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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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Engineering Director

Engineering Director Salary circa £75,000 + bonus + car + pension + private health Location: West Midlands, South Birmingham An experienced Engineering Director is required for this manufacturer of metal formed products. Working across a range of industry sectors they are at the forefront of advanced component and complex piece part production. Now widely recognised as a leading innovator in the field of advanced forming lightweight metal products, the business has seen a significant increase in its order book. To further strengthen their technical capability, they are now looking to recruit an experienced and dynamic Engineering Director. This is a technically challenging role that will require expertise in CAE, DFM and new product introduction. In addition the role will hold responsibility for production engineering and maintenance. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing an advanced CAE department involved in the manufacture of complex lightweight metal products in a low volume, high variety environment. As Engineering Director, you will need excellent communication skills, be commercially aware and have a strong engineering and manufacturing background. Your process knowledge could include pressings, forging, casting or lightweight material product production gained in the automotive, aerospace or general engineering sectors. To be considered for this Engineering Director position you must have: A thorough understanding of CAE tools and techniques used in the production of complex tooling and assembly An excellent understanding of NPI gained in a fast-paced complex engineered product environment that involves developing close client relationships Significant people management and leadership experience, gained in an advanced engineering department working with a wide variety of demanding clients A strong understanding of modern maintenance techniques including TPM and condition based monitoring used on complex automated production equipment Experience of design for manufacture and continuous improvement including the rigorous application of SMED techniques, cycle time reduction and the elimination of waste A dynamic and driven personality with excellent communication skills, confident and comfortable working across all levels of an engineering / manufacturing business A real passion for advanced engineering and track record that demonstrates an ability to lead and build a high performing engineering team An ability to build robust working relationships both internally and externally with clients and suppliers A relevant engineering degree gained in either a Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Materials related discipline This is a challenging Engineering Director position and presents a unique opportunity to develop and lead a technically strong engineering team for a business that has huge growth potential. In particular, your knowledge and experience of NPI and project management gained within a gateway process will be essential. This role will involve travel and close contact with clients in support of new business development and product launch activities.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Design Engineering Director Automotive (EDS)

Design Engineering Director - Automotive (EDS) Salary range £100,000 + Bonus + Car + Pension Location: West Midlands An experienced Design Engineering Director is required to lead and manage a new research and development centre. Working globally with leading automotive OEMs and research establishments this business is at the forefront of Electrical Distribution Systems design and development. The challenging technical requirements of this role will require significant OEM or Tier 1 experience and you will be recognised as an expert within EDS and advanced wiring harness design and development. To be considered for this Design Engineering Director position you must have: Considerable experience working with automotive OEMs and be comfortable in a customer facing role collaborating on future EDS strategy and technology road maps. The ability to plan and resource a new facility with regards to skills, equipment, capacity, training and cost. The credibility to represent the business internally & externally, with the confidence and technical acumen to become the subject matter expert for advanced automotive Electrical Distribution Systems. A passion for product development and innovation, but also a clear understanding of the need for design for manufacture and product standardisation. An in-depth understanding of advanced design tools, managing innovation and product realisation. Establish clear process KPIs and coordinate activities in order to achieve specific project objectives. Commercially astute, ensuring that financial targets and results are achieved. Excellent communication skills with the ability to build robust working relationships and foster collaborative working with customers and suppliers. A relevant engineering qualification to degree level or above in either an Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical, Mechatronic or Materials related discipline. This technical leadership position will be challenging and rewarding with the opportunity to establish a facility and technical team that will be at the forefront of advanced EDS research, design and development. As a senior leadership role there will be a need to represent the business at both national and international events within the UK and overseas.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Lean Six Sigma Expert Practitioner

Lean Six Sigma Expert Practitioner Salary £50,000 - £70,000 DOE + bonus + car allowance West Midlands A Lean/Six Sigma Consultant is required for this established consultancy practice based in the West Midlands. With a proud heritage of undertaking award winning transformation projects they are now looking to the future and planning for succession. This is an extremely interesting position and a great opportunity to join a progressive business with real plans for growth. To be successful in this role you will have a strong background in Lean Six Sigma improvement techniques supported by a minimum of two years line management experience. As a degree qualified business improvement professional you will have significant experience of undertaking sustainable performance improvement projects. Industry sector knowledge could include Automotive, Aerospace, Rail, Utilities, Construction, Infrastructure or financial services. In addition you must have a real aptitude for people management and the ability influence and work with clients to develop a culture based on continuous improvement and teamwork. To be considered for this Lean Six Sigma Expert Practitioner role position you must have or be: A thorough understanding of modern Lean improvement techniques. Extensive project management experience with a real eye for detail and a good understanding of collaborative planning. Self-motivated and confident with the ability to problem solve and think on your feet. Commercially orientated with the ability to build robust working relationships with client teams. Lead by example, setting high standards being able to influence and motivate. A real passion for delivering sustainable improvement, a hands on "doer" not afraid to lead from the front. Currently working as an internal business improvement specialist or consultant Excellent communication skills, interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation. A relevant Engineering, Business or Management qualification to degree level or above. Undertaken a recognised programme of Lean or Six Sigma training and put this knowledge into practice. This is a challenging and exciting home based role and you will work alongside and learn from experienced performance improvement professional. The work you undertake will generally be within the UK so a great deal of flexibility is required as you can expect to be working away from home during the week. As a small but well regarded consultancy business you will be involved in many exciting projects, based on your success the opportunity for progression to partner level is a distinct possibility.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Design & Development Director - Electrical Distribution Systems

Design & Development Director - Electrical Distribution Systems £90,000 - £100,000 (DOE) + Benefits Package Coventry, West Midlands An experienced Design and Development Director is required for this global supplier of Electrical Distribution Systems. Working with all the leading automotive OEMs, they are at the forefront of vehicle technology and wiring harness design, development and manufacture. As a leading innovator in the development of systems that can handle the full electrical and electronic complexity of modern vehicles including hybrid and full electric, they are seeing increased demand for their products. Having established a worldwide reputation for reliability and quality they are now looking to further strengthen their technical team by recruiting an experienced Design & Development Director. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to join a well-respected tier one supplier and take full responsibility for the design and development function of advanced Electrical Distribution Systems. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing complex design and development projects from concept to realisation and start of production. Leading the design and development function will require excellen0t communication skills, both internally and externally with clients and suppliers. This will be a challenging position requiring both the technical and people management skills required to lead and manage a large engineering team. It is highly likely that you will be working within a tier one or OEM automotive business and controlling a significant engineering budget. To be considered for this Design and Development Director position you must have: Held responsibility for a research or design & development department or function A thorough understanding of advanced technology and developing technology road maps for vehicle electrical systems Significant people management and leadership experience, gained in a technical engineering environment, with excellent project management skills A passion for innovative product development, but understand the need for standardisation and the impact design for manufacture can have on time and cost A track record that demonstrates an ability to lead and build a high performing engineering function A dynamic and driven personality - confident, credible and comfortable working across all levels of an advanced engineering/manufacturing business Excellent communication skills with the ability to build robust working relationships and foster collaborative working with customers and suppliers A relevant engineering qualification to degree level or above in either an Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Mechatronic or Materials related discipline This will be a challenging but very rewarding role and presents a unique opportunity to lead a technically strong engineering team for a business that has huge ambition and growth potential. This will be a highly visible leadership role that will require the need to travel within the UK and overseas.

Permanent / Coventry