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Dan Plimmer

Principal Consultant
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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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Production Operations Manager

Production Operations Manager Manufacturing sector Salary circa £45,000, plus 25 days holiday, private medical, bonus scheme, pension Warwickshire This well-established manufacturing business operates in specialist sectors and is going through a period of sustained growth. Volumes are up as the markets in which it trades in, are performing well. Due to  increased demand, the organisation has asked us to assist in the recruitment of an exceptional Production Operations Manager to help drive change within the manufacturing  and production side of the business. You will be an experienced manufacturing professional, have excellent people management skills and have strong knowledge of modern production methods and how lean manufacturing can be used to its fullest. We also envisage you will embrace data capture and analysis  to develop strategies which will improve performance and efficiency in the plant. You will also have superb stakeholder management skills, both in working with your team and managing and evoking change through more senior members of the business. Duties & responsibilities Manage the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing facilities. Ensuring that all manufacturing and production jobs and associated activities are completed on time, meeting customer expectations. Manage a team of around four direct reports. You will be expected to coach direct reports to develop their people management skills. Manage routine employee matters including performance management, absence, disciplinary and grievance matters, with the support of HR. Work closely with the compliance/H&S Manager to ensure that all work undertaken in the factory is completed in accordance with standard operating procedures, relevant safe systems of work are adhered to, that quality and H&S standards are upheld. In conjunction with your team, analyse trends relating to equipment failures, establish critical spares list, establish preventative maintenance routines etc to ensure that factory downtime is minimal due to maintenance issues/breakdowns. Identify areas for improving production, working across the wider team to implement change effectively. Communicate effectively to ensure the co-ordination of all relevant inputs to ensure production output and on time delivery targets are achieved, i.e., through daily briefings, weekly/monthly meetings etc. Overseeing of the Operations function to ensure that the shop-floor has the necessary, manpower, competence, skills, knowledge, and plant required to achieve production targets. Experience required. Ideally from a similar management role in a similar background but can be flexible on the industry; more interested demonstrating the right skill set. Strong people management skills, with a proven track record managing a full production  workforce, with experience of handling performance issues, absence, disciplinary and grievance matters. Experience of a working in a similar continuous improvement environment Qualifications Relevant H&S qualification, ideally NEBOSH / IOSH Managing Safely qualified Minimum 5 GCSEs grades A – C Good level of numeracy and literacy Good IT skills Excellent communication skills, able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation. A background in manufacturing with a wide range knowledge on manufacturing and production processes with at least 3 years’ experience in a similar role would be desirable.  We are keen to see applications from production and manufacturing management, we are certainly open to sector, the business is fast paced, direct in its approach and perhaps needs modernising in their production and manufacturing methods. It is a great opportunity for the right candidate. 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 / Warwickshire

Operations Manager

Operations Manager FMCG Manufacturing environment Bury St Edmunds. Excellent salary plus very competitive benefits package We are working with this global business, in the search for an exceptional Operations Manager to lead the plant into the next stage of its evolution. This fantastic opportunity, which needs someone who will responsibly lead manufacturing and engineering to ensure the plant consistently produces safe and high-quality product.  We are looking for an experienced leader to engage and inspire the team of people to drive efficiency and improvements at site.  As Operations Manager, ideally you will have experience in the following. Experience of managing a whole manufacturing site through a period of change in either Feed, Food or Chemical environments. BRC or equivalent standards of operation Continuous Improvement Experience Capital planning and implementation. Budget management People management and development Project Management exposure Commercial management skills Knowledge of HACCP The Operations Manager will have 6 key areas to drive forward, these are. Production Finance Health and Safety Quality People Achievement of Targets and Key performance indicators The plant has ambitious plans, while always ensuring the  customer, quality and financial requirements are met or exceeded. This is an excellent role for a process based senior operational or production specialist in FMCG, Chemical, Agri or manufacturing. You will have superb people and leadership skills, plus good knowledge of operational tools, including lean manufacturing. The business also has excellent career progression for the right person.   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 / Bury St Edmunds

Production Manager - Bury St Edmunds

 Production Manager Animal/Livestock  Nutrition (non-meat) Suffolk Excellent salary, with very strong benefits package including good pension contributions. We are working with a global, specialist producer of feed to animals and livestock. An exciting opportunity has arisen at their production facility  in Bury-St-Edmunds for a Production Manager. You will be responsible for a range of production, quality, and business process improvement activities, including the day-to-day running of the plant to meet customer requirements while fulfilling production and  health and safety standards. On top of this, as part of the mill management team you will deliver key business improvement objectives such as process efficiency and team development. For this role, we are looking for someone with the correct attitude to work, the ability to move the site forward in line with the overall business plans. You will have experience within manufacturing, this could however come from a Team Leader, QA, Operations Support Manager position. The business offers a stable but enjoyable working environment. You must be confident communicating in a variety of ways to build engagement with your team and be able to establish and nurture relationships with your own operator team but also stakeholders such as transport, quality, and H&S. As Production Manager, you will be responsible for: The achievement of agreed production budget (dependent on volume and product mix) whilst continually striving for greater efficiency. Ensuring that the achievement of food safety is always a priority. Improving competency, teamwork, and empowerment skills of individuals through training and coaching. Driving individual and team engagement. Continued compliance with Health and Safety and Environmental Law and Policy. Actively drive the site’s Continuous Improvement Programme What we are looking for: Proven managerial experience in a manufacturing environment with H&S responsibility BRC or equivalent standards of operation Effective training skills Familiarity with Process Control computer systems Communications to groups and all levels in business Report generation and data interpretation Budget management People performance and development Coaching and influencing skills. Food: High volume; low unit price production Lean Manufacturing / CI Experience (Desirable) Customer service contact Commercial management skills (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 / Suffolk

Production Manager

Production Manager Animal/Livestock  Nutrition (non-meat) North Norfolk Excellent salary, with very strong benefits package including good pension contributions. We are working with a global, specialist producer of feed to animals and livestock. An exciting opportunity has arisen at their production facility  in Walsingham for a Production Manager. You will be responsible for a range of production, quality, and business process improvement activities, including the day-to-day running of the plant to meet customer requirements while fulfilling production and  health and safety standards. On top of this, as part of the mill management team you will deliver key business improvement objectives such as process efficiency and team development. For this role, we are looking for someone with the correct attitude to work, the ability to move the site forward in line with the overall business plans. You will have experience within manufacturing, this could however come from a Team Leader, QA, Operations Support Manager position. The business offers a stable but enjoyable working environment. You must be confident communicating in a variety of ways to build engagement with your team and be able to establish and nurture relationships with your own operator team but also stakeholders such as transport, quality, and H&S. As Production Manager, you will be responsible for: The achievement of agreed production budget (dependent on volume and product mix) whilst continually striving for greater efficiency. Ensuring that the achievement of food safety is always a priority. Improving competency, teamwork, and empowerment skills of individuals through training and coaching. Driving individual and team engagement. Continued compliance with Health and Safety and Environmental Law and Policy. Actively drive the site’s Continuous Improvement Programme What we are looking for: Proven managerial experience in a manufacturing environment with H&S responsibility BRC or equivalent standards of operation Effective training skills Familiarity with Process Control computer systems Communications to groups and all levels in business Report generation and data interpretation Budget management People performance and development Coaching and influencing skills. Food: High volume; low unit price production Lean Manufacturing / CI Experience (Desirable) Customer service contact Commercial management skills (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 / Little Walsingham

Subcontract Manufacturing Coordinator

Subcontract Manufacturing Coordinator Kidderminster General Engineering and Manufacturing Salary £20,000 - £22,000, 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays, healthcare plan, pension Due to the increased volumes and stability of future orders, this well known, general engineering and manufacturing firm, has asked us to help fill a highly important role into the business. We are looking for a candidate that can manage the offsite, subcontract manufacturing work that the business puts out on a regular basis. This position could suit candidates that are perhaps in a planning type role, working with external customers, or in logistics and supply chain that are looking to move from a traditional 3pl environment to a manufacturer. You will be responsible for the end-to-end management of the subcontract manufacturing process. Key responsibilities and duties include: Liaising with manufacturing to determine subcontract requirements. Liaising with subcontractor suppliers. Raising of purchase orders for subcontract operations, and subsequent receipt of both purchase order and works order. Obtaining quotes for subcontract operations. Identify cost savings for subcontract services. Liaising with Logistics Coordinator to arrange transport of subcontract parts. Identify and report any quality issues. Ensure purchase orders have the correct costs for subcontract operations. Ensure clear identification of parts both when sending to subcontractor and receiving back into the company. Ensure parts are stored in the correct locations. Ensure the ERP system is accurately updated for all subcontract transactions. Identifying and implementing process improvements across both own and supporting departments. Building customer relationships (internal and external customers). Qualifications required/ desirable. Forklift Truck License (Desirable) Experience required / desirable. Knowledge of powder coating process. Ability to communicate with employees at all levels of the business. Understanding and ability to work in an SME. ERP systems knowledge                       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

Procurement Specialist

Procurement Specialist, Fast paced manufacturing Herefordshire Excellent salary and benefits package Great opportunity for an experienced procurement professional to join this global organisation. You will be responsible for ensuring raw materials are purchased in line with company production plans. Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, the Procurement Specialist plays a vital role in supporting the business, and both existing and new business and projects. Role Dimensions: Direct Reports One – Procurement Co Ordinator Development of internal and external relationships External Relationships Suppliers Key Responsibilities: • Interface with Supply Chain Manager to plan and prioritise purchasing activity. • Reviews purchase requisitions and creates relevant purchase orders and manages approval process. • Maintains and manages raw materials safety stock settings. • Reviews historical data to maintain material level. • Liaise with Planning and Customer Services and commercial teams to engage key customer’s reference forecasts. • Transmits and prioritises approved purchase orders and supporting documentation to supplier. • Tracks order acknowledgement, prepares, and communicates shortage and backlog reports, and provides visibility of potential interruptions to internal customers. • Tracks orders and confirms system lead times, delivery dates and cost. • Reviews, updates, and maintains purchase orders until they are closed. • Monitors suppliers OTIF (On time, in full) and create action plans. • Close working relationship with Warehouse to manage deliveries, ensure physical space is available. • Ensures orders adhere to supplier agreements and contracts, reports non-conformances. • Leads finance and logistics staff in resolving reception and invoice discrepancies. • Identifies opportunities and implements actions to achieve efficiencies and reduce costs. • Contributes to consolidation, reduction, and rationalisation of raw materials. • Control inventory level vs budget It is desirable that the Procurement Specialist has the following skills and abilities: Advanced excel skills. SAP knowledge advantageous, but full training given. Works well in a Team. Self-motivated Attention to detail. Planning and prioritization Good communication skills Negotiation skills Qualifications & Experience Experience of working in a manufacturing environment. Experience of working in a procurement role within manufacturing. Knowledge and experience of a raw materials procurement role Degree of equivalent in supply chain, engineering, or manufacturing module preferable, not essential Specific qualification in procurement or willingness to undertake. Good level of education with high achievement levels – minimum of NVQ 3 or above 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

Stores Controller

Stores Controller Kidderminster General engineering and manufacturing Salary circa £22,000 plus pension, 24 days holiday, healthcare plan Overtime available Shift Pattern: 7am – 3pm 12pm – 8pm This well-known and well-respected manufacturing business is seeing excellent uplift in business and is looking to recruit a Stores Controller to join them in their wider Supply Chain team. This would be an excellent role for candidates who are looking to make the move from the shop floor into an operational, supply chain position, or for a Stores Person looking for their first supervisor role. You will be an excellent communicator; can problem solve and provide good solutions to senior management. As part of shift rotation role there is a responsibility to manage stores while on site. To efficiently manage receipts and issues from the stores and maintain a high level of stock accuracy. To maintain the stores department ensuring good housekeeping of all areas related to stores and promotes 5S principles. Ensures FIFO stock rotation. Ensures stock accuracy through support of stock takes and PPI. Key responsibilities and duties Delivering supply chain excellence by: Manage the stores to ensure availability of parts for production. Receiving, checking & accounting of goods into stores Issuing and delivering of parts to an agreed service level agreement Pick and issue kits of parts against works orders. Kanban stock replenishment on shopfloor Identify shortages and take action to resolve. Gives support and input in material management improvements when required. Ensures work standards are maintained at the appropriate levels. Daily reporting of efficiencies and issues. Continuously monitoring inventory data to ensure stock levels and locations are accurate. Loading & unloading of incoming supplies Manage the locations that the stock is stored in and update the system as and when required. Introduce PPI into the stores area. Manage stock takes & PPI within the stores area. Identify and report of inbound quality concerns for purchased and subcontracted parts. Support and ensure complicity with Health & Safety Regulations, Company Handbook, Quality Standards and all other Company policies and procedures. Qualifications required. City & Guilds level 2 or above Warehouse & Distribution (Desirable) Forklift Truck License (Required) Experience required. Minimum of 2 years in a manufacturing stores environment Knowledge of ERP Systems Ability to communicate at all levels within the business.   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

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, ideally fabricated metals and steels 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

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