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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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Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer - Andover - Innovative Electro-Mechanical Components £competitive (5-10 years’ experience level) Manufacturing, Assembly, Improvements, Complex Assemblies, Electro Mechanical, DFA, DFM, TAKT, MOST, 8D, Lean Our client designs, engineers and manufactures innovative electro-mechanical components of the very highest quality for a broad range of applications to the automotive, aerospace, medical, material handling, oil and gas sectors. They provide prototyping, low volume and high-volume manufacturing processes. As the Manufacturing Engineer your responsibilities will include: Working within a cross-functional team you will drive process improvement within the manufacture and assembly of electrical and electronic components. Support all new product introduction activities to ensure the successful launch of highly complex components into a manual assembly environment using TAKT, MOST, etc. Assessing the current manufacturing systems to ensure they meet the required standards and performance to meet production demands across all product ranges within the development of electro-mechanical components and sub-assemblies Resolve manufacturing issues and concerns using problem solving tools and techniques to include 8D, 5Y, Root cause and/or six sigma. Working closely with suppliers, customers, and internal stakeholders to ensure production and manufacturing standards are maintained and ultimately improved using modern manufacturing tools and techniques where appropriate within a low to medium volume production arena. You will work extensively with all departments within the business and will have exposure to a range of flagship customers, dealing with all characteristics of the product cycle. As the Manufacturing Engineer you will require the following skills and experiences: You will have experience of complex assemblies and electro-mechanical components from a prototype and low volume manufacturing arena. Have taken product and components from design through all launch phases into a manufacturing arena using effective problem-solving tools and techniques (Kaizen/5Y/8D/Six Sigma, etc.) Be able to drive forward process improvement initiatives and implement modern manufacturing techniques to improve productivity while eliminating waste using the likes of DFA/DFM/TAKT/MOST. Experience of manufacturing components for Aerospace/Automotive or other safety critical industries would be an advantage. Ability to drive change and introduce new products into a highly complex manufacturing environment using strong communication and interpersonal skills to pull departments together to meet build gateways and timing plans. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in this exciting Manufacturing Engineer opportunity, please apply today. If you have any questions about the 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 / Hampshire

Electrical Team Leader

Electrical Team Leader (Electrical Systems) £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits Location: East 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 Electrical Team Leader 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 understanding of fundamental motorcycle principles. 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 Chassis, Powertrain and Electronics and their interactions. 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 / Enderby

Operations Manager

Operations Manager Salary Range: £Comp Location: Northampton Operations, Manager, Assembly, Fabrication, Paint, H&S, Warehouse, Supply chain, Materials, Change Management, Lean, 8D, root cause, Manufacturing Processes & Improvement, Sales & Service An Operations Manager is required with knowledge of operational management, manufacturing processes (assembly, fabrication and/or paint), planning, logistics, supply chain, sales, service and process improvement within a medium volume production environment building niche vehicles. Candidates with experience of the low/medium vehicle build, assembly and/or fabrication/paint would be well received. Due to continued growth and an increase in orders this company, a this world class SME based in Northampton requires a forward thinking, hands on Operations Manager with knowledge process improvement, manufacturing systems, quality, productivity, waste elimination, man-management and sales/service for a new permanent role. As Operations Manager you will be required to: Provide strong leadership for the UK operational team, building a team of competent, engaged, safe and productive staff across varied disciplines Drive continuous improvement in Process, Quality and Safety through risk assessments, root cause analysis, training, and projects Develop and maintain a deep understanding of our supply chain ensuring our supply partners are delivering to the expected requirements in terms of time and quality Active ly manage the sales and operational planning function to meet customer needs (both external and internal) and maximise plant efficiency Actively manage the assembly function to efficiently build to market requirements Ensure capacity and sourcing requirements are aligned to market needs and potential Communicate effectively with suppliers, partners, colleagues, market representatives and customers The Operations Manager should have the following skills or experience: Good understanding of manufacturing operations, process improvement, waste elimination, change management and quality standards/systems/processes Excellent leadership qualities having a track record in driving and developing teams within a medium/high volume manufacturing operation Commercially astute with strong organizational and analytical skills with knowledge of business operations from supply chain, through production and on the customer dealing with sales, service and capacity planning. Knowledge of mild steel fabrication, coating allied with Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX would be advantageous This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of leading teams within a low to medium manufacturing environment (especially vehicle build, assembly, and fabrication/paint) seeking a career opportunity to make a difference with a world class SME. In return for your experience, this specialist niche manufacturer will offer you: £Comp plus benefits Excellent opportunity to work within a growing and forward-thinking organisation, were change management, process improvement and manufacturing principles at the forefront of all operations Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of leading business operations within a niche vehicle build, assembly and/or fabrication/paint environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Operations Manager role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email mark.bignell@jonlee.co.uk Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Northampton

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Job title: Manufacturing Operations Manager Salary Range: £Comp Location: West Midlands Automotive, 1st Tier, Change Management, OEE, Lean, 8D, Six Sigma, Manufacturing Processes & Improvement A Manufacturing Operations Manager is required with knowledge of manufacturing operations, P&L, equipment efficiencies and process improvement within a 1st Tier Automotive arena. Candidates with experience of the automotive industry would be well received. Due to continued growth and an increase in orders this company, a world class automotive parts manufacturer based in the West Midlands requires a forward thinking, hands on Manufacturing Operations Manager with knowledge process improvement, manufacturing systems, productivity, waste elimination, man-management and P&L for a new permanent role. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager you will be required to: Effectively and efficiently manage the production area in line with customer specifications and demand, to meet all quality and delivery expectations, minimising costs where possible and ensure the required best working practices are maintained at all times Responsible for plant production, manufacturing, financial performance, customer requirements and maintaining the orderly and productive operation of planned activities Drive process improvements on OEE by appropriate data analysis while attending various meetings and action/communicate instructions Undertake continuous training and development of all personnel within the sphere of responsibility Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required. The Manufacturing Operations Manager should have the following skills or experience: Good understanding of manufacturing operations, process improvement, waste elimination, change management and quality standards/systems/processes Excellent leadership qualities having a track record in driving and developing teams within a medium/high volume automotive arena Commercially astute with strong organizational and analytical skills with knowledge of P&L, cost reduction and supply chain. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of leading teams within a high volume 1st Tier manufacturing environment seeking a career opportunity with a growing business. In return for your experience, this specialist automotive company will offer you: £Comp plus benefits Excellent opportunity to work within a growing and forward thinking organisations, were change management, process improvement and manufacturing principles at the forefront of all operations Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of leading manufacturing operations within the a 1st Tier Automotive environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Operations Manager role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email mark.bignell@jonlee.co.uk Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / West Bromwich

Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineer £40,000pa - £45,000pa West Midlands An Industrial Engineer is required with knowledge of the implementation of industrial engineering process improvements through the use of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing tools for an established manufacturing site in Birmingham, candidates with experience of the Automotive industry would be well received. Due to an increase in orders this company, a high-volume supplier of automotive products and services requires a forward thinking and proactive Industrial Engineer with strong lean, CI and problem-solving skills for this new permanent role. As a Process Team Leader you will be required to: Design factory layouts. (AutoCAD) Implement new Process layouts Capacity Planning Industrialisation of NPI Cellular Manufacture Manufacture Route Planning Investigating New Plant & Equipment Work Measurements Education / Skills / Experience Good level of standard Education Minimum HNC/HND Knowledge of continuous improvement tools Kaizan, Kanban, Six Sigma, 5Whys, Lean would be beneficial. Good working experience of MS platforms, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of process improvement, production engineering, manufacturing systems and/or CI seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this West Midlands based Automotive company will offer you: Circa £40-45K pa plus benefits Excellent opportunity to progress your career into a more senior role Be part of a growing organisation with significant growth plans over the next 2 years. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Industrial Engineering, Process Improvement, CI and/or Manufacturing Systems and you 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

Production Planner

Production Planner Competitive Plus Benefits (Negotiable) Location: South Wales Production, Planning, Material Flow, MPS, MRP, ERP, SAP, BOMs, Production Systems, Scheduling A Production Planner is required with knowledge of managing material tracking and flow within current production and new product introduction ideally within an automotive assembly or trim & final environment. Candidates with experience in the coordinating and managing material flow and production planning in a low/medium volume automotive assembly environment would be well received. Due to expansion and growth this company, an innovative organisation who build niche vehicles in South Wales requires a forward thinking and proactive Production Planner with a track record in managing the material flow within a complex assembly operation working with cross functional teams to ensure the smooth coordination, planning and delivery of material from suppliers and through the manufacturing operation is achieved to meet build demands for current and new vehicle programmes. As a Production Planner you will be required to: Maintain the MPS for all assembled manufactured products in line with customer requirements and available capacity via regular reviews of the MPS. Produce a production plan weekly, ensuring maximum customer satisfaction and best production efficiency working with ERP and MRP systems. BOM creation and rootings to support material planning activities. Organise production builds to satisfy customer demand & avoid line stoppage. Regular liaison with Senior Manager regarding line running rates and any potential line problems, reviewing factory production reports, monitor reasons for variance, and advise manager of such. Investigate all large schedule fluctuations, liaise with customers to ascertain reasons while keep manager informed of such to enable us to recover costs where necessary. Ensure adequate checks exist regarding the availability of parts for build avoiding supply crisis. Agree any purchase part/material rescheduling requirements with suppliers and confirm delivery dates, managing “call-off” basis – on a weekly basis issue a daily call-off schedule. Monitor supplier performance and discuss with each supplier on a weekly basis. Expedite all critical purchase parts with suppliers (availablity, late customer deliveries etc) and maintain promise data. Montor finished goods stock levels maintaining inventory policies in line with agreed KPI’s. Monitor A/M availabliity & issue report of shortages, reasons & promised dates for all parts. Resolve with Managers any capacity issues. Investigate and resolve all purchased part/material stock and delivery queries. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Production Planning within the automotive arena especially from a vehicle build or trim & final seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South Wales based automotive company will offer you: - Competitive plus Benefits (Negotiable) - Career progression and development within a forward thinking and expanding organsiation in a niche arena Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of production planning, material flow and capacity planning within a vehicle build and/or trim & final environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Planning 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 / Torfaen

Project Manager - NPI

Project Manager – NPI Competitive Plus Benefits (Negotiable) Location: South Wales Project, Management, NPI, Vehicle, Assembly, APQP, PPAP, Timing Plan, Manufacturing, Systems, NPD, Gateways, Budget A Project Manager - NPI is required with knowledge of the leading and delivering new product from concept through to production managing all timing plans, budgets, and gateways ideally within an automotive assembly or trim & final environment. Candidates with experience in the managing projects into a low/medium volume automotive assembly environment would be well received. Due to expansion and growth this company, an innovative organisation who build niche vehicles in South Wales requires a forward thinking and proactive Project Manager with a track record in managing new product introduction activities pulling together cross functional teams to ensure agreed plans and gateways are achieved for a new permanent role. As a Project Manager – NPI you will be required to: Run all NPD and NPI gateway process for multiple projects. Co-ordinate different contributing teams including product development, testing, purchasing, sales, marketing, QA, production engineering and manufacturing Design and implement best practice program management, tools and processes to support operational performance. Support and lead process improvement activities Prepare timing plans for projects, ranging from new product programs to small engineering changes. Communicate initiation of projects and secure agreement on deadlines for activities with the responsible departments. Co-ordinate business sign off at key gates Lead new product projects from concept through to release into production Support strategic work to reduce costs and take cost out of the BOM to open new commercial opportunities. Support design verification and sign off of new product. Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems Support internal processes to include APQP, PPAP, etc Create the planning documentation for the business and the various departments. Monitor progress and completion of tasks across multiple departments. Where needed chase to ensure completion of overdue and at-risk tasks, working with departments to find solutions to any road blocks. Exercise judgement to sign off completion of tasks. Provide status updates & KPIs on projects to the business with action plans where required. Manage all project documentation including access and revision control. Lead post-launch reviews and lessons learned. Ensure lessons are incorporated into future projects. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of new product introduction within the automotive arena especially from a vehicle build or trim & final seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this South Wales based automotive company will offer you: - Competitive plus Benefits (Negotiable) - Career progression and development within a forward thinking and expanding organsiation in a niche arena Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of new product introduction, project leadership/management and problem solving within a vehicle build and/or trim & final and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Manager - NPI 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 / Torfaen

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