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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Managing Director - Metal Fabrications

Managing Director – Metal Fabrications Six figure salary + benefits – North West An experienced Managing Director is required for an established manufacturing SME involved in the production of bespoke material handling and packaging systems. This company has an excellent reputation for the manufacture and supply of engineered solutions from design concept to full customer acceptance and delivery. With a sound reputation for delivering high quality products across a wide range of industry sectors they have become a key supplier to many successful and widely recognised brands. To be considered for this Managing Director position you must have a demonstrable track record of sustainable growth, delivered through your passion for operational and customer service excellence To complement your strong leadership, commercial and business acumen you will have a confident and engaging personality, take a long-term view, but have a real eye for detail. In addition, you will be commercially astute, an accomplished negotiator and be comfortable dealing face to face with suppliers and customers. To be considered for this Managing Director position you must have: Significant P&L experience working in a senior management/leadership position for a manufacturing SME ideally within a fast paced, low to medium volume bespoke welding/fabrication business. An ability to take a holistic view of business, think strategically, plan for the long term but ensure that short term goals and objectives are being achieved. Have a thorough understanding of modern manufacturing methods with a real passion for continuous Improvement built on a high-performance culture based on teamwork, trust, people engagement and ownership. 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 exacting Health & Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery standards. Qualifications to degree level in manufacturing, engineering or a technically related discipline is required and will ideally be supported by further post graduate technical, management or business qualifications. A broad range of technical and industry knowledge, able to develop strategic plans that can be translated into business objectives that are understood across the organisation at all levels. A dynamic, outgoing, and approachable personality, not prepared to accept second best with a real passion for people development, operational excellence, and exceptional customer service. This is a high-profile Managing Director position that offers a great opportunity to join an established business and continue to develop its successful reputation and capability across existing and new industrial sectors. If you are up for the challenge this role will require solid 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 / Greater Manchester

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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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