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Katharine Bignell

Senior Consultant
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  2. katharine.bignell@jonlee.co.uk
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Katharine is a BSc (Hons) Product Design qualified automotive specialist, with 12 years experience recruiting in providing a professional and consultative service to global automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Successfully sourcing skilled engineering professionals on both a permanent and contract basis, within her areas of professionalism, manufacturing, project management, production, operations & lean, she is focused on providing a first class experience for both candidates and clients.

With strong account management ability, Katherine manages recruitment projects effectively and provide strong communication lines throughout the process. Experienced in managing contingency based searches, retained assignments and mass recruitment projects, she is driven, organised and has exceptional resourcing skills.

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Senior Accounts Administrator / Internal Sales Support

Senior Accounts Administrator / Internal Sales Support Birmingham £30,000pa - £37,500pa A leading supplier of capital machinery based in Kings Norton, is seeking a driven Senior Accounts Administrator / Internal Sales Support to support their business in a dual accounts and sales administration role. The Senior Accounts Administrator / Internal Sales Support will have resilience and a can do attitude, coupled with previous experience in accountancy processes and exposure to working in a sales environment. With strong communication skills, the ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads and good time management the Senior Accounts Administrator / Internal Sales Support must possess a high level of administration ability to effectively manage paperwork. Key responsibilities: Be able to separate time effectively between accounts and sales support. Capable of dealing with customer telephone calls and supporting the actions of internal sales. Capable of producing monthly reports. Purchase Ledger Sales Ledger Nominal Ledger Preparing VAT returns. Reconcile accounts Credit control Project management Sub-contractor payments CIS returns Monthly Payroll Payroll RTI Managing customer enquiries over the telephone Monitoring company emails Main purpose of the job Key responsibilities: Any other adhoc office duties. Good excel skills required. Daily use of internal CRM system (ACT) and ordering/accounting system (OPERA3). Knowledge of IT and communications, capable of finding the best deal for the company. To establish excellent communications and working relationships with customers. To deal with queries and potential problems/issues quickly on own initiative, sensitively and assertively. To organise and plan own workload in order to meet all deadlines. Ideally the Senior Accounts Administrator will be qualified to a minimum of Level 3 in professional accountancy qualification (AAT, CIMA, ACCA etc) and have experience of working in a SME or accountancy based setting and have a very much hands on and adaptable approach to work. In return for your skills and experience this forward thinking company will offer a competitive salary of up to £37,500pa, pension, health scheme and full training. This is a permanently employed position and the contracted hours are 08.30 - 17.00 Monday - Friday. Applicants should apply to this role today and contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment for any more information. 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 / Birmingham

Senior Manufacturing Engineer - 7 months FTC

Senior Manufacturing Engineer - 7 Months FTC Tewkesbury £50,000pa A leading Aerospace company is looking for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer to join their team on a 7-month fixed term contract at their site in Tewkesbury, the Project Manager will lead and support the effective creation of new processes to establish turn-key packages for other manufacturing facilities to utilise, for increased reliability and flexibility of supply. As Project Manager you will provide support to NPI programs to ensure new designs fit with the manufacturing strategy. Offering guidance on design changes to aid the manufacturability of components, helping to ensure standard features are carried across product families as a way of safeguarding part standardisation.This organisation is focused on cutting-edge technology, high quality performance and exceeding expectation which means you must be too. Key Experience BSc Degree (vocational, professional, or advanced) or equivalent in the field of Mechanical/ Production Engineering. (Preferred) HNC/ HND (vocational, professional, or advanced) or equivalent in the field of Mechanical/ Production Engineering. Significant progressive experience (usually post-education) in the field of manufacturing/process engineering Extensive progressive experience (usually post-education) in the field of manufacturing Proven general capabilities in DFM, DFSS, APQP methodologies, Lean methodologies and Zero Defects. Proven specific capabilities in CNC programming using 3D CAD/CAM, (Siemens NX10.0 (Preferred), Vericut, Partmaker/Featurecam) Knowledge and exposure to the following processes would be beneficial: Honing EDM Die Sink & Wire Lapping Grinding Flow Deburring Anodising Heat treatment If you're up for the challenge of playing a major role in helping our company continue its history of success and want to have a wide scope of accountabilities while working for a world class company then please apply today! If you have any questions regarding the role then please call Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd. 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 Contracts are those of an Employment Business.

Interim / Gloucestershire

Project Leader

Project Manager £40,000pa - £45,000pa Reading A leading aerospace company based in Reading is looking to recruit a Project Manager to achieve both its business goals and its strategic growth ambitions as their cutting edge technology has been adopted as the preferred choice in an expanding variety of applications within the Space and Defence Sector, this is an exciting and unique opportunity to provide effective leadership and management in order to help the organisation. As a Project Leader, you will manage multiple concurrent projects to a successful outcome by making the best use of the Company's resources and working with the functional departments (Sales, Design engineering, Manufacturing engineering, Operations and Quality). What will make you stand out is your ability to develop a strong working relationship with both your internal and external stakeholders enabling you to see the bigger picture and to be able to plan strategically. You'll be creative, able to react quickly and appropriately to different situations and have the confidence to bring people on your side. Key Expertise Degree or an equivalent qualification in an Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic or a Project Management related discipline is preferable Proficient with IT tools for data analyses and communication, e.g., MS Projects, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint The ability to write detailed reports and produce high quality documentation. Previous experience in a similar role, preferably in an engineering design and manufacturing environment. Possess strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills to allow you to work effectively with the project teams and stakeholders, and to be used effectively in handling customer relations in a positive manner regardless of the situation. In return for your skills and experience this company will pay you a competitive annual salary of £40-45K with an extensive benefits package, with a strong emphaisis on training and development. Interested applicants should apply to this advert or contact Katharine Bignell for more information. 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 / Reading

CNC Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer (CNC) Birmingham £38,000pa - £40,000pa We are recruiting a Manufacturing Engineer with a strong technical understanding of CNC machining processes to work in a complex machining environment, for a leading car manufacturer based in Birmingham. In this role you will be supporting the production disciplines by continuously ensuring the optimisation of processes and technologies in the existing production systems. You will be organising and managing production driven improvements as well as supporting Lean Thinking methods used by the production team and ensure that problems are managed and corrected with repeatable and robust methods. You will also support new projects by providing lessons learnt with feedback and data. As Manufacturing Engineer: In your role you will take the lead on providing solutions for tasks and problems identified by the production teams through their critical KPI's. You will ensure that performance of the machinery and processes are maximised. It will be your responsibility to support in the continuous improvement of all processes and plant standards within designated area. Inspire and drive change to improve quality and efficiency Maintain and improve the process Control plan. Another important aspect of your role will be to develop investment plans to support process improvements. You will be required to support others through training when delivering new facilities and source training to support production needs. Qualifications and Experience Educated to a minimum of HNC or equivalent in engineering related discipline. Time served apprentice in Mechanical/Electrical/Production discipline. Experience working in a complex Machining environment. Excellent analytical and reporting skills Project management skills. Experience in high volume manufacturing processes preferably within the automotive industry. Knowledge of process control techniques and gauging methods. If you are motivated and committed to process improvement and enjoy leading the way on problem solving? Apply today! In return for your skill set you will receive a competitive salary and enjoy an exceptional range of benefits including immediate opportunity to purchase/lease a vehicle at a special reduced rate, the ability to progress and shape your career across, pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, work-life balance and family-friendly policies, subsidised canteen, ample on-site parking and of course you'll be working for the world's leading manufacturer of premium cars and motorcycles. If you have the ability to drive change and innovation through excellent process technology knowledge and can communicate effectively in order to influence and engage stakeholders then apply now, or if you have any questions about the Manufacturing Engineer role then please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd for more information. 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 / United Kingdom

Process Engineer (CNC Machining)

Process Engineer (CNC/Finishing) Birmingham £35,000pa - £38,000pa We are recruiting a Process Engineer with a strong technical understanding of machining processes with volume manufacturing, to include CNC Honing, Grinding, Finishing processes, for a leading car manufacturer based in Birmingham who are seeking a technical specialist in finishing process to provide an in-depth knowledge of these processes to ensure existing processes are developed and continuously improved. As Process Engineer: In this role you will ensure that new and existing process technologies are developed and improved throughout the process life cycle. Further to this, part of your role will be to investigate, plan and implement new technologies and improvements. As the expert for special processes you will also be the central partner for pre-series process development with engineering, planning and equipment suppliers. Being project and target focused you will optimise tooling and process technologies to ensure project and series targets are achieved. Play a critical role in scrap reduction - reduce costs and improve throughput. Drive and champion tooling and process improvements across the line. Support overall Quality and capability improvements. Qualifications and Experience: Degree in an Engineering discipline is desirable. HNC in an Engineering discipline is required. In depth knowledge of machining techniques and processes, tooling technologies and application, quality control and measurement systems. Specialist Knowledge of the following machining processes (CNC Machining Honing, Robotic wash processes and High-volume Assembly) is a key requirement of this role. Knowledge of problem resolution techniques (PDCA, Q-Tools, SPC) is also required. Use of the systems to analyse and establish bottlenecks and develop methods to overcome them. Understand and use of Quality tools and techniques to establish root cause and ensure product Quality is maintained and improved. In return for your skill set you will receive a competitive salary and enjoy an exceptional range of benefits including immediate opportunity to purchase/lease a vehicle at a special reduced rate, the ability to progress and shape your career across, pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, work-life balance and family-friendly policies, subsidised canteen, ample on-site parking and of course you'll be working for the world's leading manufacturer of premium cars and motorcycles. If you have the ability to drive change and innovation through excellent process technology knowledge and can communicate effectively in order to influence and engage stakeholders then apply now, or if you have any questions then please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd for more information. 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 / Birmingham

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer £35,000 to £45,000 pa plus Benefits (Negotiable) Location: South Wales Production, Manufacturing, Systems, Line Balancing, NPI, TAKT Time, Assembly, Process Improvement, Plant Layout A Manufacturing Engineer is required with knowledge of the implementation of new equipment and facilities within an assembly or trim & final environment, being responsible for delivering robust processes and manufacturing improvements. Candidates with experience of the low volume and batch assembly especially within the automotive arena would be well received. Due to expansion and growth this company, an innovative organisation who build niche vehicles in South Wales requires a forward thinking and proactive Manufacturing Engineer with knowledge of facility and tooling requirements, process documentation, layout planning and problem resolution for a new permanent role. As a Manufacturing Engineer you will be required to: - Process: To implement Trim & Final Assembly related Production and Manufacturing Systems including visual aids, Jig & Fixtures, torque & tooling detail, etc. - Facilities / Layout: Working with Logistics and Facilities Engineers to determine efficient station layouts including modifications to existing facilities, part presentation requirements, equipment and documents for implementation and approval. - Process: To support the implementation of Trim and Final Assembly related Processes aligned to operation sheets including visual aids, torque & tooling detail, quality requirements and safety info. - Manpower: Develop effective manpower requirements reflecting volume mix and model specification including method improvements to achieve hours per car target. - Tooling: To select and install appropriate Jigs and Fixtures, including specialised hand tools and power tool to meet vehicle quality and build targets. - Health and Safety: To liaise with the Health and Safety department to ensure all processes and materials are suitable for the manufacturing environment. - Technical Support: Provide information about build process / sequence and technical specifications. - Design for Assembly: To communicate best practices to Product Engineering to improve station ergonomics, hours per car and built in quality including poke yoke or error proofing. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of assembly processes, vehicle build or trim & final seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South Wales based automotive company will offer you: - £40,000 to £45,000 pa plus Benefits (Negotiable) - Career progression and development within a forward thinking and expanding organsiation in a niche arena Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of development and implementation of production/manufacturing systems within an assembly arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Systems Engineer’s role, please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email katharine.bignell@jonlee.co.uk . 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 / Pontypool

Lean Manager

Lean Manager Coventry Competitive Salary & Benefits Package A new start up business with an innovative and agile approach to manufacture is seeking to recruit a Lean Manager to take lead responsibility for achieving cycle time targets for the production line, driving the cycle time down in order to meet financial plans and to deploy and maintain a Lean culture and ethos throughout the organisation. As Lean Manager you will support the business with its unique expertise and technology, to achieve its goals in ramping up for volume manufacture. The Lean Manager Key Responsibilities: Delivering the cycle time reduction targets for Manufacturing Development of diagnostics to determine priority areas and track progress Leading cross functional activities on Yamazumi and kaizen events Working with the Quality team to ensure we are tracking yield throughout the process correctly and are able to deploy resource effectively to address root cause of failures In partnership with Quality, Production and Manufacturing Engineering delivering on end of line first pass yield targets Tracking of kaizens and working with the cross functional teams to close them out Coaching of team members in Lean tools Staying informed on industry best practise Define and specify external training deliverables that relate to Lean activities Development and deployment of the Bladon Operating System Be an integral part of the cross functional team to ensure successful new product introductions that meet launch targets Qualifications & Experience; Demonstrable experience within an Lean Operations management role Capable of success in a fast paced environment with changing priorities Proven record of delivering improvement projects Significant experience within a Lean Manufacturing environment - ideally Automotive or Aerospace, including familiarity with Just In Time manufacture 6 Sigma / Lean Certification If you have extensive experience within this field and the ability to deliver in a highly dynamic environment, please apply today or if you have any questions contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd. If you are a Lean Manager this is a fantastic opportunity to join an innovative engineering Company and use your skills and knowledge within a supportive, engaging environment. 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
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