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 Development Manager - New Business

A Business Development Manager is required to take responsibility for growing and developing new and existing vertical markets on a global basis. This dynamic manufacturing and distribution business supplies engineered components to a wide range of industrial markets and is a key partner to many successful and widely recognised brands. Success has been built on a reputation for delivering the highest levels of customer service and providing fast turnaround high quality engineered solutions. To be considered for this Business Development Manager position you must have a demonstrable track record of implementing innovative sales strategies and successfully managing the sales process from beginning to end. In the position of Business Development Manager, you will: Report into the Managing Director and work closely with the senior management team to create a long-term vision, strategic plan and set of objectives for the business. Manage the sales pipeline and capitalise on all new business opportunities daily to aggressively grow the business. Have significant sales management and contract negotiating experience within engineered products, such as metal / plastic industrial fasteners or components sold worldwide across a wide variety of sectors. Develop ideas for target marketing of new sectors that have substantial growth potential. Proactively develop relationships and fully understand the needs of the client with an ability to articulate and position a solution. Work with the executive team when required to assist and help with sales negotiations and close out new deals. Monitor and report sales activity using the company’s CRM to facilitate and streamline the sales process. Regularly review strategic plans and objectives against target and push team members to maximise revenue. Be required to travel within the UK & Europe, to develop new territories and attend industry events to network and uncover future sales opportunities. This is a key appointment for this ambitious, growing, and successful company. The role of Business Development Manager will require an ambitious, collaborative self-starter, that can maximise sales opportunities that will deliver the full growth potential of this 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 / Nottingham

HR Business Partner

An experienced HR Business Partner is required for a dynamic, growing manufacturing and distribution business that supplies products worldwide. The business has an excellent reputation for innovation and supply that covers an ever-growing range of diverse industrial sectors. This is a new position, you will work closely with a newly appointed Managing Director to build an effective HR function that actively promotes the company’s values, bringing HR policies to life that support growth, engagement, and the development of a high performing continuous improvement culture. To be considered for this HR Business Partner position you will: Have worked as a HR Business Partner or HR Manager within a fast-paced industrial, manufacturing, engineering, or distribution business. Have experience of developing standardised HR practices and processes that are aligned to company values and business needs. Protect the interests of the business and employees by ensuring that all HR policies and procedures are compliant with governmental laws and regulations. Work with senior management to develop an end-to-end talent strategy from, recruitment, onboarding, induction, appraisal, learning & development, and succession planning. Work closely with managers, coaching and training on matters relating to disciplinary, grievance, absence, and performance management. Be qualified to a minimum of CIPD certificate and a member of the CIPD working towards full chartered status. Have strong influencing, organisational 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 role but a great opportunity to develop the role of HR Business Partner across all areas of the company. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate continuous learning and development relevant to HR with a strong understanding of current employment legislation and its practical implementation. Some travel will be required to other offices and facilities within the UK. 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 / Nottinghamshire

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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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