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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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Account Manager

Account Manager - Wakefield £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 Account Manager is required to join a world class leading freight and logistics solutions provider based in Wakefield. This is a 360 sales role offering excellent training and progression opportunities.  As the Account Manager 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 is essential Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Account Manager 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 / Wakefield

Account Manager

Freight Account Manager - Nottingham £20,000 + car + uncapped commission Account Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Development Executive, Sales Executive, Sales Engineer, Technical Sales, External Sales, Regional Sales, Telesales An Account Manager is required to join a world class leading freight and logistics solutions provider based in Nottingham. This is a 360 sales role offering excellent training and progression opportunities. As the Account Manager 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 Account Manager 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 / Nottingham

Internal Sales

Internal Sales - Metals - Dudley - £22,000 to £26,000 per annum + bonus This is an exciting opportunity to join the Internal Sales team for a well established market leader, supplying high specification materials into automotive, motorsport and aerospace industries. Full training and support will be provided. As part of the Internal sales team your responsibilities will include; Manage a portfolio of key accounts to hit and exceed specified targets Accurately takes verbal enquiries Chases quotation to win orders and if the order isn’t placed ascertain why Negotiates with customers, suppliers and colleagues at all levels Accurately and correctly input sales orders onto the computer system in a timely manner Resolve any queries or problems as speedily as possible As part of the Internal Sales team you will require the following skills and experiences; Experience in a sales environment. Sales experience in the steel industry is desirable but not essential.  Proactive and an ambition to develop and progress. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Diplomatic and negotiation skills. The ability to work on their own initiative. The ability to work under pressure. Skills: Internal Sales, Sales Engineer, Technical Sales, Business Development, regional sales, sales, metals, steel, engineering, manufacturing If you are interested in this exciting Internal Sales opportunity please click on the link to apply. Alternatively you can send your CV direct to Oliver.Smith@jonlee.co.uk or 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 / Oldbury

Regional Operations Manager - Haydock

Regional Operations Manager - Multi-site Operational and Commercial Responsibility Engineering Services Provider Salary: £50,000 + 20% bonus + £7200 car allowance or car Geographical Area: Haydock, St Helens, Liverpool, Widnes, Warrington, Southport 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 North West 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 / Haydock

Plant Supervisor

Plant Supervisor - Chemical/COMAH Site Stowmarket, Suffolk Salary: Very Competitive Shifts: You must be flexible to work a day and night shift pattern.  Commutable from Stowmarket, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Thetford and surrounding areas. We are currently looking for multiple Plant Supervisors to join our Resin Plant in Stowmarket. Within these positions, you will lead the Resin Plant operations in a safe, effective, and efficient manner, managing the shift team on site, ensuring the production of quality resins both to plan and on time. These are shift based opportunities.  Key Responsibilities Ensure full compliance of EHS, Quality and Housekeeping requirements during the shift activities. Safely operate the process control system across 4 reactor systems, in line with planning targets. Manage the provision of resources to the shift teams, including engineering, technical and process labour. Take a lead role in the event of incidents, accidents and emergencies on the plant, ensuring that on-plant incidents are attended quickly and handled in a safe manner. Manage labour arrangements for the shift to ensure operational continuity, ensuring training and development for the operatives, including EHS mandatory training and SOP review and updates. Qualifications Degree educated within either a Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Engineering background. Leadership potential with high standards of integrity and ethics. Previous experience within a chemical or similar industry within a Unionised environment. Sound understanding of technical issues and principles; Polymer oriented knowledge base; analytical thinking/diagnostic skills Ability to work under pressure & an ability to prioritise. Skills: Chemical Engineer, Supervisor, COMAH, Paint, polymers, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Acyrlics, Resin If you are interested in the Plant Supervisor opportunity, please click on the link to apply. Alternatively you can contact me directly on 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 / Ipswich

Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer - £33k to £38k Kidderminster Metal fabrication A Mechanical Design Engineer is required to join a well established manufacturing business in Kidderminster. Specialising in sheet metal, composites and flexible materials covering a wide range of industries from machine tools to medical devices and nuclear to material handling. Key responsibilities and duties To evaluate customer requirements from initial enquiry and deliver designs suitable for manufacture whist meeting customer specification Provide sound technical solutions to engineering problems, ability to identify alternative design recommendations Creation of detailed drawings for manufacture and assembly, have sound knowledge of welding principals and geometric tolerancing Determine product bills of material and maintain within the Companies ERP system liaising with purchasing Designs are completed in a timely manner giving consideration to all legislative guidelines around health & safety and the environment Design reviews are undertaken, lessons learned captured, documented and communicated both internally and externally Maintain and improve on departmental procedures and processes as required Qualifications required/ desirable HNC/HND in Mechanical Engineering Minimum of 3 years' experience in engineering environment Solid Works / Sheet Metal Design / PDM Knowledge of metal fabrication, fabrics and plastics Understanding and ability to work in an SME Knowledge of Lean manufacturing Knowledge of LVD and Amada Press brake software Product costing knowledge Ability to communicate with employees at all levels of the business If you are interested this Mechanical Design Engineer 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 / Kidderminster

Area Sales Engineer

Area Sales Engineer - £40k-£45k + car + bonus Electro-mechanical engineering Services Regional: Essex, Ipswich, Suffolk, Kent, Ashford, Maidstone, Tonbridge, Crawley, Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton Skills: Sales Engineer, Sales Manager, Area Sales, Regional Sales, Business Development Manager, Sales Executive, External Sales, Field Sales An Area Sales Engineer is required to join a world class industrial engineering and manufacturing firm. This position is to plan and carry out direct marketing and sales activities, to maintain and develop sales of services offered to major accounts and new customers in accordance with agreed business plans.  Main tasks and responsibilities Researching the market and identifying new sales leads wherever there is an electro-mechanical requirement Meeting with customers over the phone, email, or on site to assist in aspects of business development Making presentations and demonstrating how our products/service meet client needs Managing and interpreting customer requirements - speaking with clients to understand, anticipate and meet their needs Generating sales proposals and contracts Working with the engineering team/Service Centres to ensure development schedules and deliveries are being met Required Skills and Experiences; Strong engineering background is preferred Strong sales and business development experience. 5 years experience. Experience using a CRM package preferred Basic Finance skills to understand P&L, Cash flow and Gross Margin calculations amongst others Ability to sell a value proposition and not on price Strong presentation skills via spoken and written media ONC/HNC educated or equivalent in an engineering or business discipline Experience of electro-mechanical industries, preferably in the Power, O&G and Water industries but including other industrial sectors such as Marine, FM, Defence or other similar industries A full driving license   If you are interested in this Area Sales Engineer opportunity and you have the required skills 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 / Basildon

Account Manager

Account Manager - Thatcham £23,000 + COMPANY CAR + UNCAPPED COMMISSION Account Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Development Executive, Sales Executive, Sales Engineer, Technical Sales, External Sales, Regional Sales, Telesales An Account Manager is required to join a world class leading freight and logistics solutions provider based in Wakefield. This is a 360 sales role offering excellent training and progression opportunities.  As the Account Manager 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 is essential Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Account Manager 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 / Thatcham

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer - CNC Machining / Metals - Oldbury Salary: £38,000 to £41,000 incl. shift allowance + 10% bonus  Shift Pattern: Monday to Thursday: 06:00 to 14:00 and 14:00 to 22:00, Friday: 06:00 to 12:40 and 12:40 to 19:20 We are looking for a candidate with strong hands-on experience in CNC Machining specifically with experience of using Fanuc controls. Key Responsibilities Plan, co-ordinate, lead and participate in various multi-disciplined teams in addressing and fulfilling Company objectives associated with the Machine Shop. Responsible for volume outputs, scrap/rework, quality, safety and delivery commitments Run trials for new products Ensure that equipment and machinery are kept in good running order Recommend new equipment when and where necessary Use all Machine Shop machinery/equipment proficiently in conjunction with the Engineering Manager Organise and manage a team effectively to ensure the production plan is adhered to at all times Champion continuous improvement programs within the department  Required Skills and Experience Minimum 5 years' experience of working as an Engineer in a Machining facility, preferably steel orientated.  Proficient in the use of CNCs, Lathes, Grinders and Millers CNC programming essential in FANUC controls The ability to read drawings successfully (CAD/CAM) The ability to expose and solve problems in a manufacturing environment Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Manufacturing Engineer 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 / Oldbury

Workshop Manager

Workshop Manager - Metal Fabrication - North West London £55k to £60k + benefits Skills: Project Manager, Installation Manager, Fabrication Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Welding, Site Manager, architectural Do you have leadership and managerial skills? Are you an experienced welder and installer able to read and follow architectural drawings? You are the right person for us. We are an established steel fabrication and installation company based in North West London, we are growing fast and we are looking for an experienced workshop manager, also able to fabricate and managing site visits and installations from a simple pedestrian gate to architectural staircases. Responsibilities: Management of 10 people in our workshop, organise our daily routine between fabrication, powder coating, and installation. You will be the main contact for the workshop and the head office.  You will be managing complex fabrication and installation jobs, ensuring we meet the deadlines. You may be asked to deal with the project manager of the various construction companies. You will manage estimations and quotations. Regular customer site visits dealing with installation projects. Required Skills and Experiences At least 10 years fabrication experience. Must have welding experience. Organisational skills are a must. Project management skills. Experience of managing a workshop. Happy to travel to customer sites as required.  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 / Brent

Site Manager

Site Manager - Warehouse Automation - Castle Donnington Distribution Centre Offering up to £66,000 p.a + excellent benefits It is expected that the successful candidate will possess proven experience of managing an on-site maintenance team that deal with electro-mechanical faults and preventative maintenance operations on automated materials handling equipment within a warehouse environment. The position is an office-hours based role though the Manager is expected to be very flexible should the situation require out of hours attendance. The candidate must show experience and competence in budgetary control and show a successful history of managing a team of shift-based engineers. Site Manager Responsibilities: Provide complete customer satisfaction whilst enhancing the reputation of the Company Work against timeframes to complete reactive repairs Interact with on-site and off-site management keeping Gain a reputation for rapid and effective support Manage site budgets and associated commercial activities Match tasks with team skill-sets to ensure delivery of defined SLA Manage as the on-site representative, all system improvements and installations Manage all training requirements, both technical and regulatory Site Manager Key Skills and Experiences: Degree Level, HNC/D and/or relevant higher engineering qualification Automation systems background Previously managed large teams (10+) Technical skills to cover software systems, server architecture & Networks with a good appreciation of electro-mechanical installations If you are interested in this Site Manager opportunity and you have the relevant skills and experience working with automation systems please click on the link to apply. Alternatively you can contact me directly on 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 / Castle Donington

Programming Manager

CNC Programming Manager - Sutton-In-Ashfield £50k-£60k Skills: CNC Programming, Lead Programmer, Programming Manager, CNC Manager, CNC Lead, Offline Programming, Turning, Milling A skilled Lead Programmer is required to join a progressive and award winning company supplying precision machined components and assemblies. We are looking for someone who has previous experience in planning and coordinating programming activities, and producing programs for CNC Milling / Turning and Mill / Turn machine. CNC Programming Manager Responsibilities: Plan and co-ordinate programming activities within your department to meet customer delivery schedules. Optimise productivity (with regards to new tooling and machining methods) to meet production KPI's and help drive reduction in cost of quality across the business through CI activities. Attend internal contract reviews as required Ensure that internal procedures and objectives are adhered to in order to meet the quality standard of the business as well as maintaining policies, procedures and standards in accordance with AS9100 and any other product certification requirement. Provide professional leadership and direction to the programming team, including identifying any training and development needs as and when required. Take direct responsibility for the quality of programs produced by the department in terms of RFT, with the aid of staff training and software utilisation. Liaise with other sections at daily production meetings clearly defining capacity issues/opportunities in order to improve work flow throughout the factory and deliver the monthly sales loading.  Required Skills & Experiences: Previous offline CNC Programming experience essential A sound understanding of Fanuc CNC Controls Ability to produce complex programs offline using CAD/CAM software FeatureCam experience is preferable but other software packages may be considered 2+ years' experience with verification software - Vericut Ability to create programs for CNC Milling, Turning and Mill-Turn. Previous experience within Aerospace, Nuclear or Oil & Gas sectors Ability to work from engineering drawings and 3D Models Previous experience taking components from cradle to grave Keen interest in improving processes and problem solving. If you are interested in this opportunity please click on the link to apply. Alternatively please 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 / Sutton in Ashfield
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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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