Jon Blaze

Head of Recruitment Operations
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Jon is Head of Recruitment Operations, responsible for the recruitment teams in all our offices across the UK, and a Director of Jonathan Lee Design Services, bringing outsourced digital design solutions to a range of key clients.

Qualified with a BEng in Manufacturing and Business Studies from Coventry University in 1994, Jon began his career in manufacturing engineering and health & safety working with heat transfer and power generation equipment before spending five years in process engineering, quality and engineering management roles in electronics assembly for automotive and industrial controls.

Jon joined Jonathan Lee in 2002 quickly achieving great results as a consultant within the manufacturing team focusing on production management, maintenance, cost engineering and more. The business supported him to gain his post grad diploma and chartered membership of the CIPD and he completed an MA in Human Resource Management before moving into a regional management role.

In 2012, Jon was appointed to head up all recruitment operations across the UK. His current role is both exciting and very strategic; he ensures the managing consultants and their respective teams have the structure, operational framework, skills and tools required to ensure we exceed customer expectations – ultimately driving business success.

Jon feels working at Jonathan Lee provides a unique opportunity to apply both his technical and management skills: “I consider it a privilege to have worked with some of the best-known brands in the world and the very best candidates the market has to offer, in an organisation whose people set the highest standards in the drive to be the customer’s first choice.”

Vehicle Individualisation Co-ordinator

My client is an automotive manufacturer based in the West Midlands. They currently have a vacancy for a Vehicle Individualisation Co-ordinator in their purchasing team and seek talented buyers with several years automotive systems and NPI procurement experience, preferably gained in automotive OEMs or first tier suppliers manufacturing complex products. As the Vehicle Individualisation Coordinator you will be responsible for evaluating and understanding the order details for each vehicle order received from the customer. You will be responsible for communicating the full individualization requirements to all internal stakeholders, and working with the purchasing team, you will play a key role in securing the supply of low volume bespoke components to ensure that all key suppliers within the supply chain that are affected by a personalized item can react and facilitate the requests in a timely manner. This will involve negotiating and agreeing prices and terms with suppliers in order to achieve the best outcomes on cost while considering design, volume and timing constraints. Key Responsibilities : Evaluating and communicating customer individualisation requests internally to all stakeholders. Communicating customer individualisation requests internally to purchasing, material planning and logistics. Interfacing with the customer on a regular base to ensure a consistent flow of information. Negotiating and agreeing prices and terms with suppliers. Define and establish all internal routines and procedures to bring structure to the individualization process. Key Areas of Authority: Responsible for receiving and communicating individualisation orders provided by the customer and inputting them into the system. Negotiating and agreeing prices and terms with suppliers. Basic Requirements : Experience of production component purchasing within an automotive environment. Experience of project management and an understanding of new product development processes. It is important that you are well organised, able to follow processes and procedures and have excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate in an effective, friendly and professional manner to all stakeholders. Good problem solving ability required to overcome problems arising from specific cost, quality, time and logistics issues. A good knowledge of SAP system. A good understanding of vehicle BOMs. 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 / Coventry


Summary: My client's organisation is a small, experienced team of people who are passionate about successfully bringing their technologically leading product to market. Each team member has a 'hands on' approach and supports each other for the benefit of the programme. The Buyer conducts Procurement and Supply Chain activities. This is a highly dynamic and flexible role, and will include working closely with the Head of Procurement & Supply Chain, Supplier Development/ Supplier Quality function and the Chief Engineer as the test & validation programme is completed, BoM cost is optimised and the supplier nomination process is finalised. The Buyer will be responsible for ensuring: that all supplier nominations are carried out according to defined standard process; that gains maximum commercial advantage with each sourcing decision; that adequate order coverage & production scheduling is maintained by part/ by supplier; that effective Supplier Relationship Management is undertaken across a defined group of suppliers; that parts are expedited as required to meet build requirements. Responsibilities: Bring suppliers on-board via defined formal nomination process. Negotiate best possible parts and tooling costs, using Total Cost of Ownership methodology. Negotiate best possible contract terms by exception, using standard General Purchase Conditions. Expedite parts as required for urgent build activities. Assess, measure and develop suppliers via on-site Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM). Carry out Supplier Assessments (remote & on site), Implementation of Lean, Best In Quality, Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP) & Advanced Parts Quality Planning (APQP) in conjunction with Supplier Development function. Participate in BoM-wide Value Add/ Value Engineering activities. Develop and implement the appropriate metrics to measure and improve Supplier Commercial Performance. Collaborate with suppliers in order to form mutually beneficial long-term partnerships. Monitor suppliers' adherence to ECN (Engineering Change Notification) & PCN (Process Change Notification) systems. Develop the supply base to ensure they fulfil the requirements across the key metrics, to include: cost, delivered quality, on time delivery performance and continuous improvement as a minimum. Support the Supply Chain Strategy/ies. Support the Cost Reduction Roadmap Strategy. Support the Product Lifecycle Management and Bill of Materials systems. Previous Experience: At least 5 years' experience in Procurement & Supply Chain in a Manufacturing environment. Longer experience will be valued as will demonstrable experience of running/ managing Supply Chain with powertrain suppliers. Experience of (but not limited to) powertrain, machined parts, cast or forged parts, mouldings, A-surface parts. Experience in & good understanding of Total Cost of Ownership methodology. At least 2 years in a 'blue chip' manufacturing / engineering organisation where 'automotive level' procurement and supply chain processes and practices have been demonstrated. Ideally has also worked in a Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) and is able to demonstrate the ability to 'roll their sleeves up' and personally get things done as part of a small team. Personal Attributes: Integrity is paramount. Team player, comfortable with supporting, and accepting support from, colleagues. High energy to drive results with enthusiasm and pace. Willingness to travel Europe-wide and, when necessary, globally. Dynamic, flexible, able to rise to meet new challenges. Ability to balance 'hands on' with longer term vision and processes. Makes the best decisions for the business, not just within a functional 'silo'. Determination to achieve the best possible business results. Qualifications: CIPS (preferred). Degree qualified or equivalent by experience. 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 / West Midlands

General Manager

Our client is a niche automotive design and vehicle builder seeking to establish a presence in the South East. The business is currently undergoing a huge period of growth, with the introduction of new product lines and clients and as a result is looking for a General Manager to help establish and run new business unit and manufacturing operation in the South East.   The successful candidate will be responsible for running a single site operation in a rapidly growing business, operating in a regulated market, within proximity of the customer. This is a start-up operation where you will support, and project manage the implementation of the facility with the Senior Leadership Team.   Responsibilities: Organisational management, including top-down objective setting and tracking, recruitment planning, succession and development Contribute to sound financial performance of the business unit including management of targets, budgets, outcomes, evaluation, improvement. Ensure effective implementation of wider business strategies and initiatives working in harmony with the functional Directors of the business, specifically sales, purchasing, IT, finance, and HR. Provide support and project manage the implementation phase of the plant. Own the operational budget for the plant and drive cost reduction in line with the overall business strategy Drive the sales and operations planning for the site ensuring to maximise both plant and resources efficiently, while driving continuous improvement and quality Ensure that the operation of the plant is in strict accordance with all relevant legal, statutory, and regulatory requirements, quality and environmental standards, health, safety, and wellbeing requirements Continually review processes with site management, allowing them to contribute to the strategic objectives outlined for the business Provide strong leadership and direction to create and maintain a safe manufacturing environment that produces the highest quality products based on meeting customer requirements   Skills and Experience: Extensive experience as a Senior Leader overseeing a team of circa 100 Experience working in a regulated industry, automotive sector experience is essential, knowledge of trim and assembly process or special vehicles will be advantageous Experience of running a standalone site and working with a remote SLT Demonstrable leadership, delegation and excellent inter-personal skills with the proven ability to establish and maintain good employee and customer relations. The ability to maintain calm under pressure and work to deadlines Effective use of problem solving and decision-making skills Efficiency, planning and organisational skills     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 / Essex

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