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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 Manager

Plant Manager Competitive salary with benefits Droitwich, Worcs An experienced Plant Manager is required for this volume manufacturing business part of larger group. To be considered for this Plant Manager position you must have significant Operations and Manufacturing management experience with a demonstrable track record of success. To complement your strong leadership, manufacturing and business expertise you will be have a driven and dynamic personality with a real eye for detail and a passion for operational excellence. In addition, you will develop a culture based on people engagement that will include Safety, Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing Techniques. To be considered for this Plant Manager position you must have: Significant experience working in an Operations Management position within a fast paced, automated, heavy continuous process manufacturing environment. A thorough understanding of implementing sustainable Lean Sigma manufacturing tools and techniques, a knowledge of TPM and, in particular, 5S would be a distinct advantage. A degree in manufacturing or engineering, ideally supported with post graduate management or commercial qualifications. An in-depth understanding of Health & Safety and demonstrate a full commitment to the wellbeing and welfare of staff. An ability to lead by example, setting high standards with excellent people management skills and a tenacious approach to instilling disciplines that will deliver operational excellence and achievement of Health & Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery standards. A broad range of manufacturing industry knowledge (steel, aggregates, ceramics) with an emphasis on automated plant, and continuous process control that will deliver consistent yield ensuring production targets and full customer satisfaction is achieved. A dynamic driven personality not prepared to accept second best and a real passion for manufacturing excellence and people development. This is an excellent opportunity to join an international business in a leadership capacity as Plant Manager that will deliver the highest levels of product quality and customer service. This high-profile role will require strong leadership and business management skills together with significant experience of delivering a winning culture that can meet and exceed customer expectations. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Droitwich

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer Salary up to £50,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Birmingham A Senior Fire Investigation Engineer is required for a progressive firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in forensic engineering investigation. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Senior Fire Investigation Engineer to cater for an increasing workload in this specialist area. As Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training (legal and expert witness) with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of fire related incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be degree qualified in a relevant scientific (chemistry, physics) or engineering discipline and have or be working towards full chartered membership of an appropriate professional body (IFireE, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IOP, IChemE). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in fire investigation across a wide range of product, commercial and industrial sectors will be required. As a qualified Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will work on a national basis, flexibility to travel and work unpredictable hours will be required. A work history that demonstrates continued professional development that confirms your professional status will be required. It is essential that you can analyse and communicate technical information clearly both verbally and written. As such you will have strong report writing and presentation skills. Based on success and your ability to grow this sector, promotion to Partner a realistic opportunity. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Birmingham

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer Salary up to £50,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Newcastle A Senior Fire Investigation Engineer is required for a progressive firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in forensic engineering investigation. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Senior Fire Investigation Engineer to cater for an increasing workload in this specialist area. As Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training (legal and expert witness) with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of fire related incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be degree qualified in a relevant scientific (chemistry, physics) or engineering discipline and have or be working towards full chartered membership of an appropriate professional body (IFireE, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IOP, IChemE). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in fire investigation across a wide range of product, commercial and industrial sectors will be required. As a qualified Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will work on a national basis, flexibility to travel and work unpredictable hours will be required. A work history that demonstrates continued professional development that confirms your professional status will be required. It is essential that you can analyse and communicate technical information clearly both verbally and written. As such you will have strong report writing and presentation skills. Based on success and your ability to grow this sector, promotion to Partner a realistic opportunity. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Newcastle upon Tyne

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer Salary up to £50,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Cardiff A Senior Fire Investigation Engineer is required for a progressive firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in forensic engineering investigation. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Senior Fire Investigation Engineer to cater for an increasing workload in this specialist area. As Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training (legal and expert witness) with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of fire related incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be degree qualified in a relevant scientific (chemistry, physics) or engineering discipline and have or be working towards full chartered membership of an appropriate professional body (IFireE, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IOP, IChemE). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in fire investigation across a wide range of product, commercial and industrial sectors will be required. As a qualified Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will work on a national basis, flexibility to travel and work unpredictable hours will be required. A work history that demonstrates continued professional development that confirms your professional status will be required. It is essential that you can analyse and communicate technical information clearly both verbally and written. As such you will have strong report writing and presentation skills. Based on success and your ability to grow this sector, promotion to Partner a realistic opportunity. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Cardiff

Electrical-Building Services Engineer

Electrical/Building Services Engineer Salary up to £45,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Birmingham An Electrical/Building Services Engineer is required for an established firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in this highly specialised field. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Electrical/Building Services Engineer to cater for a wide range of electrical and building services related work. As an Electrical/Building Services Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be qualified to degree level in a related discipline and have or be working towards membership of an appropriate professional body (CIBSE, CIOB, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IAM, BIFM). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in building services or closely related disciplines such as construction, facilities management or asset management will be required. A working knowledge and understanding of the following building services would be useful: Acoustics Health & Safety Heating Fire Safety Systems Lifts & Escalators Lighting Power & Supply (Electricity, Gas, Water) Security You may also have specialist knowledge within: Electrical Engineering Electromechanical systems Heating, ventilation, refrigeration & air conditioning Lighting Energy As a well-qualified Electrical/Building Services professional, you will have a working history that demonstrates continued professional development. It is essential that you can explain and present technical information and concepts in a format that is easy to understand. As such you must have excellent report writing and presentation skills. Full training (legal and expert witness) will be given. Based on success, promotion to Partner level is realistic and will be actively encouraged. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Birmingham

Electrical-Building Services Engineer - Newcastle

Electrical/Building Services Engineer Salary up to £45,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Newcastle An Electrical/Building Services Engineer is required for an established firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in this highly specialised field. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Electrical/Building Services Engineer to cater for a wide range of electrical and building services related work. As an Electrical/Building Services Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be qualified to degree level in a related discipline and have or be working towards membership of an appropriate professional body (CIBSE, CIOB, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IAM, BIFM). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in building services or closely related disciplines such as construction, facilities management or asset management will be required. A working knowledge and understanding of the following building services would be useful: Acoustics Health & Safety Heating Fire Safety Systems Lifts & Escalators Lighting Power & Supply (Electricity, Gas, Water) Security You may also have specialist knowledge within: Electrical Engineering Electromechanical systems Heating, ventilation, refrigeration & air conditioning Lighting Energy As a well-qualified Electrical/Building Services professional, you will have a working history that demonstrates continued professional development. It is essential that you can explain and present technical information and concepts in a format that is easy to understand. As such you must have excellent report writing and presentation skills. Full training (legal and expert witness) will be given. Based on success, promotion to Partner level is realistic and will be actively encouraged. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Newcastle upon Tyne

Electrical-Building Services Engineer - Cardiff

Electrical/Building Services Engineer Salary up to £45,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Cardiff An Electrical/Building Services Engineer is required for an established firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in this highly specialised field. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Electrical/Building Services Engineer to cater for a wide range of electrical and building services related work. As an Electrical/Building Services Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be qualified to degree level in a related discipline and have or be working towards membership of an appropriate professional body (CIBSE, CIOB, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IAM, BIFM). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in building services or closely related disciplines such as construction, facilities management or asset management will be required. A working knowledge and understanding of the following building services would be useful: Acoustics Health & Safety Heating Fire Safety Systems Lifts & Escalators Lighting Power & Supply (Electricity, Gas, Water) Security You may also have specialist knowledge within: Electrical Engineering Electromechanical systems Heating, ventilation, refrigeration & air conditioning Lighting Energy As a well-qualified Electrical/Building Services professional, you will have a working history that demonstrates continued professional development. It is essential that you can explain and present technical information and concepts in a format that is easy to understand. As such you must have excellent report writing and presentation skills. Full training (legal and expert witness) will be given. Based on success, promotion to Partner level is realistic and will be actively encouraged. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Cardiff

Electrical - Building Services Engineer

Electrical/Building Services Engineer Salary up to £45,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Manchester An Electrical/Building Services Engineer is required for an established firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in this highly specialised field. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Electrical/Building Services Engineer to cater for a wide range of electrical and building services related work. As an Electrical/Building Services Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be qualified to degree level in a related discipline and have or be working towards membership of an appropriate professional body (CIBSE, CIOB, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IAM, BIFM). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in building services or closely related disciplines such as construction, facilities management or asset management will be required. A working knowledge and understanding of the following building services would be useful: Acoustics Health & Safety Heating Fire Safety Systems Lifts & Escalators Lighting Power & Supply (Electricity, Gas, Water) Security You may also have specialist knowledge within: Electrical Engineering Electromechanical systems Heating, ventilation, refrigeration & air conditioning Lighting Energy As a well-qualified Electrical/Building Services professional, you will have a working history that demonstrates continued professional development. It is essential that you can explain and present technical information and concepts in a format that is easy to understand. As such you must have excellent report writing and presentation skills. Full training (legal and expert witness) will be given. Based on success, promotion to Partner level is realistic and will be actively encouraged. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Manchester

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer

Senior Fire Investigation Engineer Salary up to £50,000 (DoE) + bonus + car + pension Location: Manchester A Senior Fire Investigation Engineer is required for a progressive firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers offering a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in forensic engineering investigation. As part of an ongoing plan of diversification, expansion and succession, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Senior Fire Investigation Engineer to cater for an increasing workload in this specialist area. As Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will be given extensive and thorough training (legal and expert witness) with support that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of fire related incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting role you will ideally be degree qualified in a relevant scientific (chemistry, physics) or engineering discipline and have or be working towards full chartered membership of an appropriate professional body (IFireE, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IOP, IChemE). Practical, hands on experience post qualification in fire investigation across a wide range of product, commercial and industrial sectors will be required. As a qualified Senior Fire Investigation Engineer you will work on a national basis, flexibility to travel and work unpredictable hours will be required. A work history that demonstrates continued professional development that confirms your professional status will be required. It is essential that you can analyse and communicate technical information clearly both verbally and written. As such you will have strong report writing and presentation skills. Based on success and your ability to grow this sector, promotion to Partner a realistic opportunity. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Executive Search, a leading technical and industrial consultancy. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Executive Search are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Manchester

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Birmingham, Kings Norton, West Midlands Salary up to £50,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced Operations Manager is required for an established SME Manufacturing business involved in medium to high volume processing of industrial components. Having moved to new purpose-built facilities and with a growing order book, the company are now looking to strengthen their management team. The role will hold responsibility for the Production Team and support staff that include planning, quality and maintenance personnel. 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. To be considered for this Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working as a Production/Operations Manager within a fast-paced manufacturing environment. 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 a light engineering business which may include automotive, aerospace, 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 staff in modern manufacturing techniques, able to develop a high-performance culture focussed on delivery and customer service. Dynamic, data driven, numerate with a strong 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. Based on success, the role has the potential to develop into a full Operations Director position. As Operations Manager you will have strong leadership, management, planning and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery that will give the highest levels of customer service.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

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