Simon Roberts

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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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Business Manager SME, Production, Installation, Service

Business Manager (SME) - Production, Installation, Service Coventry, West Midlands Salary £37,500 pa An entrepreneurial Business Manager is required for a small independent production business that manufactures, installs and services products both locally and on a national basis. This role will have full responsibility for profitable/sustainable growth and strategic direction setting. Working with functional heads you will lead the business and apply sound project and financial disciplines that will ensure projects are delivered on time, to budget, and of the highest quality. Ideally you will have a background that includes Financial, Operational and Project Management experience gained working within working a manufacturing, construction or technical service environment. To be considered for this Business Manager position you must have or be: A financially astute business professional with experience gained working within an SME bespoke product/project environment. Experience of running a small business, setting budgets, managing a P&L and putting in place realistic plans for growth. Good marketing and business development skills, able to build brand awareness through web site development and multi-channel marketing activities. IT literate, competent using the full range of Microsoft applications and inhouse systems. Strong project management skills that includes full project costing/tracking, gateway management and ensuring projects are delivered on time to budget. Experience of change management, able to energise staff and develop a team based supportive culture that is flexible and self-directed. A strong commercial focus with an ability to stand back see the big picture but not lose sight of day to day operational issues. A team player, resourceful and approachable with a “can do” “will do” attitude who enjoys working with and getting the best out of people. A skilled coach communicator and mentor. This is an opportunity to join a progressive business at an exciting stage of its evolution. Although craft based, the business is increasingly using advanced manufacturing techniques to reduce product lead times. Qualification for this Business Manager role will be to degree level in either a finance, business or technical discipline. However, a career that clearly demonstrates sustainable business growth and success will be equally important. 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 / Coventry

Project Cost Manager - Engineer

Project Cost Manager/Engineer Coventry, West Midlands Salary circa £37,500 pa As an experienced Project Cost Manager/Engineer, you will be joining a unique and unusual SME business involved in the manufacture, assembly and installation of high value multi-material products. These are produced by highly skilled craftsmen capable of working with a range of materials that include Wood, Plastic, Metal, Composites and Fabrics. On completion these products need to be assembled on site which can include installation try-out and approval to meet client requirements. As the business has grown so has the need to strengthen the internal capability to provide a full project management service. The administration of project costing has become essential to ensure projects are completed on time, to budget and of the right quality. You will report directly to the Production Director and provide accurate and detailed cost information, relating to client contracts and suppliers. To be considered for this Project Cost Manager/Engineer position you must have: Experience of cost engineering, cost control and project management within a light engineering, manufacturing, building installation or construction environment. A strong commercial background, very familiar with spreadsheets and cost tracking software and able to provide reliable and accurate data on a project by project basis. Experience of project budget allocation, planning cost expenditure and establishing a cost baseline. An ability to analyse costs, highlight issues, communicate the performance against the plan, raise any issues and propose recovery plans. Be familiar and confident in the use of Microsoft Excel or a similar software-based cost control software. An ability to problem solve, work with people and be confident in your ability to present accurate and factual cost information and reports. Experience of managing multiple projects from inception to final customer approval A qualification to a minimum of HNC level in a technical, cost or financial related discipline. This is an interesting working environment with exciting and varied end products. As Project Cost Manager/Engineer implementing a rigorous project cost control system will be your initial priority and will have a big impact on the business. Longer term, based on success, there are prospects for career progression to Senior Management level and support will be given to help you achieve this. You must have a dynamic “can do” attitude and an ability to work at pace, problem solve and influence the people around you. 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 / Coventry

General Manager (part time)

General Manager (part time) Coventry, West Midlands Salary £37,500 pa An experienced General Manager is required on a part time basis for an innovative manufacturing business unit that produces bespoke multi-material (wood, metal, plastic, 3D printing, fabric) products on a national basis. Part of larger organisation, this business has gone from strength to strength and is now widely recognised and acclaimed for the quality of work they produce. From small beginnings and producing work for the parent company they now bid for business across the UK and work with a wide range of prestigious clients. Due to success and an increasing order book they are now looking to recruit a part time General Manager. The position will have specific responsibility for strategic and operational management of the shop floor and production personnel. In addition, you will have financial responsibility for the performance of the business and support the preparation of monthly management accounts. To be considered for this part time General Manager position you must have: Experience working as an Operations/General Manager within a light engineering, manufacturing, building installation or construction environment ideally with an SME producing bespoke assembled products that need installation. A thorough financial understanding of running a small business, setting budgets, managing a P&L and putting in place realistic and achievable KPIs that deliver SQCDP metrics. An ability to work at pace, plan with accuracy and ensure deadlines are achieved. A strong technical knowledge that will include basic machining processes including woodworking, CNC routing, welding, fabrication, installation and assembly. Strong project management skills, that includes full project costing/tracking, gateway management and ensuring projects are delivered on time and on budget. Experience of supplier management and development, ensuring parts are delivered on time in full and of the right quality. Excellent people management skills with an ability to develop a team based high performance culture where all employees are engaged and deliver the highest levels of customer service. A high level of self-sufficiency with a real eye for detail, strong communication skills, verbal, written and presentation and an ability to problem solve and overcome obstacles. This is an interesting and unusual General Manager position, but it offers a great opportunity to run your own business. This appointment will enable the company to grow and offer new services and revenue streams that will maximise the resources you have at your disposal. A good appreciation of HR, H&S and personnel management will be required in this role, but you will have full support from the parent group. 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 / Coventry

Steel Plant Manager

Steel Plant Manager Salary £120,000 to £130,000 plus benefits Middle East An experienced Steel Plant Manager is required for this Heavy Section Mill based in the Middle East which is part of a successful larger group. As Steel Plant Manager you will have full responsibility for the efficient running of this modern Steel Mill and ensuring that the highest standards of Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality standards are achieved together with OTIF delivery. It is important that you continue to drive WCM standards and have a real appreciation for modern manufacturing methodologies that include Lean, Six Sigma, Asset Management, TPM, 5S and OEE. You must be able to demonstrate a track record of manufacturing leadership within the heavy steels industry that is built on a sustainable culture of Continuous Improvement delivered through employee engagement. To complement your strong leadership, manufacturing and business expertise you will have a driven and dynamic personality, be a team player with an eye for detail and a passion for operational excellence. In addition, you will be commercially aware, set high standards, lead from the front and constantly drive and develop the capability of the people within the business. To be considered for this Steel Plant Manager position you must have: Solid, hands on management experience working within a medium to heavy Steel Mill operation gained in either a senior engineering or manufacturing operations capacity. A thorough understanding of implementing sustainable world class manufacturing techniques within a multi-cultural environment. A thorough understanding of Heavy Section Mill, plant, roll design and the steel manufacturing supply chain in general A degree in either manufacturing, engineering or materials that is ideally supported by post graduate management or commercial qualifications. An in-depth understanding of Health & Safety that demonstrates a full commitment to the wellbeing and welfare of staff. An ability to lead by example, setting high standards with excellent people management and leadership skills with a tenacious approach to instilling disciplines that will deliver operational excellence and achievement of HSE, quality, cost and delivery standards. A broad technical understanding of Heavy Steel Mill processing 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 with a real passion for continuous improvement and people development. Excellent communication skills, able to interpret complex data and present this at all levels throughout the business. This is an exciting but challenging 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 / United Arab Emirates

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  • Very quick search, good communication and great selection of candidates. We were able to close this search in record time and found a great candidate. If we ever have a similar need in our company, I would definitely work with Simon and Jonathan Lee Recruitment again.

    Stefan Ziegler

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