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Oliver Smith

Senior Consultant
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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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Sales Executive

Sales Executive - Manchester £20,000 + COMPANY CAR + UNCAPPED COMMISSION Account Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Development Executive, Sales Executive, Sales Engineer, Technical Sales, External Sales, Regional Sales, Telesales An Sales Executive is required to join a world class leading freight and logistics solutions provider based in Manchester. This is a 360 sales role offering excellent training and progression opportunities.  As the Sales Executive your responsibilities will include; Consistently grow the gross profit and achieve the targets. Maximise all revenue opportunities from existing customers by pro actively pursuing undeveloped areas. Generate new prospect leads and new accounts over the telephone and face-to-face. Process orders and enter sales information on to the CRM system. Monitor orders ensuring that the highest levels of service are carried out at every stage. Provide customers with accurate and cost effective quotations. Prepare weekly/monthly figures of sales activity as instructed by the Branch Manager. You will require the following skills and experiences; Demonstrate an ability to negotiate and influence others both internally and externally. Experience of working in a sales environment is highly desirable.  Have a strong attention to detail and accuracy. Have proven experience of stakeholder management and networking to achieve results. Experience of working to targets and deadlines. Experience of working in a proactive  outbound cold calling sales role either on the phone or face-to-face. Full driving licence Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Sales Executive opportunity please apply today. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Oliver Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446104 or email oliver.smith@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 / Manchester

Internal Sales Engineer

Internal Sales Engineer - Engineering - Stoke £30,000 to £35,000 p.a Sales Engineer, account manager, business development manager, internal sales, technical sales An Internal Sales Engineer is required to join a leading designer and manufacturer of specialist machines and spare parts globally for Pharmaceuticals, food, polymer, Chemical and powder coating applications. The ideal candidate will have a technical sales or engineering background looking for personal development and long term career progression opportunities.  As the Internal Sales Engineer your responsibilities will include; Assisting the regional sales managers in achieving the company budget for given regions for Spare parts Liaise with the Sales team to establish market needs Analysis of costs and market pricing to achieve best margins/Sales Creating price books - Costs/Sell pricing Manage stock levels and re-order levels according to market needs Create quotations for spare parts as and when required Develop outstanding knowledge of the Product Build close relationships with internal and external stakeholders You will require the following skills and experiences; Experience in a technical sales or engineering role is essential HND/HNC in an engineering qualification would be beneficial Ability to read a technical drawing (preferable) Energetic and positive in personality Work with a purpose Able to talk to people at all levels in a professional manor Clear in communication skills both internally and externally If you are interested in this opportunity please click on the link to apply. Alternatively you can send your CV direct to Oliver.Smith@jonlee.co.uk 01384 446104 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 / Stoke

Regional Operations Manager - East Midlands

Regional Operations Manager - Multi-site Operational and Commercial Responsibility Engineering Services Provider Salary: £50,000 + 20% bonus + £7200 car allowance Geographical Area: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire Lincoln, Lincolnshire, East Midlands Relevant Job Experience: Commercial Manager, Sales Manager, Account Manager, Sales Director, Regional Manager, Regional Director, Regional Operations, Commercial Director, Client Relationship Manager, Director, Divisional Manager   Working for a leading provider of engineering services working with some of the largest engineering and manufacturing customers in the UK.  As the Regional Operations Manager you will be responsible for the overall operational and commercial responsibility for the East region (locations above). Responsible for delivering exceptional customer service, setting and maintaining high operational standards, meeting contractual obligations and developing customer relationships.  As the Regional Operations Manager your responsibilities will include; Line manager responsibility for between 10-12 on-site locations A positive role model for, and leader of their team. The Regional Operations Manager, will ensure that reporting team members have clearly defined roles and objectives, are fully trained in the supporting resources required to fulfil their role. Ability to advocate and drive the Continuous Improvement programme within our customer based operations Part of a team responsible for the renegotiation and renewal customer contracts. Drive growth profitably, start-Up new markets or business opportunity areas, business turn-around. Act as an ambassador. Communicate in a compelling way to all internal and external stakeholders.  Required Skills and Experiences; Experience of managing high performance, de-centralised teams, across multiple locations Knowledge or experience in an engineering services provider or MRO would be very advantageous Strong team player with a desire to support the delivery of common business goals  Sets and maintains high standards of work, experienced in the management and delivery of operational excellence across multi-site locations Strong leadership skills with a proven ability to inspire and motivate a team Communication and inter-personal skills, including written, oral and presentational If you are interested in this opportunity and have the required operational and commercial experience across multiple locations please click on the link to apply.  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 / Nottingham

Regional Operations Manager - North

Regional Operations Manager - Multi-site Operational and Commercial Responsibility Engineering Services Provider Salary: £50,000 + 20% bonus + £7200 car allowance Geographical Area: Manchester, Greater Manchester, Oldham, Bolton, Stockport, South Yorkshire, Huddersfield, M62 Corridor   Working for a leading provider of engineering services working with some of the largest engineering and manufacturing customers in the UK.  As the Regional Operations Manager you will be responsible for the overall operational and commercial responsibility for the north region (locations above). Responsible for delivering exceptional customer service, setting and maintaining high operational standards, meeting contractual obligations and developing customer relationships.  As the Regional Operations Manager your responsibilities will include; Line manager responsibility for between 10-12 on-site locations A positive role model for, and leader of their team. The Regional Operations Manager, will ensure that reporting team members have clearly defined roles and objectives, are fully trained in the supporting resources required to fulfil their role. Ability to advocate and drive the Continuous Improvement programme within our customer based operations Part of a team responsible for the renegotiation and renewal customer contracts. Drive growth profitably, start-Up new markets or business opportunity areas, business turn-around. Act as an ambassador. Communicate in a compelling way to all internal and external stakeholders.  Required Skills and Experiences; Experience of managing high performance, de-centralised teams, across multiple locations Knowledge or experience in an engineering services provider or MRO would be very advantageous Strong team player with a desire to support the delivery of common business goals  Sets and maintains high standards of work, experienced in the management and delivery of operational excellence across multi-site locations Strong leadership skills with a proven ability to inspire and motivate a team Communication and inter-personal skills, including written, oral and presentational If you are interested in this opportunity and have the required operational and commercial experience across multiple locations please click on the link to apply.  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 / Manchester

Product Manager

Product Manager - Bearings - £40k to £50k + car + bonus Birmingham based. Commutable from all Midlands locations A Product Manager is required to join a leading service provider based out of their Midlands offices. The Product Manager will require technical knowledge of bearings or associated rotating equipment and demonstrate qualities of strategic leadership, operational excellence, technical knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit.  The Product Manager will forge a strong network of contacts & close working relationships with Sales, Operational, Engineering and Business Support colleagues utilising the strengths of the organisation for maximum effect. Responsibilities of the Product Manager Management and future development of assigned product & services group Define the Product & Service proposition - use customer and market insight to position the company as first choice for the UK market Develop key relationships with the senior stakeholders within our chosen strategic & partner suppliers Positive attitude towards achievement of Company goals Display excellent leadership skills; create and develop a winning platform for success Conduct monthly 121 reviews and project reviews Promote a best practice culture within teams to encourage continuous improvement and learning Provide ongoing support and collaborate proactively with colleagues throughout the organisation  Key Skills and Experiences Full technical and commercial understanding of bearings and service areas covered by the Rotating Equipment department.  Strong insight and experience of product & services marketing with a track record of designing and implementing sales & marketing plans to achieve company growth objectives Strong problem-solving experience with a commercial background and a recognised time served qualification including knowledge of analytical tools and systems Strong understanding of service metrics and a proven track record of continuous improvement Strong understanding of the MRO market (knowledge of the UK OEM market) and the areas of opportunity for profitable growth for each of the offerings Track record of building multi-level customer, colleague and supplier relationships and industry sector knowledge Inquisitive mind & a desire to develop innovative commercial & technical business models Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have technical and commercial knowledge of bearings and/or rotating equipment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Product Manager role, please contact Oliver Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446104 or email oliver.smith@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 / Birmingham

Pump Engineer

Pump Engineer Salary Range: £28,000 to £31,000 pa plus overtime and benefits Location: Leeds Maintenance, Fitter, Pumps, Service, Rebuild, Installation, Repair, Testing, Pump Engineer A Mechanical Fitter (Pumps) with knowledge of strip down, installation and service of pumps with manufacturing and process sectors is require to join a world class service provider. Candidates with experience of pumps, valves, mechanical strip down of production and process equipment, would be well received. As a Mechanical Fitter (Pumps) you will be required to: Rebuild, fix, install, maintain and refurbish pumps within a process and manufacturing arena. Work on customer sites fitting, installing and testing pumps. Deal with breakdown of pumps and pump systems involving refurbishment of bearings, seals, pressure testing, filter changing, machining and fault finding. The Mechanical Fitter (Pumps) should have the following skills or experience: Knowledge of mechanical equipment (preferably pumps) strip down onsite and within a workshop environment. Strong fault-finding experience with a practical hands-on approach to problem solving Mechanical equipment and/or rotating parts installation, repair, refurbishment and maintenance through both proactive and reactive service/maintenance. Excellent career development, progression within a multi-sector organisation who have a very strong and growing client portfolio. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have knowledge of the strip-down and repair of pumps and/or mechanical pumps and equipment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Mechanical Fitter (Pumps) role, please contact Oliver Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446104 or email oliver.smith@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 / Leeds

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Metal Manufacturing & Fabrication Kidderminster Salary Competitive Our successful metal manufacturing and fabrication business (c90 employees) is looking for an experienced Operations Manager. This is a good opportunity for an experienced leader to oversee and introduce additional everyday skills to this profitable and growing business and help develop key departments. A capable and loyal workforce is already in place and our objective is to improve skills and working practices. An important part of the brief will be to mentor younger team members and other individuals to develop their skills / capabilities. Operations Manager Responsibilities; Manage all operational teams within the production, warehouse, maintenance and toolroom departments within an SME establishing effective processes and procedures to meet corporate objectives and targets for future growth. Provide strong leadership for the multiple business operations, ensuring a collaborative and proactive culture is established and driven across all areas of operations to increase efficiencies while reducing waste. Support the Management Team in driving forward all SHEQ functions, policies and procedures to ensure a safe working environment across all operations. Lead and assistance the managers in establishing and managing departmental budgets while implementing effective plans for growth and development of the separate business units. Provide leadership, training and development across all facets of a warehouse, manufacturing and maintenance/toolroom environment Drive continuous improvement in Process, Quality and Safety through risk assessments, root cause analysis, training and projects. Prioritise workload, material flow and deliver against productivity levels while maintaining quality standards Required Skills and Experiences; Proven experience of operational management in a fast-paced, people-facing, and multi-product manufacturing environment. Proven experience of change management in an SME environment is essential.  Experience of metal fabrication processes would be advantageous.  Comprehensive knowledge and proven experience of lean manufacturing practices and modern manufacturing systems. Strong communicator at all levels who can influence change while improving team moral, business systems and performance. Capable of providing analysis and devising corrective measures to improve operational performance. Degree qualified in engineering/ science discipline (or relevant equivalent qualification) or significant experience in relevant fields.   If you are interested in this exciting new Operations Manager opportunity please click on the link to apply. Alternatively you can send your CV direct to Oliver.Smith@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 / Kidderminster

Internal Sales Export

Internal Sales Export (Europe Sales) - £25k-£35k + bonus Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire  Bilingual skills: English + additional European language is essential An experienced Inside Export Sales Representative with an additional fluent European language skill (French / Italian / Spanish /German, others considered) is required for an established SME manufacturing and distribution business in Nottinghamshire that supplies engineered components on a global basis.  As the Internal Sales Representative your responsibilities will include; Grow sales profitably with existing accounts and actively develop new business in line with location and company objectives Full accountability for the profitability, product mix, account penetration and growth of own customer portfolio  Pro actively attain customer and market knowledge to ensure commercial expertise is up to date  Ensure professional standards for building and maintaining excellent relationships (customers and colleagues) are exceeded. Demonstrate core company sales behaviours daily. Maximise profit potential with each customer. Experience and Skills Required: Bilingual language skills. English + additional European language is essential (French / Italian / Spanish /German, others considered). Experienced in a sales role and a successful record of new sales growth and account penetration. Experience of export sales is highly desirable. Experience or qualifications in engineering/manufacturing environments. Proficient user of CRM systems and Microsoft Office packages. Persistent, driven - demonstrates core sales behaviours consistently If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please click on the link to apply. Alternatively you can email your CV direct to Oliver.Smith@jonlee.co.uk 01384 446104 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 / Sutton in Ashfield

Key Account Manager

Key Account Manager - Automotive - Metals/Sheet Metal £50,000 to £60,000 + car/car allowance (£7910) + 17% bonus  Birmingham, West Midlands Skills: Key Account Manager, Account Management, Account Manager, Automotive Account Manager, Programme Manager, Project Manager, OEM, Tier 1, Tier one A Key Account Manager is required to join one of the leading suppliers of sheet metal to the automotive industry. You will be responsible to manage the sales and strategic relationship with OEM and key Tier 1 customers, with the aim of maintaining the highest possible standard of customer relationship. As the Key Account Manager your responsibilities will include; Strategically plan, new product development opportunities with the support of the technical teams. Manage large strategic projects. Seek further sales opportunities within their OEM customer with either new product, new vehicle or conquest business. Develop relationships with key OEM personnel in various departments, Procurement, Engineering and appropriate internal groups (esp. development & technical support). Strategically position the company as a world leading sustainable supplier. Negotiate terms of business with clients. Manage accountability and adherence to required sales procedures. Ensure contract adherence using the support of the legal teams and support this with implementation of strong process. Required Experience and Skills; Proven track record (min 5 years) in Key Account Management in automotive OEM or Tier 1 supply industry. BEng, BSc or equivalent further education studies. The qualification preferably includes an element of business and economics. Optimum profile will also include experience in the sheet metal industry. Driving licence. Persuasive communication skills both written and verbal. Strong resilient personality, open minded, never give up mentality, customer focused and oriented. If you are interested in this opportunity and have the relevant Key Account Management experience ideally within automotive OEM or Tier 1 supply then please click on the link to apply. Alternatively send your cv direct to Oliver.Smith@jonlee.co.uk 01384 446104 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 / Birmingham
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  • We chose to use Jonathan Lee as they were recommended by Make UK and I 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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