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Neil Cayley

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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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Process Quality Engineer

Process Quality Engineer - West Midlands - Aerospace - Permanent - Competitive Salary A Process Quality Engineer is required with knowledge of Lean Six Sigma and Statistical Methods. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace Industry would be well received but other industries will also be considered. Due to the continued growth and success of this company, a globally recognised manufacturer of complex aerospace components and systems based in the West Midlands requires a meticulous and proactive Process Quality Engineer for a new permanent role. As the Process Quality Engineer, you will be required to: Establish reduced inspection levels based upon process capability studies. Utilise statistical methods for optimising the costs of inspection through effective inspection planning, minimising costs related to scrap, rework, and failure. Support a comprehensive Statistical Quality Control Program by evaluating processes to eliminate variation. Provide technical expertise to SPC operators, reviewing engineering drawings or instruction for inspectabililty /produce ability in a concurrent engineering environment. Provide in depth technical assistance to Manufacturing, Engineering, and Purchasing with respect to inspection, statistical quality control and drawing interpretation The Process Quality Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical, Electrical, Statistical Methods or relevant subject or relevant experience. Must have applied statistical methods, including experience within a quality engineering environment. The incumbent must be a proficient user of various statistical, spreadsheet, word processing and database software packages. Operated in the quality function within a manufacturing environment. Good communication skills for the interface between departments, suppliers and customer Trail solutions to establish best way forward (strategy and measurement criteria) This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Statistical Methods to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Wolverhampton based Aerospace company will offer you: 33 Days holiday including bank holidays Pension up to 16% total contribution (service length applicable) Private Healthcare Employee share scheme Flexible Benefits programme Sick Pay scheme Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Lean six sigma and statistical analysis and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Process Quality Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Quality Engineer

Quality Engineer - Gloucestershire - Permanent - Aerospace & Defence A Quality Engineer is required with knowledge of AS9100 and Root Cause Analysis. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace or Defence industry would be well received. Due to the continued growth of this company, a globally successful oragnisation based in the Gloucestershire area who provide high integrity control products for aerospace, military vehicle and soldier applications requires a methodical and analytical Quality Engineer for a new permanent role. As the Quality Engineer you will be required to: Stand in for the Principal Quality Engineer when required Participate in monthly Quality Reviews Perform 'Tool Box' talks on Quality related issues and processes Produce Project Quality Plans Participate in Project Design Reviews and Gate Reviews Participate in Customer Review Meetings and Audits Lead and facilitate Root Cause and Corrective Action activities on non-conforming Product and Process Review and sentence Concessions and Engineering Change Requests Represent the company both on-site and at customer/supplier sites when required Perform internal auditing activities to ensure compliance to standards (AS9100/ISO9001) The Quality Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Operated in a similar role, ideally within the aerospace or defence industry but other sectors will also be considered. A strong understanding of FAIR's Able to conduct root cause analysis and corrective action activities Perform internal auditing duties Lead and facilitate quality reviews utilising the "Quality Tool Box" Experienced working directly with customers to include site visits and act as a point of contact for all quality related issues Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of AS9100 and experienced operating within the Aerospace or Defence industry and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Project Manager

Project Manager - West Midlands - Aerospace - Permanent - Competitive Salary A Project Manager is required with knowledge of complex engineering systems and hydraulics/ actuation. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace Industry would be well received but other industries will also be considered. Due to the continued growth and success of this company, a globally recognised manufacturer of complex aerospace components and systems based in the West Midlands requires a motivated and proactive Project Manager for a new permanent role. As the Project Manager you will be required to: Provide technical project management and co-ordination to multidiscipline engineering teams, for various NPI projects Deliver the technical solution in line with requirements, budget and schedule Drive resolution of cross discipline technical issues within the development programme Cost and schedule responsibility for programme related engineering activities Report out at the weekly/monthly project review board Support the Programme Manager to create and maintain development plans and schedules Act as the primary day to day project focal point to the customer Support proposal activity for new programmes The Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical, Systems or Aerospace Engineering, or experienced within a similar role Has proven effective project engineer related responsibilities, ideally including leading multi-disciplined technical personnel in the design and development of complex systems Ideally development experience in all aspects of integrated actuation systems (system architecture, mechanical actuation, validation, verification, qualification and test) Demonstrated leadership, communication, planning and financial management skills Experience with resource allocation, planning and ideally EVMS Experience identifying programme risks, developing and executing mitigation plans Confident in providing technical briefs to internal/external customers and leadership Strong background within NPI for airborne components/systems Track record of meeting non-recurring cost targets and design to cost targets within a single development programme Ability to explain complex concepts and issues to a non-technical audience A proficient and confident presenter This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Project Management to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Wolverhampton based Aerospace company will offer you: 33 Days holiday including bank holidays Pension up to 16% total contribution (service length applicable) Private Healthcare Employee share scheme Flexible Benefits programme Sick Pay scheme Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of developing complex systems and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Auditor role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Quality Auditor

Quality Auditor - Aerospace - Permanent - Wolverhampton A Quality Auditor is required with knowledge of AS9100 within precision manufacturing. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace industry would be well received. Due to the continued success of this company, a precision manufacturer of complex components for the aerospace industry based in the Wolverhampton area requires a methodical and driven Quality Auditor with AS9100 experience for a new permanent role. As a Quality Auditor you will be required to: Plan and perform audits in accordance with the OSV Process as a means to determine process effectiveness; operator and technician competency; and the ability of the operator to produce conforming parts to gain maintain authority to inspect their own work. Provide assistance and support with Business Systems and product audits when necessary. Sample inspect parts during audits using inspection techniques and layouts of varying complexity. Provide assistance for all engineering disciplines to support improvement and investigative activities. Support analytical and statistical applications by assisting production employees involved in control charting activities and identifying potential sources of variation. Assist in problem solving activities to provide evaluation support for identified nonconformities. Assist in training operators to Quality procedures and inspection techniques. Report issues and improvement opportunities to responsible Engineers and Management The Quality Auditor should have the following key skills or experience: A sound engineering background. Conducted internal/external audits. Production, assembly or manufacturing auditing experience. Experience of working within AS9100 environments. Previous experience of working with complex products with close tolerances. An analytical and methodical approach to problem solving. Ability to interpret engineering drawings, processes and procedures. Ideally Apprentice trained in a quality focused manufacturing environment. Engineering / Manufacturing NVQ level III Qualifications are desirable This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of Quality Auditing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Wolverhampton based Aerospace company will offer you: 33 Days holiday including bank holidays Pension up to 16% total contribution (service length applicable) Private Healthcare Employee share scheme Flexible Benefits programme Sick Pay scheme Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of auditing within the aerospace sector and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Auditor role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Project Engineer - Automation

Project Engineer - Permanent - Rugby - Automation / Robotics A Project Engineer is required with knowledge of Automation or Robotics. Candidates with experience of system integration would be well received. Due to the continued success of this company, a manufacturer of precision components for the aircraft industry based in Rugby requires a dynamic and motivated Project Engineer with automation and robotics experience for a new permanent role. As a Project Engineer you will be required to: Works closely with the process development team, system integrators, automation technology suppliers as well as internal customers Identify and explore automation opportunities within the business Collaborate with engineers on development / stabilisation of a process prior to automation Work with a system integrator to design out as much process variation as possible Formulate and execute high value automation projects Provides and coordinates automation operator training (takes a hands-on leading role) Manage projects using a structured methodology Ensure process evaluation and improvement activities are captured in formal engineering reports The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Educated to HNC level or equivalent experience in a similar role Experience working for a system integrator within automation or robotics A proven background in the improvement of operator productivity through reduction or automation of non-value-added activities Operated successfully within project engineering teams Able to identify "best practice" from both within the group and from external customers Ideally Lean Six Sigma Qualified Experience with machine tending and linked process automation would advantageous but not essential Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of automation and robotics and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Rugby, Warwickshire

Manufacturing Engineer - CNC Machining

Manufacturing Engineer - Aerospace - Birmingham - £40-£50K A Manufacturing Engineer is required with knowledge of CNC Programming both on and offline. Candidates with experience of the aerospace industry would be well received. Due to the continued success and growth of the business, a manufacturer of precision machined parts for the aerospace sector based in the Birmingham area requires a driven and proactive Manufacturing Engineer for a new permanent role. As the Manufacturing Engineer you will be responsible for the following: Construct CNC programs for CNC Machines Provide manufacturing solutions to a cost and time effective plan Construct process method operations and prove out manufacturing methods Design jigs & fixtures to enable cost effective and efficient manufacturing processes Strive to improve current manufacturing processes, fixtures, and tooling under continuous improvement Understand the requirements of AS9100 quality system and the effect on manufacturing solutions The Manufacturing Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Able to program on and offline using ONE CNC but other software experience is welcomed as training will be provided Understand operational sequences Experienced with 4 or 5 axis CNC Machinery Knowledge of a wide range of materials Aerospace background is preferred but will also welcome other precision manufacturing sectors Carry out Method Improvements and CI led activities This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of CNC Machining to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Birmingham based Aerospace company will offer you: Salary of £40-£50K Company pension scheme - standard Sick pay Death in Service x3 basic salary Flexible working hours Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of CNC Programming and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Engineer role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Engineering Manager

Engineering Manager - Tamworth - Permanent - c£65,000-£80,000 An Engineering Manager is required with knowledge of complex engineering processes within a fast-paced manufacturing environment. Candidates with experience of the Automotive or Aerospace industries would be well received. Due to the continued success of this company, a leader within its market place based in the Tamworth area requires a methodical and driven Engineering Manager with a passion for continuous improvement for a new permanent role. As the Engineering Manager you will be required to: Oversee both Maintenance and Process Engineering avenue streams Manage the performance of managers and team leaders Actively promote a culture of continuous improvement Responsible for the planning and execution of engineering processes Ensure the smooth running of both departments and maximising production. The Engineering Manager should have the following skills or experience: Educated to degree level or equivalent experience Strong background operating within a fast-paced manufacturing environment Possess excellent leadership and organisational skills Ideally experienced working within the chemical sector Lean Six Sigma Trained A proven background within the management of assets to ensure reliability. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of chemical engineering and process management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Engineering Manager role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114.

Permanent / Tamworth, Staffordshire

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