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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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Procurement Specialist - Gloucester

Purchasing Specialist Salary: Competitive Location: Gloucester An experienced Purchasing Specialist is required to drive global supply chain management, plan and implement strategic initiatives that realise efficiency and operational savings. Candidates with experience of the Aerospace/Defence/IT industry sectors would be well received. This global company, based in Gloucester requires a dynamic and driven Purchasing Specialist with global strategic procurement experience. As the Purchasing Specialist you will be required to: Sourcing and Negotiation Supplier identification and development. Strategic and Analytical Technical buying. Supplier auditing. Contract management. Project and Risk Management. Working knowledge of modern MRP systems The Purchasing Specialist should have the following skills or experience: It is essential to the role that applicants must be eligible for security vetting Goal/Results driven with strong communication skills Personable and a Team player with a positive can-do attitude Good planning and organisational skills and Calm under pressure Experience of purchasing within Global Engineering or IT industry. In depth experience of managing a diverse supplier base in a technology led industry. Development of effective pricing strategies. Knowledge and demonstrable experience of introducing and implementing key procurement processes. Vendor Benchmarking Experience of providing procurement support within an Engineering environment. Knowledge of Import/Export regulations an advantage Relevant degree in supply chain management or Engineering/Scientific qualification with a Professional certification in Procurement. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with Strategic Procurement knowledge and delivering global improvements. In return this Gloucester based Aerospace/Defence/Security company will offer you: Competitive salary and benefits 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and early finish on Friday’s Support for further education Competitive salary exchange pension scheme + life assurance The successful candidate will be required to obtain Security Clearance. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Strategic Global Purchasing and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Purchasing Specialist role, please contact Paul Broadhead at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446155. 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 / Gloucester

Principal Systems Engineer

A Principal Systems Engineer is required to join a specialist, well known engineering company with a strong reputation in the aerospace and defence sectors. The successful candidate will be joining to assist in the development marine and subsea defence systems and likely be from an electronics or software background. Responsibilities of the Principal Systems Engineer will include the following: Acts as a technical focal point for the development of the product system. Working to defence industry guidelines to develop equipment programmes on subsea and marine products. Ensures that customer requirements for all product/module-level deliverables are clearly defined and documented. Line management of a diverse team of engineers. Supports system integration between various system development disciplines The Principal Systems Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in an Electronic or Software engineering related subject. Experience in New Product Development System Development Process including; requirements, system design and integration, and system testing and verification. Significant relevant experience working in a safety critical software or electronic engineering environment. Experience in development of systems such as electronic control units Proficient in the use of requirements capture such as DOORS. This is an excellent opportunity for senior or principal systems engineers to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Bristol based aerospace company will offer you: Competitive salary and benefits package. Flexible working Annual bonus scheme Interviews for the Principal Systems Engineer will commence with immediate effect with a view to starting as soon as possible. For further information on the Principal Systems Engineer position please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163. 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 / Bristol

Stores Controller

Job title: Stores Controller Salary Range: Competitive Location: Hounslow An experienced Stores Controller is required with extensive knowledge of day to day Stores, Goods In and Despatch operations within a highly regulated manufacturing company. Candidates with experience within Aerospace/Avionics/Defence industry would be well received. This company, based in Hounslow requires an experienced Stores Controller with Aerospace/Defence Stores and despatch experience. As the Stores Controller you will be required to: Ensuring the effective, speedy and accurate receipt and despatch of goods and services Distribute goods and spares to the workshop on a work order level Record on computer or otherwise receipt and despatch of goods and services, including data in an accurate and timely manner. Check accuracy of all received and despatched goods and services, including associated paperwork. Pack goods for despatch in accordance with correct procedures. Undertake regular stock checks/audits and resolve discrepancies. Liaise with Customer Services to resolve any booking in or shipping issues. Ensure the stores area is clean and tidy and complies with Health & Safety requirements. Cover store operatives’ duties if and when needed if shortage of staff due to absence or for additional support. The Stores Controller should have the following skills or experience: PC Literate and computerised stock systems Inspection Skills Logistics and Warehouse industry experience, arrange domestic and overseas shipping. Team player and flexible attitude. Excellent communication skills This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with Stores and Despatch experience. In return this Hounslow based company will offer you: Competitive salary Car park on site Pension Life Assurance 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Stores and Despatch and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Stores Controller role, please contact Paul Broadhead at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446155 or 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 / Middlesex

Satcom Systems Test Engineer

Satcom Systems Test Engineer Hertfordshire £Competetive Permanent Job Description Our team is involved in establishing the assurance and test programmes for satellite communications networks for both civil and military customers. These networks can involve GEO, MEO and LEO satellite constellation. We are expanding our team and are seeking a Satcom Systems Test Engineer to support the ongoing test programmes that are necessary to ensure mission success. This role will typically require development of the verification/test strategy which encompasses sub-system acceptance, integration and end to end system testing of cutting-edge satellite communications networks. The candidate is expected to work closely with e2E's clients through the test campaigns that will precede Communications Service Launch. Key Responsibilities Development and execution of overall test strategy, test plans and procedures for complex mobile and fixed satcom networks. Development and execution of test cases which incorporate satellite payload, ground systems, satellite radio networks, IP and service networks, OSS and BSS technologies Identifying and troubleshooting system communication paths and capacity performance, as well as conducting post-test data analysis and reporting Create test reports to document issues and assist development with the investigation and resolution of issues Review/comment on testability issues, obvious design flaws, anticipate data collection points and develop plans for and conduct anomaly test and analysis as required Skills, Character and Experience Awareness of both commercial and technical issues Adaptable to new requirements and changing priorities Self-motivated and enthusiastic even under pressure Able to function and communicate effectively within a team and with other personnel Proven ability to work to deadlines and stay focussed on objectives Good document writing and presentation skills Willing to travel for up to one month nationally and internationally to support test execution campaigns Essential Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Science discipline (e.g., Electronics / Communication Systems). Testing experience in a variety of environments/venues, (stand-alone/integrated testing, factory acceptance testing and operational networks) Experience of planning test campaigns, conducting tests, collecting and analysing data from tests, communicating results and anomalies to test management and the customer through both presentations and formal test reports Experience in the troubleshooting of network, RF signal connection and protocol problems Experience and knowledge of IP Network design, including routing and VoIP Skills necessary to evaluate network hardware, software, algorithms and processes to verify and characterize the network capability Knowledge of test tools such as Wireshark, Spirent or equivalent Experience with network challenges associated with systems integration, including COTS integration, capacity and performance analysis, and system architecture design Desirable Experience of military satellite communications systems Knowledge or experience of deploying SDN infrastructure including Kubernetes and Docker Understanding of Satellite Network Transport, Management, and Security hardware and software capabilities Experience in Software Defined Radio Networks and Satellite Communications Payloads Knowledge and experience of test programming languages and scripting If you are interested in this opportunity please apply now. 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 / Welwyn Garden City

Satcoms Systems Engineer

Satcoms Systems Engineer £Competetive Permanent Forefront of innovation in the satellite communications industry for two decades, offering to all its stakeholders unrivalled expertise to design, develop and operate state-of-the-art solutions and systems, world-wide. Our portfolio of services and technology know-how covers the entire spectrum of any satellite communication project, from market opportunity sizing and end-user requirements down to ground network development and operations. To both commercial and defence related domains, we also offer unique modular and agile technology to enable a more user-friendly and accessible use of satellite communication resources. Job Description Our team is involved in establishing the requirements, capacity, performance, resource planning and operation of satellite communications networks for both civil and military customers. We are expanding our team and are seeking a Satellite Communications Systems Engineer to provide technical and commercial expertise to e2E's customers. The candidate will be responsible for undertaking communications systems engineering tasks on advanced satellite communications networks and supported communications services. Key Responsibilities Carry out modelling and establish and validate requirements for satellites networks based on end user needs End to end communications design and development incorporating RF systems, IP networks, OSS/BSS technology and development to realise end to end service networks. Requirements analysis and assessment of supplier solutions to meet communications systems requirements. Communications system test strategy development and VV&T plan documentation Ground segment engineering/terminal design and development Communications payload engineering design and test Preparation of concept of operations and service delivery documentation Skills, Character and Experience Experience of working as an integral part of a highly focused team Good customer-facing and communication skills with ability to produce and present clear, concise and unambiguous presentations to customers and other clients Strong analytical skills and ability to identify key issues Proven ability to develop innovative solutions to defined problems Essential Graduate with a good Honours or Masters degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Electronics, communications). Equivalent qualifications and/or experience can be considered as an alternative Experience in satcoms systems engineering with a knowledge of system design, ground segment design, satellite operations and payload engineering Experience in IP networking, protocols and security of data. Thorough understanding of communications systems and associated engineering concepts Strong practical knowledge of systems engineering practices from requirements engineering through design/development and on to VV&T Experience in developing requirements systems design documentation, test plans and procedures and operational procedures Proven track record of identifying and solving problems Desirable Chartered Engineer or equivalent Practical experience in the commissioning and testing of satellite systems (satellite and ground based) Familiarity with OSS/BSS technology and the use in management and reporting of communications networks. Experience in assessment/development of security architectures in a communications systems and/or military communications networks If you re interested in this role, please apply now. 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 / Welwyn Garden City

Finance Manager

Head of Finance – Saudi Arabia £80,000 plus accommodation, flights, bonus, pension, healthcare and benefits – TAX FREE *As this role requires a UK security clearance certificate, UK residency / nationality is required* Do you have a sense of adventure? Do you fancy being mortgage free in couple of years? If so, read on. The “technical” bit: My client is a global brand with operations in the Gulf and they are recruiting a Head of Finance to lead the team in Saudi Arabia. This is a challenging role to ensure the timely management of multiple legal entities and ongoing projects, provide sound financial support to the delivery teams, ensure proper governance is maintained, and ensure regulatory alignment with relevant export controls. This business has multiple manufacturing sites in the Kingdom, so an ability to effectively liaise with multiple stakeholders simultaneously is crucial. Managing a small team, you’ll be commercially minded and have the communication skills to work with senior stakeholders in both the delivery and analysis of key reports. The “Lifestyle” bit: You’ll be based on a superb compound in Riyadh, where you and your family have access to schools, hospitals, gyms, shops, swimming pools and more. All accommodation and facilities are free, so this is an opportunity to turbo boost your bank account whilst exploring a new culture AND advancing your career with a terrific employer. The business pays bonuses based on length of service, and termination bonuses on top, and as you will be paying no tax the opportunity to make a huge change to your bank account is genuine. Qualifications and experience You’ll hold a recognised accountancy qualification (ACA or ACCA only – sadly CIMA is not recognised by the Saudi Authorities) with a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience. You will have a track record of success working with complex projects and managing staff. You will have the commercial acumen to support large scale, complex engineering bids. Excel and SAP skills are a must, as are excellent communication abilities. The firm offers world class training and development to ensure all team members have the skills and tools to be enormously successful. For a confidential discussion to learn more, please submit your CV to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, and take the first step on a journey that will change your life! 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 Contracts are those of an Employment Business.

Contract / United Kingdom


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