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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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Project Engineer

Project Engineer (Vehicle Build) £Competitive West Midlands Prototype Build, Design, Development, CAD, Attributes, Fit Out, Accessories, Project, Vehicles A Project Engineer (Vehicle Build)  is required with knowledge of vehicle build and fit out, product development, project delivery and hands on problem solving skills to work on new vehicle build programmes. Candidates with experience of leading the integration of new products within vehicle build and fit out projects while sport new product development being hands on in stripping an building the vehicles would be well received. Due to continued growth this niche supplier of vehicle accessories for retrofit vehicles based in the West Midlands requires a proactive, hands on Project Engineer with exposure of vehicle attributes, strip down and rebuild of body systems for a new permanent role. As a Project Engineer you will be required to: Main engineering and technical point of contact with customers and suppliers. Coordinate RFQs from OEM customers. Support supply partners (in the UK and overseas) with quality, process, and cost improvements. Write and maintain high level design briefs for the top-level product types.  Project manage the development of all the accessories for all new vehicles as well as the current vehicles. Write the design brief for new products in house and externally sourced when appropriate. Provide regular status reports of ongoing projects and future projects. Ensure that all departments are informed about what they will be required to do for a new product launch. Responsible for trial fitting, amending fitments / products and providing feedback to suppliers to ensure the final products are acceptable for our market. Where appropriate this could involve some re-designing of the initial product. Ensure that products are economically viable. Use warranty data to improve the quality of the products. Be aware of the current and future demands of the customers. Work with the Chief Technician to ensure that technical enquiries from customers are dealt with in a timely manner. Using the information gathered to improve the products or fitting instructions. Manage the creation & amending of fitting instructions. Ensure that all processes and procedures are carried out in line with the Companies Quality Management System. The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Engineering background in automotive. This could be vehicle fit out including defence, special vehicles. Good comprehension of vehicle standards. Knowledge of PPAP, REACH and FMEA Experience of using hand and power tools in a garage workshop environment. Empathy with our customer base. And this is very varied. Project management Skills Basic CAD design Good personal skills when working with a range of different cultures. Our suppliers are all over the world. Team player and good man management skills Have a good understanding of the commercial drivers of the business. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have knowledge in the vehicle fit out and build allied with product test and development and 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 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 Midlands

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

Project Manager

Project Manager (Innovation) £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits  Location: Abingdon Project, Manager, Delivery, Gateways, Development, Innovation, Performance, Leadership, APQP, PPAP anager,  Do you want to work for one of the markets most innovative organisations supply technical products and solutions into the automotive arena? We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to help grow the product range and support the delivery of strategic projects within the advanced technology sector across the UK. Due to our continued growth, our are looking for a Project Manager to join the team to take responsibility for developing and driving project plans for multiple customers through to completion. Reporting to our Head of Project Management, you will be responsible for providing the bridge between the customer and internal engineering teams for our high performance components and systems. As a Project Manager you will be charged with: Acting as the prime technical and project interface to key customers Generating realistic, achievable project plans using MS Project and driving these through to completion Ensuring design and project best practices are followed; identifying any gaps and developing processes as the company grows Working closely with cross-functional teams to ensure successful project delivery Facilitating discussions with key members of suppliers on timing costs, APQP, PPAP and delivery requirements Working with the Sales Team to realise technical opportunities with developing customers Providing updates to management on the state of projects and developing action plans to resolve issues Ensuring that development, procurement, assembly, and delivery meet project timings Motivating and driving internal teams by setting goals and direction. 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 who can demonstrate the following characteristics and experience: Proven experience working in the automotive industry within project management  A demonstrated track record of engineering ability in an electrical or mechanical discipline  A proven track record of successful project delivery Experience managing OEM customers both technically and commercially to ensure costs, delivery, and quality are clear at all times Good awareness of best practice development processes, requirements, and expectations Experienced in the use of MS Project and practical project/risk management techniques  Instinctive problem-solving skills coupled with a sound analytical approach A 'self-starter' attitude with energy and enthusiasm, with the ability to thrive in a small business environment A flexible approach to work Ability to work under pressure whilst managing conflicting demands against tight deadlines Excellent verbal and written communication skills, practiced in negotiation and presentations Experience of working within a Tier 1 environment is preferred 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 / Abingdon

Chief Electrical Engineer

Chief Electrical Engineer (Electrical Systems & Components)  £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits  Location: West Midlands  Electrical Systems, Components, Test Plans, Development, Design, Innovations, Engineering, Programmes, DFM, DFA, Delivery, Integration, Man-Management, Leadership, Problem-solver  Want to work for one of the most iconic and exciting British motoring brands, driving engineering excellence across their range of products? We are looking for an experienced and innovative Chief Electrical Engineer to help grow the product range and the design and engineering capability in the UK following a significant recent investment in the business. You will need to have experience of leading Electrical Teams with and ability to challenge mainstream thinking in a constructive and energetic way that will lift both the quality of engineering and the people to new heights. You will be responsible for the day to day management of a busy Electrical Department, leading teams to establish design solutions while working hand in hand with all engineering departments to ensure the brand remains at the pinnacle of design and engineering integration. We are seeking people with strong understanding of Electrical Systems and Associated Components within motorcycle arena, who has worked in a fast paced and innovative design-led environment, who has both the experience and a hands-on approach to positive leadership to overcome engineering challenges and to foster and lead a dynamic and creative engineering team. The role will have responsibility for all aspects of engineering from concept to production, across a wide range of programmes and will involve: Guide the team to a common and clear direction within product development arena Guide testing requirements and develop testing plans and procedures for electrical systems and components Promote the electrical requirements to the wider business and manage integration into the vehicle Guide product documentation, product planning, homologation & safety. Keeping morale high and motivating your team while providing leadership when required. Making critical decisions as required within new and existing programmes, while recognising the training needs of staff. Keeping staff working within departmental procedures and to relevant quality standards. This is a challenging and exciting role and we are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate that they have the ability and passion: An interest and/or understanding of fundamental motorcycle principles advantageous. Practical hands-on engineering and electrical experience. A minimum of 10 years automotive electrical engineering background. Proven experience in a similar role. An understanding of Electrical Systems and Electronics and their interactions within two or four wheels. A knowledge of DFM and DFA. An awareness of new technologies and how to incorporate into existing architecture An awareness of functional safety requirements So if you have a true passion for all types of motoring, and a practical approach to leading electrical systems and component development projects in the motorcycle and/or motorsport sectors, with a proven track record of leadership in a similar role, you should apply today or 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 / Solihull

Plant Manager

Plant Manager Dagenham Salary:  Attractive Salary Plant, Operations, Assembly, Warehouse, NPI, Quality, CI, Management, Delivery Our client is a niche automotive design and vehicle builder seeking to establish a presence in the South East.  The business is currently undergoing a huge period of growth, with the introduction of new product lines and clients and as a result is looking for a Plant Manager to help establish a new manufacturing operation in the South East to support the scale up of production and growth plans for this exciting SME. The successful candidate will be responsible for running a single site operation in a rapidly growing business, operating in a regulated market, within proximity of the customer. This is a start-up operation where you will support, and project manage the implementation of the plant with the Senior Leadership Team. Leading an onsite management team, you will take charge of all phases of plant operation, including HSE, production, quality control, maintenance, and elements of supply chain, with a focus on building close customer relations, driving and improving production efficiency and profitability, setting and managing the financial budget for the site. As Plant Manager you will: Provide support and project manage the implementation phase of the plant. Provide strong leadership and direction to create and maintain a safe manufacturing environment that produces the highest quality products based on meeting customer requirements Lead the plant operations teams, providing motivation and support across all areas, including change management with clear objectives outlined to meet deadlines Drive the sales and operations planning for the site ensuring to maximise both plant and resources efficiently, while driving continuous improvement and quality Continually review processes with site management, allowing them to contribute to the strategic objectives outlined for the business Implement performance objectives and goals for teams and manage KPI data outputs Manage the daily output with the support of all site support functions and work in harmony with the functional Directors of the business, specifically sales, purchasing, IT, finance, and HR.  Own the operational budget for the plant and drive cost reduction in line with the overall business strategy Ensure that the operation of the plant is in strict accordance with all relevant legal, statutory, and regulatory requirements, quality and environmental standards, health, safety, and wellbeing requirements. Ensure all controls, tests and technical reports are monitored and route cause analysis is carried out for any major mishaps. Skills and experience required for the Plant Manager will be: Extensive experience as a Senior Leader overseeing a team of circa 100 Experience working in a regulated industry, automotive sector experience is essential Experience of running a standalone site and working with a remote SLT Familiar with industry standards, such as ISO 9001 and IATF16949 Six Sigma, black or green belt qualified preferred Demonstrable leadership, delegation and excellent inter-personal skills with the proven ability to establish and maintain good employee and customer relations. The ability to maintain calm under pressure and work to deadlines Effective use of problem solving and decision-making skills Efficiency, planning and organisational skills                                 This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be a major contributor to the growth and success of this organisation, helping it to achieve its potential and beyond as 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 Plant Operations Management, especially within a vehicle build, trim & final or niche vehicle manufacturer and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Plant 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 / Dagenham

Shift Engineer

Shift Engineer £Competitive plus Benefits and O/T Preston Maintenance, Electrical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Reactive & Proactive Maintenance, Shifts, Mechanical, PLC, Automation, Conveyor  A Shift Engineer is required with knowledge of multi-skilled maintenance driving forward both reactive and proactive maintenance activities across a high-volume packaging and automated environment, which requires a forward thinking individual who can think on their feet to deliver effective results. As a Shift Engineer you will be required to: Mechanical strip-down/re-assembly, basic field wiring, machine calibration and system testing. Day to day maintenance of site MHE to a high standard, looking to continuously improve with all aspects of new and old equipment health and safety conscience. Working against a timeframe to complete reactive repairs. Interact with on-site management keeping them informed of repair and maintenance progression and addressing their concerns in a professional manner. Service and repair current installed products and show hands on ownership of issues to achieve a quick time resolution. Ability to interpret electrical circuit diagrams and work with 415V motor controls. Appreciate Health & Safety considerations with regard to given tasks and be able to carry out risk assessments Mechanical aptitude including the ability to read assembly drawings Operate hand tools and be able to assemble parts onto equipment Ability to follow set up instructions, assembly drawings and check lists Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills Excellent customer service skills for both internal and external customers Appreciation of control systems Education / Skills / Experience Full Electrical/ Mechanical minimum level 2 C&G or 3 BTEC Understanding of PLC’s and their function would be advantageous, but training will be provided Pneumatic and Hydraulic knowledge beneficial. Computer literate with basic Microsoft Office skills. Use of Cmms system and storeroom experience Experience of using automated machinery, conveyors systems, bagging machine and scan tunnels or manufacturing equipment is desirable This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of maintenance engineering from both a reactive and proactive nature allied with good processes improvement exposure seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Preston based company will offer you: £Competitive Salary plus Benefits and O/T Excellent opportunity to progress your career, develop your skills and have training on diverse automated equipment and PLC’s.   Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have knowledge of multi-skilled maintenance engineering within an automated, conveyor or high-volume packaging/manufacturing environment and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Shift Engineers 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 / Preston

Project Design Engineer

Project Design Engineer (Special Purpose Machinery) £Competitive plus Benefits West Midlands Prototype Build, Design, Development, Project, CAD, Special Purpose Machinery, Commissioning A Project Design Engineer (Special Purpose Machinery)  is required with knowledge of design, development and project delivery of special purpose machinery to meet customer requirements. Candidates with experience of designing, developing and project managing the installation of special purpose machinery or process equipment would be well received.. Due to continued growth this niche supplier of bespoke special purpose equipment and machinery based in the West Midlands requires a proactive, hands on Project Design Engineer who can lead the development of machinery from initial concept through design, development and onto customer sign off (cradle to grave). As a Project Design Engineer you will be required to: Generate job cost estimates for use in sales quotes to customers Working directly with customers on technical issues Generate prototype models of new designs, products and components The primary role is to evolve current product designs to meet immediate and longer-term market and customer specific needs while enhancing product range Generate 3D models from existing hand drawings and 2D AutoCAD designs Create and manage product BOMs, operations and job record cards Managing projects to budget, costs, and time Managing project progress and associated purchasing requirements Support customers by troubleshooting technical issues of a mechanical nature & co-ordinating the electrical interfaces (Not expected to be electrically qualified) Progressing unresolved technical issues to suppliers and sub-contractors As a Project Design Engineer you will have the following: To take total responsibility for Engineering design decisions and technical delivery Strong CAD (Solidworks) design experience, specifically in Machinery, inc FEA Appreciation of Electrical control requirements and integration with Mechanical components End to end process experience: Estimating, outline design, detailed design, Production assembly, test, support & troubleshooting. Knowledge of manufacturing processes and CAM DFMA and running of design review meetings Detailed experience with ERP/MRP systems generating/managing BOMs Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have managed the project design and delivery of special purpose or process equipment and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Design Engineer 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 / Halesowen

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