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.
Project Engineer - Aerospace - Permanent - Tewkesbury A Project Engineer is required with knowledge of complex systems and full project delivery. Candidates with experience of the aerospace industry would be well received. Due to continued success and global growth, a leading manufacturer of safety critical systems based in the Tewkesbury area requires a proactive and dynamic Project Engineer with full product life cycle experience for a new permanent role. As the Project Engineer you will be required to: Work across both of the company's Commercial and Military Aircraft Businesses Manage internal resources, budgets, and assets Deliver on key customer, and program objectives. Contribute to the analysis, conceptual design, development, testing and sourcing of complex control hardware used on both Military and Commercial Vehicles The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Strong aerospace background with a focus upon Product Design and Development Demonstrated leadership experience, exceptional communication skills, planning and fiscal management Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering Knowledge of closed loop systems and mechanical hardware designs would be advantageous but not essential Possess excellent proficiency levels required for effective project engineer-related responsibilities Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of complex systems within the aerospace arena 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. 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 / Tewkesbury
Project Engineer - Aerospace - Permanent - West Midlands A Project Engineer is required with knowledge of complex systems and full project delivery. Candidates with experience of the aerospace industry would be well received. Due to continued success and global growth, a leading manufacturer of safety critical systems based in the West Midlands area requires a proactive and dynamic Project Engineer with full product life cycle experience for a new permanent role. As the Project Engineer you will be required to: Work across both of the company's Commercial and Military Aircraft Businesses Manage internal resources, budgets, and assets Deliver on key customer, and program objectives. Contribute to the analysis, conceptual design, development, testing and sourcing of complex control hardware used on both Military and Commercial Vehicles The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Strong aerospace background with a focus upon Product Design and Development Demonstrated leadership experience, exceptional communication skills, planning and fiscal management Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering Knowledge of closed loop systems and mechanical hardware designs would be advantageous but not essential Possess excellent proficiency levels required for effective project engineer-related responsibilities Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of complex systems within the aerospace arena 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. 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 / Wolverhampton
Project Planner / Coordinator – West Midlands – Rail Sector A Project Planner / Coordinator is required with a background in engineering. Candidates from the Rail, Aerospace or Automotive sectors would be well received. This Manchester based organisation who specialise in the repair and overhaul of Bogies and Wheel Sets are looking to expand their team in support Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) projects. The Project Planner / Coordinator will split their working days between customer sites in Birmingham (2 days), Manchester (2days) and work from home 1 day per week. **NOTE** The candidate applying must live in one of the following areas as it is a contractual obligation, Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton As the Project Planner / Coordinator you will be required to: Assist with the completion and updating of project documentation. Assist the Project Manager in facilitating regular project meetings both internal and external. Chase actions given to project team members to ensure they are closed out in a timely manner. Escalate any issues that affect the timescale of the project to the Project Manager. Facilitate the handover from the Project Manager to the Contract Manager when entering the BAU phase. Ensure the customer schedule is reflected within the ERP system and kept up to date. Assist with the management of repeat orders though the business. Work alongside the relevant departments to ensure delivery dates are met. Assist in ensuring there is an effective hand over of Customer Schedules/Schedule changes to the business. Ensure products and services are costed in a timely manner to allow prompt invoicing. Keep up to date internal and external KPI’s to reflect performance. Management of arising issues both on site at depot and internal. Complete month end reports. Escalate any issues that affect delivery to the Contract Manager. The Project Planner / Coordinator should have the following skills or experience: Experience in a commercial/project role would be preferred. Experience of Light Rail Networks id highly advantageous but not essential HNC/A-levels or equivalent in Technical or Business or Commercial Disciplines. Experience in data collation, management and analysis. Experience using Microsoft office software. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience of Planning & Coordinating engineering projects and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Planner / Coordinator role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114. 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
Project Manager - Rail - Manchester - Permanent - Competitive Salary A Project Manager is required with a proven background of operating within an engineering / manufacturing environment. Candidates with an aerospace, automotive or Oil & Gas background would be well received but is not essential. Due to the continued success of this company, a service provider for wheel & axle machining and wheelset & gearbox overhaul capabilities with bogie overhaul & wheelset trading activities based in the Manchester and Doncaster areas requires a motivated and trans formational Project Manager with a strong technical background within mechanical engineering for a new permanent role. ***NOTE*** We welcome aspiring Project Managers as the business has an excellent support mechanism to guide and mentor candidates who are willing to learn and enhance their career As the Project Manager you will be required to: Provide technical project management and co-ordination to multi-discipline engineering teams, to include current and NPI projects Deliver the technical solutions in line with LUR's compliance and requirements, costings and schedule Drive resolution of cross discipline technical issues within the engineering teams Cost and schedule responsibility for project related engineering activities Report out at the weekly/monthly project review board Support the business 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 projects in line with the business's strategies Application of process and efficiency improvements within projects The Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline or experienced operating in manufacturing/engineering environment Has proven effective Project Engineer and Management related responsibilities Development experience with engineered/manufactured products (manufacturing processes, validation, verification, qualification and test) Demonstrated leadership, communication, planning, commercial and financial management skills Experience with resource allocation, planning and training Identifying project risks, developing and implementing mitigation plans Confident in providing technical briefs to internal/external customers and senior personnel in the company Ideally a background operating within the Rail sector but not essential Ability to explain complex concepts and issues to a non-technical audience A proficient and confident presenter Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon whereby alternative methods will be utilised given the current circumstances. If you have experience of operating within a manufacturing or engineering environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Manager role, please contact Neil Cayley at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446114. 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 / Greater Manchester
We are just a few hours away from the Midland Aerospace Alliance (MAA) Annual Dinner. I am thrilled to be attending the premier black-tie dinner alongside Jason Cole and Matthew Heath to network with leading Midlands companies that represent the aerospace and defence sectors. This year’s Annual Dinner, hosted at The Council House, Birmingham, will provide the perfect environment for the industry to network, share best practice and discuss burning issues. Malcolm Harbour CBE, who had a distinguished career as a senior manager in the automotive industry and Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, is VIP speaker. I look forward to hearing his thoughts about how the Midlands Aerospace cluster can drive innovation. PRIME MEMBERS We are proud to be Prime Members of the MAA and sponsors of this evenings event – reinforcing our commitment and pledge to support the aerospace and defence sectors. The MAA is a great enabler of collaboration, connecting to the whole supply chain – we look forward to tonight’s event and being a part of the MAA’s network.Neil Cayley
Jonathan Lee Recruitment is delighted to have recently become a prime member of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA). We've both enjoyed and benefited from our association with the MAA for a number of years; forming close working relationships with fellow members and utilising the membership to keep abreast of industry advancements. Becoming a prime member demonstrates our ongoing commitment to support the MAA and the businesses that form the Midlands aerospace cluster. With skills shortages still a problem for many aerospace companies and some exciting technology advancements and projects on the horizon, it is more important than ever for us to be close to the industry and to understand the skills requirements so that we can build solutions that work to bring candidates and clients together. The MAA represents all segments of the Midlands aerospace industry and currently has more than 300 members, making it the second largest aerospace regional membership organisation in the world after Aerospace Valley in Toulouse, France and it actively supports the Midlands’ vibrant aerospace supply chain through its working groups (for strategy and networking in technology, business development and supply chain performance) and initiatives (including the DRAMA additive manufacturing project). We are looking forward to working collaboratively with Andrew Mair and the MAA team, sharing our knowledge and ultimately supporting high-value engineering and manufacturing jobs in the Midlands. Midlands Aerospace Alliance Find out more about the MAA click here. Aerospace JObs To view the latest aerospace jobs click here.Neil Cayley
After the excitement of attending the International Air Show recently, now seems the perfect opportunity to reflect on the show and highlight some of the key announcements and takeaways. Here are some of our highlights… Orders More than 400 fossil fuel-powered aircraft worth $15 billion were sold during the show as airlines stocked up to serve the world’s burgeoning demand for air travel, with a further $4 million order for Alice; the electric plane. The big winner at Paris Air Show with 250+ orders was from the Airbus A320NEO, with Air Lease Corporation (ALC), Saudi Arabian Airlines, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines (CAL), Flynas and Atlantic Airlines confirming orders. Find out more here. Consolidation of the Supply Chain There was a clear message from larger primes and tier 1 OEMs looking to consolidate their suppliers. UK SMEs will have to work hard to improve competitiveness and innovation if they are to grow in scale as OEMs continue supply chain consolidation initiatives. Most interestingly, nations with smaller market shares are joining forces to sell ‘clusters’ of businesses to the big players as a way of staying competitive. ADS has considered the challenges SMEs will face as procurement evolves. Read more here. First Came Propellers, then Jet Engines. Now the Electric Motor is Starting to REshape Aircraft Cape Air’s order of the first commercial electric airplanes drew particular attention. The Israeli startup Eviation Aircraft took a double-digit orders for their $4 million electric plane dubbed Alice. The aircraft can fly 650 miles (1,046 km) at around 500 miles per hour (805 km/h) with three electric motors on the tail and one on each wingtip. Find out more here. Green Credentials Aerospace Manufacturing’s vlog highlights an increasing emphasis on reducing impact on the environment. Ed Hill, Deputy Editor explains: “Many of the OEMs and engine makers are thinking of ways of developing new technologies, new aircraft and new fuels that will help to reduce CO2 impact” Cross-Section Collaboration Rolls-Royce’s plan to acquire Siemens’ electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion activities accelerates its electrification strategy, Leonardo and Sapura’s joining forces on cyber security and Premium Aerotec and Lockheed Martin collaborating on 3D printing; collaboration was king at this year’s event. Paris Air Show in Photos Showcasing the Israeli startup Eviation Aircraft’s Alice and the Vahana, an experimental flying taxi by Airbus, here is a photo gallery of highlights. MRO gallery alongside facts and figure can be viewed here. Learn more about our aerospace, aviation and defence specialisms.Neil Cayley
I am thrilled to be attending the 53rd International Paris Air Show next week. As the Show quickly approaches, I have no doubt that the ongoing skills shortage will be a hot topic. The industry has proved to be resilient despite Brexit uncertainty with production hitting record levels in response to growing aircraft demand. This is creating a substantial need for skilled workers in manufacturing and production, with demand outstripping the availability of suitable skills. We are seeing high recruitment demand in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. As the global in-service fleets steadily grow in response to higher demand from middle class emerging economies, the MRO market that supports in-service aircraft is also expanding and that is naturally where we are also seeing businesses looking to strengthen their teams. The recent increase in universities offering targeted aerospace courses has helped at entry level, but there are still some areas that are lacking. For example, individuals can only specialise in quality and inspection by working their way up from the shop floor – a more direct route via a degree qualification would be beneficial. The main difficulty over the last 10 to 15 years has been to find engineers with the requisite hand skills. Employers are making the effort to close the gap with the re-introduction of more apprenticeship schemes, encouraged by the structure the Apprenticeship Levy has provided. Savvy employers are utilising Apprenticeship Levy funds to not only train school leavers, but to also upskill their existing workforce. If levy contributions are re-invested in a strategic way, it can be a perfect opportunity to upskill employees in relevant apprenticeships; from non-destructive engineering technician (level 3), aerospace software development engineer and aerospace engineer (degree), through to senior management (masters). The Apprenticeship Levy should be seen as an opportunity to help fill the void left by any skill shortages within a specific business. SEE YOU AT THE PARIS AIR SHOW! Jonathan Lee, Jason Cole and I are attending the International Paris Air Show between the 18-19th June. We would love to hear if you too are attending - visit jonlee.co.uk/parisairshow and get in touch with me! Impartial Apprenticeship Advice To get impartial advice about the aerospace apprenticeships available and how your business could utilise your Apprenticeship Levy contributions to bridge skill gaps, visit jonlee.co.uk/skills-consultancy. Find out more about the Show: siae.fr/en/Neil Cayley
Industry 4.0 will be a major theme at the International Paris Air Show. Over recent years, major OEMs, primes and tier 1 suppliers have been investing in new digitally integrated, advanced modern technologies and I am excited to see the latest advances at the Show next week. BAE Systems, for example, has introduced a host of digital enhancements - including collaborative robots (cobots) designed to support its workforce with the complex manufacturing of combat aircraft and further drive productivity, quality and safety improvements. In addition, Meggitt’s new ground-breaking £130 million ‘super-site’ in Coventry, which is due to open later this year, is the flagship development of its quest to embrace future technology. The picture, however, is somewhat different when it comes to some SMEs in the supply chain. There are a number of forerunning SMEs exploring niche technologies such as automation, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, with others implementing collaborative working processes with OEMS, primes and tier 1 suppliers to reduce costs, enhance customisation and reduce timeframes. For some SMEs who are yet to fully adopt a more digital mindset, and may be apprehensive about doing so, there is a misconception of just how daunting this change actually needs to be. Embracing Aerospace 4.0 Doesn't REquire an Overhaul Many will hear the phrase Industry 4.0 or Aerospace 4.0 and associate the terms with OEMs, robotics and automation where there is a requirement for huge change and hefty capital investment. However, while there is no one size fits all when it comes to how Industry 4.0 will affect/improve a business, that almost certainly doesn’t have to be the case. This should be considered as the next step in continuous improvement. It can often be small but very targeted and strategic changes that can have a significant impact on productivity and ultimately, the bottom line. This could include analysing big data; accessing, managing, analysing, and leveraging data from digital assets to inform decision-making in real time, for example, introducing sensors to collect data to aid maintenance planning. Industry 4.0 - Where do I Start? If you aren’t sure how Industry 4.0 will affect your business, then take a look at one of our previous blogs, which outlines the benefits of utilising trade associations and the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative as starting points on your journey. See you at the Paris Air Show! Jonathan Lee, Jason Cole and I are attending the International Paris Air Show between the 18-19th June. Visit jonlee.co.uk/parisairshow and get in touch if you are flying the GB flag at this year’s event! Find out more about the show: siae.fr/en/Neil Cayley
Concerns surrounding cyber security and cyberattacks are a very real and present for many businesses with the increasing interdependence of physical and virtual networks driven by the rapid progress of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).Neil Cayley
Our team has been taking stock following The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA18) which took place last month. We have been exhibiting for many years at the show, and this year's event again proved very impressive with flying Aston Martins, hybrid-electric VTOL bizjets, in-orbit satellite servicing and spaceport news, to 'conscious aircraft', sixth-generation fighter concepts and solar-powered drones making the headlines.Neil Cayley
Farnborough International Airshow 16th – 22nd July 2018 Location: Pod 13, MAA Pavilion, Hall 1Neil Cayley
Farnborough International Airshow 16th – 22nd July 2018 Location: Pod 13, MAA Pavilion, Hall 1Neil Cayley
Farnborough International Airshow 16th – 22nd July 2018 Location: Pod 13, MAA Pavilion, Hall 1Neil Cayley
Aerospace and aviation engineering employment specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment is returning to the world-renowned Farnborough International Airshow this year, partnering with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA).Neil Cayley
Jonathan Lee Recruitment aerospace and defence teams will be exhibiting at the world-renowned Farnborough International Airshow later this year, partnering with the Midland Aerospace Alliance (MAA). Farnborough International Airshow is the global shop window for the UK and international aerospace industry and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our expertise within advanced engineering and manufacturing, which extends over 40 years. We are particularly keen to speak to visitors about future skills not traditionally associated with aerospace, but are essential for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies. The unprecedented pace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a steep learning curve for many UK manufacturers, many of whom already invest in automation, sensors, big data and additive manufacturing. For 4IR to be sustainable, it must be embedded into the business strategy and founded on a strong base of digital culture and skills, and we’re finding more companies seeking our expertise to future-proof their talent pipeline for aerospace 4.0. The team will be exhibiting on the MAA’s stand, Pod 13, located within the brand-new, purpose-built exhibition hall at Farnborough Airport, which forms the UK Pavilion.Neil Cayley
Neil Cayley, lead consultant for aerospace, defence & aviation at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, discusses the potential challenges Boeing faces in recruiting for its new manufacturing site. The recent announcement that Boeing has been granted permission from the local council to build its manufacturing and research building in Sheffield as a part of the Catapult Programme, is positive news for the aerospace industry, with the opportunity for 30 new high skilled roles being created.Neil Cayley
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson recently unveiled ambitious plans that could see the UK become a global leader in commercial spaceflight. As part of the government’s industrial strategy, £10 million is being invested to enable UK access to this lucrative market and potentially create a prosperous national space sector.Neil Cayley