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Ed Smith

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  1. 01384 446133
  2. ed.smith@jonlee.co.uk
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Ed specialises in the recruitment of technical and engineering professionals to the automation & robotics industry, covering a wide range of applications.

Having spent over 15 years in sales & account management roles, Ed has extensive knowledge and insight into the industry and its specialist needs. Ed’s knowledge, interest and passion for the innovative technologies extensively within Automation & Robotics has aided him with the delivery of assignments.

Ed is dedicated to delivering an exemplary service to both candidates and clients. He approaches each project with professionalism and integrity, ensuring that he takes the time to listen to client’s requirements and provide only the best people for their roles, aiming to find clients and candidates their perfect shortlist or position.

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Site/Project Manager

Site/Project Manager Location: Wolverhampton Industry/ Sector: Automation/Automotive Assembly Lines A Site/Project Manager is required with knowledge and expertise of automated assembly lines and robotic systems. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry within Powertrain would be well received. My client has established a strong reputation in the global automotive marketplace. The successful candidate will manage the key Assembly projects of the business and work closely with the customer to ensure project success and maintain the company's strong reputation. As a Site/Project Manager you will be required to: Ensure that received enquiries are within the capabilities of the company. Issue of RFQ's to specialist companies and the subsequent review of received quotations for suitability. Preparation of technical quotations and cost estimates for changes or enhancements to machinery/equipment and to liaise with Engineering Departments for technical suitability. Contract review activities. Release of received orders into the Engineering and Project Departments of the company. Preparation of Project Technical Specifications. Preparation of Project Timing plans in Microsoft Projects or Excel. Budget control and reporting to company Senior Management. Chairmanship of frequent Project Meetings and attendance at company progress meetings. Supervision of the assembled installation team and close liaison with the Commissioning Engineer. Collation and issue of CE certification in accordance with the Machinery Directives. The Site/Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Excellent project management skills Good understanding of mechanical and pneumatic systems, ideally in an automotive assembly Knowledge of special purpose design with a knowledge of the latest standards. Deadline driven and able to work to immovable deadlines. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have excellent knowledge of project management and Powertrain special purpose machinery and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Site/Project Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Sales Project and Quality Manager

Sales Project and Quality Manager Location: Basingstoke A Sales Project and Quality Manager is required with knowledge of business development and technical support. Candidates with experience of customer relationship management and account management would be well received. We are looking for an extremely motivated, highly energised individual, who can identify growth opportunities and demonstrate tenacity and drive in delivering objectives. This commercial role is a customer facing role, establishing new relationships and growing the existing customer base. As a Sales Project and Quality Manager you will be required to: Gain new business through effective project management and the negotiation of acceptable price structures. The identification of new business opportunities and the acquisition of new business Effective communication with customers, global sales team members and other stakeholders to successfully promote the company image To support and satisfy customer requirements To enable customers to successfully incorporate the company's technologies in new applications by the successful Project Management of associated detail Maintain existing business through enhanced customer relationship management To maintain customer satisfaction with the company's products by resolving customer technical problems with existing and new applications Responsible for development and achievement of an agreed Sales target and goal Support the achievement of company targets by proactive involvement in company improvement initiatives Regular travel locally and abroad for business purposes The Sales Project and Quality Manager should have the following skills or experience: Mechanical Engineering Degree or equivalent Experience in Automotive Project Management skills Excellent communicator and negotiator CRM aptitude Ability to read CAD and computer interfacing Air conditioning experience would be beneficial but not essential. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of business development and account management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the above role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or .

Permanent / Basingstoke, Hampshire

Senior Category Manager

Senior Category Manager Location: Northampton Industry: Product and Supplier Management We are now recruiting for a driven and motivated Senior Category Manager, who will develop a category business plan aligned to the overall strategy enabling targeted profitable growth. This will also align with customer acquisitions, ROI and in addition to effective supplier management through the delivery of the best in class offer for their customers. Working for a large successful international company within the electrical components industry this is fantastic opportunity to manage a range of products and make a real difference. The role has global responsibility requiring influence across many cultures and languages. As a Senior Category Manager, you will be required to: Deliver the best in class category offer across your portfolio. Ensure leadership of the product category performance is carried out professionally and successfully. Deliver agreed KPI's for Sales revenue, Product Margin, Optimum inventory availability, value and health, digital product and supplier performance targets, NPI volume/value, product range growth by supplier and product segment and strategic supplier network share growth. Work closely with Purchasing to ensure they are buying the right parts at the most advantageous commercial terms and providing optimal availability of the range. Maximise product availability and ensure focus is also on excess inventory and product provision. Work with Product Marketing to establish effectively targeted campaigns and Pricing to ensure specific resale initiatives are optimised. The Senior Category Manager should have the following skills or experience: Successful track record in product/category management or related functional discipline Team leadership experience and people management skill set Business planning and execution capability across a product category Successful supplier relationship management Strong commercial acumen and broad communication skills Marketing, purchasing and inventory control knowledge Operational problem solver and good process management capability People leadership and management experience The role will require the job holder to travel extensively and work effectively whilst away from their regular office location. If you have knowledge of product management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Commercial Category Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Northampton, Northamptonshire

Planning Manager

Planning Manager Location: Cradley Heath Industry/ Sector: Forgings/Steel A new Planning Manager is required with knowledge of MRP control and production scheduling. Due to significant growth and expansion this company, requires a self-motivated and ambitious Planning Manager with planning and scheduling experience for a new permanent role. As a Planning Manager you will be required to: Facilitate site capacity review process. Maintain planning schedule according to capacity review. Re-set the production plan according to Customer requirements or business priorities. Ensure accuracy of MRP and production parameters within the ERP system. Ensure product safety stock levels are monitored and maintained to ensure production continuation. Run weekly MRP process. Check MRP results and ensure requested materials and quantities are in line with actual requirements. Monitor and execution of appropriate manufacturing orders. Ownership of planning standard operating procedures. Support the company Continuous Improvement program at all times. Make suggestions for improvement and implement agreed actions. Lead and participate in improvement projects according to business requirements. Co-ordinate with company TPM program to ensure machine availability. The Planning Manager should have the following skills or experience: Production certification (APICS BASIC level 1). Lean Six Sigma. SIOP and shop-floor production schedule and sequencing. Purchase program calculation and MRP control (material requirements planning). MRP parameters. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of planning and scheduling and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Planning Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Cradley Heath, West Midlands

Design Engineer

Design Engineer Location: Warwick Industry/ Sector: Measurement Systems A new Design Engineer is required within an established and growing company. The new candidate will be joining a strong, highly motivated and successful team, who will play a critical role in the progression of the business. We are looking for an extremely motivated candidate, a highly enthusiastic individual who is passionate about their work and can develop and grow within the role. My client is an innovator in low volume, high performance solutions for torque measurement, power transmission and test bed systems. As a Design Engineer you will be required to: performing initial sizing calculations researching whether the design will work and be cost-effective assessing the usability, environmental impact and safety of a design using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software to create viable solutions conducting and documenting formal design reviews producing detailed manufacturing drawings and B.O.M. creating the inspection and test schedule The Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: * a creative flair and design ability * strong visual and spatial awareness * excellent attention to detail with ability to spot potential errors * strong maths and IT skills * problem solver, self-starter and multi-tasker * strong written and oral communication, with good interpersonal manner * commercial awareness * proven time management and procedural abilities Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of engineering and design capabilities and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Northampton, Northamptonshire

Embedded Design Engineer

Embedded Design Engineer Location: Lichfield, Staffordshire Industry/ Sector: Automation A new Embedded Design Engineer is required within an established and growing company. The new candidate will be joining a strong, highly motivated and successful team, who will play a critical role in the progression of the business. We are looking for an extremely motivated candidate, a highly enthusiastic individual who is passionate about their work and can develop and grow within the role. The role of the Embedded Design Engineer will include the following: Provision of design, technical support and commissioning of Electronic control systems Conceptual design, development, prototyping and testing of new electronic control products and associated firmware Translation of customer specification into designs for electronic and control products Continuous improvement of existing products Provision of technical support to internal and external needs on new and existing products through an appropriate means Liaison with suppliers on technical aspects of integration of new products in to product range Design, development and testing of product firmware and software requirement Skills Required: Good understanding of electronics (including design for EMC and volume production / test). Around 3-5 years plus, working in an Embedded Design role Experience coding in embedded C for micro-controllers Defining & specifying product requirements Modern Client & server side Web development Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of embedded design and programming and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Embedded Design Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Technical Proposals Engineer

Technical Proposals Engineer Location: East Grinstead Industry/Sector: Automation A Technical Proposals Manager is required with knowledge of automation solutions and engineering. We are looking for a Proposals Engineer to join my clients growing engineering business who focus on the supply of automation systems, modifications and solutions to the automotive industry. My client has established a strong reputation in the global automotive marketplace. The successful candidate will produce quotations primarily for the UK automotive Industry to increase the company's market share. Candidates with experience of the Automotive industry would be well received. As a Technical Proposals Engineer you will be required to: Provide sales support to the Site Teams based around the UK Meet the customer face to face or by phone to clarify the RFQ content Concept and develop robust solutions in response to RFQs Engage engineering departments for technical assistance when necessary Issue of RFQ's to specialist equipment or service suppliers and subsequent quotation analysis Prepare a technical response to RFQs Produce detailed cost estimates in accordance with the company procedures Create project execution timing plans Manage time efficiently to ensure RFQ requests are submitted by the bid due date Engage with the customer during the bid evaluation process and present our proposal to the customer as required Liaise with our automotive division in Germany and other international locations when required The Technical Proposals Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Good, all round engineering skills Able to concept good automotive solutions for new or existing engine production lines. Able to understand and produce high level project plans. Able to effectively and efficiently liaise with specialist departments such as engineering to ensure proposed solutions are robust, well calculated and meet the customer brief. Electrical hardware bias would be advantageous. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience of working in a proposals role and an engineering background and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Technical Proposals Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / East Grinstead, West Sussex

Commercial Category Manager

Commercial Category Manager Location: Northampton Industry: Product and Supplier Management We are now recruiting for a driven and motivated Commercial Category Manager, who will direct and manage the commercial portion of the category and ensure profitable growth and value extraction of suppliers. Working for a large successful international company within the electrical components industry this is fantastic opportunity to manage a range of products and make a real difference. As a Commercial Category Manager, you will be required to: Deliver the following KPI's: sales revenue, margin, ROI customer acquisition, product range growth and growing market share. Work directly with the Portfolio Manager to develop business plans Develop long term portfolio strategy to ensure the portfolio meets the changing needs of the customer Work towards achieving the overall strategy of the organisation. Work closely with Product Marketing, Pricing and Inventory to ensure profitable sales and commercial initiatives are optimised. The Commercial Category Manager should have the following skills or experience: A strong buying/purchasing background Strong negotiating skills Successful track record in product/category management or related functional discipline Business planning and execution capability across a product category Successful supplier relationship management skills Strong commercial acumen and broad communication skills Educated to degree-level or equivalent Positive can-do attitude, takes ownership and very results oriented Marketing, purchasing and inventory control knowledge Operational problem solver and good process management capability Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of buying and product management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Commercial Category Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Northampton, Northamptonshire

Portfolio Manager

Portfolio Manager Location: Northampton Industry: Product and Supplier Management We are now recruiting for a driven and motivated Portfolio Manager, who will create and manage the product and technology strategy within a category. Working for a large successful international company within the electrical components industry this is fantastic opportunity to manage a range of products and make a real difference. The role has global responsibility requiring influence across many cultures and languages. This is an office based role with up to 20% travel. As a Portfolio Manager you will be required to: Have responsibility for the selection of suppliers and products within the offer. Have accountability for Sales revenue, ROI and Customer Acquisition Manage and have significant influence on digital product and supplier performance targets, NPI launches/value and Product Range growth. Product manage the portfolio of products having responsibility for brand management and marketing. The Portfolio Manager should have the following skills or experience: Successful track record in product/category management or related functional discipline Business planning and execution capability across a product category A collaborative team player across a business with fast moving, customer driven markets Successful supplier relationship management Demonstrates an excellent understanding of, and the ability to articulate the Value Proposition Strong commercial acumen and broad communication skills Educated to degree-level or equivalent Positive can do attitude, takes ownership and very results oriented Marketing & purchasing knowledge Experience of working with an online digital tool-set Understands the needs of engineers and buyers (targeted customers) Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of product and brand management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Portfolio Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Corby, Northamptonshire

Quality Administrator

Quality Administrator Location: Birmingham Industry: Automation A fantastic opportunity to join an established and growing company located in the centre of Birmingham with a strong reputation in the automotive and test industry. My client is looking for a Quality Administrator who will be able to support them in their assembly and test solutions whilst enabling them to achieve its own targets for timing and budgets. Day to day responsibilities include: Performing regular internal audits Operation of the non-conformance (IO) system, tracking of IOs ensuring completion of root cause, corrective actions and effectiveness Produce Quality reports for presentation to the monthly management meeting highlighting areas of concern that need addressing Maintain visible quality status information Document management and control Preparation for annual external audits Generation of reports and data Co-ordination with external auditors Management of the company procedures Departmental operational procedures Pre-delivery inspections Supplier assessments Suggestion scheme Ensure effective communication with internal departments and co-dependent suppliers and customers The Quality Administrator should have the following skills or experience: Knowledge of working in a practical process control or manufacturing environment Ability to overcome problems as they arise is important, as the ability to have self-discipline, motivation, and quick thinking Attention to detail and passionate about your work A healthy interest in the automotive industry Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of ISO9001 and quality audits and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Administrator role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Electrical Build Supervisor

Job Title: Electrical Build Supervisor Industry Sector: Automation and Robotics Location: Worcester A new Electrical Build Supervisor is required within an established and growing company with a lead provider of automation engineering services and solutions. Working across a wide range of industries including automotive, rail, aerospace, pharmaceutical, food and beverage. The new candidate will be joining a strong, highly motivated and successful team, who will play an important role in the progression of the business. We are looking for an extremely motivated candidate, a highly energised individual who is passionate about their work and can develop and grow within the role. The role of the Electrical Build Supervisor will include the following: Reporting to the Manufacturing and Logistics Manager. Managing a small team of panel wiring engineers Efficiently undertake panel builds correctly from E-Plan and Auto-cad electrical work instructions to agreed timing plans. Efficiently undertake machine field wiring correctly from E-Plan and Auto-cad electrical work instructions to agreed timing plans. Undertake site installations both locally and at distance which may require prolonged periods away from home on sites. Participate in and contribute to local daily team and project review meetings. Contribute to Continuous Improvement Activities in the work place. Maintain the company's systems in accordance with ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001. Promote the company's profile, facilities and expertise at all opportunities. The suitable candidate for the Electrical Build Supervisor role will need to possess the following competences: Minimum 5 years experience in both panel building, field wiring and site installation of automation equipment. Able to work in a tidy and methodical manner Be able to effectively liaise with site personnel including customer representatives when required. Lead site activities on customer premises when required. Prepared to work unsociable overtime hours when required to complete assignments. Must have a can do attitude, be a flexible, self-starter who has excellent attention to detail. If you are interested in this Electrical Build Supervisor role and you seek an exciting opportunity, then please click on the link to apply or contact Ed Smith - Automation Recruitment Specialist - or call 01384 446 133

Permanent / Worcester

Applications Engineer

A fantastic opportunity to join an established and growing company located in the centre of Birmingham with a strong reputation in the electronics and test industry. My client is looking for an Applications Engineer to complement a team who will be able to implement solutions to our customer's needs using our core software / hardware products. Key roles and responsibilities of the Applications Engineer: The role will involve all phases of a project life cycle from quotation and requirements support, through to specification, design and implementation to documentation, installation, commissioning, handover and support. A significant amount of time will be spent working on the development and deployment of assembly and test systems, requiring an understanding of how the components under test function and are interconnected. Analysing and developing strategies for testing electrical and electronic assemblies and components. Interfacing to components under test and peripherals using analogue and digital I/O as well as communications such as CAN and LIN, TCP/IP, USB and RS232. Development will be with Windows and ARM / PIC micro-controller systems using a variety of scripting and process control languages including C, SQL and various variants of Basic. The role requires and understanding of mechanical, electronic, electrical control and vehicle systems. Preferred Skills of the Applications Engineer: Knowledge of working in a practical process control and automation environment Basic control programming (VBA, IsaGraf, PLC Logic Control) Be able to create and write specifications for new applications or modification to existing applications Peripheral and electronics or control systems Electronic device selection and configuration Schematic layout, basic mechanical design PC builds and application configuration Ability to overcome problems as they arise is important, as the ability to have self-discipline, motivation, and quick thinking Time keeping on projects and the ability to organise your projects is important The fundamentals of programming, logic and process control Electro-mechanical systems Automotive systems Computing and automation technologies Electronics If you are seeking an exciting role within a leading organisation, then please click on the link to apply or contact Ed Smith - Automation Recruitment Specialist - or call 01384 446 133

Permanent / Birmingham

Internal Sales

Internal Sales Oldbury, West Midlands Salary Range: Circa £24,000 per annum Location: Oldbury Industry: Steel and Metals Based in the Midlands and focused on new business development and sales growth of tube and pipe products, we are seeking an Internal Sales person with sales experience, preferably in selling Stainless Steel, Duplex and Super Duplex tube/pipe and have knowledge of the UK market. As part of the Internal Sales team you will be responsible for identifying new opportunities within core sectors such as oil and gas. You will also be responsible for supporting and developing existing accounts for this established company and have the ability to build effective working relationships with internal and external colleagues, customers and suppliers. Key responsibilities as Internal Sales will include: - Manage a portfolio of key accounts to hit and exceed specified targets Accurately takes verbal enquiries Swift and accurate turnaround from enquiry to quotation, either verbal or written Chases quotation to win orders and if the order isn't place ascertain why Negotiate with customers, suppliers and colleagues at all levels Accurately and correctly input sales orders onto the computer system in a timely manner Resolve any queries or problems as speedily as possible Keep accurate specific customer information up to date by using the company CRM system. Desired skills and experience required for Internal Sales includes: - Consistent solid business ethics and integrity Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Diplomatic and negotiation skills The ability to work on their own initiative The ability to work with personnel from all levels Tact, and the ability to deal with difficult situations Numerical and budgeting skills IT skills Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience within a sales environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Internal Sales role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or .

Permanent / Oldbury