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Neil Cayley

Lead Consultant
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Neil is a former RAF aeronautical mechanical engineer with first-hand experience of aircraft mechanical engineering disciplines within the maintenance, repair and overhaul sector.

He now leads a team of specialist consultants, supporting aerospace, defence & aviation businesses both in the UK and globally to source candidates across the spectrum of engineering disciplines; from product development to production.

His aeronautical engineering background has provided him with the technical insight to deliver high calibre candidates to some of the world’s leading manufacturers, with a proven track record in the recruitment of specialist engineers, senior management and director level appointments.

Neil is a focused, highly driven individual, dedicated to supporting his clients and candidates. His consultative and partnership approach allows him to form long-term, productive relationships.

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Principal Enigneer

Principal Engineer - Aerospace - Coventry - Permanent A Principal Engineer is required with knowledge of Design for Manufacture and GD&T. Candidates with experience of the Wheels and Brakes sector would be well received. Due to the continued success and growth of this business, a global engineering group specialising in extreme environment components and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy markets based in the Coventry area requires a visionary and dynamic Principal Engineer for a new permanent role. As a Principal Engineer you will be: Responsible for all phases of LRU product development including requirements management, requirements validation, design manufacturing phase, qualification/certification testing and also initial entry into service Responsible for one or more LRU's on a project or across multiple projects Leads development effort to ensure all program targets are satisfied Responsible for maintaining Engineering Schedule for assigned LRU's Responsible for tracking and reporting other key metrics through the development process Maintains technical compliance matrix to ensure all agreed upon requirements are satisfied Ensures qualification test plans will verify requirements Prepares Internal/external design reviews as required Undertakes RCCA for qualification/design/manufacture issues The Principle Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree in an associated Engineering field Experience or knowledge of wheels and braking systems would be advantageous but not essential Product development experience including design, manufacture, testing and in-service troubleshooting/operations Experience with DFM, GT&D and working knowledge of applicable manufacturing processes Project Management skills including cost/schedule tracking Experience with DFMA's and Risk Analysis Good communication skills Available to travel when required Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of DFM and GT&D and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Principal Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Senior Project Manager

Senior Project Manager - Industrial Engineering - Gloucester - Permanent A Senior Project Manager is required with knowledge of managing complex, high technological projects. Candidates with experience of the industrial engineering sector would be well received. Due to the continued success and growth of this company, a global leader in the manufacture of industrial machinery based in the Gloucester area requires a transformational and inspiring Senior Project Manager for a new permanent role. As a Senior Project Manager, you will be required to: Ensure compliance with customer expectations/contract requirements Achieve programme and project objectives through application of agile programme management principles Ensure seamless co-ordination between all programme elements by developing plans and schedules Achieve the timely resolution of outstanding issues by ensuring effective communication with both internal and external stakeholders Optimise the programme and project likelihood of success through the appropriate application of the following processes; Project Planning; Project Monitoring and Control; Organisation Management; Change Management; Issue and Risk Management The Senior Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: BSc or Master Degree within an engineering discipline Progressive multi-year experience in with managing complex high technological projects Experience or interest to work in a start-up environment, or setting up new global businesses Knowledge of hydraulics, actuation or motion control systems. Familiar with agile management tools Strong networking and communication skills combined with an entrepreneurial attitude Able to deal with ambiguity and tough business situations Strong influencer, based on experience with working in matrix structures This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of managing complex projects to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Gloucester based Industrial Innovation company will offer you: 8x Basic Salary life insurance 25 days holiday plus statutory Private healthcare Pension - Up to 10% company contribution based on length of service Employee share option schemes Sick Pay Flexible Benefits programme Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Project Management and Motion Control Systems and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Senior Project Manager role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Gloucestershire, England

Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist

Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist - Permanent - Technology Development - Abingdon An Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist is required with knowledge of developing monitoring and diagnostics equipment. Candidates with experience of working within high technological environments would be well received. Due to continued growth this company, a technology driven organisation requires a visionary and inspiring Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist for a new permanent role. As an Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist you will be required to: Explore new concepts, but also support the businesses technology development. Identify variables that need controlling or observing and resourcefully develop practical means of controlling or observing them. Install and develop sensors and controls in a way that is sensitive to the ongoing needs of the project. Analyse sensor data and communicate results with the team, in such a way as to add value to the development work. The Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist should have the following skills or experience: Ideally a degree in a related science or engineering discipline, but other qualifications will also be considered. Development experience, demonstrating application of the required qualities and skill Technically adept with experience in physics, technology or material science. Broad engineering skills, with multi-disciplinary capability. Controls and instrumentation skills. Experience of installing, configuring and integrating instrumentation. Experience of developing and applying relevant diagnostics. Experience in an Engineering & Technology Development role, showing capability to develop, implement and integrate innovations into complex systems. Ability to work under pressure and to tight timescales. Self-motivated and adaptable. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of monitoring and diagnostic instrumentation and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Instrumentation Engineer/Scientist role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Commissioning Engineer

Commissioning Engineer - Industrial - Gloucestershire - Permanent A Commissioning Engineer is required with knowledge of motion control and project based activities. Candidates with experience of the industrial machinery sector would be well received. Due to the company's continued success, a global leader in the manufacturer of industrial machinery based in the Gloucester area requires an analytical and methodical Commissioning Engineer with Mechanical, Hydraulic and Electrical knowledge/experience for a new permanent role. As a Commissioning Engineer you will be responsible for: The provision of engineering definition for projects/systems including the creation of technical drawings, parts definition, system support information, application assistance and follow on technical support. Ensuring your assigned projects are installed and commissioned safely and successfully ensuring support is in place depending on customer requirements. The delivery of assigned engineering projects including customer and supplier liaison, schedule and risk management, budgetary and scope control. The Commissioning Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in a relevant/equivalent engineering discipline or a proven background within a similar role or field. Able to define the requirements of systems incorporating mechanical, hydraulic and electrical equipment. Strong project engineering baseline with experience of customer and supplier management. Must have a proven capability operating safely and independently when providing direct installation and commissioning support for various projects. A willingness to travel to support customers (25%). This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Commissioning industrial machines to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Gloucestershire based Industrial company will offer you: A competitive salary Life insurance 25 days holiday plus statutory Private healthcare Pension with a total contribution of up to 16% (service length applicable) Employee share options Sick pay scheme Flexible benefits programme Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of commissioning industrial machinery and a solid understanding of Motion Control and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Commissioning Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Gloucestershire, England

Continuous Improvement Specialist

Continuous Improvement Specialist - Aerospace - Permanent A Continuous Improvement Specialist is required with an in-depth knowledge of quality improvement within a complex manufacturing environment. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace or Automotive industry would be well received. Due to expansion and the continued success of this company, a European player in the production of complex PCB's requires a focused and driven Continuous Improvement Specialist with the ability to implement a compelling quality improvement plan for a new permanent role. As a Continuous Improvement Specialist, you will be required to: Collaborate with functional teams across the business to design and implement a compelling quality improvement plan to deliver against our vision to lead and grow though service, quality and innovation. Act as a change agent to lead continuous process improvement, deploying Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques. Provide training, advice and practical assistance in the implementation of agreed processes. Participate in a quality improvement processes based on a range of tools and techniques including Practical Problem Solving and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). The Continuous Improvement Specialist should have the following skills: Previous held a CI or Quality led position within a complex manufacturing environment. Strong background with CI and Quality Previous experience working within the Aerospace or Automotive sector is preferred but other industries will be considered. Strong analytical skills with knowledge of advanced problem-solving techniques and quality planning tools. Excellent interpersonal skills to support the enhancement of others. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of continuous and quality improvement methodologies and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Continuous Improvement Specialist role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Tamworth, Staffordshire

Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer - Aerospace - Permanent A Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer is required with knowledge of process improvement and manufacturing troubleshooting. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace or Automotive industry would be well received. Due to expansion and the continued success of this company, a European player in the production of complex PCB's requires a focused and driven Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer with the ability to identify best practice for a new permanent role. As a Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer you will be required to: Improve Quality, Cost & Delivery (QCD), this includes non-production tasks. Support Lean processes to include 5s and CI activities where necessary. Support the manufacturing operation by reacting to and solving process issues in a timely manner when they arise. Ensure process controls and measures are identified, implemented and monitored for all processes within areas of your responsibility. Identify manufacturing capacities for processes under your control. Continually monitor and reduce scrap levels within areas of responsibility. The Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer should have the following skills: Operated within a complex manufacturing environment. Held a similar position within manufacturing or process engineering. Knowledge of the aerospace or automotive industries would be well received. Experience ideally within PCB manufacture but similar environment will also be considered. Able to utilise various Lean methodologies to improve and support activities. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of manufacturing processes and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Engineer / Process Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Tamworth, Staffordshire

Director of Product Engineering

Director of Product Engineering - Aerospace - Gloucester A Director of Product Engineering is required with knowledge of complex engineering combined with a strategic understanding. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace industry would be well received. Due to continued global success this company, a global leader in the design and manufacture of aircraft systems based in the Gloucester area requires a visionary and inspiring Director of Product Engineering with a proven background in providing leadership and vision for a new permanent role. As the Director of Product Engineering you will be required to: Provide strategic direction and planning Develop risk abatement strategies to effectively support long term Company commitments with a focus on error prevention and continually improved product/service quality and capabilities. Systemically align Product Engineering led product and process improvement initiatives in support of Sector strategies. Directs business decisions that will have long term financial and strategic impact. Provides the engineering acumen for resolution of technical issues related to the product integrity, manufacturing process, and customer interface for Components Sector products. Develops engineering strategies and roadmaps for technology evolution Cross functional collaboration with peer group and other functional leaders to achieve group level goals The Director of Product Engineering should have the following skills or experience: Relevant experience as a Director, Chief or Manager in an Engineering leadership role. Requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and an Advanced (graduate level) degree in Engineering or Business Significant proven and relevant industry experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate an appropriate balance of strong engineering leadership and business acumen. Design Authority- engineering- aerospace- product knowledge- complex and understands aerospace/ design authority Proven capabilities in managing and working collaboratively within a multicultural geographically dispersed environment. Significant experience in budgeting and cost control management. Proven track record of sponsoring and leading change initiatives Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Product Engineering and Design and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Director of Product Engineering role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114

Permanent / Gloucestershire, England

Manual Miller

Manual Miller - Aerospace - Reading - Permanent A Manual Miller is required with knowledge of setting and operating conventional milling machines. Candidates with experience of the aerospace or similar precision environment would be well received. Due to the continued success of the organisation, this globally successful company based in the Reading area requires a skilled and meticulous Miller with manual skills and experience for a new permanent role. As the Manual Miller you will be required to: Set and operate manual milling machines Produce components to a high standard Perform layout and machining of angles, radii, milled slots, tapers and bores Carry out visual inspection of machined parts using a variety of hand metrology equipment Remove and replace broken tooling The Manual Miller should have the following skills: Experienced setting and operating manual milling machines Able to utilise a variety of hand metrology equipment Read interpret engineering drawings Carried out a similar role within a precision machining environment An indentured apprenticeship, craft or technical qualification is desirable but relevant specialist experience is acceptable Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of setting and operating manual milling machines and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manual Miller role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Reading, Berkshire

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