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Paul Branton

Lead Consultant
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  1. 01268 455525
  2. paul.branton@jonlee.co.uk
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Paul has 29 years’ recruitment experience, sourcing and placing technical, engineering and manufacturing professionals within the Automotive (ICE, Hybrid and EV’s - Autonomy) and Motorsport sectors.

He has successfully worked with clients on both retained and contingency search assignments for permanent and contract positions, priding himself on delivering a first-rate service offering account management and on-site support. 

Paul’s commitment to the engineering sector is reflected in his involvement as an Affiliate Member of the IMechE and a committee member of the iMechE ADEC (Automobile Division Essex Centre) and SEA (South Essex Area). Clients and candidates appreciate this interest, credibility and ability to build relationships, demonstrating technical and industry understanding

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R & D Engineer

R & D Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Thatcham Automotive / Motorsport A Research and Development (R & D) Engineer is required to provide undertake validation testing of new transmission design and updating of existing designs. Candidates with a good knowledge of vehicle and transmission systems would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham requires a proactive R & D Engineer to provide engineering support to the Design Office and the Advanced Engineering Group. As a R & D Engineer you will be required to manage all elements and phases of the development projects including: Test scheduling Planning and managing prototype validation testing Produce full and accurate test specifications Identify tooling requirements for testing and producing detailed drawings for parts Identify and specify sensor and data-logging requirements for testing Analyse test data using laboratory & motorsport data-logging software Support customer race, test or dyno events in the UK or abroad The R & D Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an engineering related discipline Good understanding of data-logging concepts Structured approach to test specification creation and execution Good organisation and time-management skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with test and development skills to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Thatcham based transmission technology specialist will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a R & D Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the R & D Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Thatcham, Berkshire

Production Engineer

Production Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Thatcham Automotive / Motorsport A Production Engineer is required to provide support to the Advanced Engineering Group for motorsport and automotive projects. Candidates with experience of working directly with automotive OEM manufacturers would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham requires a proactive Production Engineer to support assigned projects and advise the Advanced Engineering Group on Production Engineering issues. As a Production Engineer you will be required to design and create detail drawings of manufacturing tooling for assigned projects including: Apply cost effective manufacturing methods Attend formal design reviews Determine the engineering method for individual parts Determine and understand specific tooling requirements using customer drawings Advise on corrective action for manufacturing queries and non-conformance The Production Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Educated to a minimum of HND / HNC in an engineering related discipline Proven track record of production engineering Understanding of 3D modelling and engineering drawings Awareness of APQP process useful An understanding of transmission products is beneficial This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with manufacturing experience ideally within an automotive OEM or supplier to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Thatcham based transmission technology specialist will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Production Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Thatcham, Berkshire

Project Engineer - Powertrain

Project Engineer - Powertrain £Competitive plus car & benefits Basildon Automotive A Powertrain Project Engineer is required to support an OEM customer account and provide a point of contact for the OEM, programme and engineering teams. Candidates with a working knowledge of the automotive market and exhaust gas aftertreatment technologies would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a Global Tier 2 Supplier based in Basildon, requires a proactive Project Engineer to work alongside the OEM teams to provide first-class technical solutions for exhaust gas aftertreatment systems and thus maintain and grow profitable business. As a Project Engineer you will be required to: Liaise with other tier suppliers to ensure the proposed solutions are effectively managed and include appropriate technologies Plan strategically and long term to ensure future business Be proactive in identifying creative solutions to open issues Develop credibility and rapport at all levels within the OEM to integrate company into customer R & D programs Work closely with the engineering group to develop appropriate solutions for the customer, analysis of technical data and prototype sample ordering Write and make presentations to the OEM and company's engineering groups The Powertrain Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an engineering subject, such as Mechanical, Chemical, Materials or similar, may suit a recent graduate with related internship or thesis Project management and engineering skills Flexible attitude with regard to European travel Customer focused and driven Committed and loyal Motivated and a self-starter Computer literate German language skills advantageous. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with powertrain experience to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Basildon based Tier 2 Supplier will offer you: £Competitive Company Car Opportunity to develop into an Account Manager role Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have powertrain experience and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Powertrain Project Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Basildon, Essex

Production Engineer

Production Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Hoddesdon Exterior Lighting A Production Engineer is required to plan and coordinate production engineering processes on daily basis to produce high quality products at the best possible costs. Candidates with experience of providing engineering support for production and maintenance activities to ensure maximum production would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a leading producer of exterior lighting solutions based in Hoddesdon requires a proactive Production Engineer to develop process improvements to effectively utilise equipment and materials to maximise production to optimise work flow and cell designs for shop throughput. As a Production Engineer you will be required to: Develop operational strategies to achieve production and financial objectives and Identify unsafe operations and practices and report the same to Manager immediately Implement cost reduction initiatives while maintaining high quality standards and develop operating instructions and equipment specifications for production activities The Production Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Ideally be degree qualified, or equivalent, with solid manufacturing experience Developing best practices to improve production capacity, quality and reliability Investigating problems, analyse root causes and derive resolutions Aid in budget preparation and monitor expenses and profitability Ensuring a seamless transfer of new products from Design to Production Training and guidance to team members to accomplish production goals This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with production engineering experience to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Hoddesdon based exterior lighting solutions company will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Production Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Project Manager

Project Manager £Competitive plus benefits Thatcham Automotive A Project Manager is required to manage the successful delivery of designated high performance automotive customers and internal projects. Candidates with experience of delivering powertrain projects for automotive customers would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham requires a proactive Project Manager to provide product management and business development support. As a Project Manager you will be required to manage customer projects in a co-ordinated, focused, structured and well controlled manner, using the designated tools and processes including: Establish and maintain a Business Case for all projects Co-ordination of engineering and manufacturing involvement in customer projects Production and maintenance of Project plans Detailed monitoring of project progress, including: Cost - Management of cost and margins against established Business Case and ensure quotations, orders and invoicing is kept on schedule Quality - Project specification, ensuring what was ordered is delivered Timing - Ensuring project activities are completed in adherence to the project timing plan and customer schedules are achieved Progress reporting on the project to senior management Risk and Issue management Product cost control in coordination with Costing Engineer To establish, maintain and manage a strong working relationship with new and existing customers, at all levels To process and manage customer orders including leading customer communications To answer customer enquiries within specified business sector To provide quotations and proposals in a structured and timely manner To represent company at Sales or Technical Conference events e.g. Autosport, LCV Cenex etc To contribute to a sales plan for business sector / market place, on an annual basis. The Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Ideally degree qualified in an engineering discipline Proven experience in a commercial and/or engineering role Strong customer management ability Preparation of proposals/quotes Ability to build strong working relationships - externally and internally This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with automotive project management experience to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Thatcham based transmission technology specialist will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Project Manager and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Manager role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Thatcham, Berkshire

Technical Buyer

Technical Buyer £Competitive plus benefits Thatcham Motorsport A Technical Buyer is required to purchase goods and services for motorsport and automotive projects. Candidates with experience of the purchasing of supplies and services including castings and sub contract would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham requires a proactive Technical Buyer to create and complete strategic objectives aimed at reducing costs and improve operating efficiencies. As a Technical Buyer you will be required to undertake supplier management and development with key objectives to improve quality and delivery performance from suppliers including: Sourcing mechanical and proprietary goods and services, including general order administration and management Providing company wide support to all purchasing activity External & internal expediting Providing production planning input and support Assist with and ensure resolution of technical manufacturing queries Resolving quality or non-conformances issues with Quality Department Participate in concurrent engineering with designers/suppliers to aid DFM and lead-time reductions Carry out supplier performance management (Quality/Delivery/Cost) Carry out supplier selection and development Identify and participate in costing saving exercises The Technical Buyer should have the following skills or experience: Ideally CIPS qualified and educated to HND or equivalent Proven experience of sourcing mechanical components and sub-contract services Strong supplier performance management skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with automotive, motorsport or mechanical purchasing experience to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Thatcham based transmission technology specialist will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Technical Buyer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Technical Buyer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Thatcham, Berkshire

Procurement Manager

Procurement Manager £Competitive plus pension Croydon Clean Power A Procurement Manager is required to manage and lead the Procurement & Supply Chain team for a company specialising in zero emissions cooling systems. Candidates with experience in delivering procurement strategies and processes would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a global technology business delivering clean 'cold and power' based in Croydon requires a proactive Procurement Manager to lead the understanding and implementation of professional procurement and supply chain processes. As a Procurement Manager you will be required to: Deliver logistics and inventory management strategies and processes Deliver supplier quality management strategies and processes Drive down the cost of supplies of Bill of Materials (BoM) in conjunction with the design and engineering teams Lead the professional development of the overall team in understanding and implementing professional procurement and supply chain processes The Procurement Manager should have the following skills or experience: MCIPS qualification (or equivalent) Extensive professional experience of leading and delivering procurement & supply chain management activities within an industrial and/or manufacturing environment Extensive experience of working with business users to drive down supply costs An excellent understanding of the P2P and MM processes within ERP systems Extensive experience of leading Procurement & Supply Chain teams This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with an excellent understanding of all processes outlined in the CIPS Procurement & Supply Cycle to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Croydon based will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Procurement Manager and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Procurement Manager role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Croydon, Surrey