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Ed Smith

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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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Controls Engineer

Controls Engineer Location: Birmingham Industry/Sector: Automation & Robotics A Control Engineer is required for a leading design and manufacturing organisation within the automation and robotics industry. We are looking for a pro-active and driven Control Engineer with experience in machine control systems, control panel, circuit diagrams and software. You will provide Cradle to Grave support, identify opportunities, develop proposals and implement solutions that deliver tangible improvements to projects and products. You will ensure all work adheres to Health & Safety guidelines, policies, legislation and requirements. As a Conveyor Control Technician, you will be required to: Design electrical control systems and circuits in order to achieve overall design functionality of the machine in order to meet the machine build plan. Order materials, plan and manage the building of control systems, on time and within budget. Commission the electrical installation and associated software and optimise the circuitry and software, so that the machine functions correctly. Attend meetings in order to give status reports and support the day to day management of the project plan Suggest improved methods to existing and proposed designs The Controls Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Be innovative and creative Recognised trade apprenticeship or equivalent engineering qualifications PLC experience - preferably Siemens S7, Omron, Allen Bradley Electrical/control experiences in an automation environment. Experience of working with the pressures associated within a time critical project-based environment Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of control systems and automated machines and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Controls Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Robotics Engineer

Robotics Engineer Location: Birmingham Industry/Sector: Automation & Robotics A Robotics Engineer will take full responsibility for all robotics projects for a leading design and manufacturing organisation within the automation and robotics industry. Key tasks will include robot programming of the key projects within the business, sequencing of systems and PLC fault finding. Key responsibilities are for the development, testing and integration of robotic and automation systems into the live production environment. As a Robotics Engineer, you will be required to: Implement PLC and automation applications Programming of robotic systems Sequencing of automated systems PLC fault finding Resolve day-to-day automation issues The Robotics Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Robotic programming skills and experience Experience of Staubli robots would be highly advantageous, but not essential as extensive training is provided PLC experience (Omron, Allen Bradley, Siemens) Problem solving skills Conceptual thinking ability. Can translate requirements into technical solutions Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of robotic systems and programming robots and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Robotics Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Proposals Engineer - Fire Protection

Proposals Engineer - Fire Protection Location: West Midlands Industry/Sector: Fire Protection A new Proposals Engineer is required for a leading designer and supplier of fire protection systems. We are looking for a pro-active and driven Proposals Engineer with experience in estimating and costing who has preferably worked previously within the sprinkler industry. You will ensure all work adheres to Health & Safety guidelines, policies, legislation and requirements. My client is experiencing continued growth within the market and is looking to expand and add to the existing excellent team. Based in the West Midlands you will be ideally located in this area. Key responsibilities as a Proposals Engineer: Reporting in to Director level you will be responsible for preparing accurate and competitive tender documents for projects. Responsible for liaising with clients and customers, discussing technical requirements and presenting solutions to satisfy their needs. Estimating and producing detailed quotations accurately ensuring pricing and profit margins are maintained. Responsible for ensuring Health & Safety and the Environmental requirements are met on their projects in line with the procedures in the Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety manual. Effectively communicate project needs and expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion. Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the tender. Background and experience: Post-secondary education, HNC, ONC, BTEC or 'A' Level. Minimum 2-3 years' experience within an estimating role preferably within the sprinkler industry encompassing cost management and client relationships. This role offers an outstanding career development opportunity and the chance to join a well-respected market leading business. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of estimating and experience of sprinkler systems and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Proposals Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager Location: UK Industry/Sector: Metals/Engineering Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 plus bonus and car allowance A new Business Development Manager is required to join a well-established and growing organisation within the field of engineering and metal stamping/pressing. My client is going through exciting times, expending into new markets and opportunities where they need a highly driven and motivated Business Development Manager to grow and establish new business and customers. My client offers a unique combination of proven product design innovation led by UK based technical experts with high quality, cost-effective Asian manufacturing. Supported by customised worldwide end to end supply chain management, coordinated from UK HQ. Experts in all aspects of metal stamping/pressing and sheet metal fabrication, including in house precision mould design and production. As a Business Development Manager, you will be required to: Generate leads and keep in regular contact with existing prospects Present to senior decision makers within prospective clients (MD's and CEO's) Identify areas for expansion and development for new business Develop a targeted long-term new business strategy Work closely with senior management to refine how the business presents itself to fully explore and grow in new markets The Business Development Manager should have the following skills or experience: Proven experience within Business Development/New Business Management role Self-starter who is target-driven and motivated Excellent communication and presentation skills You will have experience of building relationships with senior commercial and technical decision-makers and ideally possess strong personal contacts with key players Excellent time management, an individual who thrives on working autonomously Experience working in similar markets/industries The ideal candidate will be determined, outgoing, positive, articulate and diplomatic Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience of Sales and Business Development and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Business Development Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Sevenoaks, Kent

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Location: Lichfield Industry/Sector: Automation Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 per annum A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is required within an established and growing engineering company, offering a complete turnkey solution from design and manufacture to installation, commissioning and on-going maintenance. 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 Senior Mechanical Design Engineer will include the following: Conceptual design, prototyping and testing of new products Continuous improvement / value engineering of existing products Provision of test support Delivery of technical training Liaison with suppliers on technical aspects of integration of new products in to product range Compile supporting technical documentation The suitable candidate for the Senior Mechanical Design Engineer role will need to possess the following competences: Relevant degree or demonstrable experience working in a relevant product design and development environment. Experienced Solidworks user. Knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes (e.g. machining, extrusion, plastic and alloy moulding, MIM, pressed metal powder and sheet metalwork etc.) Design of mechanical and electromechanical devices (e.g. small gear boxes, motors, etc.) Experience if Rapid prototyping, and additive manufacturing. Project management of whole product development cycle Design development from concept to series production Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of design engineering and electromechanical devices and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Senior Mechanical Design Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Proposals Engineer

Proposals Engineer - Central Birmingham - Manufacturing - £30,000 to £40,000 + bonus As the Proposals Engineer for this family business with a global supply capability, this role has significant opportunity. The business is now situated in a new manufacturing and assembly facility just outside the city centre. It produces specialist material handling equipment and systems from a basis of machining, pressings and assembly operations. This position is suitable for candidates who are experienced in reviewing customer enquiries and discussing solutions in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. As a Proposals Engineer you will be required to: Accurately and efficiently process enquiries. Accurately and efficiently process orders in a timely manner, ensure they are progressed from time of entry on the system to the product being delivered. Liaise internally with the CAD Design Engineer. Be commercially aware and focused with business development, account management and relationship building. Candidates need to understand distribution markets. Candidates must be capable of presenting technical products to a range of customer groups. The Proposals Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Communicate at a technical level to all stakeholders Present proposals confidently Identify and discuss in detail customer requirements Have proven project management capability and demonstrable entrepreneurial skills Select most appropriate products which match the specific requirement of the customer Overcome objections and win business Be commercially aware and focused with business development, account management and relationship building Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge and experience of sales and manufacturing and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Proposals Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Research & Development Engineer

Research & Development Engineer Location: Northampton Industry/Sector: Measurement Systems A new Research & Development Engineer is required within an established and growing company. The new candidate will be joining a strong, highly motivated and successful engineering team, who will play a critical role in the progression and future of the business. We are looking for an extremely motivated candidate, a highly enthusiastic individual who is passionate about engineering 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 Research & Development Engineer, you will be required to: provide timely support for new product enquiries produce innovative designs/ideas and create workable and cost-effective solutions create 3D CAD conceptual designs and 2D drawings have the ability to conduct test schedules, document the results and present these findings clearly work on short and long-term projects both in managing, documenting and performing the project activities select and specify suitable equipment suppliers and processes The Research & Development Engineer should have the following skills or experience: degree educated in an engineering discipline innovative and resourceful self-motivated and resourcefulness strong maths and IT skills strong written and oral communication, with good interpersonal manner commercial awareness proven time management and procedural abilities be able to demonstrate achievements in practical technical activities outside of work Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have electrical and instrumentation knowledge and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Research & Development Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Northamptonshire, England

Application Engineer - Measurement Specialist

Application Engineer - Measurement Specialist Location: Silverstone Industry/Sector: Industrial Metrology An Applications Engineer - Measurement Specialist is required to provide measuring support and metrology consultation for one of the world's best provider of industrial metrology applications. Key tasks will include inspection, basic training and software testing for customer components. Candidates with PC-DMIS experience with a metrology background will be well received. The role will involve attending promotional events to provide customer demonstrations and visiting customers to support sales activity. As an Applications Engineer - Measurement Specialist, you will be required to: Provide measurement support for Network members, including metrology consultation, contract inspection, basic training and software testing. Predominantly facility based role working with new and existing customers, within the Silverstone Park catchment area. Manage the scheduling and complete the inspection of customer parts, using a wide array of company and third-party inspection equipment located on site. The Application Engineer - Measurement Specialist should have the following skills or experience: Knowledge of manufacturing processes and constraints. Demonstrable experience in dimensional metrology and associated principles of manufacturing and inspection. A current working knowledge of core software, including PC-Dmis and Quindos. Work experience in advanced co-ordinate metrology. Ability to manage a project through from end to end with a thorough understanding of dependencies and consequences. Ability to read technical drawings, ideally proficiency in CAD or equivalent. Strong communication and networking skills and the ability to create and develop lasting relationships with both customers and colleagues Highly self-motivated Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of metrology and measurement applications and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Applications Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Northampton, Northamptonshire

Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer Location: Daresbury, Warrington Industry/Sector: Electrical/Mechanical Engineering My client is looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer who can provide support in the development and design of new products and solutions. My client is an engineering company developing solutions for challenging applications in the most demanding environments. The company has developed a world class command of actuator technology and a deep understanding of user requirements. 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. As a Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be required to: Create, draft and design new products and components using customer specification and recommendations Research suitable solutions and estimate costs and timescales Report progress of all assigned tasks to the Project Manager and Management Team Producing mechanical designed and drawings in line with project specifications Confirm system and components capabilities by designing testing methods; finished products and system capabilities Reading and understanding design specifications and technical drawings Carrying our feasibility studies for new technical innovations The Mechanical Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Commercially aware Has the ability to communicate with clients, colleagues and management to explain complex issues clearly and concisely Strong analytical skills and the ability to pay careful attention to detail A logical, analytical and creative approach to problems The ability to work both in a team and alone and to manage your own workload The ability to learn new skills and technologies quickly Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of design engineering and product development and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Mechanical Design Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Warrington, Cheshire

Electronics Design Engineer

Electronics Design Engineer Location: Daresbury, Warrington Industry/Sector: Electronic Engineering My client is looking for an Electronics Design Engineer who can provide support in the development and design of new products and solutions. My client is an engineering company developing solutions for challenging applications in the most demanding environments. The company has developed a world class command of actuator technology and a deep understanding of user requirements. 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. As an Electronics Design Engineer, you will be required to: 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 appropriate means Liaison with suppliers on technical aspects of integration of new products into product range The Electronics Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Thorough understanding of fundamentals of electronic design, both analogue and digital Good understanding of PCB layout including high speed designs and EMC Ability to communicate at all levels, both written and orally and to work effectively with third parties to explain complex issues clearly and concisely Qualified in an electronic engineering discipline Extensive experience in a commercial design environment Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge and experience of electronics and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Electronics Design Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Warrington, Cheshire

Senior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer

Senior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer Location: Rugby Salary: circa £50,000 + benefits An experienced Controls & Instrumentation engineer is required for this SME manufacturer of specialist precision test and measuring equipment. With an excellent reputation for high performance they supply into a diverse sector and client base from F1 to Power Generation and everything in between. To further strengthen the technical capability of their Engineering team they wish to recruit an experience Senior C&I Engineer to further enhance and develop their control & data acquisition system. To be considered for the Senior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer position you must have the following experience, knowledge or attributes: A thorough understanding of controls & instrumentation including the development of data acquisition systems that incorporate variable speed motors, inverter drives and Programmable Logic Controllers. An ability to capture requirements and interact positively with internal departments is essential. Experience of developing C&I data acquisition systems from concept to realisation and ongoing development in-line with new technology. Able to liaise confidently with customers to ensure accurate requirements and project scopes and definition are agreed and adhered to. Experienced in the use of electrical CAD, EPLAN Electric and National Instruments packages. Qualified in a suitable electronic/electrical, physics, mechatronic or automation discipline with a demonstrable track record of C&I system development. A good team player with the ability to teach, train, coach and develop the internal team creating a centre of excellence for control & instrumentation system design. This will be a very interesting and challenging role with products that are pushing the boundaries of performance. The role will require international travel though this is planned and infrequent and not for long durations. A valid UK driving license will be required. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of drives and PLC controls and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Senior Controls & Instrumentation Engineer role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Rugby, Warwickshire
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  • The automation team at Jonathan Lee has taken the time to understand our business requirements, developing local relationships with the individual sites via visits to our locations to ensure the quality of candidates is of a high standard. Furthermore, Jonathan Lee has attributed a member of its Client Services team to act as a senior level contact for Knapp. This ensures there is a high-level of pro-active engagement with us as a customer not only in the traditional recruitment process but also in areas that can indirectly contribute to our business relationship. Should anyone be looking for a recruitment partner with in-depth industry knowledge in automation that operates in an ethical, partnership-based manner I can highly recommend the team at Jonathan Lee.

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    Human Resources Manager
  • I would like to mention Ed Smith; one of your consultants who I have been working with for the last couple of years. He has helped me on a number of roles and no matter what the position, he stands out as a recruiter from all the agencies we use on our PSL. I have given him so many different roles and I don’t know how he does it, but always produces great quality candidates, managing the process with the utmost professionalism. A few months ago I recommended him to my colleague who had a project starting in Germany and again, Ed out-shone every other consultant/agency working on it. He is so professional and efficient – he is always my first call when I am realising a position.

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    Lead Recruitment Partner - UK
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