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Katharine Bignell

Senior Consultant
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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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Manufacturing Engineer - Wolverhampton

Manufacturing Engineer Wolverhampton £40,000pa + Pension + PHC + Bonus We are recruiting a Manufacturing Engineer skilled in providing engineering support to a high precision machining facility based in Wolverhampton. If you are an experienced Manufacturing Engineer with experience in the creation and continual improvement of new and existing processes to achieve delivery of business targets and objectives. As Manufacturing Engineer you're main responsibility will be in the fabrication of complex machined parts and sub-assemblies by providing timely and accurate CNC programs and work instructions from 3D models for a range of different manufacturing processes is desirable, i.e. Milling, Turning, Sliding Head turning, Grinding and Honing. You will also support 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. Our client is focused on cutting-edge technology, high quality performance and exceeding expectation which means you must be too. Key Experience HNC/ HND (vocational, professional, or advanced) or equivalent in the field of Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering Knowledge of DFM, DFSS, APQP methodologies, Lean methodologies and Zero Defects Proven specific capabilities in CNC programming using 3D CAD/CAM, (Siemens NX10.0 (Preferred), SolidWorks, EdgeCAM, Vericut) Knowledge and exposure to the following processes would be beneficial: 5 Axis Milling Mill/Turn techniques and programming Honing Lapping Grinding Flow Deburring Heat treatment If you're a Manufacturing Engineer with a background in precision machining and 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. For any further information about the Manufacturing Engineering role please contact 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Wolverhampton

Continuous Improvement Engineer

Job Title: Continuous Improvement Engineer Salary Range: £35,000pa to £40,000pa Location: Kingswinford A Continuous Improvement Engineer is required with auditing experience and strong problem solving skills and experience of implementing lean and continous improvement into production environments. A company based in Kingswinford is seeking to develop lean into their assembly environment, thus creating an exciting role for a lean specialist to develop a lean program into a completely blank canvass. Due to growth this company, a leading supplier of disability products based in Kingswinford is seeking to develop lean into their assembly environment, thus creating an exciting role for a lean specialist to develop a lean program into a completely blank canvass. As a Continuous Improvement Engineer you will be required to: Identify improvement activities, collection and analysis of data, identification of actions and execution of those actions. Review processes and available data sources for opportunities for improvement. Identify actions and drive them to completion either individually, as part of a team or as facilitator for other teams. Identify root causes of failures / complaints and issue the actions to address them through the NC and CAPA processes in a timely manner. Maintain the company’s Quality Management System ensuring compliance to ISO9001, ISO 13485 and FDA QSR requirements. Support implementation of ISO 13485. Internal process and QA auditing (Auditing the process and identifying where potential failure points are and recommending action to address in conjunction with the process owner) Cross UK site systems and audit support as required. Involvement in DFMEA and PFMEA activities Analysing, identifying and reporting on the top complaint and reliability issues, driving root cause and resolution of such issues with the operations and customer services teams Identifying and driving improvement in all operational activities (including within the supply chain) – using such techniques as 7 wastes, Kaizen etc Writing reports and presenting the output of investigations Reporting and inputting into senior management KPI’s and Management review The Lean Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree educated in engineering discipline Knowledge of SPC/Data analysis PFMEA/DFMEA, 8D/Problem solving and ISIR/PPAP Problem solving to root cause Good presentation/communication skills Good at prioritising and managing high workload Problem solving and root cause analysis skills CMM Knowledge and the ability to read engineering drawings is desirable IT Skills (Word/Excel as a minimum) QMS, H&S and EMS Experience (ISO 9001/ISO 18001 and ISO 14001) Experience in medical equipment or similar industry Understanding of NPD Processes Medical Device quality systems and their implementation Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon, if you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the CI Engineer role, please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. 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 / Kingswinford

Maintenance Technician

Job Title: Maintenance Technician Industry Sector: Automotive Permanent Location: Derby Salary: circa £40,000pa Inclusive of Shift + Overtime + Pension + Car Scheme A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for two Maintenance Technicians to work for a prestigious company in Derby to support the maintenance of equipment, technologies and systems, enabling ‘World Class’ Manufacturing for this high-volume manufacturing plant. As Maintenance Technician you will be responsible for keeping the production line running smoothly and you will become part of our dedicated maintenance team with the opportunity to develop and broaden your skills in this most demanding and fast-moving automotive environments. As a Maintenance Technician, your duties will be to: Maintain plant Machinery & Equipment Improve processes to minimise any disruption to line Reactive & Preventative maintenance on Assembly lines Ability to fault find Electrical & Mechanical issues Be able to work individually & as part of a team As a Maintenance Technician you will have: Flexibility to work a 3-shift working pattern (AMs/PMs & Nights) Experience of working with PLC programs Pneumatic or electrical systems experience Previous Maintenance experience within a fast paced Automotive or Manufacturing environment Electrical & Mechanical Maintenance skills The salary for Maintenance team members is circa £40,000 inclusive of shift premium is payable based on a 3-shift pattern plus any overtime. Your contribution will be recognised by an excellent package of benefits. In addition to an attractive salary, you can look forward to: Pension Life assurance Private healthcare Attractive car schemes 33 days’ paid holiday (including bank holidays) Company sickness benefit Free work wear Subsidised restaurant facilities Company bonus On-site Nursery Childcare vouchers During your first three months, we will assess your skills in each of the following: Electrical systems Mechanical systems Fluid power systems Toyota maintenance systems You’re not expected to be skilled in all these areas and there may be some in which you have no knowledge, however the aim is to assist in tailoring a training programme for you. The training will be on the job training, which will be supported by some off the job training which will take place at our on-site Training Academy. Interest for these positions will undoubtedly be high, so please apply directly to the advert or contact Katharine Bignell for more information 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Derby

Continuous Improvement Engineer

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT ENGINEER West Bromwich 'Competitive Salary' We are recruiting a Continuous Improvement Engineer for a leading manufacturer of automotive products based in West Bromwich, this is an exciting role for someone who is seeking a challenge to lead continuous improvement projects and be pivotal in driving change across the site. As Continuous Improvement Engineer you will drive and promote continuous improvement standards and methodologies, to achieve manufacturing excellence. You will promote a Continuous Improvement mindset throughout the facility and support process assessments to achieve business goals. Main Accountabilities: Conduct and lead CI workshops applying Standard Lean manufacturing techniques. Tracks and reports the status of all projects or action plans in the Plant Improvement Plan (PIP) developed by the plant management Team. Implement Lean projects that produce an improvement of the plant KPIs or any other indicators of interest for the company. Coordinate and support process assessments within the plant and follow up the deployment of the action plan. Train and develop line management in the formulation and execution of lean projects. Liaise with technical experts in order to deliver CI actions or projects. Communicate and deploy best practices within the plant Report Continuous Improvement's KPIs at Plant level Competencies: Educated to degree level Ability to lead and coordinate projects Communicates effectively at all Levels Demonstrated performance in delivering results Objective, open-minded Assertive and Self-Motivated Computer literate and statistical knowledge English language essential Manufacturing background, preferably automotive Interested applicants should apply to this advert today or contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd for more information regarding the roles. 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 Bromwich

Data Scientist

Data Scientist Derby 'Competitive' Description We are recruiting a Data Scientist to join an engineering Quality Assurance team at a world renown engineering plant in Derbyshire, to support with complex data extraction from a fast paced and state-of-the-art engineering plant. The ideal candidate will have hands on experience using tools like python to deploy & monitor models effectively to improve business and engineering processes. Accountabilities Work with Engineers to extract data from existing machinery and information systems. Support installation of new monitoring systems. Analyse and evaluate data to identify location and causes of manufacturing problems, or issues with quality. Use the data to present opportunities and focus areas for improvement. Work with Engineers to implement improvements and monitor to ensure success. Skills / attributes Logical approach to problem solving Strong data analysis skills Able to use data to identify solutions Able to communicate the outcomes of analysis simply and communicate opportunities to Engineers. The Data Scientist will be degree qualified in Computer Science, Electronics, Software Engineering, and have knowledge or experience of big data and its extrapolation to use to improve and enhance manufacturing processes. This is an exciting role with the potential of growth and development in the future. Applicants will receive excellent salary and benefits packages and be part of a successful and forward thinking organisation. Please apply to this advert today or contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee 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 / Derbyshire

Manufacturing Engineer (CNC)

Manufacturing Engineer 'Competitive Salary' Bridgnorth A Manufacturing Engineer is required with knowledge of CNC Machining within a high volume manufacturing environment. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to growth this company, a description based in Bridgnorth requires a dynamic Manufacturing Engineer with machining experience for a new permanent role . As a Manufacturing Engineer you will be required to: Manufacturing process planning CNC offline program creation Training and instruction of others in offline programming CNC cutting tool selection and procurement. Fixture design and procurement when appropriate Customer liaison on design for manufacture and general technical issues Data control, route cards, drawing control, program storage and management Introduce and progress New Products through the shop Liaise with suppliers for sub-contract processing Support costing of new work Setting and operation of CNC machines for the prove out process of new products Technically guide the datum balancing machining section Responsibility for sign off of new programs and hand over to B56 & B52 production teams Responsibility for New Product Introduction in both B56 & B52 machining areas. Introduction of Open Minds Hypermill programming to B56. Any other duties commensurate with the position as requested. The Manufacturing Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Experience of CAM Knowledge of on line ISO programming An in-depth knowledge of technical drawings, geometric tolerances and practices A good understanding of inspection methods. Self motivated and disciplined A confident communicator Able to motivate others Quality orientated Team player Solution provider and good researcher Experience of managing a small team would be desirable Understanding of Open Minds Hypermill programming system Experience of automotive high tolerance component machining in a production environment This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of manufacturing engineer to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Bridgnorth-based automotive company will offer you: - Competitive Salary - Career Development Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of CNC Machining and CAD/CAM and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Engineer role, please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446188. 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 / Bridgnorth
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