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Paul Branton

Lead Consultant
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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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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

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

Quality Engineer

Quality Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Thatcham Automotive A Quality Engineer is required to lead FMEA's and PPAP submissions, liaising with customers on quality planning and quality issues for low volume high technology automotive transmission projects. Candidates with experience of implementing and managing the Production Part Approval Process for new and modified products or assemblies would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham, requires a proactive Quality Engineer to lead and participate in Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA). As a Quality Engineer you will be required to: Support New Product Introduction (NPI) using APQP, compilation of FMEA's and Control Plans etc Production Part Approval Part submission warrant document collation and submissions implement robust solutions and changes to manufacturing processes to improve quality and reduce waste Maintain the documented Quality Management System and undertake projects, as determined by the Quality Manager, to include process enhancement, new processes and Manufacturing improvements that improve quality & efficiency Attend formal design reviews as appropriate to provide guidance related to a particular project The Quality Engineer should have the following skills or experience: HNC/HND qualified in an engineering related discipline Knowledge of PPAP and APQP Knowledge of problem solving and root cause analysis tools Must have awareness of production processes/techniques in an engineering environment. Quality auditing experience This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with experience of production processes/techniques in an engineering environment 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 Quality Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Thatcham, Berkshire

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultant £Competitive plus benefits Basildon Technical / Engineering / Manufacturing We have an excellent opportunity for Recruitment Consultants to join an established team in our Basildon office, developing business and providing recruitment support for both new and existing clients. With a fantastic reputation and track record in supporting the Technical, Engineering and Manufacturing industries, we pride ourselves on understanding our client needs and cover roles from skilled trades and graduates to executive and interim managers. As a Recruitment Consultant you will be responsible for: Developing new and existing client relationships, up-selling and cross selling our suite of complimentary services in line with agreed fee targets, utilising your negotiation skills to agree terms of business and fee arrangements. Identifying and qualifying target clients that align with our business growth strategy, attending client visits and preparing written proposals. Delivering a complete recruitment process, managing client and candidate expectations throughout and providing solutions to recruitment challenges. Attracting suitable candidates through writing appropriate adverts, utilising relevant websites/social media, utilising our internal database or using your professional network of contacts. Interviewing candidates to evaluate their suitability. Attending networking events and exhibitions to promote the Jonathan Lee Recruitment brand Successful applicants should have the following skills or experience: Proven placement ability in the Technical, Engineering or Manufacturing industries or associated commercial functions such as Purchasing, Sales etc Permanent and/or contract recruitment experience Retained or exclusive assignment experience useful Strong relationship building skills Competitive drive and determination to succeed against your KPI's and performance targets This is challenging and rewarding role with real growth potential for the right individual based on success and delivery. Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been providing recruitment and associated services to our clients who range from SME's to high profile OEM's within the automotive, aerospace, defence and aviation, general engineering, commercial and manufacturing industries for over 40 years. We are immensely proud of our highly experienced and professional team and work hard to ensure that we nurture a climate of industry excellence alongside a dedicated socially responsible framework. We want great people to join our business who share our values of quality, service excellence and team work but can also bring their own skills, knowledge and experience to the table. In return for your experience, Jonathan Lee Recruitment will offer you: £Competitive Pension Commission / Bonus Car Allowance If you have experience as a Recruitment Consultant and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Recruitment Consultant role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Basildon, Essex

Development Engineer

Development Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Coventry Automotive A Development Engineer is required to deliver, lead and co-ordinate Research and Development (R+D) activities to develop new business opportunities and ensure successful on time delivery of the final product design. Candidates with experience of automotive product development and delivery at a tier 1 supplier or OEM would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a leading Tier 1 supplier based in Coventry requires a proactive Development Engineer to be the single point contact for cross functional management & support for the successful delivery of all responsible programs. As a Development Engineer you will be required to: Identify customer technology trends and communicate the information into the PD core groups to drive the development of new products to meet future customer requirements Ensure on time delivery of program milestones Work with functional managers to ensure efficient and effective use of resources to deliver assigned programs Deliver/support the team in the development of quality documentation The Development Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree in Mechanical Engineering or significant proven experience in product delivery field within an OEM or tier one supplier Mainstream automotive product delivery experience Awareness of OEM product specifications with regard to Thermal systems desirable DVP+R, FMEA, G8D, CAD & CAE appreciation Use of CATIA and Teamcentre This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with an appreciation of Thermal product functionality and application to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Coventry based global Tier 1 supplier of automotive thermal applications including heating ventilation and air conditioning; powertrain cooling; compressors; fluid transport; and thermal and emissions solutions for conventional, electric, hybrid, fuel cell and autonomous vehicles 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 Development Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Development Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Engine Test Engineer

Engine Test Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Royston Automotive An Engine Test Engineer is required to carry out engine testing to support the development of catalysts in order to comply with customer and legislative requirements. Candidates with a good technical knowledge of relevant engineering concepts along with a good practical mechanical aptitude would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a Global Tier 1 supplier based in Royston, requires a proactive Engine Test Engineer to run tests on automotive engines to help develop emission control technology. As an Engine Test Engineer you will be required to: Carry out modifications of equipment and processes, which will allow for continual improvement Analyse data from the tests and ensure high quality information is derived from the testing Work with a range of software packages and advanced analytical equipment to develop advanced testing programmes The Engine Test Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an engineering discipline Experience and expertise in an automotive, testing, or similar engineering environment A good technical knowledge of relevant engineering concepts along with a good practical mechanical aptitude An analytical approach and the ability to interpret technical data are essential, along with basic technical report writing skills. Effective communication skills with the ability communicate with people of all levels Excellent ability to prioritise your workload and work to tight deadlines This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a good understanding of basic industrial automation and the ability to learn and use a range of software packages to develop your career with a company that has undertaken recent major investments in new test cells and analysis equipment to provide state-of-the-art testing facilities. In return for your experience, this Royston based Global Tier 1 supplier will offer you: £Competitive Pension Bonus Excellent Benefits Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as an Engine Test Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Engine Test Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Royston, Hertfordshire

Engineering Project Manager

Engineering Project Manager £Competitive plus benefits Croydon Automotive / Clean Energy An Engineering Project Manager is required to control multiple projects, including collaborations with partners and projects with grant funding (EU Horizon 2020, Innovate UK). Candidates with experience of Agile or Prince2 project management methodology would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a global technology business delivering 'clean and cold' power based in Croydon, requires a proactive Engineering Project Manager to ensure successful outcomes of engineering projects to time and budget constraints. As an Engineering Project Manager you will be required to: Co-ordination of groups within the company, and in some cases of external parties, to deliver project efforts in accordance with the project plan Monitoring and reporting on progress, including preparation of work-package reports and quarterly reports for collaborative projects Risk awareness and mitigation; reviewing and adjusting the project plan Financial reporting and control Chairing project meetings, issuing minutes and pursuing actions The Engineering Project Manager should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an engineering discipline Proven experience of managing concurrent projects valued £100K to £1m Functional requirements documentation control Proposing and planning of a number of projects Control of delivery timescales Team building and management Risk analysis and management Procurement of prototype parts This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with Agile, Prince2 or similar project management methodology to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Croydon based global technology business delivering 'clean and cold' power 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 an Engineering Project Manager and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Engineering Project Manager role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Croydon, Surrey

Project Engineer

Project Engineer £Competitive plus Car Hitchin Commercial Laundry Equipment A Project Engineer is required to undertake site visits, carry out survey and prepare equipment layout/installation drawings and ultimately plan and manage the project to completion. Candidates with a customer-centric approach, able to build relationships and ensure total customer satisfaction would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a global supplier of commercial laundry equipment based in Hitchin, requires a proactive Project Engineer to deliver equipment installation projects. As a Project Engineer you will be required to: Conduct a preliminary survey of the project, drawing up the plan of the initial proposal in AutoCAD, assessing the best layout of the machinery Carry out commercial plans (2D / 3D) Once the client has agreed to the project design, draw up plans of connections, specifying all the connections required to start up each machine (flow, pressure, heating, connection height and diameter, etc.), complementing this with installation documentation for each machine Draw up the electrical diagram with the electrical requirements (supply) of the machine, to be attached to the plan of connections Provide technical and installation data sheets for the machine, updating the different databases if necessary The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Preferably degree qualified in an engineering discipline Use of AutoCAD Production of 2D and 3D layouts Dealing with enquiries from clients, engineers and installers regarding the different projects designed Team management skills (field and office based), along with good communication skills to enable interaction with multiple stakeholders and customers This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a Capex Equipment or Building Services installation projects background to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Hitchin based global supplier of commercial laundry equipment will offer you: £Competitive Car Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as an Project Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Powertrain Cost Engineer

Cost Engineer - Powertrain £Competitive plus benefits London, Paris, Frankfurt or Munich Automotive A Powertrain Cost Engineer is required to develop complex cost models for current and future powertrain technologies that improves fuel economy for global markets. Candidates with experience in a manufacturing cost engineering function for Automotive OEM's or Tier 1 suppliers would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a trusted source of critical market, vehicle and consumer information and insights based in London requires a proactive Powertrain Cost Engineer, based in London, Paris, Frankfurt or Munich, to provide analysis of historical powertrain systems cost and develop cost comparisons to support future cost estimation. As a Powertrain Cost Engineer you will be required to: Establish reasonableness of cost ("should cost") and make recommendations for cost data positions by developing cost model which change on exogenous and endogenous factor Participate in cost reviews with wider team, internal teams, and supplier representatives for conducting interview questionnaire that are required to support cost models Develop Cost BoMs to analyse powertrain system level costs based on geometric or non-geometric data assumptions Direct the development of new cost estimating methods, tools and techniques and research and collect historical cost data on powertrain programs to support cost estimates and affordability assessments Lead the development and research statistical tools and estimating methodologies based on historical product costs and schedules, and technical data The Powertrain Cost Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an engineering or related discipline Experience with machined, sheet-metal and cast parts Cost analysis tools and software Developing database in MS Access, Tableau Writer etc Analysing recurring and non-recurring cost This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with directly related experience within automotive manufacturing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this London based leading source of information and insight will offer you: £Competitive Pension Bonus Location - London, Paris, Frankfurt or Munich Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Powertrain Cost Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Powertrain Cost Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / City of London, London

Production Manager

Production Manager £Competitive plus benefits Thatcham Automotive A Production Manager is required to take responsibility for the management of a full shift operation for the production of low volume high technology automotive transmission products. Candidates with experience of operational management of a manufacturing facility, including the health, safety and welfare of all employees, third party contractors and site visitors would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham, requires a proactive Production Manager to control budgets and forecasts to deliver agreed production volumes, expenditure and costs. As Production Manager you will be required to: Meet and exceed where possible agreed performance metrics for operational effectiveness of company assets Develop fast connected flow across the plant, optimising the constraint and interactive bottlenecks within a Theory of Constraints (TOC), Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) environment Build and develop a strong management team capable of leading the hourly workforce to meet the demands of the future Improve employee relations through participation of shop floor personnel in cross functional improvement activities Identify, propose and implement opportunities for business improvement The Production Manager should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an engineering related discipline Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to optimise team performance and development An understanding of transmission components and manufacturing systems Good analytical skills to convert business objectives in to achievable tasks An ability to effectively manage change Strong planning, influencing and project management skills Strong multifunctional team leadership skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with good understanding of manufacturing principles 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 Manager and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Manager role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Thatcham, Berkshire

Embedded Software Engineer

Embedded Software Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Greenford Automotive An Embedded Software Engineer is required to improve existing software designs to upgrade a current product, followed by the designing and implementation of future generations of software solutions. Candidates with experience of embedded software applications and firmware algorithm development would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning personal mobility manufacturer based in Greenford requires a proactive Embedded Software Engineer to support and improve existing software designs. As an Embedded Software Engineer you will be required to: Develop, prototype and test future software developments Ensure the optimal integration into the product Assist with the improvement of software design practices and processes within the business The Embedded Software Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Ideally degree qualified in related subjects (software / firmware engineering) Strong background in embedded software applications Firmware algorithm development This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with general software fault finding and testing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Greenford based personal mobility manufacturer 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 an Embedded Software Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Embedded Software Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Greenford, Middlesex

Manufacturing Partnerships Lead

Manufacturing Partnerships Lead £Competitive Croydon Automotive / Clean Energy A Manufacturing Partnerships Lead is required to develop new and existing manufacturing partnerships/systems in order to supply global markets. Candidates with experience of supporting New Product Introduction (NPI) methods and Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) functions would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a global technology business delivering 'clean and cold' power based in Croydon, requires a proactive Manufacturing Partnerships Lead to support prototype projects and systems as they prepare for delivery to customers. As a Manufacturing Partnerships Lead you will be required to: Act as the link between design, purchasing and end users Investigate new technologies and manufacturing techniques Liaise with suppliers to ensure quality and timely delivery of components The Manufacturing Partnerships Lead should have the following skills or experience: Solid manufacturing background in production or manufacturing engineering excellent communication and problem-solving skills Ability to working in cross-functional teams Have excellent persuading and influencing skills Have the ability to multi-task Work effectively under minimal supervision, tight time constraints, and periodic high-volume circumstances. Ability to thrive in a fast-growing and rapidly changing work environment This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with production or manufacturing supplier liaison experience to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Croydon based global technology business will offer you: £Competitive Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Manufacturing Partnerships Lead and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Manufacturing Partnerships Lead role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Croydon, Surrey

Quality Assurance Engineer

Quality Assurance Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Royston Automotive A Quality Assurance Engineer is required to support the implementation of Quality management system enables and controls Prototype operations to robustly meet all regulatory and customer requirements, in pursuit of zero defects and a right first-time culture. Candidates with experience of leading quality aspects of new product introduction would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a Global Tier 1 supplier based in Royston requires a proactive Quality Assurance Engineer to design and process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Control Plan development (incl. prototype), measurement system analysis and other related activities leading to continuous successful project launch. As a Quality Assurance Engineer you will be required to: Lead all customer root cause corrective actions analysis which includes: 8D activities, Costs / charges related to quality problems, Customer returns Develops and leads Quality Improvement Plans Lead and facilitate continual improvement efforts both internally and externally Ensure Quality Management System is maintained to meet all internal and external requirements including VDA 6.3, TS16949 and all customer specific requirements The Quality Assurance Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Preferably a technical qualifications in a relevant field Maintain top level Prototype Quality KPIs Define, Set Targets with Stakeholders, record and report Manage quality assurance and Laboratory testing functions of the Samples ensuring QA / QC function effectively and efficiently Lead/Participate Continuous Improvement activities and Projects Engage in customer audits to ensure there are adequate quality controls to conform to TS and VDA requirements This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with quality assurance experience to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Royston based Global Tier 1 supplier 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 Quality Assurance Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Assurance Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Royston, Hertfordshire