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Mark Bignell

Operations Manager
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Mark Bignell (MBA) has over 25 years’ experience in technical recruitment as both a consultant and senior manager, providing a professional and consultative approach to clients and candidates.

With extensive account management experience, Mark has nurtured and developed strategic relationships within the transportation industries including automotive, aerospace, motorsport and rail, sourcing high calibre candidates for positions on both a contract and permanent basis, from engineers to senior managers.

Adept at delivering contingency, retained and project based recruitment activities, Mark is an advocate of a partnership approach, building strong relationships through effective communication and robust recruitment processes.

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Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Banbury Chief, Principal, Project, Design, Development, Engineering, Prototype, Build, Innovation, Performance, Leadership, Delivery, DFM, DFA, CAD, Manufacturing Do you want to work for one of the most iconic and exciting British Motorcycling brands, driving engineering excellence across their range of products? We are looking for an experienced and innovative Chief Engineer to help grow the product range and support the delivery of strategic projects across all design and engineering in the UK following a significant recent investment in the business. As a Chief Engineer you will need to be able to demonstrate experience in delivering projects from a new product development perspective to meet corporate objectives and targets within a highly technical and innovative environment. As a Chief Engineer you will be responsible for: Creation of technical solutions, this role also requires proven team leadership capability and offers commercial development opportunity Delivery of technical solutions (often new or novel to meet demanding client requirements) for motorcycle chassis and body system Lead cross functional delivery teams, typically encompassing; chassis design and the integration of styling, powertrain and electrical systems, calling upon domain specialist expertise support as required Provide senior input and approval to proposals, presentations and concepts / reports / drawings etc. including leading client meetings and providing significant customer management All technical and potentially commercial aspects of project delivery of self and team, as well as awareness of and adherence to common project management techniques Leading technical authority for the company in chosen area, shaping company position on subject, promotes excellence both internally and externally Project variety, encompassing many different customer markets, highly varied product sectors e.g. scooter, off-road and cruiser at any or all project phases, from clean sheet to production Managing and leading simulation, analysis and diagnosis, design, planning, implementation and evaluation of technical systems and problem root cause analysis Contributes to significant commercial and organisational planning being able to approve documents, deliverables, proposals and requisitions according to defined limits Contributes to the development of design guidelines, tools and techniques, supporting relationships both internally and externally while developing commercial opportunities customer project work As a Chief Engineer you will have the following skills and experience: Highly competent in the application of a comprehensive range of fundamental Engineering principles to generate or guide the creation of optimal motorcycle specific solutions and sufficiently flexible to adapt first principle techniques across a wide range of known and sometimes novel contexts Capable of writing technical standards and promotion of excellence in motorcycle vehicle design, through coaching of others, and engagement in technical reviews Operated within a similar role at an OEM / Tier 1 or Engineering consultancy, ideally in a design, analysis, test and development, manufacturing related discipline. Track record in delivering project and programmes within the product development arena in the motorcycle, automotive and/or motorsport sector (ideally two wheels, innovation, EV or advanced technology) is essential. Applications will be welcomed from Engineering Professionals with a practical approach to leading product development programmes in the automotive, motorsport, EV and/or innovation arena. Interest in the Chief Engineers position is expected to be high so if you have skills and experience required to deliver products from concept through all development phases and into production and are interested, please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 to discuss further or email mark.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 / Banbury

Project Manager

Project Manager (Full Vehicle) £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Banbury Project, Design, Development, Prototype, Build, Innovation, Performance, Leadership, Delivery, DFM, DFA, CAD, Manufacturing Do you want to work for one of the most iconic and exciting British Motorcycling brands, driving engineering excellence across their range of products? We are looking for an experienced and innovative Project Manager to help grow the product range and support the delivery of strategic projects across all design and engineering in the UK following a significant recent investment in the business. The role of the Project Manager will be to manage and oversee all elements of new product development programmes, from scoping out objectives through to capacity and resource planning to ensure gateways are achieved and budgets are realised. As a Project Manager you will need to be able to demonstrate experience in delivering projects from a new product development perspective to meet corporate objectives and targets. As a Project Manager you will be responsible for: Determining and defining project scope and objectives Predicting resources needed to reach objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner Preparing budgets based on scope of work and resource requirements Tracking project costs to meet budget Developing and managing a detailed project schedule and work plan Providing project updates on a consistent basis to stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress Managing contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables Utilizing industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout entire project execution Monitoring progress and adjust as needed Measuring project performance to identify areas for improvement This is a challenging and exciting role for a forward thinking and hands on Project Manager who has led and delivered projects within the automotive arena (preferable two wheels, EV or motorsport) who can demonstrate the following characteristics and experience: Ideally degree qualified with a track record in project management within product development and innovation Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred Proven ability to solve problems creatively, managing timing plans and budgets effectively Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices Ability to deliver projects through the full life cycle pulling together cross functional teams and stakeholders Excellent analytical skills with strong interpersonal and communication skills and extremely resourceful Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget, and timeline Applications will be welcomed from Project Professionals with a practical approach to leading projects/programmes in the automotive, motorsport, EV and/or product development arena. Interest in the Project Manager position is expected to be high so if you have a proven track record of delivering technical projects from concept through all prototype stages and into production, please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 to discuss further or email mark.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 / Banbury

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Manufacturing Operations Manager (SME) Salary: £Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Coventry Principal, Manufacturing, Production, Systems, Innovation, Digitisation, Improvements, Leadership, 8D, 5Y, automation, manufacturing systems, advanced manufacturing. We are looking for an experienced Manufacturing Operations Manager with a track record of driving and developing operational performance within an SME's environment, preferably within the automotive and/or engineering arena. As an enthusiastic and natural leader, you will be a capable individual with a hands-on approach to introducing new systems, processes and techniques into the manufacturing environment to improve efficiencies, increase productivity, eliminate waste and ultimately have a positive impact on bottom line profit. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager, you will need to demonstrate the ability to manage the identification, rationalisation and delivery of new systems, processes and techniques to target the improvements of production and manufacturing processes across the SME marketplace, being able to manage teams through effective leadership to delivery results in a quick and effective time frame and within budget constraints. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager, you will require: Support SME’s in the identification and implementation of modern manufacturing principles and practices to include areas such as digitization, automation, and modernization of the production arena. Day to day support to the manufacturing team in production of automotive and general engineering components and systems Identify wate within the manufacturing environment and make recommendations for improvements Developing manufacturing processes to support production driving continuous improvement. Optimising of manufacturing processes by improving efficiencies, reducing wastage, enhancing yield and reducing cost. Industrialisation of new products / New Product Introduction – take a design concept and find the best way of manufacturing it. Fully use the tools of APQP such as FMEA, PPAP, DFM, DFA to develop and support operations Lead teams in the delivery of effective manufacturing solutions across the SME market to positively impact operations. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager, you should have experience in the following: Driving improvements, performance and efficiencies within an SME environment from a senior managerial level to positively impact bottom line profits Deliver the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology, digitization, business transformation, automation and improvements across all engineering / manufacturing operations within the SME or 1st / 2nd Tier arena Ability to optimize manufacturing processes, equipment, and systems to increase efficiencies and eliminate waste to positively impact productivity, quality, and ultimately bottom-line profits Ability to support the development of a modern continuous improvement and lean manufacturing culture across the organization. Lead multiple manufacturing and digitization projects and programmes across various SME’s to understand needs and requirements while engaging with the organizations deliver solutions in a personal way to ensure buy in and delivery with minimal disruption Have exposure in driving change management and lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, or similar continuous improvement methods to drive effective change. So if you have a true passion for modern manufacturing, automation, digitisation, business transformation and process improvement and have exposure to driving and managing change with an SME environment having, have held a senior managerial level position (Operations, Manufacturing, General Management, CEO) with a proven track record of leadership and delivering projects, you should apply today as applications are expected to be high. For further information please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 or email.mark.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 / Coventry

Quality Manager

Job: Quality Manager Location: Milton Keynes Permanent: £Competitive Plus Benefits Industry: Automotive Quality, Management, Quality Systems, Compliance, IATF 16949, ISO 14001, CI, Warranty, Auditing, MSA, Suppliers, DFMEA, FMEA, PFMEA, 8D, QMS A Quality Manager is required to manage quality processes and systems across all areas of the business within pressed and forged automotive manufacturing environment. Experience of managing quality functions, departments, and systems having the ability to drive product quality to IATF 16949/ISO 14001 standards would be well received. Due to the continued success and growth this company, a world class supplier of high precision pressed, and forged components requires a well organised and proactive Quality Manager for a new permanent role. As the Quality Manager, you will be responsible for the following: Develop and improve the QMS to support all business requirement in accordance with TS16949/ISO14001 Be focal point for all supplier/customer related quality issues to maintain effective communication on quality issues and resolve concerns quickly and effectively Champion all quality and process improvement initiatives across the business Taking responsibility for training and development of staff to ensure product quality and compliance are achieved within a high-volume manufacturing environment Liaise with all Engineering Departments and stakeholders to ensure quality standards are adhered to using effective tools/techniques such as DFMEA, PFMEA, MSA, CMM and Internal/external auditing Focus on driving forward continuous improvements and lean methodology using Kaizen, Six Sigma, 8D and 5S to eliminate waste while increasing efficiencies The Quality Manager must have the following: Engineering qualification or relevant quality manufacturing experience Quality Management or Senior Quality exposure in a manufacturing arena Conversant with continuous improvement methodologies and techniques Knowledge of quality standards, systems and procedures (TS/IATF 16949 preferable) Technical awareness of manufacturing processes and QMS Able to support customer requirements, validate auditing results, supplier performances and non-conformances In return, the Quality Manager roles offers a competitive salary with excellent career progression and development plus benefits package. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Quality Management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Managers position, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email, mark.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 / Milton Keynes

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Job title: Manufacturing Operations Manager Salary Range: £Comp Location: West Midlands Automotive, 1st Tier, Change Management, OEE, Lean, 8D, Six Sigma, Manufacturing Processes & Improvement A Manufacturing Operations Manager is required with knowledge of manufacturing operations, P&L, equipment efficiencies and process improvement within a 1st Tier Automotive arena. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to continued growth and an increase in orders this company, a world class automotive parts manufacturer based in the West Midlands requires a forward thinking, hands on Manufacturing Operations Manager with knowledge process improvement, manufacturing systems, productivity, waste elimination, man-management and P&L for a new permanent role. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager you will be required to: Effectively and efficiently manage the production area in line with customer specifications and demand, to meet all quality and delivery expectations, minimising costs where possible and ensure the required best working practices are maintained at all times Responsible for plant production, manufacturing, financial performance, customer requirements and maintaining the orderly and productive operation of planned activities Drive process improvements on OEE by appropriate data analysis while attending various meetings and action/communicate instructions Undertake continuous training and development of all personnel within the sphere of responsibility Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required. The Manufacturing Operations Manager should have the following skills or experience: Good understanding of manufacturing operations, process improvement, waste elimination, change management and quality standards/systems/processes Excellent leadership qualities having a track record in driving and developing teams within a medium/high volume automotive arena Commercially astute with strong organizational and analytical skills with knowledge of P&L, cost reduction and supply chain. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of leading teams within a high volume 1st Tier manufacturing environment seeking a career opportunity with a growing business. In return for your experience, this specialist automotive company will offer you: £Comp plus benefits Excellent opportunity to work within a growing and forward thinking organisations, were change management, process improvement and manufacturing principles at the forefront of all operations Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of leading manufacturing operations within the a 1st Tier Automotive environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Operations Manager role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email mark.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 / West Bromwich

Process Engineer (CNC/NC/Cutting Tools)

Process Engineer (CNC/NC/Cutting Tools) £30,000pa - £40,000pa West Midlands Process, Engineer, Machining, Tooling, CNC, NC, Systems, Manufacturing, Coordination, Planning, Problem Solving, Improvements, Tool Change & Management A Process Engineer is required with knowledge of managing and developing processes within a machining environment looking at tooling, tool changes, tool management, CNC/NC Program definition, SMED and waste elimination to support manufacturing operations. As a Process Engineer you will be required to: Design and create tooling plans, storage, and management of cutting tools to increase tooling change, eliminate waste and improve standardisation. Implement new Process layouts for the capture, logging, coordination, and standardisation of CNC/NC programmes for machining operations. Capacity Planning and support with new and existing product range to improve quality and performance across all areas of tooling and machining programming. Manufacture Route Planning and take control of identifying issues within the tracking, monitoring, and standardising of cutting tools and machining programmes to increase performance within all manufacturing operations. Implement process improvement initiatives to support the reduction of waste while driving efficiencies across all areas of tooling and CNC/NC programming. Education / Skills / Experience Good level of standard Education Knowledge of process engineering, machining, cutting tools, CNC/NC programming, standardisation of processes and improvement within tooling change, machine set up and CNC/NC programming. Good exposure to continuous improvement tools Kaizan, Six Sigma and 5Whys. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of process improvement, machining processes, cutting tools, tool management and standardisation and CNC/NC programs seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this West Midlands based company will offer you: Circa £30-40K pa plus benefits Excellent opportunity to progress your career and develop your skills Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Process Engineering within a machining environment, supporting the development of tooling schedules and plans along with standardisation of CNC/NC programs for machining operations and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Process Team Leader role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167. 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

Principal Engineer (Interior & Exterior)

Principal Engineer (Interior & Exterior) Salary: £Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Coventry Principal, Design, Development, Project, Delivery, engineering, Test, Innovation, Leadership, Advanced Materials, Suppliers, Plastic, Interior, Exterior, Closures. We are looking for an experienced Principal Engineer (Interior & Exterior) with a track record of delivery within the automotive and niche vehicle arena. Covering both interior and exterior components and systems our client is seeking an enthusiastic and capable individual with a hands-on approach to new product design, development, and delivery for new vehicle programmes. As a Principal Engineer (Interior & Exterior), you will need to demonstrate the ability to lead and manage teams in the innovation, design and delivery of products and systems for new concept and niche vehicles supporting all design, development, test and prototype stages prior to production build. As a Principal Engineer (Interior & Exterior), you will require: To define the system strategy, targets and testing of the system, and engineering design, liaising with the senior project leaders, suppliers, and partners to agree on content. To actively participate in high-level decision making for the direction of the project as part of strategic planning reviews with the Chief Engineer and other relevant personnel. To provide technical leadership of vehicle interior design and development, including, dash and instrument panel, doors trim, plastic closures, exterior plastic including body panel components and bumpers, leading to the successful and timely delivery of outputs from the project. This includes effective: planning, monitoring, use of resources, analysis, and presentation of results to meet project targets. To represent the organisation system design, development, and technology to a wide range of current and future collaborative partners. To translate the project deliverables into a successful plan of work through the management of the team, to deliver within the project budget and timescale. To generate system ideas and liaison with Chief Engineer to secure a stable income funding stream. To ensure that the design and industrial collaborative activities within the project offers the most appropriate solutions for the organisation and the industrial partners. To disseminate project outputs through presentations, seminars, technical papers etc to a wide audience, as appropriate. As a Principal Engineer (Interior & Exterior), you should have experience in the following: Extensive industrial experience of the system design/development, primarily focused in lightweight / high stiffness structures and, with additional experience in managing suppliers and delivering to SOP. Ability to lead design/project teams in the delivery of new and innovative interior & exterior systems from concept through all design, development, test, and prototype phases within a new/niche vehicle programme. Strong communication, organization, and project delivery skills, being able to pull together cross functional teams and stakeholders to ensure gateways and timing plans are achieved. Ability to demonstrate an innovative approach to complex problems and into the system product design, allowing for the implementation of new technologies into the design. So if you have a true passion for leading product design and development projects with a track record in delivering interior & exterior programmes for new vehicle design programmes and would like to be considered for the Principal Engineers (Interior & Exterior) position, you should apply today as applications are expected to be high. For further information please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 or email.mark.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 / Coventry

Senior Supplier Quality Engineer

Job title: Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Salary: £Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Norfolk Quality, Supplier Engineer, Production, Warranty, Auditing, SQA, Root Cause Analysis, Leadership, QMS, MSA, PPAP, APQP, NPI A leading provider automotive manufacturer based in the Norfolk area is seeking a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer to support them in rationalisation and development of their suppliers for new vehicle launch programmes. As a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, you will be focused on site supplier quality related activities as part of a larger Quality team that will deliver visible and measurable improvement of the production supplier base worldwide by implementing best practice automotive quality and supply chain strategies. To assist in managing supplier’s quality activities within the supplier base to ensure day to day production targets are achieved. This will involve defect prevention and timely problem resolution. Key responsibilities: Manage production related PPAP and concern resolution activities for current production series and new projects Produce reports including action plans for management, supplier development plans and CCARs. Manage, plan and carryout supplier manufacturing site assessments. Develop and agree supplier development activity plan with internal stakeholders ensuring the team meets the plan and PPM/Quality improvements are achieved. NPI and/or new supply source, develop PPAP activity plan in conjunction with SQ projects team. Ensure all supplier visits are completed to process and any actions raised are taken to closure. Report part approval status. Current Production Support, interface with Resident SQ team to ensure issues are prioritised and addressed in a timely manner to minimise any effect on production and quality targets. Experience of quality tools such 8D, FMEA, APQP Control plans, MSA, SPC & Process Mapping. Support SQA site manager and SQA engineers to meet supplier quality targets and requirements. Key skills and experiences: HND/HNC or Degree level in Engineering or similar related discipline Broad understanding of manufacturing processes related to automotive production Technically aware and capable of interpreting manufacturing processes Automotive OEM or 1st Tier supplier experience having performed as an SQE/SDE Effective communication skills with the drive to resolve supplier related quality and production problems with strong attention to detail Demonstrate a quality mind set and can-do approach to problem solving with the willingness to travel worldwide at short notice, working at suppliers` sites to resolve problems 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 Senior Supplier Quality Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446 167 or email mark.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 / Norwich

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