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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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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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