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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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Sales and Service Manager

Job title: Sales and Service Manager (Motorcycles) Salary: £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Derbyshire Sales, Customer Service, Warranty, Service, Repair, Motorcycles, Dealership, Race Teams, Marketing A leading provider automotive manufacturer based in the Derbyshire area is seeking a Sales and Service Manager to support them in the development of their sales and service offering to improve customers service, reduce warranty issues, increase sales and maintain the brand as one of the market leaders. As a Sales and Service Manager you will have responsibility for sales, motorcycle service, warranty and marketing to ensure all customers (corporate or individuals) have an experience that optimises image and professionalism that the brand commands. Key responsibilities: Develop and manage the Sales, Servicing and Warranty teams under one umbrella Overall responsibility for the success of the Sales performance which you will drive forward Communicate efficiently and effectively with all external customers and clients Develop and expand our dealership network Through proactive leadership, you will instill a culture of customer first behaviours as well as employee development Foster effective working relationships with other senior managers within the business such as engineering, purchasing and manufacturing.. Key skills and experiences: Previous experience in a Sales Manager level allied with knowledge of vehicle service preferably motorcycles Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Catalyst) Be highly organised and demonstrate the ability to work to tight deadlines Demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate with people at all levels Excellent Customer service skills Motorcycle/Automotive industry experience Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Sales and Service Manager role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446 167 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

Technical Sales Engineer

Technical Sales Engineer Permanent position – Midlands – Coventry, Warwick and Gaydon. Automotive Component Manufacturing Salary negotiable + excellent benefits. We have an exciting new opportunity for a Technical Sales Engineer to develop new products and support a very well-established and knowledgeable team. Our customer has 150 years of experience of product innovation and manufacturing and is an international expert in automotive fastening and assembly solutions. Due to an expansion of business opportunities within OEM and Tier clients, they urgently require a Technical Sales Engineer on a permanent staff basis. As the Technical Sales Engineer, you will be required to: - Manage and develop relationships with decision makers within the targeted automotive customer base (OEM’s; FSP’s; Tiers; Distributors). - To provide fastener and assembly solution support at the relevant OEM manufacturing locations. This will include support for cost reduction investigations, line walks and new product launches. - To identify fastening and assembly requirements and to develop either appropriate new products (plastic, spring steel and assemblies), or sell products from the existing standard range. - To develop and strengthen relationships with UK based development offices, reporting information to the UK team and the company network where necessary. - To be fully aware of automotive technical requirements and assembly methods used by OEM’s and associated Tiers and focus on product innovation and development. - To provide the UK Managing Director with accurate estimates of products on existing vehicles and of future projected product usage for inclusion in the Company’s business development plan. The Technical Sales Engineer should have the following skills or experience: - A demonstrated career history of working in the automotive manufacturing sector with a good understanding of car assembly, plastic injection moulding, trim, harnessing, guides or electrical parts. - Someone working in automotive engineering, technical sales or a development role would suit this post. - An understanding of injection moulding, spring steel metal stamping and bending capabilities would be beneficial. - The ability to work from home and regularly visit customer sites within the Midlands and in Europe when required. - Ideally qualified to Degree level in a technical discipline backed up with industry experience. - Excellent communication and customer development skills is essential along with structured and organised working methods. This role has an attractive salary and benefits package for an experienced and suitably qualified Technical Sales Engineer. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Technical Sales Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Justin Wainwright at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 889267. 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

Senior Quality Engineer

Job title: Senior Quality Engineer Salary: £40,000 to £50,000 pa Plus Benefits Location: Derbyshire Quality, Engineer, Production, Warranty, Auditing, ISIR, Root Cause Analysis, Non-Conformance, Leadership, QMS, Inspection A leading provider automotive manufacturer based in the Derbyshire area is seeking a Senior Quality Engineer to support them in development their quality management systems, warranty claims, supplier development, improve non-conformance and build quality awareness across the organisation. As a Senior Quality Engineer you will support the entire supply chain from supplied parts through production assembly and through to delivery. Key responsibilities: Support for New Product Introduction, as well as driving continuous improvement activities Support supplier and internal assessments against the requirements of industry standards Liaise with customers and suppliers on key quality problems, leading and supporting 8D activities. Analyse and report on production performance with the aim of prioritising improvement actions. Maintain customer driven documentation of quality elements and ensure corrective actions are implemented. Contribute to the update of the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) documents and Product Control Plans in accordance with changes to process, updating said documentation. Carry out internal process and system audits in line with company quality accreditations Evaluate Statistical Process Control (SPC) data and initiate actions accordingly. Key skills and experiences: Proven experience, preferably within an assembly, manufacturing, vehicle build and/or automotive environment, supporting quality systems, processes, procedures and auditing from suppliers through production and onto client delivery. Proven experience of participating in and/or leading product and process audits, product and component inspection, warranty claims, non-conformance and root cause analysis. Understanding and experience of QMS, FMEA's, DFA, DFM, SPC and ISIR's. Hands on approach to problem solving, implementation of QMS, auditing (internal & external) and team leadership. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Senior Quality Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446 167 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 / Derbyshire

Quality Engineer

Job title: Quality Engineer Salary: Upto £45,000 Plus Benefits Location: Wellingborough Quality, Engineer, PPAP, Production, Machining, Powertrain, Auditing, ISIR, MSA, CMM, Root Cause Analysis A leading provider of engine related manufacturing and engineering services is seeking a Quality Engineer to support them through product conformance, quality standards and processes. As Quality Engineer you will support the entire supply chain from supplied parts to production through to delivered components at the customer. Key responsibilities: Support for New Product Introduction, as well as driving continuous improvement activities Support supplier and internal assessments against the requirements of industry standards Liaise with customers and suppliers on key quality problems, leading and supporting 8D activities. Analyse and report on production performance with the aim of prioritising improvement actions. Monitor both internal and external scrap levels, initiating problem solving activities and scrap reduction initiatives. Maintain customer driven documentation of quality elements and ensure corrective actions are implemented. Contribute to the update of the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) documents and Product Control Plans in accordance with changes to process, updating said documentation. Carry out internal process and system audits in line with company quality accreditations Evaluate Statistical Process Control (SPC) data and initiate actions accordingly. Participate in the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process. Key skills and experiences: Proven experience, preferably within an automotive environment, is essential, covering APQP and Quality Assurance (QA) activities. Proven experience of Statistical Process Control (SPC). Proven experience of Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) activities. Proven experience of participating in and/or leading product and process audits. Interpretation of geometric tolerancing and 2D drawings Understanding and experience of APQP, FMEA's, PPAP, SPC A Degree/HND in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is essential Studying for or have achieved Institute of Quality Assurance membership is desirable. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446 167. 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 / Wellingborough

Launch Engineer

Job title: Launch Engineer Salary Range: £30,000 to £35,000 pa plus O/T, Travel Disbursement plus Benefits Location: UK & Europe Production, Manufacturing, Launch, BIW, Weld, Assembly, Trim & Final, CAD, Layout, Planning A Launch Engineer is required with knowledge of new vehicle launch and product introduction into one of the following, assembly, trim & final, BIW and/or body assembly (weld) for a world class OEM. Candidates with experience of the automotive, aerospace and/or motorsport industries would be well received. Due to continue growth this company, World Class, forward thinking automotive OEM based in the UK and Mainland Europe requires a proactive, hands on and practice Launch Engineer with the ability to take newly design products into production providing regular communication with engineering to ensure launch deadlines are achieved for this new permanent role. As a Launch Engineer you will be required to: Process design and planning using TPS knowledge and 3D Tools. The coordination of new equipment introduction including, specification, procurement, installation, and commissioning. The coordination of modifications to existing production equipment including specification, design, procurement, installation, and commissioning. The planning and coordination of production trials during which, ‘equipment & process safety’, ‘equipment & process productivity’, ‘body quality’ and ‘dimensional accuracy’ will be confirmed. As a Launch Engineer are given the responsibility for appropriate elements of each project to ensure vehicle launch dates are achieved, while members of staff are developed and trained on new products, processes, and equipment. As a Launch Engineer you will have the following skills and experience: Self-motivated with HND or above in Engineering and flexible with regarding working times and travel. Ideally to have experience of 3D CAD software and ability to read engineering drawings. Ideally have experience of welding equipment, body assembly, BIW or trim & final along with a solid grounding in manufacturing processes and systems. Good communication skills and teamwork orientated. Flexibility to travel to other facilities on business trips and international assignments. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of new vehicle or product launch within body assembly, BIW, trim & final or weld equipment seeking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this global automotive company will offer you: Competitive Salary, plus O/T, disbursement, and benefits Training development and career progression within the state-of-the-art equipment and manufacturing facilities across the UK and Mainland Europe. Opportunity to work within new vehicle launch programmes. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of product launch and the highlight manufacturing processes and equipment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Launch Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 44167 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 / Derbyshire

Quality Manager

Quality Manager Salary: £Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Leicestershire Quality, Management, Systems, QMS, ISO/BS/IATF, Assembly, Non-Conformance, Auditing, Process Improvement, Leadership, 8D, 5Y Do you 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 Quality Manager to head up the Quality Department, developing and driving forward a quality strategy to support the business through a rapid period of growth. We are looking for an experienced Quality Manager with a track record of delivery within the automotive arena, an enthusiastic and capable individual with a hands-on approach to quality who is prepared to lead by example to instil a mindset of Quality-First within a busy supply chain. You will need to demonstrate the ability to manage a high degree of change within an organisation and will be responsible for: Creating, developing and managing the quality team Reviewing all existing documentation and procedures with the view of making improvements and recommendations where appropriate Developing & maintaining the Quality Manual and all supporting procedures and policies Install and police quality procedures and drive the business towards a 'Zero Defect' mentality Actively promote quality across the business Complete all relevant audits Support the Purchasing Manager to develop the supply chain Manage goods-in inspection, resolving any issues with both suppliers & purchasing Support the business in achieving its strategic objectives Produce department KPIs measuring performance and adherence across the business As a Quality Manager you should have experience in the following: Development and maintenance of quality management systems, processes and procedures Leadership and development of a quality department Knowledge of process improvement techniques (8D, 5Y, Six Sigma) exposure to product and process inspection and auditing (internal and external) Non-conformance, root cause analysis, waste elimination and scrap reduction Hands on and committed approach with excellent communication skills can be used to influence the culture across business operations So if you have a true passion for quality, and significant experience in driving and managing change in the automotive, motorsport, niche vehicle build, trim & final and/or assembly operations with a proven track record of leadership in a similar role, you should apply today as applications are expected to be high. For further information please 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 / Leicestershire

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer £Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Leicestershire Electrical, Systems, Integration, Engineer, Schematics, Development, Design, Packaging, Prototype, CAN, DFM, DFA, Full Vehicle 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 energetic Electrical Engineer to produce, create and update new and existing electrical systems. The successful candidate will need to consider and define the design intent and understand packaging limitations. A hands-on approach and can-do attitude are essential for this role, and as part of our continual development program this will also include providing help in creating and updating departmental procedures. The Electrical Engineer will need to be creative and self-sufficient, working independently with minimal supervision to: Produce schematics for motorcycle harness layout and interactions. Liaise with Powertrain and Chassis teams to understand whole vehicle packaging constraints. Support prototype build and layout of concepts on development bikes. Release of new parts following the internal Design Change Procedure. Liaise with other departments and external suppliers. Produce and update engineers lists. Establish and consider design aspects including manufacturing methods, component duty cycles, corrosion resistance and environmental conditions, homologation, assembly process, cost and supplier feedback, cross platform harmonisation, whole vehicle packaging and clearances and benchmarking of competitor applications So if you have a true passion for all types of motoring, and experience of automotive electrical engineering backed up with strong understanding of fundamental electrical systems integration within the automotive, motorsport, motorcycle and/or niche vehicle development arenas allied with strong awareness of electrical principles, a knowledge of DFM and DFA and prior experience in calibration, data logging and control strategies, you should apply today. Applications for this role is expected to be high so if you would like to discuss further please 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 / Leicestershire

Engineering Manager (Chassis, Powertrain & Electrical Systems)

Engineering Manager (Chassis, Powertrain & Electrical Systems) £Highly Competitive Plus Car Allowance & Benefits Location: East Midlands Full Vehicle Development, Design, Innovations, Engineering, Programmes, Development, Production, 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 Engineering Manager 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 multi-discipline engineering 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 design function, working hand in hand with the styling team to ensure the brand remains at the pinnacle of design and engineering integration. We are seeking people with strong understanding of chassis, powertrain and electrical projects within vehicle development, 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 also oversee: Correct benchmarking of industry standards and competitor vehicles. Production and management of timelines for projects in conjunction with respective team leaders and Principal Engineers. Manging first release engineer's lists and drawings. Support in the selection of materials and manufacturing process. Manage the manufacture, assembly and testing of mule vehicles Ensuring the design ethos is carried through to production. This is a challenging and exciting role and we are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate that they have the ability and passion to: Keep morale high and motivate a multi-discipline team Make critical decisions quickly and robustly Recognise and meet the training needs of staff Ensure adherence to processes and procedures whilst not stifling creativity Constructively challenge the status quo So if you have a true passion for all types of motoring, and a practical approach to leading mechanical engineering projects in the automotive, motorsport, motorcycle, and/or vehicle development 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

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