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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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Human Resource Business Partner

Human Resource Business Partner Competitive salary + benefits Permanent, full time position based near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire A Human Resource Business Partner is required for a global FMCG business involved in the processing and blending of specialist products. Based at the regional HQ you will work alongside the senior management team of this forward-thinking organisation and play a leading role in major change programmes that will deliver operational excellence. As a group that have acquired many businesses and invested heavily in new technology, they are now looking to create a culture of continuous improvement based on engagement, empowerment and high performance. With an extensive product range of well-known brands and reputation for innovation and new product development this is a business experiencing growth and transformation. To be considered for this role you must have a track record of delivering sustainable change programmes across all levels of business. To be considered for this Human Resource Business Partner you must have experience of: Working within a fast paced FMCG, Food, Chemical, Automotive, or Pharmaceutical business in a senior HR Manager or HR Business Partner position. Playing a leading role as part of a senior management team responsible for business transformation and creating a culture based on operational excellence, employee engagement, empowerment and ownership Commercially and politically astute with the emotional intelligence to work within a regional HQ operation and all the challenges that can bring. Developing human capital strategies that support business growth, building capability, through collaboration and partnerships. Familiar with working in a matrix management and HR shared services business. Delivering an effective communication strategy for HR, working with peers on resourcing plans, recruitment and succession planning to ensure operational objectives can be met. Full UK employment legislation, providing guidance and interpretation across the business. Excellent communication skills with an ability to influence across all levels of an organisation. This is a permanent full time HR Business Partner position that will require strong leadership and change management skills gained within a fast-paced manufacturing or processing environment. The role will report into a regional HR Director who is creating a HR team tasked with delivering cultural change. This is a dynamic and challenging environment where HR is truly valued and seen as a key enabler for business transformation. 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 / Aylesbury

Interim Human Resources Manager

Interim Human Resources Manager 3 - 6 month assignment, immediate start Aylesbury An Interim Human Resources Manager is required for a global business involved in the manufacture of specialist products used across the process and food sectors. Having invested heavily in new technology centres across Europe they are now looking to hire a proactive HR business partner who has a strong track record of change management and the development of a Continuous Improvement based culture based on, engagement, empowerment and high performance. This this is a fast-paced process manufacturing business with a product range sold across the globe with a reputation for innovation and new product development. Industry experience considered for this role could include Pharmaceutical, Food, Process, Automotive and Aerospace. However, of equal importance will be your ability to deliver sustainable change and work as an effective partner to the senior management team. To be considered for this interim Human Resources Manager position you must have experience of: Working within HR in a Business Partner or Manager position within a volume manufacturing processing environment Working as part of a senior management team responsible for business transformation and creating a culture based on operational excellence, employee engagement, empowerment and ownership Providing generalist HR support and familiar with working in a matrix structure, developing relationships and giving specialist HR help and advice Developing an effective communication strategy for HR and working with peers on resourcing plans, recruitment and succession planning to ensure operational objectives can be met Full UK employment legislation, providing guidance and interpretation across the business Excellent communication skills with an ability to influence across all levels of an organisation This is an immediate appointment and the role will require excellent change management skills and HR knowledge. It is essential that you can hit the ground running and have the credibility to make a positive impact from day one. This is an exciting business going through a programme of cultural change that will deliver a high-performance culture, based on self-directed work teams that will require full employee engagement that will deliver customer service excellence. 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 Contracts are those of an Employment Business.

Contract / Aylesbury

Group Health, Safety and Environmental Manager

UK Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager Salary: £60,000 to £65,000 + car allowance and benefits Location: Midlands based covering multiple sites across the UK An experienced Health, Safety and Environmental professional is required for an established business, part of a global group involved in the manufacture of precision assembled electro-mechanical products and systems. This is an acquisitive business that has grown rapidly and represents many leading brands with products that are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. As UK Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager you will have an in-depth understanding of current HSE legislation and more importantly a track record that demonstrates best practise HSE. In this role you will champion, introduce and develop a behavioural based safety culture across all levels and areas of the business and ensure that all employees understand their obligations and responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act. To be considered for this UK Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager position you will have: Experience working within an industrial, fast paced, multi-site manufacturing or process environment as a Health Safety and Environmental Manager and be a Chartered Member or Fellow of IOSH. Qualifications to NEBOSH National General Certificate or above ideally to Diploma level. An environmental qualification IEMA would be very beneficial. Experience working across all levels from shop floor to director that demonstrates an ability to develop, deliver and sustain a behaviour-based safety culture. Experience working with regulatory bodies, HSE, insurance companies, local councils, environment agency and water authorities will be required. A broad understanding of HSE legislation related to a fast paced industrial/manufacturing workplace. This will include local toolbox talks, Manual Handling, RIDDOR, near miss reporting, PUWER, Fire, DSE, COSHH and Risk Assessment. Experience of OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001/ISO 14001 standards with the ability to audit against these requirements. Developed meaningful Health, Safety and Environmental KPIs that are supported by coaching and training that will deliver a zero-harm environment. Excellent communication skills, listening, verbal, written and presentation, with the credibility and ability to influence, inspire, changing perceptions and behaviours across the business. This will be a high-profile position and you must have the credibility and management ability to deliver a programme of change that will deliver a behaviour-based safety culture within a unionised environment. Working from the Midlands based headquarters you must have the flexibility to travel to other sites across the UK. This newly created role will form part of a senior management team that is driving a culture of sustainable continuous improvement which is having a transformational impact across the business. 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 / West Midlands

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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

    Director
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