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.
Customer Support Engineer, Field Based Permanent position within mechanical/electrical, software driven and connected capital equipment. Location: M4/M3 or M40 regions Salary: circa £30,000 (+ Company Car), overtime potential, medical, pension and 25 days holiday This leading UK based organisation is a well-known manufacturer of software driven, mechanical/electrical, connected capital equipment. They are an established company with a client base that covers over 120 countries. They are seeking a field based, Customer Support Engineer to work with their service team, technical support team and sales team to ensure the highest service level is provided to all customers. As Customer Support Engineer your role will involve carrying out field servicing, installations, repairs, and preventative maintenance on the full range of company products. You will also maintain service and test records along with providing technical support to UK customers as and when required. Further duties will include, but will not be restricted to: - Providing feedback to assist the company in maintaining good customer relations and improving product design. This will include raising complaints where necessary and feeding back sales opportunities. - Producing a monthly report in the format determined by your Regional Service Manager. - Ensuring continual accuracy of data inputted in the PDA system. - Attending regional service meetings. Experience, Skills and Qualifications - Excellent technical ability - Strong communication and interpersonal skills - Professional customer care skills - Ability to apply an analytical and logical approach to fault finding and problem solving. - Working knowledge of electronic principles and circuit theory - Understanding of microprocessor-based products and software driven systems - Basic understanding of fluid/hydraulic systems and/or printing technology - Good understanding of customer satisfaction skills and techniques - Practical knowledge of PC’s and their application in an industrial environment We are seeking candidates that have been used to working in a field-based role, where you are the “company ambassadors” within your clients. We are therefore looking for candidates who have excellent professional and technical communication skills, who can work within a client to always provide a first-class service. You will be working in client locations across a variety of sectors including food production, FMCG and Pharma, these organisations can be large multi nationals or smaller, owner managed business. This position will suit candidates who may be working in a high tech, electronic field base role, for example, medical devices, photocopying or electronics where you are providing an expert engineering service. If you feel you can add value to the position, please apply or email email@example.com 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 / Cambridge
Logistics Analyst Permanent position, manufacturing, and general engineering sector. Kidderminster, Worcestershire Salary circa £29,000 plus benefits. We have been asked to assist in the attraction and recruitment of a proven and proactive Logistics Analyst to work within a busy team. This well established and respected manufacturing business works with several leading original equipment manufacturers in a vitally important sector within UK and European Manufacturing. They are keen to add exceptional talent to key positions within their business, this Logistics Analyst forms part of that strategy. As Logistics Analyst you will be supporting the logistics team by: Ensuring products reach customer to promise date. Managing haulier and subcontractor communications. Ensure compliance with company policy and procedures. Ensuring legislative compliance is met in relation to imports and exports. Support the logistics manager by providing cover for the store’s operation during absence. Key responsibilities and duties Delivering logistics excellence by: Liaise with hauliers, obtaining quotes and booking of transport. Ensuring the ‘milk run’ operates efficiently. Raising of purchase orders for freight activity. Liaising with sub-contractors. Liaise with customer arranged hauliers. Ensuring POD’s are received for all shipments. Requirements of both import and export documentation. Ensuring compliance with HM Customs Legislative requirements for import and export. Maintenance of commodity codes on all part numbers. Raising of purchase orders for subcontract. Support and ensure complicity with Health & Safety regulations, the Company Handbook, quality standards and all other company policies and procedures. Qualifications required/ desirable. Import/Export qualification. Experience required / desirable. A good starting track record of experience in a logistics environment Knowledge of importing/exporting. Able to communicate at all levels within the business. Knowledge of ERP Systems As with all logistics and supply chain positions, you will have outstanding communication and organisational skills, coupled with an ability to read data, including Excel and MRP systems. If you feel you can contribute positively to the above role, then please apply for consideration. 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
Production Leader Permanent position within General Manufacturing and Engineering Kidderminster, Worcestershire Salary Circa £29,000 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
Logistics Coordinator Worcestershire Permanent position in the 3pl and transport sector Salary £24,000 - £30,000, plus benefits 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm Dynamic and modern freight and logistics business based in Redditch looking to recruit an Experienced Logistics Coordinator to work within their dedicated European Team. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced Coordinator to focus within a fast-paced logistics business, right at the forefront of Brexit, Customs, import and export, delivering goods across the UK and Europe. You will be responsible for Managing customer enquiries/orders by phone and email and loading them onto the system Booking and tracking shipments Sourcing and communicating with suppliers required for transport. Responding to customer enquiries, providing quotations, and keeping them updated as to the progress of jobs. Closing out job files by obtaining POD and any other required information (Purchase orders, SPTR references etc) and scanning documents onto the system Reviewing routes and suppliers to ensure transport is planned cost effectively and to maximise profitability. Ensuring clear and accurate communication with the warehouse so they are aware of returns and outgoing loads and can plan work effectively. Ensuring jobs are completed on the system and checked prior to invoicing. Ensuring paperwork is filed accurately and in a timely manner. Managing priorities to achieve desired results and deadlines. Liaising with Operations, Accounts and Warehouse Effective escalation of issues relating to customer requirements. Maintenance of system data and its integrity Managing and monitoring KPIs Ensuring all support tasks are undertaken and completed in a timely and accurate manner. Scope of the role: It is expected you will be able to demonstrate a full understanding of the transport forwarding industry, be able to communicate effectively, be highly organised and remain focused under pressure. You must take control of the management, planning and tracking of movement of goods from A to B using methods of freight such as Hand carry, Airfreight and Road travel to achieve the result for the customer. Control and organisation are vital to the success of the position, you must bed be able to communicate at the highest level. Key Result Areas Communication with customers and internal staff and managers Accuracy of the information captured. Understanding of the role Timely input onto the system of jobs Escalation of any queries or issues Closing out of Jobs System housekeeping Profit maximisation Qualifications Must be computer literate including MS Office, email, spreadsheets, and databases. Good level of numeracy and literacy 5 GCSEs or equivalent CPC (an advantage but not essential) Job Skills Sound knowledge of the Transport and Freight forwarding industry. Account management and development Good communication skills KPI management Personal Competencies Must have a ‘Can Do Attitude’ and a desire to improve. Must be able to resolve and prioritise conflicting requirements. Good listener with the ability to resolve issues. Able to identify improvements and see those improvements though to implementation. Customer and service focused. Self-managing and good attention to detail Second language is an advantage. Ability to multitask and prioritise. Highly organised with the ability to remain focussed under pressure. Flexibility and a team player 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 / Worcestershire
Administration Coordinator: Tracking and Quotes Worcestershire Permanent position within the Logistics, 3pl industry Salary: circa £19,000 - £20,000 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm Dynamic and modern freight and logistics business based in Redditch looking to recruit an organised Administrator to work within their Time Critical tracking, Quotes and European Team. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced Administrator to focus within a fast-paced logistics business, right at the forefront of Brexit, Customs, import and export, delivering goods across the UK and Europe. Key areas you will be Responsible for: Effective, accurate and timely management of European and International support tasks listed below, Managing customer enquiries by phone and email / orders and loading them onto the system Booking and tracking shipments Sourcing and communicating with suppliers required for transport. Responding to customer enquiries, providing quotations, and keeping them updated as to the progress of jobs. Closing out job files by obtaining POD and any other required information (Purchase orders, references etc), and scanning documents onto the system Reviewing routes and suppliers to ensure transport is planned cost effectively and to maximise profitability. Ensuring clear and accurate communication with the warehouse so they are aware of returns and outgoing loads and can plan work effectively. Keeping on top of legislation requirements, including WTD, tachos and maintenance for different vehicle types Monitoring and following up trailer damage issues to ensure that the proper information is captured and that customers are aware of any charges incurred. Ensuring completed jobs are updated on the system and checked prior to invoicing. Ensuring paperwork is filed accurately and in a timely manner. Managing priorities to achieve desired results and deadlines. Liaison with Operations, Accounts and Warehouse Effective escalation of issues relating to customer. Maintenance of system data and its integrity Overall Purpose / Scope of Position To assist Operations with the above activities Ensuring all support tasks are undertaken and completed in a timely and accurate manner. To ensure the Transport system is kept up to date with incoming enquiries and closing out jobs. Support Operators and Managers Any other reasonable request to support business requirement. Experience Proven experience in a similar, fast paced office administration role. MS outlook and MS Office - full proficiency in Word and Excel An understanding of KPIs and the importance of monitoring these on a regular basis Using Database systems (desired) Working within a fast-paced environment Personal Competencies Self-managing with good attention to detail Highly organised with the ability to remain focused under pressure. Methodical and thorough approach to work Must have a good level of English and Maths. Must have strong geographical UK knowledge. Must be computer literate including MS Office, email, spreadsheets, and transport databases. Ability to multi-task and juggle priorities to meet requirements. Ability to adhere to processes. Leading by example with a self-motivated, “can do” approach to achieving requirements & targets. Must have a ‘Can Do Attitude’ and a desire to improve. Flexible – a “team player” 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 / Worcestershire
Customs Clearance Coordinator Permanent position within the Logistics industry. Worcestershire Salary circa £21,500 plus benefits Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5pm Dynamic, modern freight and logistics business based in Redditch looking to recruit an organised and dedicated Administrator to work within their dedicated Brexit Team, working within Customs Clearance. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced Administrator to focus within a fast-paced logistics business, right at the forefront of Brexit, Customs, import and export, delivering goods across the UK and Europe. Within your role, you will be responsible for the following: Handling European and warehouse customs operations Speaking to customers, suppliers and other internal depts to assist them with their enquiries daily. Problem solving and proactively helping to manage the custom processes. Communicating with customers to extract the correct information and ease the passage of goods. Capturing, data-entry and validating master data, reporting any errors, and ensuring they are resolved prior to next customs submissions. Working closely with the customs agents, in particular Customs Clearance Consortium (CCC) to complete customs declarations and resolve queries. Communication with HMRC where necessary to ensure issues are reported and resolved to a satisfactory conclusion. Producing and managing adhoc/regular reports As Customs Clearance Administrator, you will be expected to perform the below duties: Take control of customs/border processes and customer data flow to fast support the movement of goods from A to B. Key criteria you will be expected to maintain and exceed: Accuracy of the information captured. Understanding of the role Communication with others Escalation of any queries or issues System housekeeping We are keen to see the below skills in the successful candidate: Job Skills Good attention to detail Excel experience Customer service experience Proactive Self-motivated Experience Sound knowledge of European transport or the wider logistics industry Customs experience would be an advantage but is not mandatory. Personal Competencies Proactive Good communicator Self-motivated Ability to multitask and prioritise. Ability to communicate and co-ordinate with the team and other departments. 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 / Worcestershire
Buyer / Supply Chain Coordinator Heavy Engineering and Manufacturing environment Manchester based. Solid salary and benefits package This challenging procurement and supply chain position is key to the continued development of this business supply chain. The role will be to work with the Supply Chain Manager to build a strategic approach to the requirements of the business and manage a portfolio of suppliers. Also, to provide support to production and planning teams for the purchasing and tracking of production materials in a fast-paced heavy maintenance production environment. The role involves working closely with stakeholders both internally and externally, to assist with controlling and expediting materials on-site. Responsibilities as Buyer/Supply Chain Coordinator Supporting the Supply Chain Manager in line with the company's annual purchasing cost reduction strategy. Manage commodities in line with MRP and sourcing/buying to support business requirements. Sourcing new suppliers and products. Negotiating competitive prices for products and services. Active involvement in cross-functional teams to source special customer requirements to ensure the supplier can meet the expectations of the customer Purchasing of materials and services. Ensure price acknowledged is competitive and ERP system is amended for any variation against standard purchasing cost. Maintain accurate system data for suppliers, lead time, pricing, due dates, batch sizes and cost price field for new items. Build and develop good supplier relationships. Ensure that any documentation required with goods is requested and received from the supplier e.g., Certificates of Conformity. Pro-actively expediting the timely delivery in full to suit business requirements. Ensure everything possible is done to alleviate and overcome problematic due dates. Consolidating shipments where possible to reduce both transportation and transactional costs. Involvement in monthly KPI verification of results and achievements. Adhere to stated policies and procedures relating to purchasing, quality management and health & safety. As Buyer you will have: Extensive experience within an engineering or manufacturing purchasing / supply chain environment Excellent communication skills both verbal and written to all levels of the business. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously Experience with MRP / ERP systems and Microsoft Office. CIPS trained or equivalent (desirable) Negotiation skills, analytical skills, presentation skills, business acumen and cost awareness 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 / Greater Manchester
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