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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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Managing Director

Managing Director - UK Multi-site Salary up to £100,000 (Doe) + full benefits package Location: Milton Keynes, Cambridge, London An experienced Managing Director is required for a global Engineering and Manufacturing business that is a full-service provider of specialist metal processing equipment. As a multi-site operation in the UK with engineering, manufacturing, and sales functions the are now looking to recruit a Managing Director that can work across these sites. Reporting into a European Group VP you will have full P&L, operational, commercial and strategic responsibility for this growing business. As a company with a strong brand identity they are continuously looking to develop new products and services and the UK has real growth potential. Ideally you will be working within an SME manufacturing or engineering business involved in the supply of special purpose equipment and services. This role will require frequent travel in the UK to visit customers/suppliers and to the parent group HQ in Europe. To be considered for this Managing Director position you must have or be: Working as a Managing Director within an Engineering or Manufacturing based business supplying products or services into the UK infrastructure sector. Experience of cross selling products & services and developing new revenue streams in line with group strategy. Excellent HR and people management skills, a proven leader who can manage change and deliver organisational growth A solid understanding of modern manufacturing, continuous improvement and problem-solving techniques Commercially aware and financially astute, having held responsibility for P&L, cashflow management, budgets and forecasts and with a full understanding of public and private competitive tendering and bid management. Strong project management skills, with the ability to deal with suppliers and customers to ensure the highest levels of customer service and delivery are achieved Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create ownership and build robust working relationships with key stakeholders internally & externally with customers. Develop solution selling and a true collaborative consultancy approach to new business development. This will be an interesting and challenging opportunity to take full responsibility for an established and well-respected business as Managing Director for the UK Operation. A strong background in Manufacturing & Engineering is required, supported by post graduate qualifications in Leadership & Management, Finance or an MBA. The position will require a great deal of energy, a hands on practical approach and a real desire to deliver exceptional levels of customer service.

Permanent / Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Managing Director - Manufacturing & consumables

Managing Director - Manufacturing & consumables Salary £90,000 - £100,000 (DOE) + bonus + car allowance + pension + healthcare Location: Flexible in Northern Home Counties & Greater London An experienced Managing Director is required for an established manufacturer of specialist metal processing equipment, ancillary items and consumables. This SME business has established itself as the go to brand and has a product portfolio built on a reputation of innovation, quality, reliability and excellent customer service. With ambitious plans for new product development and services they are now looking to recruit a dynamic, driven and commercially focussed Managing Director. With full P&L responsibility you will direct the business through a challenging period of growth that will include a heavy emphasis on developing the UK market in line with national infrastructure growth and regeneration. To be considered for this Managing Director position you must have or be: Working as a Managing Director within a technical product engineering and manufacturing process environment An entrepreneurial nature with a keen eye for business development, collaboration and cross selling of products and services Experience of competitive tendering, bidding and contract negotiation within both the private and public sector Excellent HR and people management skills, a proven leader who can manage change and deliver organisational growth A solid understanding of manufacturing and production, with hands on experience of metal processing (welding, casting, forging, metallurgy) including plant layout, 5S, root cause analysis, quick changeover and problem-solving techniques Commercially aware and financially astute, having held responsibility for P&L, cashflow management, budgets and forecasts Strong project management skills, with the ability to deal with suppliers and customers to ensure the highest levels of customer service and delivery are achieved A clear commercial focus with an eye for detail that will ensure robust standards are in place to deliver accurate sales, contract, design and BOMs information that will enable effective production planning and scheduling using MRP/ERP systems Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create ownership, understanding and a desire to succeed across the business at all levels A degree in a relevant engineering, materials or metallurgy discipline, supported by further business or management qualifications This is a challenging Managing Director position that represents an opportunity to work for a forward-thinking global business with real ambitions for growth. The role will require frequent travel in the UK and the ability to build robust working relationships with key clients and industry decision makers is important. In addition, you will work with research establishments and represent the company at trade fairs, conferences and become an active member of relevant industry bodies and committees. This is an exciting opportunity that will require a hands-on approach and you will take full responsibility for the strategic management, day to day running and control of a well-respected and profitable business.

Permanent / Essex, England

Human Resources Director

Human Resources Director - Greater Manchester (North) Salary circa £75,000 (DOE) + car allowance + bonus & pension A Human Resources Director is required for an advanced technology Manufacturing business, part of a much larger Engineering Group. As a manufacturer of increasingly complex connected devices, this company has experienced huge growth across multiple sectors and this trend seems set to continue. To strengthen the senior management team, this newly created HRD position will play a key role in further developing a responsive, continuous improvement-based culture that will be delivered through employee engagement and collaboration. Working closely with the local Plant Director and Group HR Director you will be responsible for developing an effective, business focussed HR function. A key part of this role will be the development of a talent strategy that is aligned to the increasing need to attract, retain and develop a skilled workforce that will deliver the next generation of advanced, connected products. To be considered for this Human Resources Director position you will: Have worked as a Human Resources Manager or Director within a fast-paced Manufacturing, Engineering or Technical business. Have experience of integrating and standardising HR practises and processes that are aligned at Group, National and Local level. Protect the interests of business and employees by ensuring that all HR policies and procedures are compliant with governmental laws and regulations. Work with site based senior management and HR leaders to develop salary, wage and bonus structures. Ensure that the HR Information System is well managed and controlled and complies to current GDPR and data regulations. Develop a culture of continuous improvement and where possible look for efficiencies that may accommodate a shared service model. Have a dynamic and driven personality, organised, data driven, and results orientated with sound judgement and people skills, able to delegate and multi-task at pace. Have excellent leadership, influencing and communication skills (verbal, written and presentation), able to create understanding and a desire to change in the people you work with at all levels. This is a challenging and demanding role and you will lead a high performing UK HR Team that operates locally at site level and increasingly within the global HR structure. Qualifications for this role will be to degree or post grad level in Human Resources. Chartered Membership of the CIPD or working towards this will be required. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate continuous learning and development relevant to HR and wider business.

Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

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