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engineering and manufacturing recruitment experts, since 1978

defence engineering recruitment

Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s Defence division offers clients a unique level of expertise in contract, interim and permanent recruitment across all aspects of engineering, technical, supply chain and commercial disciplines that include land, sea and air defence manufacturing and systems technology.

We understand the requirements for engineering, maintenance and manufacturing, production and management across the defence sector, from shop floor to executive appointments. 

Our specialist team identifies and attracts the best defence industry talent available including many who already possess security clearances which can save significant time in the recruitment process. We work with a wide range of experienced candidates across defence and security engineering and technical disciplines, including ex-military professionals from the Army, RAF and Navy - securing appointments globally including the Middle East.

As many of our highly-experienced defence consultants come from relevant sector backgrounds including engineering and maintenance, aeronautical engineering, military and defence, (including UAV, drone and UAS markets) we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of transferable skills, defence experience and personal attributes for qualified roles, both blue and white collar.

Contact Peter Heap for more information. 


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Supplier Quality Engineer - Defence Systems

A Supplier Quality Engineer is required for a leading defence organisation based in Coventry. This position will be an integral role within the Quality Team and will require an individual with extensive supplier development experience within the defence sector or similar a similar domain and relevant production environment supplier quality assurance skills. As the Supplier Quality Engineer you will be working for a world leader in advanced performance composite materials across our clients range of armoured protection products for both people and vehicles. These products can range from helmets, body plates, bomb disposal suits through to armoured vehicles providing a highly effective shield with outstanding ballistic and mechanical performance. Due to our client being awarded a major UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract they are now seeking to recruit this role with immediate effect. The Supplier Quality Engineer will be accountable for the following: Strong knowledge of supplier development techniques and execution. Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings and geometric tolerancing. Carryout supplier audits and report on Key Performance Indicators through objective assessments of supply chain performance and product quality. Review supplier manufacturing processes and collaborate with suppliers on process improvement and value enhancement opportunities. Carryout and coach in Material Review Boards, Root Cause Corrective Action, Non-Conformance Management, design and development phases of programmes and support the link between Goods-In and the relevant manufacturing facility. Work with Engineering, Design and Manufacturing departments to define process parameters ensuring that supplier process capability is effective to meet design intent. Support the Product Introduction Management process to ensure that the supplier chain can meets the required standards. Knowledge and experience of coaching and developing internal and external stakeholders in Quality Assurance Tools such as PFMEA, DFMEA, Control Plans, First Article Inspection Reports and Part Submission Warrants. Working knowledge of ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, ISO45001:2018 and Defence AQAP’s. We are seeking an experienced Quality Engineer degree or HND/HNC qualified in an appropriate engineering discipline. Experience in metal fabrication and electrical harness manufacturing would be highly beneficial, along with a proven background with programmes throughout the design, development and production phases. You will be expected to communicate effectively on a technical level with peers, management groups and customers. If you would like to discuss this Supplier Quality Engineer role and our client in more detail then please call 01384 446165 and ask for Les Hines or send an email and CV to les.hines@jonlee.co.uk. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Coventry

Project Design Engineer - Defence Systems

A Project Design Engineer is required for a leading defence organisation based in Coventry. This role will be supporting the Design and Technical teams to ensure critical projects meet the necessary technical requirements for some of the most advanced composite materials in the defence industry. As a Project Design Engineer you will be working for a world leader in advanced performance composite materials across our clients range of armoured protection products for both people and vehicles. These products can range from helmets, body plates, bomb disposal suits through to armoured vehicles providing a highly effective shield with outstanding ballistic and mechanical performance. Due to our client being awarded a major UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract they are now seeking to recruit this role with immediate effect. The Project Design Engineer will be accountable for the following: Generating designs which may include material selection, defining processing parameters, CAD and drafting. Supporting design reviews ensuring verification and validation activities are demonstrated and documented. Technical support to the Design, Development, Quality and Manufacturing Engineering teams for proposed designs. Undertake problem solving of design and product issues to resolve functional issues as they arise throughout the development and service life cycle. Developing specifications and test programmes, analysis and interpretation of test result data and the creation and delivery of reports to internal colleagues and external customers. Support the developmental component manufacture and providing schematics, CNC programming, manufacturing documentation / guidelines, hands on manufacturing support and training. Supporting verification and validation activities including supporting internal and customer funded ballistic trials. We are seeking an individual ideally degree qualified in an appropriate engineering discipline, with previous experience of working on design and development projects. Experienced in 3D CAD modelling and detail design you will understand engineering drawings and design standards ideally from the defence or automotive sectors. You will be expected to communicate effectively on a technical level with both peers, management groups and customers. Applications with the following knowledge or experience would be very advantageous: Experience with PTC Creo, Simulate and Windchill PDM. Experience working with Composite materials. Experience working with and to ballistic test specifications. Manufacturing experience including compression and autoclave moulding, machining, fabrication and assembly. Experience in compiling FMEA’s, DVP&R, SRD, SoW. Familiar with Tooling Design and Design for manufacturability. If you would like to discuss this Project Design Engineer role and our client in more detail then please call 01384 446165 and ask for Les Hines or send an email and CV to les.hines@jonlee.co.uk. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Coventry

Electronics Systems Engineer

Senior Engineer – Permanent – Basingstoke – Defence and Security Systems A Senior Engineer is required for a Defence and Security Systems company that has an international customer base. The Senior Engineer will assume a Lead Role in the design, development and testing of products and capabilities for the organisation providing engineering leadership and ensuring engineering processes are accurate and up to date in order to enable the production and delivery is on time. The Senior Engineer will report directly to the Head of Operations and this role is an ideal opportunity for the right candidate that is ready to take the lead technically and make a real difference to the company with exciting things planned. As the Senior Engineer you will be required to: Interact with internal and external customers on a technical level Have a deep understanding, and provide engineering leadership on all products Design and develop Software, Hardware and System Solutions Capture customer requirements as necessary Ensure all products have the technical documentation suitable to the product line Maintain and/or create technical documentation required for manufacture Ensure all technical drawings are available or created for production items Manage the BOMs and items on MRP System Manage and action all Engineering Change Requests Provide engineering input into Marketing, Bid and Sales activities Create engineering and technical reports for customers and audits as required Work with Project / Product teams as necessary Ensure that the technical criteria for Design Certification is achieved Ensure that Verification and Qualification activities are conducted as required Provide engineering and technical input into proposals and commercial activities The Senior Engineer should have the following skills, qualifications and experience: Educated to Degree/HND level or equivalent in a related engineering discipline Electronics engineering from a hardware and software design and development perspective is essential Technical drawing experience with an electronics related package. A background within an Electronics/Systems assembly & test environment an advantage Radio Frequency (RF) and or Sensors expertise is desirable Knowledge of ERP and MRP systems is desirable Configuration Management experience is desirable Good knowledge and experience of the Microsoft Office Suite **Security Clearance will be required for this role and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain or already hold this will be considered** For more information on this role please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee recruitment. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Basingstoke

Production Engineering Manager

A CI Production Engineering Manager is required to join an established company with a strong reputation in the defence electronics sector. The successful applicant will be from a production / manufacturing background with experience of electronics. The purpose of this position is to manage client relationships and manufacturing programmes in the operations department of high-tech RF and microwave components. Responsibilities of the Production Engineering Manager will include the following: Day-to-day Management of the Production Engineering team to ensure all key tasks within the group are covered, ensuring equipment and processes are maintained to support manufacturing targets, and development projects have required Production Engineering input. Responsible for establishing measures for current state of key products and business processes, and defining improvement activities focussed on achieving agreed productivity targets Head cross-functional CI teams to drive process change, monitoring and reporting CI project progress Conduct capital expenditure projects to justify, identify, purchase and introduce new equipment into the manufacturing facility The Production Engineering Manager should have the following skills or experience: Experience in a Continuous Improvement complex engineering environment. In depth experience of managing CI projects and New Product Introductions from defence, aerospace or complex electronics manufacturing background is essential. Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of 6 sigma LEAN manufacturing techniques. Experience of managing multi disciplined teams including Process and Production Engineers, third party stakeholders and other internal functions This is an excellent opportunity for to develop your career in project management and electronics production. In return for your experience, this Milton Keynes based company will offer you: Competitive salary Flexible benefits package. Non-standard pension scheme. For further information on the Production Project Manager position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Milton Keynes Village

CNC Setters and Operators- Days and Nights available

We are currenyl recruiting CNC Setters and Operators on behalf of our precision engineering and metal treatment client in Nottingham. A CNC Operator is required with knowledge of Fanuc controls and used to working with Single Spindle/Single Turret Machines. Candidates with experience of the aerospace industry would be well received. A market leading precision engineering business requires a CNC Operator with turning experience for a new permanent role. As an Operator, you will be required to: Changing Tool Offsets Reading Drawings Use of Callipers & Vernier’s The CNC Operator should have the following skills or experience: Experience in Machining Stainless Steels Measurement of parts Experience of Twin Spindle/Twin Turret Machines would be advantageous This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of machining on Spindle/Turret machines. In return for your experience, this Nottinghamshire-based engineering company will offer you: Hourly rate dependant on experience Fully committed to equal opportunities and to grow and promote talent from within and you will have the opportunity to further your career, making vital contributions to the team whilst working alongside industry leaders Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Fanuc controls and machining stainless steel and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Operator role, please contact Jade Whitmore at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446195. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Nottingham

Marketing Specialist

Job title: Marketing Specialist Salary Range: Competitive Location: Gloucester A Marketing Specialist is required to develop and deliver product specific marketing and communication programs. Candidates with experience of marketing or communications within a high technology and highly regulated environments would be well received. A leading supplier of high technology solutions operating in Gloucester, requires a Marketing Specialist who can provide marketing and commercial support throughout the organisation. As a Marketing Specialist, you will be required to: Coordinate and execute marketing and communication strategies. Develop and execute product focused and new product marketing campaigns. Performs research on markets, customers and competition to create effective marketing materials. Coordinate the use of the company's social media and other digital channels, also develop website content and monitor website activities. Support corporate trade shows. As a Marketing Specialist, you should have the following skills or experience: Microsoft Office, including Adobe Creative Suite and web proficiency. Ability to write a diverse set of marketing collateral. Ability to read, analyse, interpret and summerise information from a variety of sources. Define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and be a natural problem solver with strong entrepreneurial spirit. Manage multiple projects and communicate project deadlines in an effective manner. Ability to work as a team and independently with minimum supervision. Proven independence in a marketing role and ability to learn new concepts and terminologies. Highly collaborative within a high volume environment. Bachelors degree in Marketing or Communications – essential. 5-7 years in a marketing role within a technology company, demonstrated ability to comprehend technical or engineering data – essential. Technical exposure to telecomms equipment. Ability to travel domestically, internationally and to obtain SC clearance. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge and experience of Marketing and Communications to develop your career. In return for your experience, this high technology company will offer you: Competitive Salary. Early finish on Friday's. Comprehensive and flexible Benefits. Non standard pension scheme. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge and experience of Marketing and Communications and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Marketing Specialists role, please contact Paul Broadhead at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, paul.broadhead@jonlee.co.uk or call 01384 446 155. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Gloucestershire

CNC Setter - Nights

Job title: CNC Programmer Setter Operator Salary Range Dependant on experience Location: Nottinghamshire Industry/ Strapline Precision engineering and metal treatment business A CNC Programmer Setter/Operator is required with knowledge of Fanuc programming and who are used to setting CNC turn machines from scratch. Candidates with experience of the aerospace industry would be well received. A market leading precision engineering business requires an experienced CNC Programmer with turning experience for a new permanent role. As a CNC Programmer, you will be required to: Program/Set/Operate CNC turn machines from scratch Set up and run through CNC machine tools Use of Micrometers and Calipers to include imperial and metric dimensions. The CNC Programmer should have the following skills or experience: working to tight tolerances Used to working with exotic material (e.g. titanium, copper etc.) Fanuc Programming experience essential This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of programming CNC machines to further develop your career. In return for your experience, this Nottinghamshire-based engineering company will offer you: Hourly rate dependant on experience Night shift premium allowance Fully committed to equal opportunities and to grow and promote talent from within and you will have the opportunity to further your career, making vital contributions to the team whilst working alongside industry leaders Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of turning and programming and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the CNC Programmer Setter/Operator role, please contact Jade Whitmore at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446195. 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 Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Nottingham
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