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Ed Smith

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  1. 01384 446133
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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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Maintenance Technician

Maintenance Technician Location: Nuneaton Industry/Sector: Maintenance and Engineering A Maintenance Technician is required for a leading distributor of electronics, automation and control components. We are looking for a multi-skilled Maintenance Technician who you will provide, on a shift basis, preventative, reactive and continuous improvement (projects) maintenance services, including inspection, diagnosis, repair, calibration, improvements and upgrading of control equipment and handling equipment. You must be a multi-skilled, electrically strong candidate. You will be required to work on the following types of equipment: roller conveyors, small three phase mounts, control cabinets, picking (e.g. cranes) and automated equipment. As a Maintenance Technician you will be required to: Ensure reliable and safe operation of all equipment processes for the whole site. Help deliver zero downtime, zero accidents and 100% customer order fulfilment to the schedules set out by the logistics and operations function. Prioritise tasks, work on own initiative, maintain a safe and tidy workshop, liaise with external contractors and comply with H&S roles and statutory regulations. Plan maintenance and servicing on all MHE equipment, record and document all activity and assist in the installation, commissioning and trials of equipment as directed. The Maintenance Technician should have the following skills or experience: Recognised maintenance qualification (NVQ level 3 or above) Previous experience in a similar industrial environment Able to interpret electrical, pneumatic, mechanical and PLC drawings and schematics Knowledge of H&S legislation. Experience of working within a time critical, distribution/operational/manufacturing environment. Knowledge of PLC's and control systems Knowledge of Lean manufacturing processes Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of industrial electrical equipment and have a maintenance background and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Maintenance Technician role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Area Sales Manager - North of England/Scotland

Area Sales Manager Location: North of England and Scotland Industry/Sector: Conveying Solutions A new Area Sales Manager is required to join a well-established and growing organisation within the field of pneumatic conveying and waste extraction systems from the plastics, paper, packaging and recycling sectors. A true market-leader with subsidiaries in Europe, US, Asia and Africa, this is a fantastic opportunity to join a successful sales team to help achieve substantial growth. The role will cover the North of England and Scotland region and the ideal candidate will be located within the area. We are looking for an extremely motivated, self-starter, who can manage their own diary and sales activity. This Area Sales Manager role is a customer facing role, establishing new relationships and growing the existing customer base. As an Area Sales Manager, you will be required to: Be responsible for the growth and development of sales for the North of England and Scotland area, achieving and exceeding set targets Ensuring maximum market presence and awareness is created Function as project manager on your own sales projects - manage the project from A-Z To gain comprehensive product and market knowledge to ensure opportunities are fulfilled to meet the customer's expectations Follow leads through to generate new sales of equipment and systems to end users, machinery manufactures and dealer. Conduct site surveys to assess customer needs for new or existing installations Prepare detailed and accurate quotations. Work autonomously from your home office. The Area Sales Manager should have the following skills or experience: Industrial and technical sales experience would be beneficial Experience with Solution Selling techniques Experience with providing technical support on products and systems being sold Commercially aware and focused with business development, account management and lead generation/development. Engineer background would be beneficial but not essential as full training will be provided. Solution orientated and a hands-on approach Excellent communication levels having the ability to discuss requirements at all levels of the organisation, from machine operator to board director. A positive attitude who can motivate guide others to achieve success Commercially aware ensuring projects are won within agreed profit margins Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Sales and Key Account Management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Area Sales Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Tyne and Wear, England

UK Sales Manager

UK Sales Manager Location: UK Industry/Sector: Conveying Solutions A new UK Sales Manager is required to join a well-established and growing organisation within the field of pneumatic conveying and waste extraction systems from the plastics, paper, packaging and recycling sectors. A true market-leader with subsidiaries in Europe, US, Asia and Africa, this is a fantastic opportunity to join and lead a successful sales team to achieve substantial growth. As a UK Sales Manager, you will be required to: Lead, motivate and support Area Sales Managers. Report to the Sales Director at the HQ in Denmark. Be responsible for own sales area covering East Anglia and the Midlands. Develop a targeted long-term new business strategy. Generate leads and keep in regular contact with existing prospects. Follow leads through to generate new sales of equipment and systems to end users, machinery manufactures and dealer. Function as project manager on your own sales projects - manage the project from A-Z Conduct site surveys to assess customer needs for new or existing installations Prepare detailed and accurate quotations. Maintain good customer relations building close and lasting relationships with key accounts and customers. Work closely with senior management to refine how the business presents itself to fully explore and grow in their markets Work autonomously from your home office. The UK Sales Manager should have the following skills or experience: Outstanding track record of success within a Technical Sales Manager position. Experience with Solution Selling techniques Have a technical background with experiences in ventilation systems or air conveying would be an advantageous. Target and results driven, being self-motivated with the ability to work on your own and work remotely. Solution orientated and a hands-on approach Excellent communication levels having the ability to discuss requirements at all levels of the organisation, from machine operator to board director. A positive attitude who can motivate guide others to achieve success Commercially aware ensuring projects are won within agreed profit margins Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Business Development and Sales Management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the UK Sales Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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. 4IR

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer Location: Felbridge Industry/Sector: Automation and Robotics A new Mechanical 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. Engineering within a multi-disciplined department the role will need the ability to communicate design information with different disciplines and adapt designs to suit; new designs will typically be completed in 3D but the modification of existing machines may be carried out in 2D or 3D. As a Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be required to: Conceptual layouts for new machines and modification to existing machines Detail design of assembly systems and automation systems. Integration of proprietary equipment into bespoke designs. Creation of 3D models. Modification of existing equipment using 2D designs typically in AutoCAD. Presentation of designs at internal and customer reviews. Creation of detail drawings and bills of material plus checking of designs and drawings by others Producing engineering calculations where required Preparation of FMEA's, risk assessments and technical construction files Fault finding and analysis of machines during build and test both in house and on customer sites Liaising with project engineers, customers, suppliers and other departments Interfacing with electrical hardware and software / commissioning engineers Creating documentation for manuals and machine related documentation The Mechanical Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Educated to a minimum HNC in mechanical engineering or equivalent Experience in special purpose design with knowledge of assembly techniques Ability to work under time constraints and pressure in a calm and logical way. Ability to manage multiple projects at once. Eexperience of automation systems Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of automation and mechanical design 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 / East Grinstead, West Sussex

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.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager Location: UK Industry/Sector: Metals/Engineering 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 / Birmingham, West Midlands

System and Support Manager

System and Support Manager Location: Corby Industry/ Sector: Warehouse Distribution A System and Support Manager is required with excellent planning & organising skills and good knowledge of conveyor control systems. Candidates with experience of warehouse distribution would be well received. The role is responsible for leading the support functions on site to include the Outbound Control Room, Operational logistical data management and administration for the Site. Ownership of control room activity to support Order fulfilment, providing analysis and reporting to improve/maintain customer service levels. Providing the Site team with insight on stock movements to remove waste and ensure maximum efficiency. As a System and Support Manager you will be required to: Produce weekly / monthly site performance reports for Site and Global Operations Leadership Teams Proactively build network across the business, personally supporting change initiatives and ensuring plans are in place within the site to support delivery Support and drive Continuous Improvement (CI), within the department and site, delivering tangible and measurable benefits Produce appropriate reports proactively highlighting potential future issues, around storage and availability The System and Support Manager should have the following skills or experience: Broad operational experience of delivery within a fast paced, complex environment Excellent planning & organising skills with the ability to demonstrate successful plan delivery Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to appropriately inform and influence audiences at all levels Highly numerate with excellent, proven analytical skills Technically competent with the latest reporting tools i.e. BW/BICC Extensive knowledge of SAP Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of stock movement and distribution planning and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the System and Support Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Corby, Northamptonshire
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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.

    Alexia English

    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.

    Ayesha Condon

    Lead Recruitment Partner - UK