supplier List Maintain a corporate IT supplier reporting/rating system Communicate and align activities between Corporate SQA and plant SQA Support maintenance of the Supplier Requirements Manual Interaction with the commodity and program buyers Support SQA4ALL initiatives Support Program Quality with ASQ activities at the supply base Supplier days & supplier launch readiness reviews Supplier APQP & PPAP verification's On-site witness of capacity verification's Education and experiences we are looking for in a SQA Engineer Engineer in business engineering, chemistry, machinery or mechanics or equivalent through experience. experience in the automotive industry, ideally in a quality related position in a multinational environment Extensive knowledge of advanced quality planning and product validation tools (APQP, PPAP, VDA6,…) and of customer requirements. Good working knowledge of quality management systems (ISO9000, IATF 16949,VDA6,…). Basic knowledge of VA/VE and TPM Good communication skills. Excellent team player Excellent Computer Literacy including MS-Office, MS-Project, Lotus Notes This is an excellent role for the right candidate, and it offers genuine career progression within a global manufacturing organisation.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Factory Manager

Factory Manager Precision, fast paced manufacturing and assembly Falmouth, Cornwall Up to £55,000, excellent relocation package, share options, company pension, bonus, flexible working options. This organisation is part of a FTSE 100 business. They are a specialist manufacturer of niche pumps and fluid path technologies which are used in the pharmaceutical, FMCG and environmental industries. They have a superb reputation in the market place and are market leader in several of their core sectors. Do to internal growth and success, they are seeking to recruit an exceptional Factory Manager who will take ownership of the production team within the business and drive forward change both in operational and people development. Keys points for the Factory Manager: Deploy manufacturing strategy to lead, enhance and develop all aspects of the assembly & Machine shop, to ensure that all products are supplied efficiently, on time, in full and to the highest quality specification possible. Create team and facilities that will exceed customer expectations. Responsibility for the management, organisation and development of the pumps production team, including recruitment, training and department structure. Develop and support the newly created roles of team leaders. Champion Global Excellence in Manufacturing (GEM / Lean) and EHS throughout the pumps assembly area Propose and implement CAPEX and OPEX improvements in line with budgets. Lead the handover of New Product Development into live production Main responsibilities for the Factory Manager are: Line management responsibilities for the Pumps production team for 60+ staff in a factory shipping to 70 countries daily with a short lead-time. Develop and manage early careers Manage & improve labour efficiency and material yield Build proactive capability and cross skill staff to support future growth and new product introduction Support and manage the transfer of New product developments into live production We are keen to talk to Factory or Production Managers who have strong experience of managing teams, setting strong goals and who have driven change through a plant. We are open to sectors, but it will suit candidates that have experience of fast paced assembly and manufacturing environments Minimum of HNC / HND in Engineering, Business Studies or alternative subject. Lean manufacturing experience, ideally Green Belt, or above. Working within NEBOSH or IoSH environment Extensive experience of 5 years of people management in a manufacturing environment Previous track record of implementing strategy, managing change. Experienced in managing large teams 40-60 people Experience of using ERP systems within a manufacturing environment, with experience of Microsoft Dynamics AX an advantage Excellent project management skills. Ability to effectively use computer and communication technology such as Microsoft Office. The role offers a relocation package for the right candidate and will provide excellent career progression not only in the organisation but potentially in the wider group. If you are interested in the above role, please apply.

Permanent / Falmouth, Cornwall

Production Team Leader

Production Team Leader - Automotive Tier 1 Telford, Shropshire Up to £40,000 plus excellent benefits This major employer has recently asked us to assist in the recruitment for an experienced Production Team Leader to join this Global Automotive Tier 1 at their site in Telford. The company support some of the biggest automotive OEM's and manufacture components found in over 10% of cars globally, at the plant in Telford they specialise in plastic injection moulded filtration systems. Due to expansion and an increase in manufacturing, the business is now looking for a skilled Production Team Leader to join them and be responsible for production output and the quality of all products, as well as supervision of all manufacturing staff. As Production Team Leader you will be responsible for planning, maintaining, reviewing and improving equipment availability and production output to meet and exceed customer expectations, whilst conforming to the required quality standards. The ideal candidate will have previous experience as a line manager / supervisor in a manufacturing facility (ideally automotive / injection moulding), as well as NEB' qualification (or equivalent) in Supervisory Management Key areas of skills: Qualifications - NEBs Certificate in Supervisory Management or equivalent (NVQ level 3 in Supervisory Management) - GCSE or equivalents in Maths and English minimum grade C - Skills and Experience - Relevant supervisory / line management experience within a manufacturing facility Basic computer skills and awareness of manufacturing planning systems such as SAP Problem solving techniques, 5whys, awareness Automotive manufacturing background preferred - Injection Moulding experience desirable In return for this you will receive excellent opportunities for growth and development, which are tailored for you individually. They ensure this through regular performance reviews focused on feedback and a diverse training program. The business offers structured career progression and for the right candidate the opportunity to work overseas. If you would like to be considered, please apply.

Permanent / Telford, Shropshire

Customer Support Engineer

Customer Support Engineer - Field based (East Manchester ideally SK, OL, and BL post codes) - Basic salary £30k - Realistic annual earnings of £40k with bonus and overtime - company estate type car, company pension, 25 days holiday increasing with service, private medical This is a world class, market leading manufacturing business that provides specialist equipment to the FMCG sector. The business is part of a multinational organisation. The business has asked us to recruit an exceptional and customer focused Field based Support Engineer, ideally multi skilled (electro/mechanical). We are looking for someone, to provide the highest levels of customer service to the businesses commercial clients across a broad range of Coding, Marking and Print and apply Technologies commonly found in FMCG manufacturing. Daily and weekly duties will see you install and configure full systems and software/firmware integrating with customer's automation systems where required. You will also carry our periodic servicing, maintenance and repair duties of company equipment on customer premises. Ideal candidates will be apprentice trained or similar, electrically qualified with a good level of mechanical skill. A basic understanding of fluid/hydraulic systems would be a great help. It would also be great if you have some practical knowledge of PC's, there application in an industrial environment to include networking, interface software and data interrogation or diagnosis of third party applications. You will receive the support of a solid team, pension contributions over the statutory minimum, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, personal performance bonus and more. We are keen to talk to Engineers who have field based, service experience and have worked with electro/mechanical equipment. This is an excellent role for the right candidate in a forward-thinking organisation. If you are keen to be considered, please apply. To apply or for more information please submit your CV by clicking the apply now button.

Permanent / Stockport, Greater Manchester

Security Operations and Crisis Manager (Northern UK)

Security Operations and Crisis Manager : Automotive OEM Birmingham based, with UK travel Up to £58,000 plus excellent benefits including preferential car scheme, bonus, private health care. A new opportunity has come up in the senior management team for a Security and Crisis Manager based in Birmingham to support the Northern region for a high profile car manufacturer to provide expertise in Security and Crisis Management policies. As Security and Crisis Manager your key responsibilities are to develop, deliver, communicate and evaluate effective security, information protection and crisis management policies, procedures and processes to support the north UK locations for Security and all UK locations for Crisis management. You will be the lead in providing expert advice to senior management and in the promotion of security, Intelligence and crisis management services, ensuring compliance and best practice in setting and maintaining related standards and procedures. On a day to day basis you will operate as the designated security focal point at the Midlands plant and UK North region, supporting the senior management in security and protective services related functions, inclusive of managing the plant Business Protection Leaders on a day to day basis. Related qualifications & experience will be advantageous: Familiar with British Standards Institute PAS 200:2011, Crisis Management Standard Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Physical Security Professional (PSP) Fire Protection / Technical Fire disciplines Experienced in crisis management and security or in law enforcement or strategic security risk management. Experienced in working in crisis management and security services at a large multinational company serving diverse regional markets - Automotive/ Manufacturing sector preferred. To be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the crisis management cycle, BCP and security strategies. Have strong working knowledge of applicable laws and have developed networks within the law enforcement , security and crisis management community. The role will also cover certain plants across other European regions, where you will share best practice, ideas and vision. The role demands excellent leadership and communication skills as you will be dealing with senior stakeholders and management. You will be excepted to work with all levels of the business, so diplomacy and tact is a must. This is a unique and exciting role and will require candidates to have specific experience and qualifications, so please read the job description carefully before you apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Project Engineer

Project Engineer, FMCG Field based: South West including M5 and M4 corridors £38k plus car plus £1500 subsistence pay. A great opportunity is available to join a global business operating in over 100 countries and employing nearly 3000 people as an industry market leader. The business produces, supplies, installs and maintains a portfolio of industrial printing technology to include continuous ink jet printers, laser printers and print and apply equipment. Equipment is commonly supplied to food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers. In this role we are looking for a Project Engineer qualified to a minimum of HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering to support from a point within new equipment sale up to installation and customer sign off, so all your work will be based around new customer orders and would suit candidates with experience of capital equipment supply and installations. Key points within the role and function will include: Product integration Provide functional and technical specification to the customer. Manage technical drawings and guidelines for product integration. Work with the other Project Engineers to ensure we standardise all documentation and procedures Provide technical feedback to assist in the continual development of products. During the life span of a project, the Project Engineer acts as the point of escalation and will act as a point of reference only, after signing off has been received. Following each project, obtain customer sign-off and gain feedback from the customer. To be successful in the position, Project Engineers must have experience and working knowledge of electrical, electronic microprocessor software driven equipment. We are looking for applicants with hands on experience as you will be required to deliver some installations personally and so good working knowledge of electronic based products, system integration, hydraulic or pneumatic systems are desired. Practical knowledge of PCs and their application in an industrial environment including networking, interface software and data interrogation / diagnostics of third party applications would be needed in the role. As this is a customer facing role, you will have exceptional communication skills as you will be expected to work with many different stake holders. In return the business offers a £38k base salary, annual subsidence allowance of £1500, company car, private medical, 33 days holiday increasing with service, 5% pension, free income protection and an array of other flexible benefits. This company is a global business and offers exceptional career progression for the right candidate. It is a very stable company with an excellent product offering that is highly respected in it markets. Please apply if you are interested to be considered.

Permanent / South West England, England

Planning Manager

Planning Manager Circa £50,000 Warwick Group Pension scheme 25 Days leave, plus bank holidays This organisation is a well-respected and forwarding thinking manufacturing business that produces specialist products that are used in many applications. An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a Planning Manager to join and coordinate engineer servicing and breakdown activities throughout the UK. The role will be based from the head office in Warwick and you will manage a team of specialist Supervisors/Agents. As Planning Manager, you will coordinate and manage the activities of circa 230 engineers both employed and sub contracted, maximising their effectiveness and delivering exceptional customer service. Your role effectively manages £14m of operating costs and you have the planning team to assist you. Their goal will be to achieve customer satisfaction requirements within the agreed SLA's and costs. We are also looking for the candidate to develop new ways of working and to challenge what is already in place to make improvements and efficiency's. Typical duties of the Planning Manager will include: Analysis to find best fix for the needs of the business and the implementation and management of the solutions. Analyse negative effects on the KPIs to find root cause and to recommend and implement solutions to reduce/remove problematical issues. To be the key user of the CRM system across the company and provide advice and guidance to all users. Manage the CRM database and ensure correct governance applied Manage the planning team to ensure effective use of resources - employed and sub contract This role is vitally important to the business and they will be looking for a highly motivated individual who will work diligently using the support and data around them, finding opportunities and minimising exposure to waste whilst offering the customer the best service possible. We are looking for experience of a similar responsibility, significant experience in a management role within a planning or logistics function with line management experience. Additionally, you will be able to demonstrate well-developed analytical and numerical skills. You may be a Manager in a volume call centre managing the provision of engineering services or support services to business and domestic consumers on a national basis, so we are looking for exceptional communication and planning skills. A superb basic salary to reflect the managerial responsibility of this role will be on offer together with contributory Pension and Sick Pay scheme, 25 Days holiday plus stats, additional holiday purchase scheme, Child Care Vouchers and more, not to mention fantastic training and technical support. If you feel you have the experience and skills we are looking for, please apply to be considered.

Permanent / Warwick, Warwickshire

Production Manager

Production Manager, SME Manufacturer North Hampshire Cira £45,000, plus benefits This organisation is an exceptionally well run, specialist manufacturing business that is going through major change and growth, successfully trading in the UK and across Europe. Due to increasing demand for their products and services, they have asked us to assist in the search for an impactful and focused Production Manager who can lead change throughout the shop floor and the production process. This role will see you responsible for overseeing all production stores and dispatch staff, as the production team currently operates over 3 shift patterns. They employ almost 100 staff in this department. Reporting directly to the Directors, you will be entrusted with a high degree of independence and have a genuine opportunity to make a meaningful impact towards the growth of the business. This will be your department to shape, and implement ideas but most importantly drive change as the organisation grows. Not only will you develop and implemented a change culture in the business, we are also looking for the Production Manager to drive Lean and Continuous Improvement throughout the manufacturing and production process. They are a technology driven manufacturing business specialising in the creation and fulfilment of high-volume, customised products, through batch production. Lead times will be as quick as 24 hours, therefore daily planning for your team is essential. As Production Manager, who will be expected to: Develop & implement all production processes, whilst maintaining standards and making changes as required; Plan and anticipate future challenges, providing solutions as needed to meet productions time-lines; Ensure the smooth running and operation of the factory during the day and night shift; Monitor production standards and highlight issues immediately to R&D, if unresolved; Ensure production is run in a cost-effective manner, by reducing waste and working with R&D to provide print solutions as needed; Be the voice for your department in meetings with the Directors, and other departments; Work with sales and warehouse, to ensure that the products are delivered to our customers on-time; Analyse data relating to the performance of the department; Develop staff within the team, overseeing all training in coordination with the HR Manager; Conduct all personnel management such as annual leave signs off and appraisals; and Ensure a safe working environment for all team members, working with the Health and Safety manager as needed. What we're looking for in a Production Manager: You'll be confident leader, who will presence on the factory floor and is comfortable managing people; You will ensure the highest quality output from your team; You'll have a proven ability in utilising Continuous Improvement Techniques and budgetary control skills; You'll be a proven problem-solver who uses data and their initiative to resolve operational issues,and drive improvement; You'll be able to work collaboratively with other departments such as R&D, purchasing, sales and warehouse; You will be technically literate within the manufacturing field, and confident working independently; You'll be comfortable thinking on your feet, and can adapt scheduling quickly as this may change hourly depending on orders received; and You will have the drive to make a success of this department, and make it your own. Experience required HND in Engineering or other technical qualification; Proven track record of training and mentoring of staff; Advanced project management skills; Experience within a busy production environment with shop floor experience, and having implemented measures using efficiency techniques such as lean and 5S; A major advantage would be if you have experience of fast paced manufacturing, short lead times and good working knowledge of small batch quantity manufacturing. This is an excellent position, where the Production Manager can really make a difference to the overall success of the business If you like the sound of the above role, please apply for a further conversation.

Permanent / Aldershot, Hampshire