Oliver Smith

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Oliver’s key areas of specialism cover the contract and permanent recruitment of professionals across sub contract manufacturing covering technical, supply chain and commercial engineering disciplines.

Oliver has worked directly in the engineering and manufacturing sectors including the metals industry for a number of years with a focus in precision fabrication. This experience allows him to understand the clients business, their requirements and the wider market.

Oliver has experience in recruiting hard to find candidates in this sector, from skilled workers through to senior management appointments. His reputation for providing a consultative and partnership approach allows him to form long term, productive relationships with his clients.

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Internal Sales - Metals

Internal Sales - Dudley/Birmingham - Metals - £22k to 27k P.A + Bonus This is an exciting Internal Sales opportunity to join a well-established market leader in the supply of specialist multi-metals. We supply a range of markets to include; automotive, motorsport, aerospace and oil & gas. Full training will be provided. We also financially support further qualifications. We are looking for an ambitious and proactive individual. As the Internal Sales Representative your responsibilities will include; Managing a portfolio of key accounts supporting the Sales Manager and the internal/external team. Accurately take verbal enquiries Swift and accurate turnaround from enquiry to quotation, either verbal or written Seek out and execute 'added value' opportunities to secure profitable long term business. Excellent understanding of the full product range of high performance metals. This Internal Sales opportunity is a permanent position offering quick progression opportunities and a competitive starting salary. If you are interested in this exciting Internal Sales opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Production Manager

Production Manager - Metal Processing - Bridgnorth, Shropshire £45,000 to £55,000 + bonuses + Flexi-time A Production Manager is required to join an international group specialising in metal processing and manufacturing. As the Production Manager you will require the following skills experiences; full responsibility for managing the daily operations of the processing department. Provide leadership to approx. 40 employees. Achieving output, quality and production targets, facilitating process control and continuous improvement activities. Ensuring full departmental compliance with H&S and Environmental policies and best safety practice. Identifying and developing process control measures, allocating resources to carry out any agreed project work. As the Production Manager you will require the following skills & experiences; Relevant experience and knowledge in metal processes. Knowledge of process control, engineering, and lean manufacturing principles The ability to understand complex technical issues and interactions of processes Proven record of successful problem solving, cross-functional team building, planning and decision making Demonstrable experience of man management within a similar role with significant supervisory experience If you are interested in this exciting Production Manager opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Embedded Software Engineer

Embedded Software Engineer - Birmingham - Electronic/Automation £40,000 to £45,000 per annum The main function of this position is to design, develop and test software for embedded electronic systems for a range of microcontroller based products. These product applications serve both internal and external customers. As the Embedded Software Engineer your responsibilities will include; Participate in customer requirements capture, solution conceptualization, proposal and specification. Design, develop, test and maintain embedded micro controller software using C/C++ in mBed & MPLAB X environments based on agreed specifications. Design and development of supporting drivers and utilities for said embedded systems. Design validation and testing of said embedded systems. Liaison with customers, managing expectations and following project management guidelines. As the Embedded Software Engineer you will require the following skills and experiences; Electrical, Electronics or Systems degree. Ability to interpret digital, analogue and mixed signal electronic hardware schematics, circuits and datasheets. Fully proficient in C / C++ programming for popular embedded microcontrollers. Fully proficient in C# / VB.Net programming for Windows for supporting utilities. Familiar with one or more of the following IDE's: mBed, Microchip MPLAB X, Eclipse or Keil Microvision. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Sales Engineer

Senior Sales Engineer (Export) - Dudley - Material Testing - £40,000 to £45,000 p.a A Senior Sales Engineer is required to join a well established manufacturer and international supplier of material testing equipment. As the Senior Sales Engineer you will require the following skills and experiences; Considerable experience with multi-metals Experience dealing with overseas agents/clients Experience within a laboratory or testing background would be an advantage Effective communicator at all levels with excellent interpersonal, presentation and influencing skills HNC/D or Degree in Mechanical or Material Science Engineering would be an advantage As the Senior Sales Engineer your responsibilities will include; Develop and maintain customer relationships via our network of international sales and service partners. Set up, train and manage overseas agents. Provide effective sales forecasts identifying opportunities and developing sales potentials. Develop existing and new business. To contribute to overall development of the company's business strategy and objectives. Prepare quotation, perform pre-tests and general day to day communications with our international partners If you are interested in this exciting new Senior Sales Engineer opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager - Birmingham (UK role) - Metals/Recycling £45,000 to £55,000 + bonus This is an exciting opportunity for a Business Development Manager to join a leading company in the metal recycling, redundant stock and total waste management industry. Varying from common metals and alloys to more precious metals. As the Business Development Manager your responsibilities will include; Developing new business opportunities with stockholders, metal processing and general manufacturing businesses. Generate and close new contracts. Utilise the company database and your own market knowledge to build potential business opportunities. Manage your own diary. UK based travel to new and existing clients. As the Business Development Manager you will require the following skills and experiences; Excellent knowledge of the metals, recycling or manufacturing industry. Brilliant communication skills. A professional manner and a confident/positive approach. A proven ability to source and close new business. You will need a full UK driving licence and your own car. If you are interested in this exciting Business Development Manager opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Key Account Manager - Metals

Key Account Manager - Specialist Metals - Dudley - £27k to £32k + bonus This is an exciting Key Account Manager opportunity to join a market leading supplier in specialist multi-metals. We are looking for an ambitious individual with Key Account Management and multi-metals experience. Other engineering backgrounds will be considered. As the Key Account Manager you will be responsible for: Managing key accounts efficiently ensuring full traceability and support these accounts with the sales manager. Accurately and correctly process orders on SAP in a timely manner. Manage customer order schedules as required. Negotiates with customers, suppliers and colleagues at all levels. Resolve any queries or problems as speedily as possible. Visit customers when required. As the Key Account Manager you will require the following skills and experiences; Sales experience in the steel industry. Sales experience working in Oil & Gas markets will be highly beneficial but not essential. Key Account Management experience is essential. HNC/HND/BSc or a Degree is beneficial. If you are interested in this exciting new Key Account Manager opportunity please click on the link to apply,

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands

Buyer - Indirect

Buyer - Indirect - Metal Manufacturing - Birmingham £37,000 to £40,000 per annum An Indirect Buyer is required to join a world leader in steel technology and manufacturing located near the West Bromwich area. As the Indirect Buyer you will be responsible for; £9million P&L. Develop and implement Group Category strategies for indirect spend. Develop strong market knowledge of indirect categories, including future trend, cost characteristics, statutory legislation and developments within the sector. Build strong relationships with all stakeholders from shop floor to board level. All indrect purchasing for the multi-sites. As the Indirect Buyer you will require the following skills and experiences; Indirect buying experience is highly preferable. In addition, to working in a manufacturing environment although not essential. MCIPS qualification or is studying towards MCIPS or demonstrable equivalent CPD. Experience of managing end to end procurement processes from request for quotation to contract award. Has experience in collaborating cross-functionally and leadership of cross-functional teams. Has a proven track record in delivering savings against financial targets or projects on time against budget. If you are interested in this exciting Indirect Buyer opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Maintenance Engineer - DAYS ONLY

Maintenance Engineer (mechanical) - Central Birmingham - Presses/CNC's - £26k to £32k A Maintenance Engineer is required to join a well-established, successful and progressive family business which is a manufacturer of specialist material handling equipment, components and systems. The role is based in the new purpose-built manufacturing facility in central Birmingham. We are offering to financially support the candidate through electrical courses if they wish to multi-skill train. Maintenance Engineer responsibilities will include; Servicing and maintenance on CNC machines and power presses. Coordinate and deliver the TPM. Develop all plans and look to improve the general function of the maintenance department. To move away from a reactive culture to a planned maintenance approach and programme. General day to day site/facilities maintenance will also be a part of the role as required. As the Maintenance Engineer you will require the following skills & experiences; A multi-skilled ability to maintain plant, equipment and facilities. Experience of maintaining/servicing power presses and CNC machines is desirable. Experience of PLC fault finding (desirable). Experience of implementing TPM. The opportunity for a Maintenance Engineer with this business will suit any experienced individual who is looking for a wide-ranging role where, as part of a smaller business they can be effective and make a difference. Please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager - Central Birmingham - Manufacturing - £35k to £40k + bonus A Marketing Manager is required to join a well-established family run manufacturing business with a global supply capability. It produces specialist material handling equipment and systems from a basis of machining, pressings and assembly operations. The role incorporates both online and offline communications, ensuring it is constantly effective, engaging, and aligned with the company brand to maximise sales. As the Marketing Manager your responsibilities will include; Online: Proactive management and creation of Email marketing content, working with the commercial team. Ongoing management of both Web and Social media content with regular review of website effectiveness. Developing all of our online presence to ensure search engine optimisation and demonstrated premier positioning among our industrial peer group. Offline: Managing the creation of printed marketing collateral with external agencies. Liaising with relevant agencies on external Company events Co-ordinate and take responsibility for organising all trade shows where we choose to exhibit. As the Marketing Manager you will require the following skills and experiences; Minimum 5 years experience creating and delivering marketing campaigns and strategies. Degree linked to a business discipline is desirable. Experience of online and offline marketing is essential. An understanding of working with distribution channels. The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail and accuracy. If you are interested in this exciting Marketing Manager opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Graduate Mechanical Engineer

Graduate Mechanical Engineer - Castings - Worthing, West Sussex Salary up to £35,000 Depending on experience A Mechanical Engineer is required to join a world class manufacturer of high quality machined cast components located near Worthing. We are looking for high calibre and educated Mechanical Engineers looking for career progression opportunities. We are happ to consider recent Mechanical Engineer graduates. As the Mechanical Engineer you will require the following skills and experiences: Engineering degree or equivalent, ideally in a Mechanical or Manufacturing discipline Experience in project management or production with automotive, motorsport, defence or a mechanical engineering industry. Ideally foundry or machining. Ability to read and review 2D engineering drawings/3D models via SolidWorks. Excellent interpersonal skills. As the Mechanical Engineer your responsibilities will include: Accountable for the successful management of projects from conception through to delivery of components. Engage customers from enquiry stage to understand project and engineering requirements. Work with our engineering and commercial team to prepare concise and accurate quotations. Work across all departments and manufacturing process throughout our business to communicate project and engineering requirements to ensure the on time delivery and the highest quality of product. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity and would like to be considered please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / West Sussex, England

Service Engineer

Service Engineer - Birmingham - Production Equipment - £30k to £40k A Service Engineer is required to join a world leading manufacturer of coil processing and roll forming equipment. You will be required to travel to customer sites, both domestically and internationally. As the Service Engineer your responsibilities will include; You will provide on-site corrective/preventative maintenance and offer after-sales technical and commercial support. You will be required to develop technical knowledge of highly engineered and automated material processing equipment. PLC fault finding. Installation and start-up of equipment globally Providing a first class service to our customers. As the Service Engineer you will require the following skills and experiences; Experience of servicing production processing equipment is highly beneficial (roll forming, coil processing, packaging systems, automation systems etc.) This role requires experience or aptitude to develop knowledge in both mechanical and electrical engineering. Experience with hydraulic and pneumatic systems knowledge of PLC Systems (Allen Bradley or Siemens). If you are interested in this exciting new Service Engineer opportunity please click on the link below.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer - Dudley - Processing Machines - £30k to £40k P.A A Mechanical Design Engineer is required to join a leading manufacturer of metal processing equipment for steel and aluminium manufacturing companies. The successful Mechanical Design Engineer will demonstrate a strong engineering background with an emphasis on mechanical design and with the ability to meet deadlines as required. THE ROLE In this role as Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be tasked with:- Establishing detailed designs using company engineering methods and best-practices Create and review designs using 3D/2D CAD software programs including Inventor and AutoCAD Create and review BOM documents in MS Excel Generate/review calculations to define machine specifications Assist in specification and selection of proprietary components Liaise with all departments within the group providing technical support as required Liaise with the customers, partaking in site visits as required THE PERSON To be considered for this varied and challenging Mechanical Design Engineer role, you will have: - Experience in the design & manufacture of heavy precision machinery - steel and/or aluminium industry preferable Be educated to a minimum of HNC level Experience in the use of Inventor 3D and AutoCAD 2D design is desirable Strong communication skills Proven problem solving skills The role comes with good benefits package, if you feel that you meet the criteria of the advertisement, please apply for immediate interview.

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands


don't take our word for it...

  • We chose to use Jonathan Lee as they were recommended by the EEF and have been a client for over 2 years. Since our initial contact with Jonathan Lee we have never regretted using them. Our consultant (Oliver Smith) took the time to get to know us, our business, our requirements and provides us with excellent candidates. He is extremely professional, industry experienced and has proven to be invaluable as part of our recruitment process. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Jonathan Lee to anyone who is looking for an efficient, reliable and professional recruitment company.

    Bev Smith

    HR Manager
  • The automation team at Jonathan Lee has taken the time to understand our business requirements, developing local relationships with the individual sites via visits to our locations to ensure the quality of candidates is of a high standard. Furthermore, Jonathan Lee has attributed a member of its Client Services team to act as a senior level contact for Knapp. This ensures there is a high-level of pro-active engagement with us as a customer not only in the traditional recruitment process but also in areas that can indirectly contribute to our business relationship. Should anyone be looking for a recruitment partner with in-depth industry knowledge in automation that operates in an ethical, partnership-based manner I can highly recommend the team at Jonathan Lee.

    Alexia English

    Human Resources Manager
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