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Mark Bignell

Managing Consultant
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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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Quality Manager

Quality Manager £45 - £55K Plus Car, Bonus and Benefits West Midlands Quality Management, QMS, IATF16949, APQP, PPAP, 8D, Problem Solving, Root Cause Analysis A Quality Manager is required for a world class organisation who has a track record in leadership, management and problem-solving techniques within an IATF1649 environment. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to continued growth and exciting new projects this company, a forward thinking and innovative West Midlands based automotive supplier requires a hands on and well organised Quality Manager with knowledge of leading and developing a quality department for a new permanent role within the automotive arena. As a Quality Manager you will be required to: Leadership of the Quality Department and Team Implement and manage team KPIs Manage quality budgets within strategic targets Develop quality teams within the plant to improve RFT Develop, maintain and supervise the QM-system Liaise with Logistics to maintain an SAP stock system live. Prepare and ensure the certification of plant for IATF16949 To analyse root cause of internal and external quality concerns. Manage customer complaints Lead APQP and PPAP processes The Quality Manager should have the following skills or experience: Previous experience in leading and managing a Quality Department within the automotive arena Knowledge of IATF16949/TS16949 having implemented, maintained and achieved accreditation within an organisation Experience and practice of 8D problem solving disciplines Measurement systems analysis and Statistical process control Ability to read engineering drawings A strong communicator at all levels, good analytical and leadership skills This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Quality Manager who has lead and managed a quality department within a high volume automotive arena seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this West Midlands based automotive company will offer you: £45 - £55K Plus Car, Bonus and Benefits Excellent career development and to be part of the senior management team. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Quality Management and have strong problem solving and leadership skills and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Managers role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Body CAD Engineer

CAD Body Engineer £Competitive Rates Nuneaton Body, Exterior, Structures, Vehicle, Design, Catia, GD&T, Low Volume A CAD Body Engineer is required with knowledge of the design and development of exterior trim and body structure. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to a new vehicle development program this company, a niche vehicle manufacturer based in Nuneaton requires a creative and forward-thinking CAD Body Engineer with knowledge in the design and development of body structures for a long-term contract role. As a CAD Body Engineer you will be required to: Perform component design, layout, sizing, and performance analyses. Create 3D and 2D designs and documents for assigned components. Assist in developing and preparing presentation drawings including writing engineering change requests (ECR's), Engineering Releases and engineering instructions. Review Engineering drawings and designs to ensure adherence to established specifications and standards. Be responsible for GD&T, BOM development and control. Provide support in developing planning (time/cost) documentation and corresponding program status reporting. Maintain complete records of designs and qualification tests for assigned components. Complete designs, inclusive of packaging, detail parts, complex layouts & documentation. The CAD Body Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Design lightweight body frame structures, body fittings, suspension mountings, FEA. Design in CATIA V5 with a knowledge of GD&T. Broad design and packaging background across all major vehicle systems and areas. Thorough understanding of Engineering materials and their properties including an understanding of stress analyses within a weigh critical application. Strong appreciation of corrosion prevention methods, materials and processes. Hands- On mechanical skills and experience with automotive/related vehicles and systems. Excellent problem solver with strong organisational and time management skills Competent in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and outlook), with the ability to create detailed status reports, measureables and timelines. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of design and development of body structures seeking a long-term contract opportunity. In return for your experience, this Nuneaton based automotive company will offer you: This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of design and development of body structures seeking a long-term contract opportunity. In return for your experience, this Nuneaton based automotive company will offer you: £Comp Rates - Long-Term Contract Exciting new vehicle program that will challenge the most experienced design engineer. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of design/development and body structures and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the CAD Body Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Project Engineer (Launch)

Project Engineer (Launch) £Competitive Banbury Automotive, launch, manufacturing, PPAP, APQP, DVP, FMEA, BOM, timing, delivery A Project Engineer is required with knowledge of product launch into manufacturing from new product design within a high-volume manufacturing environment. Candidates with experience of the Automotive industry would be well received. Due to introduction of new products and new vehicle build programs this company, a world class manufacturing of automotive parts and systems based Banbury requires a high calibre, well organized and proactive Project Engineer to support the launch of new products into manufacturing for a new permanent role. As a Project Engineer you will support the Project manager in driving forward new product launch activities into production ensuring that the project is on time and within set quality targets. The position will require you to: Support Project Manager on preparation of risk assessment of new projects Generate and update Bill of Materials and process flow charts Co-ordinate generation of FMEA and be a key team member Support Project Manager on design and process feasibility studies Liaison with Production, Engineering & Programme Management for process development Liaise and support Project Quality Engineer on DVP testing, statistical analysis and capability studies, new gauge / check fixtures development and PPAP submission process Co-ordinate production and assembly trials along with production operators training Support trials both in Banbury and at toolmakers / equipment manufacturers Support manufacturing on generation of production equipment and fixture specification Support Project Manager on Purchase Requisitions, keeping track of project expenditures Coordinate prototype and pre-production builds and delivery to customer Support customer visits for build trial events and complaint issues Comply with APQP requirements The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Production engineering of new product onto site Product launch and NPI to support the delivery of new components into manufacturing Knowledge of quality standards To project a professional image of the company to customers / visitors To use the escalation procedure for any issues/concerns e.g. Quality / downtime This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of launching products from concept through to production within a 1st Tier automotive organisation or OEM seeking to develop and your career within a forward thinking organisation. In return for your experience, this Banbury-based Automotive company will offer you: £Competitive Salary Benefits package Career development within the upfront development and launch of some exciting new vehicle programs Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of product launch within the automotive arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Engineers role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Banbury, Oxfordshire

Project Quality Engineer

Project Quality Engineer £Competitive Banbury Automotive, launch, quality, manufacturing, PPAP, APQP, DVP, FMEA, R&R, measurement A Project Quality Engineer is required with knowledge of product launch and process development for new product introduction within a high-volume manufacturing environment. Candidates with experience of the Automotive industry would be well received. Due to introduction of new products and new vehicle build programs this company, a world class manufacturing of automotive parts and systems based Banbury requires a high calibre, well organized and proactive Project Quality Engineer who is an excellent problem solver to support the launch of new products into manufacturing for a new permanent role. As a Project Quality Engineer you will support Quality Engineering in driving forward new product launch activities into production ensuring that the project is on time and within set quality targets. The position will require you to: Assist with new product design and process development Preparation of PPAP package for submission to customer Delivery of FMEA, SPC, capability studies and generate/update Control Plans Establish significant and critical characteristics with the customer and suppliers Liaison with Production Engineering and Project Management during and following analysis to enable process development Co-ordination and management of DVP testing to deliver findings to customer Co-ordination and participation in new gauge/fixture development fixture (R&R studies) Support trials both in Banbury and at toolmakers / equipment manufacturers to provide required Quality advice and support Driver of APQP process with suppliers during project phase Generate gauge / check fixture specification and agree with customer Presentation of dimensional results to customer during build status events Review and approval of supplier PPAP package while compiling of customer APQP files The Project Quality Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Quality Engineering of new product onto site Product launch and NPI to support the delivery of new components into manufacturing Knowledge of quality standards and IATF16949 and APQP process To project a professional image of the company to customers / visitors To use the escalation procedure for any issues/concerns e.g. Quality / downtime This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of product quality in launching products from concept through to production within a 1st Tier automotive organisation or OEM seeking to develop and your career within a forward thinking organisation. In return for your experience, this Banbury-based Automotive company will offer you: £Competitive Salary Benefits package Career development within the upfront development and launch of some exciting new vehicle programs Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of product launch within the automotive arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Quality Engineers role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Banbury, Oxfordshire

Junior Project Engineer

Junior Project Engineer £Competitive plus Benefits Birmingham Project, Design, Delivery, Commercial, Automotive, Automated Assembly, Development, Jigs/Fixtures A Junior Project Engineer is required to support the delivery of projects within the automated assembly and special purpose equipment arena. Candidates with experience in mechanical design and project delivery within the special purpose machine build, automated assembly and/or jigs and fixtures industry would be well received. Due to continued growth this company, a world class manufacturer of bespoke assembly and automated equipment based in Birmingham requires a committed and proactive Junior Project Engineer who can provide design support and coordination in the delivery of bespoke automated assembly equipment, production lines and special purpose machinery reporting into the Project Lead to ensure timing plans and gateways are achieved. As a Junior Project Engineer, you will be required to: Support the Project Lead in providing design activities within the modification of equipment and systems to meet the client's requirements Aid in the coordination and running of projects to ensure quality standards, timing plans and design concepts are realized Take control financially and with regards to engineering of a project from design stage to commissioning and onto to handover to the client Liaise with Engineering, Design and Manufacturing to pull together all resources Work with PM in the designing, quotation, winning and delivery of new projects providing additional support to ensure customer satisfaction through the life cycle of the project The Junior Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Strong Mechanical Design background within special purpose equipment, automation, assembly processes and/or jigs & fixtures In coordinating all commercial activities and project timing plans to ensure project deliverables are achieved within budgetary and quality constraints Assisting in project quotation and proposals for new business within the automotive, aerospace and/or automation industries This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a strong mechanical design or project engineering background within the automotive special purpose machine build, automated assembly and jigs & fixtures arena seeking to develop their career. In return for your experience, this Birmingham based company will offer you: £Competitive Salary plus Benefits Excellent career progression and development within a forward thinking organisation that is experiencing excellent growth. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge in the design and development of automotive assembly lines, special purpose equipment, automated assembly lines and/or jigs & fixtures and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Junior Project Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Project Engineer

Project Engineer £Competitive plus Benefits Birmingham Project, Design, Delivery, Commercial, Automotive, Automated Assembly, Development, Jigs/Fixtures A Project Engineer is required with knowledge of leading and delivering projects within the automated assembly and special purpose equipment arena. Candidates with experience of managing and delivering project within the special purpose machine build, automated assembly and/or jigs and fixtures industry would be well received. Due to continued growth this company, a world class manufacturer of bespoke assembly and automated equipment based in Birmingham requires a forward-thinking Project Engineer who can lead, coordinate and deliver bespoke automated assembly equipment, production lines and special purpose machinery within budget and stringent timing plans. As a Project Engineer, you will be required to: Liaise and communicate with clients within the automotive arena to establish their requirements and provide effective solutions for their needs Coordinate all project activities to ensure timing plans are achieved and budgets maintained for strategic projects Liaise with Engineering, Design and Manufacturing to pull together all resources Provide technical support for new quotation and evaluation of potential business dealing with all commercial and business activities The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Leading and delivering projects within the automotive and automation arena, especially with assembly processes and special purpose equipment/machine build In coordinating all commercial activities and project timing plans to ensure project deliverables are achieved within budgetary and quality constraints Assist is project quotation and proposals for new business within the automotive and aerospace industries This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of leading and delivering projects within the automotive special purpose machine build, automated assembly and jigs & fixtures seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Birmingham based company will offer you: £Competitive Salary plus Benefits Excellent career progression and development within a forward thinking organisation that is experiencing excellent growth. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of automotive assembly lines, special purpose equipment, automated assembly lines and/or jigs & fixtures and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer £Competitive plus Benefits Birmingham Automotive, Design, Mechanical, Automation, Machine, Assembly, Development, Project A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is required with knowledge of special purpose equipment, jigs & fixtures and automated assembly processes. Candidates with experience in the design and development of automated and assembly equipment within the automotive and general manufacturing arena would be well received. Due to continued growth this company, a world class manufacturer of bespoke assembly and automated machine equipment based in Birmingham requires a forward-thinking Design Engineer who can design, develop and build automated assembly equipment having delivered key projects into the manufacturing environments for a new permanent role. As a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be required to: Work with design, engineering and manufacturing to establish client requirements and delivery design solutions to meet functional needs Design jigs, fixtures and automated assembly equipment used within the aerospace and automotive arenas Follow up on client requirements, interpret client needs, delivery project solutions and assist the project teams in technical queries and issues The Senior Mechanical Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Lead the design and development of automated equipment, assembly process/products, jigs & fixtures and/or special purpose machines from concept CAD Systems knowledge to include Solidworks, PDM and Catia Strong communications and coordination skills dealing with clients, suppliers and cross functional teams to ensure designs are fit for purpose This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of mechanical design and development experience of special purpose automated equipment and/or jigs & fixtures used in assembly operations seeking to develop your career within a progressive and growing organisation. In return for your experience, this Birmingham based company will offer you: £Competitive Salary with Benefits Excellent opportunity for career progression and development with the added advantage of being involved with an exciting and growing organisation Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of assembly operations and mechanical design within automated equipment, special purpose machines and/or jigs & fixtures and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Senior Mechanical Design Engineers role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

EDS Circuit Specialist - EV

EDS/Circuit Engineer - Electric Vehicle - Swindon area - Perm/Contract - £Competitive DOE This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for automotive engineers. We are seeking visionary design and development engineers who possess the drive and desire to do things, differently. An exciting opportunity for an EDS Engineer join a highly innovative British company, renowned worldwide for their technology, design and innovation and who are leaders and experts in their field. You will be working on a highly innovative EV project which is at an early concept stage and will have the opportunity to influence and see the programme through to production. What you will do As an EDS/Circuit Engineer you will; Responsible for the design and drafting of circuit schematics for the project Responsible for managing the interface control documents on the project Responsible for design and selection of key electrical characteristics of the wiring harness. Responsible for the power and ground distribution specifications and architecture for the project Responsible for implementing the network architecture on the circuit schematic Responsible for releasing circuits through various build phases on the project What you will need As an EDS/Circuit Engineer Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant engineering discipline Proven experience in vehicle circuit development Experience of ECAD tools. Mentor Capital / Vesys is desirable. Working knowledge of vehicle circuit requirements Knowledge of vehicle regulatory requirements Capability to lead multifunctional teams of engineers What you will get As an EDS/Circuit Engineer A very competitive salary/rate The opportunity to work on a highly innovative electric vehicle project Excellent professional development opportunities Applications Suitably qualified and experienced EDS/Circuit Engineers should apply today by either calling Jeff Lane on +44 (0)1384 446108 or by emailing their CV and covering letter

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire

Vehicle Technician

Vehicle Technician £18.00 - £20.00 P/H Ltd (Pay) Nuneaton Automotive, Vehicle, Technician, Build, Prototype, Test, Mechanical, Electrical A Vehicle Technician is required with knowledge of vehicle strip down, build and repair to support prototype build projects. Candidates with experience of the Automotive, Motorsport and/or Military industry would be well received. Due to the development of a new vehicle this company, an innovative vehicle developer based in Nuneaton requires a 'hands on' and practical Vehicle Technician with experience of full vehicle strip down, service, test and repair for new prototype vehicles through their test and development phases for a long-term contract. As a Vehicle Technician you will be required to: Liaise with the Prototype Teams in vehicle build activities to ensure issues are resolved and build schedules are maintained and achieved during development phases. Support all test and validation programs, ensuring all work is carried out effectively and new product tested and validate prior to being signed off. Build new vehicles and strip down full vehicles through prototype and product development phases incorporating mechanical, electrical, body and interior systems. The Vehicle Technician should have the following skills or experience: Knowledge of working within a prototype and/or vehicle development environment Ability to strip down full vehicle covering all electrical and mechanical facets to test and develop new product and systems Using test equipment, welding equipment and small machinery would be advantageous through product modification and development activities In test circuits and proving ground facilities during test trials This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Vehicle Test and Development seeking an exciting contract opportunity with a forward-thinking company. In return for your experience, this Nuneaton based automotive company will offer you: £18.00 - £20.00 P/H Ltd (Pay) Months rolling contract Full vehicle development programs Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge as a Vehicle Technician with a test and development environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Vehicle Technician role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email:

Contract / Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Mould Operations Manager

Operations Manager (Moulding) £Competitive plus Car Allowance, Bonus and Benefits Banbury Automotive, Leadership, Manufacturing, Moulding, JIT, IOSH, Coaching, Delivery, IATF16949, CI An Operations Manager is required with knowledge of moulding operations and processes with a high-volume manufacturing environment who has knowledge of team leadership/development. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to a growth in orders and recent promotion this company, a world class automotive 1st Tier supplier based in Banbury requires a stronger leader who is forward thinking and strategically minded with knowledge of high volume production within plastics and moulded products for a new permanent role. As an Operations Manager you will be required to: Manage and Lead a production team in the delivery of products within time, budgetary and quality constraints for some of the UK's leading OEM's. Increase efficiency's and productivity while reducing waste using continuous improvement methods and tools and by leadership, development and motivation of the production teams. Set clear direction, goals and targets through KPI's for the business unit to ensure strategic and operational requirements are achieved covering all HSE, Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering and Continuous Improvement. Motivate the business unit and support staff through effective training and development programs, driving forward a positive and proactive culture. The Operations Manager should have the following skills or experience: Knowledge of team leadership and processes within the manufacturing of plastics and moulded products (preferably automotive) having managed all quality, HSE, production, manufacturing and continuous improvement activities. Managed a business unit of up to 50 - 100 cross functional teams covering all costings, resource, prioritisation of work, problem resolution (using 8D, 5Y), customer relationships, improvement initiatives and contingency planning to ensure products are delivered within a JIT environment. Be a visionary and who can set and deliver strategic goals and objections that will improve performance, moral and delivery across all facets of the business unit. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Operations or Manufacturing Management within a high-volume manufacturing (plastics and/or moulded) environment having proactively lead cross functional teams in the delivery of part within time, quality and budgetary related targets seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Banbury-based Automotive company will offer you: £Competitive Salary Car allowance, 10% Bonus and Benefits Excellent career development and progression within a world class organisation. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Operations, Manufacturing or Business Unit Management within a high-volume manufacturing arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Operations Managers role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Banbury, Oxfordshire