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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Production Manager

Production Manager – CNC Machining Birmingham, West Midlands Salary circa £40,000 (DOE) + benefits. An experienced Production Manager is required for an established SME manufacturing and engineering business involved in the production of bespoke machined and fabricated assemblies. The company are now looking to strengthen their management team and this role will hold responsibility for a small but highly skilled production team, and associated support staff. As Production Manager you will have an in-depth understanding of modern lean manufacturing tools and techniques and be confident and comfortable working in a full CNC milling & turning environment. To be considered for this Production Manager position you must have or be; Experience working as a Production Manager within a bespoke precision engineering manufacturing environment, that is fully compliant with Health, Safety & Environmental regulations. Solid experience of precision turning and milling on modern M/Cing centres, an ability to part-programme using a range of controllers including Fanuc, Heidenhain or Mazatrol. Have the “hands-on” expertise to constantly reduce cycle times on machined components using your knowledge of materials, speeds & feeds and tooling. Have a strong background in production planning and scheduling of works orders using ERP, ensuring that tooling and fixturing is ready and prepared so that cutting time and machine utilisation is maximised. A good understanding of 5S, SMED, OEE, SOP and pull systems is required together with an ability to problem solve using “5 Why” and root cause analysis. A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally supported by a full machining apprenticeship with qualifications to C&G, ONC, HNC or HND or degree level. A real passion for Continuous Improvement and able to implement simple but effective KPIs that will drive efficiency and maximise capacity and improve quality. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques, able to develop a high-performance culture focussed on delivery and customer service. A solid Production Manager and machining expert, data driven with an ability to challenge and demonstrate improved ways of working, while at the same time being able to motivate create engagement and switch people on. This will be a challenging position and you will work as part of a close-knit management team and report directly into the Managing Director. As Production Manager you will have strong leadership, management and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and giving the highest levels of customer service. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of production and manufacturing to management level and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Production Manager role, please contact Jonathan Lee Recruitment. 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 / Birmingham

Managing Director - Component Distribution and Manufacture

Managing Director – component distribution & manufacture Six figure salary + benefits - East Midlands An experienced Managing Director is required for an established distribution & manufacturing SME business who have an excellent reputation for the supply and manufacture of engineered, high margin products used across a wide range of industrial sectors. With a proud heritage based on customer service excellence, they are a key supplier to many successful and recognised brands. To be considered for this Managing Director position you must have a demonstrable track record of achievement that has delivered business excellence and growth. In particular, you must have a strong background in strategic planning and business development with an entrepreneurial nature and the confidence to open up and penetrate new markets. To complement your strong leadership, manufacturing and business acumen you will have a confident and engaging personality, take a long-term view, have an eye for detail with a real passion for operational excellence and customer service. In addition, you will be commercially aware, 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 experience working in a senior management/leadership position within an SME distribution or manufacturing environment with full P&L responsibility. 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 real passion for winning new business, able to quickly understand the technical and engineering capability within the company and work with the senior management team to deliver objectives. Have a thorough understanding of implementing sustainable lean supply chains and develop a high-performance culture based on people engagement and ownership. Qualifications will ideally be within a technical, supply chain or commercial discipline. A post graduate qualification in management or business is desired but not essential. An ability to lead by example, setting high standards with excellent communication and people management skills. A strong behavioral approach to developing processes and procedures that will deliver operational excellence and achievement of Health & Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery standards. A broad range of distribution and industry knowledge with an emphasis on end to end, bespoke component manufacture, from design to delivery. A dynamic, driven personality not prepared to accept second best with a real passion for people development, manufacturing 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 connected leadership and business management skills together with significant experience in coaching, training and mentoring employees so that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to 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 / Nottingham

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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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