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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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Design Engineer (Seating/Interior)

Job title: Design Engineer (Seating/Interiors) Contract Rates: £28.00 to £36.00 P/H Ltd Location: South West Automotive, CAD, Design, Development, Seating, DVP, CAE, VAVE A Design Engineer (Seating/Interiors) is required with knowledge of seating systems and interiors. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to the development of a new state of the art vehicle this company, a technology leader and pioneering company based in South West requires a creative and innovative Design Engineer (Seating/Interiors) with experience of leading product development projects within seating systems and interior trim for a new contract role. As a Design Engineer (Seating/Interiors) you will be required to: Apply innovative problem-solving skills to support the vision for new product concepts, championing design to produce products that meet performance and functional criteria. Work with research teams to integrate and develop new technology research into the final design for seating trim components and systems. Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly while preparing design reviews with Design Managers and Concept Design Director. Ability to delivery new product development programs from concept through to production. Communicate between all teams and stakeholders within RDD and Global Operations to ensure effective and timely input to meet program gateways The Design Engineer (Seating/Interiors) should have the following skills or experience: Previous relevant experience of product design or mechanical engineering. Knowledge and understanding of injection moulding, sheet metal, structures and manufacturing for mass production. Experience in ergonomics, seating structures, interior design with a creative and considered approach to problem solving, adhering to clear design processes. A good balance of practical and theoretical skills; calculations from first principles; prototype rig building and industry test methods to analyse the design. Experience with CAD surface modelling and CAE development with experience of taking products from concepts through to production Knowledge engineering standards, International regulations and Requirements - DFM, Validation, PLM, DFMEA, DVP&R and VA/VE. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West-based innovative automotive company will offer you: £28.00 to £36.00 P/H Ltd An excellent working environment that focuses on innovation and creativity Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of delivering design programs within the seating and interior trim arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design Engineer (Seating/Interiors) role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Contract / Swindon, Wiltshire

Project Manager (Seating)

Job title: Project Manager (Seating) Contract Rates: £32.00 to £40.00 P/H Location: South West Automotive, CAD, Design, Development, Seating, Interior Trim, Leading, DVP, CAE A Project Manager (Seating) is required with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to the development of a new state of the art vehicle this company, an innovative and forward-thinking technology based company in the description based in South West requires a well-organized and proactive Project Manager (Seating) with experience of leading product development projects within seating and/or interior trim for a new contract role. As a Project Manager (Seating) you will be required to: Apply innovative problem-solving skills to support the vision for new product concepts, championing design to produce products that meet performance and functional criteria. Work with research teams to integrate and develop new technology research into the final design for seating and interior trim components and systems. Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly while preparing design reviews with Design Managers and Concept Design Director. Ability to lead teams in the delivery of new product development programs from concept through to production. Communicate between all teams and stakeholders within RDD and Global Operations to ensure effective and timely input to meet program gateways The Project Manager (Seating) should have the following skills or experience: Previous experience of product design, managing resource and delivering to time scales. Experience in interior design, seating and ergonomics with a creative and considered approach to problem solving, adhering to clear design processes. A good balance of practical and theoretical skills; calculations from first principles; prototype rig building and industry test methods to analyse the design. Experience with CAD surface modelling and CAE development with experience of taking products from concepts through to production Knowledge engineering standards, International regulations and Requirements - DFM, Validation, PLM, DFMEA, DVP&R and VA/VE. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West-based innovative automotive company will offer you: £32.00 to £38.00 P/H Ltd An excellent working environment that focuses on innovation and creativity Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of delivering design programs within the seating and interior trim arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Manager (Seating) role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire

Design Engineer (Interior Trim / Moulded Components)

Job title: Design Engineer (Interior Trim / Moulded Components) Salary Range: £30,000 to £40,000 pa plus benefits Location: South West Automotive, CAD, Design, Development, Seating, DVP, CAE, VAVE A Design Engineer is required with knowledge of interior trim or injection moulded components. Candidates with experience of any injection moulded products (automotive, aerospace, motorsport, consumer products, etc.) with a creative approach would be well received. Due to the development of a new state of the art vehicle this company, a technology leader and pioneering company based in South West requires a creative and innovative Design Engineer with experience of product development within injection moulding (interior trim, seating, trim) for a new permanent role. As a Design Engineer you will be required to: Apply innovative problem-solving skills to support the vision for new product concepts, championing design to produce products that meet performance and functional criteria. Work with research teams to integrate and develop new technology research into the final design for trim components and systems. Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly while preparing design reviews with Design Managers and Concept Design Director. Ability to delivery new product development programs from concept through to production. Communicate between all teams and stakeholders within RDD and Global Operations to ensure effective and timely input to meet program gateways The Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Previous experience of injection moulded product design and development. Knowledge and understanding of injection moulding, interior trim and manufacturing for mass production. Experience in ergonomics, seating, interior design with a creative and considered approach to problem solving, adhering to clear design processes. A good balance of practical and theoretical skills; calculations from first principles; prototype rig building and industry test methods to analyse the design. Experience with CAD surface modelling and CAE development with experience of taking products from concepts through to production Knowledge engineering standards, International regulations and Requirements - DFM, Validation, PLM, DFMEA, DVP&R and VA/VE. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West-based innovative automotive company will offer you: £30,000 to £40,000 pa plus bonus and benefits An excellent working environment that focuses on innovation and creativity Career progression and development Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of delivering design programs within the seating and interior trim arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire

Design Engineer (Seating Structures)

Job title: Design Engineer (Seating Structures) Salary Range: £30,000 to £45,000 pa plus benefits Location: South West Automotive, CAD, Design, Development, Seating, DVP, CAE, VAVE A Design Engineer is required with knowledge of seating systems and structures. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to the development of a new state of the art vehicle this company, a technology leader and pioneering company based in South West requires a creative and innovative Design Engineer with experience of leading product development projects within seating systems for a new permanent role. As a Design Engineer you will be required to: Apply innovative problem-solving skills to support the vision for new product concepts, championing design to produce products that meet performance and functional criteria. Work with research teams to integrate and develop new technology research into the final design for seating trim components and systems. Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly while preparing design reviews with Design Managers and Concept Design Director. Ability to delivery new product development programs from concept through to production. Communicate between all teams and stakeholders within RDD and Global Operations to ensure effective and timely input to meet program gateways The Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Previous relevant experience of product design or mechanical engineering. Knowledge and understanding of injection moulding, sheet metal, structures and manufacturing for mass production. Experience in ergonomics, seating structures, interior design with a creative and considered approach to problem solving, adhering to clear design processes. A good balance of practical and theoretical skills; calculations from first principles; prototype rig building and industry test methods to analyse the design. Experience with CAD surface modelling and CAE development with experience of taking products from concepts through to production Knowledge engineering standards, International regulations and Requirements - DFM, Validation, PLM, DFMEA, DVP&R and VA/VE. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West-based innovative automotive company will offer you: £30,000 to £45,000 pa plus bonus and benefits An excellent working environment that focuses on innovation and creativity Career progression and development Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of delivering design programs within the seating and interior trim arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire

PMST Lead

Job title: PMST Lead Salary Range: £45,000 to £60,000 pa plus benefits Location: South West Automotive, CAD, Design, Development, Seating, Interior Trim, Leading, DVP, CAE A PMST Lead is required with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to the development of a new state of the art vehicle this company, an innovative and forward-thinking technology company based in South West requires a well-organized and proactive PMST Lead with experience of leading product development projects within seating and/or interior trim for a new permanent role. As a PMST Lead you will be required to: Apply innovative problem-solving skills to support the vision for new product concepts, championing design to produce products that meet performance and functional criteria. Work with research teams to integrate and develop new technology research into the final design for seating and interior trim components and systems. Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly while preparing design reviews with Design Managers and Concept Design Director. Ability to lead teams in the delivery of new product development programs from concept through to production. Communicate between all teams and stakeholders within RDD and Global Operations to ensure effective and timely input to meet program gateways The PMST Lead should have the following skills or experience: Previous experience of product design, managing resource and delivering to time scales. Experience in interior design, seating and ergonomics with a creative and considered approach to problem solving, adhering to clear design processes. A good balance of practical and theoretical skills; calculations from first principles; prototype rig building and industry test methods to analyse the design. Experience with CAD surface modelling and CAE development with experience of taking products from concepts through to production Knowledge engineering standards, International regulations and Requirements - DFM, Validation, PLM, DFMEA, DVP&R and VA/VE. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of seating systems and interior trim seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West-based innovative automotive company will offer you: £45,000 to £60,000 pa plus bonus and benefits An excellent working environment that focuses on innovation and creativity Career progression and development Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of delivering design programs within the seating and interior trim arena and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the PMST Lead role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire

Project Engineer (E/E)

Job title: Project Engineer (E/E) Salary Range: £35,000 to £40,000 pa plus Benefits Location: Warwick, Leamington, Gaydon Automotive, Project, Electronics, Electrical, Design, Product, Component A Project Engineer is required with knowledge of electrical, electronics and product development. Candidates with experience of the automotive and motorsport industry would be well received. Due to new project delivery and program launch activities this company, a world class automotive consultancy providing engineering solutions to clients based in the Warwick and Leamington requires a well-organized, committed and forward-thinking Project Engineer with knowledge of the product development of electrical and electronic systems and components for a new permanent role. As a Project Engineer you will be required to: Lead team of engineers and designers to meet component / commodity requirements and project gateways while directing and liaising technical design / engineering resources Lead and support regular project meetings, reporting into gateway reviews, setting and managing delivery of system attributes including function, timing, performance, costs, weight & quality Manage E/E system(s) with suppliers including component & software delivery plan, requirements and risk, coordinating cross-functional reviews for the resolution of technical issues Support prototype, pre- and production vehicle builds The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Ability to handle responsibility of delivery for multiple components simultaneously Experience of project management and product delivery Knowledge of CAD advantageous Applied knowledge of Electronic and/or Electrical Systems (Chassis / Body / Powertrain, etc.) This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of electronic / electrical systems and/or components seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Warwick / Leamington based Automotive company will offer you: £35,000 to £40,000 pa plus Benefits Career development and training with excellent opportunity for progression and promotion Diverse product range and vehicle development programs through the delivery of consultancy services Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of electrical and electronic systems and products and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Engineer (E/E) role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Quality Engineer

Job title: Quality Engineer Salary Range: £30,000 to £36,000 pa plus benefits Location: Redditch, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Leamington Automotive, Quality, TS16949, AITF16949, Systems, Six Sigma, 8D, NPI, Electrical Systems A Quality Engineer is required with knowledge of automotive quality systems and manufacturing processes to support NPI activities. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry and NPI would be well received. Due to increased growth this company, a world class automotive 1st Tier Supplier based in Worcestershire area requires a forward thinking, hands on Quality Engineer with knowledge automotive quality systems, processes and procedures for a new permanent role. As a Quality Engineer you will be required to: Working knowledge and full understanding and the application of Quality Engineering tools and methodologies to ensure quality standards are achieved and maintained within manufacturing. Technically orientated with the ability to understand quickly new product and process technologies. A strong customer service orientation dealing with clients and suppliers on a regular basis. Strong problem solver utilizing six sigma, 8D, etc. to identify and resolve quality concerns through launch phases. The Quality Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Understanding of Manufacturing and Engineering, ideally with quality experience. Experience of interfacing with OEM / demanding customers. Customer visits - including continental travel A senior professional presence, able to talk with authority and knowledge Involvement / input in NPI projects to ensure in-built quality controls This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of manufacturing processes allied with automotive quality systems seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Bromsgrove/Redditch based automotive company will offer you: £30,000 to £36,000 pa plus benefits Excellent career development and progression in a customer facing role Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of automotive quality systems, manufacturing processes and NPI and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Engineers role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Redditch, Worcestershire

Quality Engineer

Quality Engineer £32,000 - £37,000 per annum plus benefits Birmingham Automotive An experienced Quality Engineer is required with particular knowledge of 8D in the automotive environment. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry (TS or IATF) industry would be well received. Due to expansion and winning more work, this company, based in Birmingham requires a Quality Engineer with in-house Quality experience for a new permanent role. As a Quality Engineer you will be required to: Work as part of the Quality team to various targets Use Quality methodology and techniques (particularly 8D) to assess methods used whilst promoting a NFF environment Maintain product PSW/PPAP status and review 1st/last offs The Quality Engineer should have the following: Relevant education and training; apprenticeship, HND or equivalent Be able to work with suppliers and address any potential problems (written and verbal) This is an excellent opportunity for a Quality Engineer to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Birmingham based automotive company will offer you: Basic salary of up to £37,000 per annum (depending on skills and experience) Benefits Career development opportunities Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Automotive Quality Systems and 8D Problem Solving and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Engineers role, please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 at Jonathan Lee Recruitment or email.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Quality Resident Engineer - Coventry

Resident Quality Engineer - Cov - £35K/£45K plus Bens Are you a Resident Quality Engineer with the ability to liaise with the customer and investigate quality / warranty concerns to support manufacturing operations? As a Resident Quality Engineer, you will be based onsite with the client with regular travel to manufacturing sites, customer facilities, plants, service centre and suppliers when required, providing the main contact for quality and warranty issues on e-system products. Main responsibilities for the Resident Quality Engineer will be: First point of contact for the customer on all E-Systems Quality Issues. Responsible for communicating and coordinating all JLR quality issues within the organisation, managing all concerns with the customer using standard templates (8D, etc.). Ensure appropriate corrective actions and follow up actions have been implemented for significant quality issues. Review and approve corrective actions provided by manufacturing and engineering. Responding to customer via customer systems and presenting plant responses as necessary. Monitor and report out performance at the customer location and internally to the UK Quality Manager and plant Quality teams. Ability to organise and co-ordinate external resources as necessary. Monitor and maintain zero miles' quality tracker daily. Work in close partnership with customer and internal team to tackle quality and launch quality issues robustly to prevent re-occurrence Maintain AIMS2 system for STA Issues and assist in PVT, VRT, VFG, and Quality reviews. Key skills required by the Resident Quality Engineer: Degree or HNC qualified in an Engineering discipline Good understanding of TS16949 and 8D processes Previous experience of a JLR Based programmes and automotive 1st Tier arena Good knowledge of JLR systems such as COVISINT, AIMS, E-Tracker, - and if possible SPIRE, IQM, AWS, TOPIX, VFD, TA/TR/EPQR Knowledge of how to read & understand engineering specifications - like drawings etc For further information or to apply directly please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Quality Systems Manager

Quality Systems Manager - Tier 1 Automotive - Salary to Circa £45k negotiable DOE - South Birmingham We have a great opportunity with this tier 1 Automotive manufacturing business for a Quality Systems Manager. The company boasts a 30 years trading history from purpose built facilities and generates revenues in excess of £60m. This role will see you working on the development and management of the company quality management systems on a long term basis and in the short term delivering the transition from TS16949 to IATF 16949:2016. To be successful in this role you will be a qualified IATF 16949 Lead Auditor to support a right first time transition in a role that will see you working across all manufacturing departments and stakeholders. You will need to be a strong influencer and coach, ideally with previous experience of delivering operational change with regard to quality management and assurance. Specific skills and experience relating to your duties include: Experienced/qualified lead auditor in IATF 16949 Experience in working with 3rd party auditors in achieving and maintaining system approval Sound understanding of quality tools and techniques and experience in applying them to a mass production environment Experience in the development and implementation of new tools and systems across multi-site organisations. Detailed understanding of Quality Management Systems Technical Specifications ISO9001; IATF 16949 etc. Good understanding of manufacturing systems Experience of managing product development within the automotive industry, either from an OEM or Tier One supplier role Project management skills and experience in implementing management change The role is predominately site based, but may travel internationally in the performance of the job. In this instance we are seeking degree qualified applicants with the drive and communication skills required to work in a broad cross functional team. German language skills would be an advantage but not essential and a full clean driving licence is preferred. In return there is a competitive package on offer negotiable based upon your experience with a competitive benefits package to match. For more information or to apply please click the apply now button to Mark Bignell of Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Senior Body-In-White Engineer

Job title: Senior BIW Engineer Salary Range: £38,000 to £52,000 depending upon experience Location: South West Automotive, Body Structures, BIW, Project, Design, CAD, Cost, Weight, DVP, Feasibility, Validation A Senior BIW Engineer is required with knowledge of BIW design and new body architecture. Candidates with experience of the automotive body structures or BIW would be well received. Due to the development of a new vehicle program this company, a world class innovator based in south west requires a forward-thinking Senior BIW Engineer with experience of leading BIW design and engineering release for a new permanent role. As a Senior BIW Engineer you will be required to: Work as part of a department responsible for delivering a body in white structure with responsibility for managing a team of design engineers Optimise and validate designs with simulation and correlation of tests with ability to deliver CAD data for the appropriate program milestone Deliver specifications for function, cost, weight and investment, writing FMA, DVPs, standards, guidelines and test methodology. Generate proposals, design ratification and report while creating system and component level validation test methods. Ability to work with suppliers and third parties from manufacturing feasibility to production. The Senior BIW Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Have previous automotive body design experience The ability to lead a team, mange resources and deliver on time. Have proven experience of delivering and validating automotive assemblies. Extensive knowledge of body materials and technology including joining and process. Experience of Tce and CAD Possess a hands-on approach and a can-do attitude with excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with track record as Senior BIW Engineer within Automotive Body Structures to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West based automotive company will offer you: £38,000 to £52,000 pa depending upon experience Bonus, pension, healthcare, relocation support Career development and progression within a new vehicle build program Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Body Structures and have been responsible for design, development and delivery of automotive projects and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Senior BIW Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / South West England, England

PMST Lead - Body structures

Job title: PMST Lead Salary Range: £38,000 to £52,000 depending upon experience Location: Bristol Area Automotive, Body Structures, BIW, Project, Cost, Weight, DVP, Feasibility, Validation A PMST Lead is required with knowledge of Project Delivery and Body Structures. Candidates with experience of the automotive and/or aerospace industry would be well received. Due to the development of a new vehicle program this company, a world class innovator based in south west requires a forward thinking PMST Lead with Body Structures experience for a new permanent role. As a PMST Lead you will be required to: Deliver a body in white structure program being responsible for managing the BoM within Tce and signing off, cost, weight and quality. Manage suppliers with the procurement team, for feasibility, validation, cost, investment, timing and quality, to manage manufacturing and deliver of parts to support testing and vehicle builds. Support with the body structure team with project management and coordinate engineering releases in line with program milestones. Coordinate DVP and FMA activities with the technical design team and suppliers. Contribute to vehicle development plan with expertise and caution regarding the body content, representing body structure in all internal forums. The PMST Lead should have the following skills or experience: Have previous project management experience and the ability to lead Have proven experience of delivering and validating automotive assemblies. Experience of Tce Extensive knowledge of body materials and technologies including joining and process. Possess a hands-on approach and a can-do attitude This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of acting as a PMST Lead within Automotive Body Structures to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South West based automotive company will offer you: £38,000 to £52,000 pa depending upon experience Bonus, pension, healthcare, relocation support Career development and progression within a new vehicle build program Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Body Structures and have been responsible for delivering automotive projects and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the PMST Lead role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Permanent / Bristol, England