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Simon Roberts

Associate Director
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Simon started his career as an EITB technician apprentice and service engineer within the machine tool industry and gained ONC & HNC qualifications in mechanical & production engineering.

To gain a further insight into engineering he completed a BSc degree in Design Technology (Brunel) and a post grad MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Cranfield Institute of Technology). Following graduation, he worked within research & development, management consultancy, health & safety & manufacturing management.

Before moving into recruitment, he spent 2 years working in Naples, Italy for Alenia Aerospace, where he had responsibility for delivering a TPM strategy for a new advanced production facility.

Joining Jonathan Lee Recruitment in 1994 he helped establish the manufacturing arm of the business and ran the head office recruitment operation from 2008 to 2012. He now works almost exclusively on retained senior management appointments, both permanent and interim.

Having worked across many manufacturing and engineering sectors and disciplines he has a breadth and depth of experience that ideally suits senior search and selection assignments. To compliment his practical and academic experience he has gained professional qualifications including full Chartered Engineer status (CEng) and chartered member status of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

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Plant Quality Manager - Specialist Vehicles

Plant Quality Manager - Specialist Vehicles Permanent or Interim Leamington Spa, Warwickshire/West Midlands An experienced Plant Quality Manager is required for this specialist vehicle manufacturer. This will be a demanding and challenging role but also represent a great opportunity to develop and establish a quality management function that will ensure compliance and right first-time quality in a whole vehicle assembly environment. As Plant Quality Manager you must be able to demonstrate a record of achievement and quality leadership within a low volume, high value, special vehicle operation. Working as part of the senior management team you will create a working environment where quality and sustainable continuous improvement will deliver exceptional levels of quality, OTIF delivery and customer satisfaction. To be considered for this Plant Quality Manager position you must have or be: Experience working within a high value, niche vehicle assembly environment, with responsibility for component and whole vehicle quality requirements. A thorough understanding of APQP and process control using 8D investigation when required to investigate issue and concerns. Develop a robust corrective action process, with full reporting covering customer, supplier and internal concerns. A full understanding of PPAP systems and able to conduct events with suppliers ensuring all documentation is recorded and maintained in an appropriate manner. Take full responsibility for Quality Audits with an emphasis on process quality and finished vehicle inspection that complies with agreed and established customer standards. A thorough understanding of ISO9000/IATF16949 and ISO/OHSA Environmental and H&S standards. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in quality techniques at all levels across the business ensuring compliance, understanding and engagement. Dynamic, data driven and numerate using information to make informed decisions that will drive product and process improvement. A "can-do" attitude, resourceful, self-directed nature with an ability to build robust working relationships across the business, with suppliers and customers. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create understanding and influence the people you work with at all levels This is will be an extremely challenging, high-profile role and you will have full responsibility for the quality of a unique high value vehicle. Working as part of a small close-knit senior management team you will be the voice of the customer and develop a culture where right first-time quality and customer satisfaction are the absolute measure of success.

Permanent / Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Asset Manager Offshore Power Transmission

Asset Manager - Offshore Power Transmission - Central London Salary up to £80,000 (doe) + bonus and benefits Are you a Chartered Electrical Engineer with experience of power transmission projects and associated equipment assets? As a valued member of a small but highly effective team you will play an active part in the day to day management of an impressive asset portfolio and ensure business objectives are achieved. This will be an interesting and wide-ranging opportunity that will require significant industry, engineering and commercial knowledge. In addition, you will assist in the development of new tenders and due diligence activities related to new investment. As Asset Manager you will have regulatory, engineering, and asset management experience and have shared responsibility for the life cycle management of the company's extensive transmission assets. This business specialises in undersea electricity power transmission and is highly successful with an excellent reputation. The role of Asset Manager will require: An electrical engineering degree Membership of a recognised professional body ideally the IET Working towards or hold full Chartered Engineer status Knowledge and experience of power transmission assets and business issues that can impact their effectiveness An understanding of condition monitoring, asset databases and reporting systems A strong understanding of Electricity regulations and standards You will join a small but highly professional technical team and work closely with the Technical Director and Senior Asset Manager. This is a very successful operation that has demonstrated a capability for managing high value offshore transmission assets. This will be a rewarding and challenging position that will present interesting work and a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals.

Permanent / London, England

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Droitwich, Worcester Salary up to £60,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced Operations Manager is required for a SME manufacturing business involved in niche low to medium volume assemblies and components. Having invested in new plant and equipment, this company has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its innovative products. To compliment the Design & Engineering expertise within the business they are now looking to strengthen their manufacturing capability and wish to recruit an Operations Manager who will have responsibility for production, planning, continuous improvement and health & safety. As Operations Manager you will have an in-depth understanding of lean manufacturing and more importantly a track record that demonstrates an ability to train, coach and work with people to create a sustainable continuous improvement culture that can deliver against exacting SQCD targets that will ensure OTIF delivery. To be considered for this Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working in a low to medium volume, high precision, high value, quality manufacturing environment, your knowledge should ideally include, CNC machining and assembly . An understanding of Theory of Constraints, JIT, 5S, SMED, OEE and pull systems together with problem solving tools such as 8D, 5 Why, root cause analysis and standard operating procedures. Experience of working within a precision engineering environment which may include automotive, aerospace, rail or general engineering. A strong manufacturing/production background ideally supported by qualifications to HND or degree level and post degree qualifications in management. A real passion for Continuous Improvement and implementing simple, meaningful and effective KPIs. An understanding of cell manufacturing and establishing a pull-based, kanban production system that can handle a product mix of components and assemblies based on Runners, Repeaters and Strangers. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques, able to generate a high-performance culture focussed on delivery and excellent customer service Dynamic, data driven, numerate with a good understanding of capacity planning, production scheduling and bottleneck management. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to motivate create understanding and engagement. This will be a challenging position and you will work as part of a close-knit management team that reports directly into the Managing Director. As Operations Manager you will have strong leadership, management and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and giving the highest levels of customer service. A great opportunity to develop a class leading manufacturing operation.

Permanent / Droitwich, Worcestershire

Manufacturing Assembly Manager

Manufacturing Assembly Manager - whole vehicle Leamington Spa, West Midlands An experienced Manufacturing Assembly Manager is required for this specialist vehicle manufacturer. With a unique vehicle concept this established business is moving into the production phase of a niche electric vehicle. As a member of the senior management team you will have full responsibility for planning this new assembly operation and creating a world class production facility based on a JIT, no fault forward, short lead time manufacturing principles. As part of this activity you will play a leading role in recruiting, coaching and training a team of assembly technicians and creating a culture based on engagement, self-directed work teams and high performance. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce lean manufacturing principles into a final vehicle assembly operation. The position requires an in-depth understanding of TPS, layout and facilities planning and a proactive make it happen attitude. As Manufacturing Assembly Manager, you must have a track record of achievement gained within an Automotive OEM or low volume, high value, special vehicle operation. Your must demonstrate an ability to work with people, challenge tradition and create a sustainable continuous improvement culture that can deliver against exacting Health & Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery standards. To be considered for this Manufacturing Assembly Manager position you must have or be: Experience as a Manufacturing or Final Assembly Manager working within a high value automotive OEM vehicle assembly environment. A thorough understanding of TPS, Policy Deployment, JIT, OEE, 5S, Kanban, and pull systems is required together with problem solving tools such as 5 why, root cause analysis, 8D, A3 thinking and DMAIC. Experience of working within a fast paced, semi-automated and manual assembly environment covering new model introduction incorporating the use of a modern ERP systems. A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally to HND level or above with an absolute belief in quality. A real passion for continuous improvement, leading by example, setting exacting standards and not accepting second best. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques at all levels across the business will be required Dynamic, data driven, numerate and prepared to do what it takes to get the job done. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create understanding and influence the people you work with at all levels This is a challenging high-profile role and you will take full responsibility for the final assembly of a unique vehicle. Reporting directly to the Managing Director you will work as part of a small close-knit senior management team that are "doers", that make things happen and get involved. This team and the work force are fully committed to delivering and developing a class leading vehicle assembly operation. The role of Manufacturing Assembly Manager will require strong leadership, management and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery that ensures the highest levels of employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

Permanent / Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Production Manager

Production Manager - Birmingham, West Midlands Salary up to £50,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced Production Manager is required for an established SME Manufacturing business involved in medium to high volume processing of industrial components. Having recently moved to new purpose-built facilities the company has seen a dramatic increase in demand from new customers. With an increasing order book, the company are now looking to recruit a forward-thinking Production Manager who will take responsibility for the direct Production Team and a small team of support staff including quality and maintenance. As Production Manager you will have an in-depth understanding of lean manufacturing and more importantly a track record that demonstrates an ability to train, coach and work with people to create a sustainable continuous improvement culture that can deliver against exacting SQCD targets. To be considered for this Production Manager position you must have or be: Experience working as a Production Manager within a fast-paced component processing environment, which could include industrial coatings, paint or plating An understanding of JIT, 5S, SMED, OEE and pull systems is required together with problem solving tools such as 8D, 5 Why, root cause analysis and standard operating procedures. Experience of working within light engineering which may include automotive, electronics, electronic device manufacture or general engineering A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally supported by qualifications to HNC, HND or degree level A real passion for Continuous Improvement and implementing simple but effective KPIs An understanding of cell manufacturing and establishing production systems that can handle a product mix based on Runners, Repeaters and Strangers An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques, able to generate a high-performance culture focussed on delivery and excellent customer service Dynamic, data driven, numerate with an excellent understanding of capacity planning and production scheduling Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to motivate create understanding and engagement This will be a challenging position and you will work as part of a close-knit management team that reports directly into the Managing Director. Based on success, the role has the potential to develop into a full Operations Manager/Director position as the company grows. As Production Manager you will have strong leadership, management and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and giving the highest levels of customer service.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

SAP Implementation Specialist Interim or Permanent

SAP Implementation Specialist - Warwick, Warwickshire Interim or Permanent An experienced SAP configuration and implementation specialist is required for an immediate start with this specialist engineering & manufacturing assembly business. With an exciting new product launch planned this is a great opportunity to be involved in a full SAP implementation roll-out that will translate business processes into effective SAP functional configurations. In particular, you will have a strong technical knowledge of the Production Planning and Material Management (PP/MM) modules and the configuration of Bills of Material (BOM). Ideally you will have worked in a low volume high value complex engineered product environment. You must have: Worked on a full SAP lifecycle implementation project that includes full roll-out. A good understanding of Production Planning (PP), Materials Management (MM) modules, Sales and Operations Planning (SOP), Master Production Scheduling and Materials Requirement Planning Created BOMs, process routings and understand standard operating procedures Worked with a complex engineering JIT supply chain management. This is an exciting project that will be extremely challenging with an implementation phase having tight deadlines. You will be joining a close-knit management team and your expertise will be crucial to the success of this project and bringing this exciting new product to market.

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Operations Director

Operations Director - Aerospace Salary circa £80,000 - £90,000 (DOE) + Benefits General location: Coventry, West/East Midlands An experienced Operations Director is required for this established aerospace manufacturing business. With an established brand and a strong reputation for innovation and engineering excellence, this business supplies products to specialist aerospace part manufacturers and primes. As part of a programme of change, the business is now keen to recruit a forward-thinking Operations Director who will report directly to the Managing Director. This is an exciting opportunity to join a well-respected aerospace engineering and manufacturing business and establish sustainable world class manufacturing principles through the development of people, a culture of continuous improvement and full employee engagement. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing transformation projects that include the deployment of lean manufacturing and the development of a high performing culture that can deliver exceptional products and excellent customer service. The Operations Director will require good communication skills, be commercially aware and have a strong manufacturing/operations background that can deliver against exacting client QCD targets. To be considered for this Operations Director position you must have: Experience working in a senior production or operations role in a medium volume precision manufacturing environment with a good understanding of cell manufacturing (runners, repeaters & strangers) within a CNC machining and processing environment. Establish visual management systems, simple but effective KPIs and measures with Health and Safety being at the top of the agenda. A thorough understanding of modern lean manufacturing principles including TPM, JIT, 5S, SMED and problem-solving techniques particularly DMAIC, 5why and root cause analysis. A degree in a relevant engineering or manufacturing discipline ideally supported by a post graduate management qualification or membership of a professional body, IMechE or IET. Significant people management and situational leadership experience, lead by example, setting high standards with excellent project management skills. A dynamic and driven personality, confident and comfortable working across all levels of a manufacturing business. Happy to be out on the shop floor supporting managers and teams involved in value adding production processes. A real passion for coaching and mentoring with the ability to build high performing self- directed teams Strong communication skills with an ability to build robust working relationships across the business and work effectively at all levels from the shop floor to the boardroom and across the wider group. This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity and presents a unique chance to work within a close-knit team and a business that has ambition for change and growth. The ideal background for this Operations Director role will be machined precision components within aerospace, automotive, general engineering, oil or gas. At present you will probably be working as an Operations Director, Head of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Director, General Manager or Operational Excellence Director.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

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