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
Account Manager (FTC) £Competitive Binley Automotive An Account Manager is required to provide commercial responses and manage customer/OEM accounts for the development and delivery thermal management products. Candidates with an engineering knowledge of Thermal Management products would be well received. Due to increased workloads this client, an automotive thermal and energy management solutions supplier based in Binley, requires a proactive Account Manager to pursue opportunities for business development and new programme sourcing with their customers. As an Account Manager you will be required to: Ensure all Customer and internal milestones and financial commitments are met Develop and maintain relationships with key customer stakeholders in Purchasing, Programme and Engineering departments Lead quote process in conjunction with internal teams to ensure that all required financial metrics are achieved Manage and improve profitability of program to financial targets The Account Manager should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified, or equivalent, in an engineering or technological discipline Responding to RFQ's from customers/OEM's Ability to analyse financial summaries Strong relationship building skills Knowledge of APQP desirable This will be an initial 6 month fixed term contract (FTC) opportunity, which may lead to permanent employment. In return for your experience, this Binley based company will offer you: £Competitive If you have experience as an Account Manager and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Account Manager role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525. 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 / Binley
Design Engineer £Competitive Thatcham Motorsport A Design Engineer is required to be responsible for the design and detail of gearbox components and complete transmission systems. Candidates with experience of using Siemens NX 3D CAD system and with previous motorsport or automotive experience would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham, requires a proactive Design Engineer to work within small cohesive teams on challenging projects in a fast moving environment. The Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in mechanical engineering or relevant discipline Post graduate experience in a design engineering environment Experience of designing rotating metal components is desirable Excellent organisational and IT skills (MS Office) Knowledge of manufacturing processes, procedures, controls and quality standards, together with ERP systems This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with experience of applying first principles to solve real-world problems. 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 Design Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525. 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
Product Information Analyst £Competitive plus benefits Shenfield Marketing A Product Information Analyst is required to create, maintain, prepare and deliver a variety of task-specific vehicle specifications and data to brief and on time for all Client Automotive brands, using client-sourced technical documentation and complex multi-format datasets. Candidates with experience in the management and interpretation of large, unsorted, and complicated datasets would be well received. Due to increased workloads this client, a leading provider of high quality visualisation, personalisation, configuration and immersive experiences, based in Shenfield, requires a proactive Product Information Analyst to maintain a flow of information to support delivery of the data-led components of projects. As a Product Information Analyst you will be required to: Attend client meetings to identify, define and advise product and data-led content requirements for new and update-requiring marketing communications. Product check copy documents to ensure consistency with vehicle specifications, data and market/region variations, and communicate with required person(s) to ensure their ongoing maintenance. Attend multi-stage Quality Check meetings for the purposes of ensuring marketing communication accuracy. Create and maintain asset matrices and use them to track market/region specific assets from creation to client approval for multiple artwork variations, incorporating spread thumbnails based off signed-off brochure visual Liaise with the relevant Art Director to develop a shoot list to incorporate all image variation possibilities Product check CGI briefs for product correctness of vehicles and supply corrections and clarification where required The Product Information Analyst should have the following skills or experience: An advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel Experience within an analytical and/or technical field Experience in the management and interpretation of large, unsorted, and complicated datasets Experience of quality checking and/or proof reading technical documents Minimum GCSE standard in English/Maths Knowledge of the Automotive Industry is highly desirable This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with confidence in communicating to all levels of a business structure, both internally and externally together with an analytical thought process and a great sense of curiosity to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Shenfield based company will offer you: £Competitive Flexible start times Overtime Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Product Information Analyst and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Product Information Analyst role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525. 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 / Shenfield
CAD Engineer £Competitive plus pension Milton Keynes Manufacturing A CAD Engineer is required to provide a technical engineering service; utilising 2D & 3D CAD software for the Engineering and Manufacturing Departments. Candidates with experience of liaising with customers on the design of tooling and components for new and existing products would be well received. Due to increased workloads this client, a leader in pressings, stampings and tooling within the automotive sector based in Milton Keynes, requires a proactive CAD Engineer to design and draft dies, clip tools and machining fixtures in conjunction with the Senior Technical Engineers, utilising CAD software and conventional drawings. As a CAD Engineer you will be required to: - Design and specify, in conjunction with Senior Technical Engineers, process parameters for new tooling production - Maintain tooling drawings - Review revised customers issued drawings and issue to the relevant areas within company - To aid in the implementation and proving of design processes - To implement and maintain a comprehensive drawing library - Provide technical support to Production and Tooling Engineers The CAD Engineer should have the following skills or experience: - Degree qualified (or equivalent) in an engineering or technological discipline - Experience in 3D CAD design (Autodesk preferred) - Experience in a die casting or plastic injection moulding beneficial - Knowledge or experience in clip tool, jig and fixture design advantageous This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with CAD design experience within an manufacturing/mechanical equipment environment to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Milton Keynes based 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 CAD Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the CAD Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525. 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 / Milton Keynes
Production Planner £Competitive plus benefits Milton Keynes Automotive - Pressings, Stampings, Tooling. A Production Planner is required to ensure delivery of orders to dedicated customers are in line with the scheduled or order requirements. Candidates with experience of receiving customer orders and expediting the planning, production and purchasing of material in a dynamic manufacturing environment would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, a leader in pressings, stampings and tooling within the automotive sector based in Milton Keynes, requires a Production Planner. As the Production Planner you will be required to: Receive and enter customer's orders/requirements accurately onto the MRP system Undertake verification of batch quantities and lead times from orders ensuring that they are suitable Monitoring prices and having them amended as necessary Ensuring any required changes to works orders are processed through the ECR process Process production orders through liaising with production control department Schedule material requirements with the required lead times using the MRP system and monitoring stocks of material and finished goods Expedite material in, through communications with the production managers and suppliers, ensuring the max three days stock holding of material is not exceeded Liaise with production regarding order completion dates Review all outstanding orders with customers as and when required Monitor delivery performance for each customer you are responsible Liaise with the Transport Co-ordinator reference collections and despatches The Production Planner should have the following skills or experience: Proven work experience as a Planner or similar role Experience of MRP Knowledge of Winman is advantageous Ability to build relationships with stakeholders MS Office proficiency Strong communication, interpersonal and time management skills Self-motivated and capable of decision making Experience of working in the Automotive Industry is preferred Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have production planning experience such as chasing orders, ensuring timely despatch and keeping the customer fully informed and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Planner role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525. 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 / Milton Keynes
While we are still besieged by Brexit uncertainty, the UK Government has indicated that free movement will end once we have left the European Union, which means there will be fewer candidates on the market, intensified by: The UK facing its highest employment rates since 1971 A reduction in EU applicants applying and entering the UK workforce; post referendum, our business alone saw our percentage of EU hires for UK roles drop from 28% in 2016-17 to 18% in 2018/19 Employees who would be ready for their next career move deciding to stay put due to economic uncertainty To help employers remain alert to potential changes and sustain their ability to attract and retain people best suited to their business needs, we have created a checklist to help them prepare their workforce for Brexit. 1. UNDERTAKE A FULL WORKFORCE REVIEW - IDENTIFY VULNERABILITIES, GAPS IN SKILLS AND POTENTIAL LOSSES DUE TO VISA RESTRICTIONS The scarcity of available skills and labour, potentially exacerbated by further contractions post-Brexit once free movement comes to an end, means workforce planning and development should be a priority. To be able to respond in good time, employers need to assign greater urgency to undertake strategic workforce planning that will help identify the skills and knowledge required now and for the future, which in turn will help to identify the extent of learning and development required. 2. DO YOU CURRENTLY EMPLOY EU NATIONALS? If so, encourage them to sign up to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme – the Government has also produced a toolkit for employers. EU citizens and their families who are living in the UK prior to 31 October 2019 have until 31 December 2020 to apply for settled status. However, given the uncertainty in how the UK immigration system will work in a no-deal scenario, it is recommended that EU citizens apply before 31 October 2019. EU citizens who have settled status are able to demonstrate that they have permanent leave to remain. However, employers will not be required to check this until at the earliest 1 January 2021. 3. ONCE YOU KNOW WHERE THE PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY TO ARISE, PUT IN A PLAN COVERING: Upskilling existing workers into hard-to-fill positions Post-study work (PSW) visa options (the points-based system is only a suggestion – see point 7 for details) Using flexible workforces (contractors to fill short-term gaps) Investigate remote working (can you use technology to access skills in other countries without having to physically locate people in the UK) 4. IF THERE ARE LESS PEOPLE AVAILABLE AND MORE COMPETITION, THEN LOOK AT HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELVES FROM OTHERS AND IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYER VALUE PROPOSITION: Build on your employee value proposition through non-financial benefits Modernise working models and practices, for example, the provision of flexible working and clear career development will help organisations both recruit and retain the people and skills An attractive business culture will enhance your brand and go some way to address hiring difficulties in the short-term but also make your organisation more attractive 5. IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE SHARING OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN COMPANIES - MOVING TO COLLABORATIVE WORKING AND PARTNERSHIP MODELS? Partnerships with academic institutions and between companies are on the rise, with some employers recognising that in order to access the skills they need, a blended approach to resourcing is necessary, moving from direct hires to sharing resource through collaboration. 6. DO YOU PROVIDE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) STAFF INTO ROLES WHERE THEY REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS? The mutual recognition of professional qualifications we currently have with other EU member states will end. There will be changes to how services are regulated and how professional qualifications obtained in the EEA and Switzerland are recognised. Ensure that you are aware of how this may affect your business - more information can be found on the Government’s website here. 7. ARE YOU PLANNING TO EMPLOY EU NATIONALS IN THE FUTURE? If there is no-deal, the Government has announced there will be a transitional EU immigration period from the day after the UK leaves the EU until 31 December 2020. In this period, EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to and work in the UK as they do now. Right to work checks for employers of EU citizens will remain the same as they are now. During this transition period, in a no-deal scenario, the Home Office will open a new voluntary immigration scheme, the European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) scheme, giving EU citizens the ability to stay in the UK for 36 months from the date Euro TLR is granted. If you recruit an EU citizen during this transition period, who entered the UK after its exit from the EU, and who is intending to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020, the Government has stated that they must have permission to stay granted either under the Euro TLR or under the standard immigration system. More information can be found on the Home Office website. The Government intends to introduce a new immigration system from January 2021. They plan to introduce this whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or no-deal. This new system will mean that the same immigration rules will apply to both EU citizens and non-EU citizens from 1 January 2021. This may result in less EU citizens deciding to come to work in the UK and we recommend that you prepare for this. The Migration Advisory Committee is currently consulting on the immigration future system.Paul Branton
This weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix marked an important milestone in the history of Formula 1 racing – celebrating the 1,000th Formula 1 World Championship race. Sunday’s Grand Prix in Shanghai saw reigning champion Lewis Hamilton take a comfortable win to hold on to the drivers championship lead, driving with Mercedes. Of course, modern day Formula 1 is a far cry from the first Grand Prix, which took place in May 1950 at Silverstone. Attracting drivers from Italy, France, Germany and the UK, the first Grand Prix title, and eventual first Drivers’ World Championship winner, was claimed by Italian racing legend Giuseppe Farina, driving an Alfa Romeo 158. The inaugural season in 1950 comprised of six Grand Prix races – all in Europe - count towards the drivers’ World Championship, plus the Indianapolis 500, compared with the 2019 Formula 1 calendar, which features 21 Grand Prix across five continents. Vast improvements to cars, tracks and arenas have seen the industry completely transform over the course of its almost 70-year history – however, the thrill for speed, the ambition to win and the rivalry to develop the most technically advanced engineering - has not changed! During our business’ 40-year history, we have had the pleasure of working with OEMs, tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers and SMEs through to teams competing in FIA F1 motor racing, F2, F3, Le Mans, IndyCar, NASCAR, BTCC, DTMs, British GT Championship, WRC and WRX. It is an industry that demands the highest calibre of candidates in advanced engineering, powertrain, electronics and mechanical engineering – but it is a challenge that we relish being a part of. This is supported with our industry partnership with the Motorsport Industry Alliance (MIA). The MIA is the world's leading trade association for the motorsport, high performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. As an industry that is constantly having to deal with rapid development, it’s the MIA’s role to globally represent the specialised needs of their members. It is our ambition to continue supporting the motorsport industry and indeed MIA members to access the right level of expertise. We look forward to seeing how Formula 1 and the motorsport industry innovates and evolves over the next 70 years! View the latest motorsport jobs by clicking here. Photo credit: Giuseppe ''Nino'' Farina (1952 French GP)" by F1-history.Paul Branton
Wednesday 25th April, 10.00am - 16.00pm Silverstone Circuit If you are thinking about a career in the automotive or motorsport sector, then be certain to attend the MIA Motorsport & Automotive Jobs Fair where more than 30 other high profile companies will be at Silverstone to discuss career opportunities. Whether you are an engineering student wanting to know which route to take or an experienced professional wanting to take the next step in your career, there won’t be a better opportunity to get your foot in the door. Jonathan Lee Recruitment will be in attendance alongside many of the sector’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies including: Aero Tech Laboratories (ATL) AP Racing AVL UK BMW Bosch GRM Consulting Hewland Hypermotive Ilmor Engineering Jaguar Land Rover Jonathan Lee Recruitment Lentus Composites MAHLE Powertrain McLaren Automotive SST Technology Titan Williams F1 A wide range of roles and opportunities will be available on the day, including jobs in engineering, design, manufacturing, sales & marketing, motorsport events, motorsport courses and apprenticeship schemes. Tim Parkes and I will be attending on the day to offer our advice and to let you know what positions we currently have on offer, whether you’re finding your first job after graduating or have gained experience already. To find out more about and to book your free tickets click here.Paul Branton