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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 (CNC)

Are you an experienced CNC Production/|Manufacturing Engineer with exposure to optimising process within an CNC machining based environment? If so we require a CNC Production/|Manufacturing Engineer for a leading Automotive brand based in the West Midlands, who offer exciting and rewarding careers. The CNC Production/|Manufacturing Engineer will be responsible to support the production disciplines by continuously ensuring the optimisation of processes and technologies in the existing production systems, organisation and management of production driven improvements, support the VPS (Value Added Production System) methods used by the production team ensuring 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. Qualifications and Experience Ability to analyse and resolve technical issues using systematic problem resolution techniques. Ability to Motivate and co-ordinate people and mobilise resources to achieve desired results. Excellent analytical and reporting skills, with high level of personal commitment and motivation. Project management skills. Experience in high volume manufacturing processes preferably within the automotive industry. Knowledge of process control techniques and gauging methods. Educated to a minimum of HNC or equivalent in engineering related discipline. A time served as an apprentice in Mechanical/Electrical/Production discipline. Interested applicants should apply to this advert or contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Tooling Manager - Casting

We are recruiting a Tooling Manager/ Technical Manager for a highly progressive and innovative company based in Shropshire who produce cast products for the automotive and motor sport sectors. As an Executive Manager for the Tooling Business you will be responsible for leading and managing the Tooling business, encompassing a fairly large team of Pattern Makers, Design, Projects CAD and CAM Engineers. As Tooling Manager you will be responsible for:- Developing and implementing the Tooling Business Plan Managing sub-contractors quotations for casting tooling with vendors and suppliers Overseeing the operation efficiency's of the department Managing the team effectively Managing the budgets and finance of department The Tooling Manager with have the following skills and experiences:- Experience of operating at a senior level in a tooling role within the automotive manufacturing/ engineering sector. A good understanding of pattern making CAD/ CAM. Demonstrable experience of managing a team, reporting on KPIs, and continuous improvement activities. A recognised formal qualification in engineering, or demonstrable significant experience in relevant fields. A strong background within casting and cast products. Please apply to this advert or for more information please contact Katharine Bignell.

Permanent / Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Metallurgist (GW418)

We are recruiting a Metallurgist for a successful automotive business based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The Metallurgist will provide direct metallurgical support for the motorsport foundry, developing and document foundry processes to improve reliability and reduce costs and interacting with Motorsport customers to engage in further developments to fulfil their needs. Key Responsibilities: To provide direct metallurgical support for the Aluminium and Iron foundries. Develop and document foundry processes to improve reliability and reduce costs. Monitor and record material test results. Take appropriate corrective actions to maintain control. Provide an up to date database of cast material mechanical characteristics Promote changes to foundry (Metal interactive) processes/materials to improve performance/reliability. Carry out maintenance and calibration of all spectrometers. The Metallurgist will have a through understanding of Ferrous and experience of supervision in this field and be qualified to HNC/HND level or equivalent in a relevant foundry discipline. Please apply today if you are interested or call Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee for more information.

Permanent / Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Quality Manager

Quality Manager Birmingham Automotive £50-60K A Quality Manager is require with experience of leading and developing the Quality Assurance function for a fast paced Automotive component supplier based in Birmingham. The Quality Manager will support Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, offer timely and effective support to production and to ensure good effective communication with all customers and suppliers on all quality related issues. As Quality Manager you will:- Set targets and actions for the quality team. Develop and maintain the Integrated Management System and other Quality, Environmental/Energy and Occupational Health & Safety related system requirements and operational procedures. Retain recognised Quality standards including IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 50001. Liaise with customers on quality related issues. Provide support and leadership to the SQA function. Train and develop all departmental personnel to a level that will ensure the company objectives are fulfilled. Lead Quality improvement projects to eliminate scrap and rejects. Develop and manage an audit programme and maintain it on schedule. Ensure compliance with all Health, Safety and Environmental legislation, company policies and procedures. Demonstrate commitment to continual improvement of OH&S performance. The Quality Manager will have a proven track record in driving quality improvements in a Quality Management position within a manufacturing environment, ideally automotive. The Quality Manager will be experienced in leading quality improvement activities in the following areas in Six Sigma and Supplier Development and ideally have a background in Steel/Aluminium welding fabrication Applicants should ideally be degree educated, have a hands-on approach with an exceptional level of communication skills in dealing with customers and workforce alike, with presence and a passion for the role. Self-driven with a positive "can do" attitude, fair but tough approach, respected for their commitment and determination to succeed. In return for your skills and experience the company will offer a competitive salary of £60K + Benefits. Please apply directly to this advert or contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment for more information.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Manufacturing Engineer

Are you a qualified and experienced Manufacturing Engineer with experience of working in the automotive industry? If so we are recruiting a Manufacturing Engineer for a leading Tier 1 company, based in Telford. The Manufacturing Engineer will have a strong knowledge of providing engineering solutions to ensure products are to the required quality and the skills to improve production line efficiency. As Manufacturing Engineer you will have responsibility for:- Making improvements to process robustness, cycle times and manufacturing costs Update, development and ongoing management of site CAD layouts Development of layout proposals to support process improvement activity Identify and implement improvements in machine efficiency, energy usage, product New Project Introduction, to work within all agreed budgets and implement cost and timing controls. Leading and driving engineering continuous improvement activities in line with the agreed targets. The Process Engineer should have the following skills or experience: HND minimum, but preferably of Graduate calibre. Minimum 3 years "hands on" experience within metal pressings / welding environment or FMCG. Demonstrable experience in process improvement through technical innovation Experienced in the use of AutoCAD (2D) Lean experience. Process flow and value stream mapping to achieve effective synchronous material flow Focused on process waste reduction Excellent IT skills in Word, Excel, Project & Powerpoint. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Manufacturing Engineering in the Tier 1 automotive company will offer you: A Competitive Salary Pension + Paid Holidays Career development & Training Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Process Engineering in a high volume manufacturing environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Process Engineer role, please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Permanent / Telford, Shropshire

Supplier Quality Paint Engineer

We are recruiting a Supplier Quality Engineer for Toyota, a leading Automotive manufacturer in Derby. Based in their Quality Department they now have an opening for a Supplier Quality Engineer in their paint area to complement their existing team. The department is responsible for ensuring the quality of raw materials and critical parts including inspection control, critical parts and process quality assurance, corrosion improvement activity and parts failure analysis based on material expertise. Core Responsibilities: Confirmation of design and pre-production activity for all new paint material and pre-treatment processes; Auditing of new suppliers to confirm process capability and quality assurance; Evaluation of new products; Maintenance of QA systems; Investigation of root cause and implementation of countermeasures. Person Specification: It is expected that the successful candidate will have a degree in Materials Science Engineering or Chemistry with knowledge or experience of the paints industry. You should also be practical with a hands-on approach with excellent problem-solving skills. Your communication skills in written and spoken English should be at a good standard. You will an excellent understanding of automotive paint application. In return our client offers a dynamic and diverse work environment with real opportunity for personal growth and willingness to invest in your future. If you feel this is the right opportunity for you and you have relevant experience, please apply now.

Permanent / Derby, Derbyshire

Materials Engineer - Paint

We are recruting for a leading manufacturer in Derby. Based in their Quality Department they now have an opening for a Paint Engineer to complement their existing team. The department is responsible for ensuring the quality of raw materials and critical parts including inspection control, critical parts and process quality assurance, corrosion improvement activity and parts failure analysis based on material expertise. Core Responsibilities: Confirmation of design and pre-production activity for all new paint material and pre-treatment processes; Auditing of new suppliers to confirm process capability and quality assurance; Evaluation of new products; Maintenance of QA systems; Investigation of root cause and implementation of countermeasures. Person Specification: It is expected that the successful candidate will have a degree in Materials Science or Chemistry with knowledge or experience of the paints industry. You should also be practical with a hands-on approach with excellent problem-solving skills. Your communication skills in written and spoken English should be at a good standard. You will an excellent understanding of automotive paint application. In return our client offers a dynamic and diverse work environment with real opportunity for personal growth and willingness to invest in your future. If you feel this is the right opportunity for you and you have relevant experience, please apply now.

Permanent / Derby, Derbyshire