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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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Quality Manager

Quality Manager Birmingham Automotive £55-60K 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

SAP FICO Analyst

SAP FICO Analyst £50-54K Coleshill We are recruiting a SAP FICO Analyst for a prestigious global automotive brand based at their state-of-the-art facility in Coleshill. The SAP FICO Analyst is responsible for the planning, design, build and operations of IT solutions within the Finance and Controlling Business Processes for UK Plants. Job Overview Plan, Design, Development and Operations of the SAP FICO Application solutions in line with Business Requirements. Project Management of local and group wide IT application projects. Provide business consultancy within the Finance and Controlling business process areas. Provide BRM (Business Relationship Management) services for Finance functions. A professional, highly motivated person is required who has demonstrated high levels of Customer Orientation, Adaptability and Personal Responsibility. Qualifications and Skills Considerable experience in the configuration and management of SAP FICO IT application systems development, maintenance and support in the Manufacturing Automotive sector In-depth knowledge of SAP FICO with certification where applicable Experience and knowledge of ABAP programming / debugging required. Consultancy skills, to provide recommendations on SAP FICO business process and IT solution design and implementation Considerable Finance and Controlling business process experience. Extensive experience working in various SAP interfaces, especially Idoc's and RFCs. Good working knowledge of ITIL and Testing Tools. Formalised project management experience Excellent level of communication skills at all levels of the organisation Excellent written communication skills (business cases, specifications etc.) High level of key skills (literacy, numeracy, IT skills) Personal flexibility is essential German language skills desirable UK Driving licence essential Interested applicants should apply to this advert or contact Katharine Bignell for more information at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Permanent / Coleshill, Warwickshire

Project Engineer - Automotive

Project Engineer Automotive Manufacturing £40K Lichfield Are you a proven Project Engineer with Automotive manufacturing experience? If so we are recruiting a Project Engineer for a leading automotive supplier based in Lichfield. As Project Engineer you will have responsibility for the launch of the program, you will work the program cradle to grave + 6 months. In the following fields, he/she has to:- Coordinate ME work package tasks he/she is responsible for and ensure their accomplishment. Act as the interface between the Program Core Team and the Plant. In agreement with the program manager and the PML, technical interface with the customer and the suppliers for his/her perimeter. Participate in APQP meetings, Design reviews. Define and manage the Plant Program Launch Team required resources (workload, skills) in the plant functions: UAP, specialists, PC&L, Quality, HSE, Maintenance; The ideal candidate will have/be: Minimum 5 years of experience in production area Trained in FES, FES Equipment Design, PMS and GD&T (PFA) Proven technical skills on product and process Ability to manage functionally the Plant Program Launch team Familiar with Program finance issues (costing, P&L, investments) English required The ideal candidate will have experience of working with JLR and will come from a fabrication/welding background, will be degree qualified and have flexibility to European travel. Intrerested applicants should apply to this advert or contact Katharine Bignell for more information at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd.

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Head of Quality

Head of Quality Telford £60K A Head of Quality is required for a leading Tier 1 Automotive supplier based in Telford. As Head of Quality you will be responsible for managing and driving continuous improvement within quality systems to ensure the robust manufacture of quality products in-line with customer requirements and expectations. The Head of Quality will have led cross-functional quality teams to enable the management of Quality Systems, Customer Quality, Production Quality, Project Quality and Laboratory activities. The key responsibilities of Head of Quality:- Manage all quality activities and deliverables within the Telford plant Management representative for corporate quality and Customer quality interface and external audit and customer audit standards Manage plant Quality Systems deliverables and activities ensuring compliance with TS16949, Corporate and Customer requirements. Manage Cost of Quality deliverables ensuring spend remains within plant budget and corporate measurables are met with regards to External / Internal Failure Cost, Appraisal Cost and Prevention Cost. Support CI activities to drive Quality improvements, Cost reduction and Cost Avoidance projects. Ensure CI concepts / processes robustly driven through corporate' Master Plan' process. Manage and facilitate regular QM and BOS reviews to ensure robust controlling of plant processes Drive Supplier Performance improvement activities through robust engagement with Purchasing SQM activities Conformance to TS16949 and ISO14001 standards Qualifications HND/ HNC, or Degree in Engineering Proficient in G.D.T, problem solving, SPC, APQP, Quality System requirements Knowledge of TS16949 Extensive knowledge of Customer Specifics Understanding of Environmental, Health & Safety requirements Knowledge of manufacturing process control Proficient in techniques required to promote continuous improvement Skills & Experience 5 to 10 years Quality Management experience within the Automotive Industry Experience of working with multiple customers Experience of working in a fast pace environment Experience of facilitating and managing ISO/TS and Customer Audits Applicants who are interested in pursuing this exciting Quality Manager role should apply or contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment for more information.

Permanent / Telford, Shropshire

Process Engineer (Injection Moulding)

Process Engineer - Plastic Injection Moulding £40K Lichfield We require a proven and self-motivated Process Engineer - (Plastic Injection Moulding) to ensure that manufacturing processes can run efficiently in order to meet the targets set by the Customer for Quality, Cost and Delivery and the implementations of lean. The company is a leading supplier of interior and exterior trim parts, based in Lichfield and is a highly dynamic and innovative company. As Process Engineer you will be responsible for:- Working with development teams to ensure tools are manufactured and delivered to standard. Improving existing tools and processes using all resources necessary to achieve targets given. Defining tooling and Technical development strategies to provide opportunities for efficiency improvements and cost reductions. Working with production teams in order to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. Set up and optimise tools to achieve minimum cycle time and maximum quality. To participate in continuous improvement work groups (TPM, HOSHIN, SMED, QRCI, …) and generally contribute to the continuous improvement of the department. The Process Engineer will have the following skills and experience:- Qualified to HNC level or higher or with equivalent experience, ideally within the automotive Tier 1. The ideal candidate will have a high level of self motivation and minimal direction. Experience of working in a high volume plastic injection moulding facility Interested candidates should apply directly to this advert or contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee for more information regarding this exciting Process Engineer opportunity.

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Manufacturing CI Leader

A Manufacturing CI Lead is required with experience of supporting continuous improvement activities across a high volume manufacturing site. The company, a forward-thinking and progressive organisation, based in Lincolnshire that produce automotive parts for many OEMs, require this person to exhibit a proven track record of managing teams within a customer driven organisation. As Manufacturing CI Lead you will:- Develop a culture of continuous improvement within the Operations team utilising modern techniques. An experienced manufacturing/CI professional and exhibit a proven track record of managing production cells for a varied customer base. You will have experience within automotive or a similar demanding customer environment is essential to understand customer's requirements are met and business improvements delivered. Manage and develop team leaders as direct reports and ensure management flexibility across production cells to achieve operational objectives Support and develop business systems in order to eliminate waste from manufacturing process and improve customer service The Manufacturing CI Lead will have:- Degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant subject Have a health and safety qualification e.g. IOSH or equivalent Experience or qualifications within Continuous improvement are desirable Experience of working in an automotive environment with demanding customer expectations Previous experience managing manufacturing environment within a fabrication\welding environment would be a distinct advantage but not essential Interested applicants should apply to this advert, if you have any questions they please contact Katharine Bignell (Senior Consultant) at Jonathan Lee Recruitment Ltd for more information.

Permanent / Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineer - Telford - £40-45K The business is a leading tier 1 automotive component manufacturer with operations all over the world, over 150 manufacturing sites and over 70,000 employees. As you would expect from a market leader the site based in Shropshire is always looking for ways to improve and to this end are looking for you, a site Industrial Engineer. As Industrial Engineer your general duties will see you looking for ways to improve production by looking at a combination of people, machinery, process flow, production layout, materials and site stock levels. Daily and weekly activities in the role would include: To analyse site wide activities, and identify gaps in performance/opportunities to improve. Perform time studies identify waste and optimise labour efficiency. Evaluate process flow to ensure NVA content is minimised. Communicate opportunities and work within the operational teams to develop most efficient ways to use people, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or service. Map flow of materials across site to define best in class delivery processes including Minimum Reorder Points, Optimum Stock Levels, Packaging Densities and Indirect Labour Utilisation. Link material requirements and production planning to flex stock levels and reduce line side inventory. Use and train 8 waste principles to highlight areas that can be improved. Use mathematical models to simulate improvements and allow cost benefits vs capital expenditure to be reviewed. Prepare shop floor layout alterations and work with engineering team to implement. Create action / timing plans that can be used to measure implementation progress. We are looking for Engineers ideally degree qualified or equivalent in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or similar. Applicants with experience and trained in MTM Time Study with Industrial experience would be at an advantage as would candidates with solid CAD skills and a background in automotive manufacturing. Experience and training across business improvement tools would be great such as Yamazumi, Ishikawa, PPS and Man Machine Cycle Analysis. If you feel this role would suit you and would like to apply, or maybe you just have a few questions then please click the apply now button to submit your CV to Katharine Bignell of Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Permanent / Telford, Shropshire

Process Engineer

Process Engineer - £40-45K - Telford (12 Month FTC) An experienced Process Engineer is required on a 12 month FTC for a leading Tier 1 supplier of plastic components for the automotive industry. As Process Engineer you will be responsible for providing day-to-day production support for technical and production issues, for this forward thinking and market leading organisation based in Telford. As Process Engineer you will be responsible for:- Providing Day to Day plant support for technical and production issues Determining process critical and significant characteristics Conducting development capability trials and coordinating SMED activities. Ensuring that all manufacturing areas will be able to operate to full effectiveness in order to achieve planned scrap levels. The Process Engineer will be have the following skills and experience:- Degree or good level HNC in engineering related subjects Experience of injection moulding Kanban, Poke Yoke and SMED techniques training Experience of customer requirements Problem solving (PST) Statistical Process Control (SPC) In return for your skills and experience the company will offer the Process Engineer excellent salary and benefits package, with opportunities for growth and development, tailored specifically for you. Apply now online, or contact Katharine Bignell of Jonathan Lee Recruitment to answer any questions you may have.

Permanent / Telford, Shropshire

Battery Lead Engineer

HV Battery Lead Engineer Oxford Automotive/ Battery Technology/ Energy Storage A Lead Engineer - Batteries is required with knowledge of High Voltage battery development within the automotive industry to be responsible for test management, including developing specifications and setups supplier management and test management. Candidates with experience of managing processes and technologies will be well received. Due to growth this company, a premium brand high-volume automotive manufacturer requires an experienced Lead Engineers in Batteries with experience of test and project management for a new permanent role. As a Lead Engineer you will be required to have: Good experience in HV battery development. Good experience in test and project management. Budget Management skills-financial reporting logic, methodology and systems Experience of managing processes and technologies. The Lead Engineer should have the following skills or experience: DOORS software tool skills advantageous. Excellent communication skills, oral and written including presentation skills. Excellent English language skills. Strong interpersonal skills covering team work, facilitation, coaching, presentation skills, conflict management and communication are key requisites for this role. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge Battery Development and technologies to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Oxford-based automotive company will offer you: Excellent Basic Salary Car Bonus Life Assurance Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of managing battery technology projects and have strong leadership skills and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Battery Lead Engineer role, please contact Katharine Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446188.

Permanent / Oxford, Oxfordshire