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Food & drink

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Food & drink recruitment

Jonathan Lee Recruitment's Food and Drink division offers clients a unique level of expertise in contract, interim and permanent recruitment solutions across three dedicated areas:  

Manufacturing - Supply Chain - Commercial

As many of our food and drink consultants are industry specialists from relevant backgrounds, we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of the skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist food and drink roles.

Industry supporter to the IMechE and REC accredited. Make UK Advantages Partner, our global clients range from prestigious global household brands to SMEs, including food manufacturers and processors, wholesalers and retailers, logistics and distribution companies, packaging manufacturers and suppliers, we’re committed to a culture of continuous improvement, providing clients with world-class recruitment services to the food and drink industry to keep us at the forefront of industry evolution. 

For more information, please call Dan Plimmer on 01384 446174.


 

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Quality Technician

Quality Technician Negotiable salary Slough, Berkshire Manufacturing Permanent - shift working. We are recruiting for a Quality Technician to work for a food packaging company in Slough. Reporting to the Factory Manager, the Quality Technician will play a key role within the team to ensure safe working practices and quality of products is adhered to. As the Quality Technician you will be required to: Demonstrate safe working practices and ensure procedures are always followed . Represent quality with safety and hygiene teams. First review to start production, in-process confirmation and approval of raw materials. Quarantine of materials & final inspection - re-testing and release back to production. Completion of reject reports and the control of defective material (Quarantine and SCARs). Auditing supplier certificates of analysis and basic good inwards control & testing. The Quality Technician should have the following skills/experience: A working knowledge of factory and laboratory testing & control processes. A working knowledge of all test equipment used to measure production quality and laboratory tests. Ability to input and retrieve information from databases including the internal inventory customer service systems. Ideally a basic knowledge of BRC Packaging & packaging materials & ISO9001 standards. Knowledge of root cause analysis and other quality tools. Basic word processing & use of emails. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Quality Technician or Inspector and you want to be considered, please apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Justin Wainwright at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 889267. 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 / Slough

Technical Service Manager

Technical Service Manager Permanent position - Slough Packaging Solutions Manufacturing Salary negotiable We are recruiting for a Technical Service Manager - this is a demanding role based in the UK, Slough site with dual responsibility for resolving any technical issues and promoting the product range on customer sites in Asia, Australasia and Latin America The client is a global innovative packaging solutions manufacturer and due to an increase in overseas projects, they require a Technical Service Manager on a permanent staff basis. As the Technical Service Manager, you will be required to: Provide technical support to our customers including the company's network of international distributors/brokers. Assist customers in setting machine parameters and tolerances on filling/wadding and induction equipment. Analyse failed product performance and determine the root cause, both in laboratory and at filling lines. Attend line trials and assist customers in achieving successful technical performance. Compile extensive, factual and detailed analysis reports on technical issue resolution. Give training to customers concerning proper induction set up and evaluation. Provide technical support to the company sales managers and brokers with focus on Asia, Australasia and Latin America to profitably grow market share in those regions. Successful managing of customer relationship in technical matters to ensure their collaboration. General troubleshooting and problem resolution at customer's production lines. Work closely with the sales and technical teams to support projects promoting global product range. IMPORTANT: Frequent travel (assume around 10 days per month) will be required throughout Asia, Australasia and Latin America. Some of this will be accompanying/supporting sales managers and some of this will be independent travel. The Technical Service Manager should have the following skills or experience: A recognised engineering degree or equivalent. A strong background working in the food or pharmaceutical industry preferred. A good level of Spanish or Chinese speaking. Experience of working closely with an international sales team, managing technical sales projects through to completion alongside the team of sales managers Experience in dealing with quality complaints Ability to analyse data and write clear concise reports on application and quality issues Able to work as part of a small cross-functional team This role has an attractive salary and benefits package for an experienced and qualified Technical Service Manager Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Technical Service Manager and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Justin Wainwright at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 889267. 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 / Slough

Engineering Manager

Engineering Manager/Team Leader Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire Excellent basic salary, Bonus, 25 days holiday, pension This organisation is part of a wider food group, providing exceptional products to the agricultural sector, not only in the UK, but globally. We are working with them to find an experienced engineer to oversee the management and maintenance of the performance and reliability of all plant and equipment on site while driving for world class standards. You will ensure safety, maximise process efficiency, provide service, product consistency and a safe working environment on a best cost framework. We are especially keen to talk to engineers who have experience of working in the food production, FMCG and aligned sectors. As Engineering Manager, your key responsibilities will be: Always demonstrate consistent Technical and behavioural leadership Ensure compliance with ALL relevant legislation & Statutory Inspections, ensuring health & safety is always suitably prioritised and that teams operate safely Ensure that the achievement of food safety is always a priority Manage the planned maintenance regime for all plant & equipment. Consistently drive energy efficiency improvements and activities Create the budget plan for the financial year and maintain control of spend (by month) Engage with operational teams and support Lean implementation activities Own the 5-year Capital Plan with Central team; Support execution of major site works Assist in the roll out of the new CMMS system We are keen to talk to engineers who have the following skills & experience Multi-skilled engineer; HNC (or equivalent) Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Suitable & relevant engineering experience, perhaps in a leadership role Experience of planned maintenance systems, preferably within the food industry Good health and safety knowledge in legislation and application (IOSH qualification, desirable) A logical and structured thinker, with a strong ability to solve problems Exposure to high volume manufacturing; CI or lean methodologies Strong communication skills; Ability to engage and motivate teams and individuals Resilient personal development focus to continuously improve A degree of hands-on working especially during holidays and unplanned absence cover The role is on days, but the business conducts a 24 hour call out rota. This is an excellent time to join the business as they are going through a period of expansion and strong capital expenditure to improve manufacturing outputs. If you are keen to learn more, please apply. 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 / Chipping Norton

Manufacturing Performance Manager

Manufacturing Performance Manager High care, feed production sector National Coverage, or at a site if preferable Competitive salary, plus package of Company Car, Private Family Healthcare, 25 days holiday, plus option to buy 5 more Pension, 10% matched contributions Multiple discounts at retailers via online benefits portal We are working with AB Agri, part of the wider ABF Food group, as a retained partner to find an exceptional and inspiring Manufacturing Performance Manager. This new role, reporting to the Head of Manufacturing, forms part of the senior management team and will be instrumental in driving positive manufacturing change through 11 UK operations to increase productivity and effectiveness. ABF are a diversified, international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £15.8bn and over 138,000 employees in 52 countries. AB Agri is the agricultural division of ABF and have been manufacturing feed sold under the Brands ABN, KW and Trident. It’s the best British feed a farmer can buy, and it's made and delivered by a committed and engaged workforce. This is a rare opportunity to have a position of strategic influence in a growing business. AB Agri are a growing, innovative business seeking diversity and different ways of thinking to deliver their ambitious strategy. Inquisitive people who work passionately and take responsibility will succeed. This business are known for supporting and encouraging personal development and this opportunity has the potential to deliver strong career progression into the wider business. You must already have experience of delivering improvements to complex operations, working with stakeholders at all levels to influence and lead on manufacturing improvements to deliver increase in production output. Your vision and ideas will ensure the business has a robust and dynamic manufacturing platform as AB Agri continue to lead in the way in manufacturing feed. As Manufacturing Performance Manager, your main accountability is the safe manufacture of feed across all compound production sites, ensuring all defined safety, quality, financial and service targets are met, on time in full and are performance driven within a framework of continuous improvement, supportive challenge and a boldness to exceed. In looking for a transformational and dynamic Manufacturing Performance Manager, it is essential you have the following experiences: Extensive operational leadership experience (including FMCG) for 150+ employees The ability to influence others without needing to be there in person to achieve this Knowledge and experience of large-scale process operations across several industries Previous experience managing a significant budget (>£15m) Experience of improvement processes Experience of successfully leading organisational change As the role is about positive influencing, you will be an exceptional people person, you will have the leadership to bring all stakeholders on a journey of change, working with all team members to get strong buy-in to operational transformation. You will be a creative problem solver with resilience to manage ambiguity and doubt. You will have the talent to engage multifunctional teams to deliver on the group strategy to increase productivity and positive change. If you would like further information, on the role, please apply. Jonathan Lee Recruitment are the retained search consultancy working with AB Agri on this role, direct applicants or agency approaches will be directed to Jonathan Lee Recruitment for assessment. AB Agri are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. 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 / United Kingdom

Design Proposal Engineer

Design/Proposal Engineer (Process Equipment) £Competitive plus O/T and Benefits Dudley Design, Development, CAD, Process, Rotating Equipment, Pumps, Fluid Flow, Layout, Autocad, Solidworks, Client Facing A Design/Proposal Engineer is required with knowledge in the design and development of rotating equipment used in process flow applications. Candidates with experience of mechanical design, fluid flow, pumps, rotating parts, process flow equipment and equipment layouts within an FMCG, Food, Water or Chemical arena would be well received. Due to continues growth this highly progressive, world class Dudley based company requires a proactive design specialist with exposure in designing process equipment, pumps, and/or special purpose machinery for a new permanent role. As a Design/Proposal Engineer you will be required to: - Support the design, development and layout of bespoke process equipment, pumps and systems covering valves, flow meters, sensors, instrumentation and mechanical assemblies. - Provide technical input for customer quotation and supplier negotiation looking at RFQ’s, BOM’s, project costing and equipment design. - Work with cross function teams to coordinate and deliver client proposals from initial site visit, product/process specification and tender delivery. The Design/Proposal Engineer should have the following skills or experience: - Good understanding of CAD systems (AutoCad/Solidworks) and ability to design process flow equipment, pumps, rotating equipment and/or special purpose equipment (especially within the Food/FMCG/Water or Chemical industries) - Strong communication and organizational skills being able to coordination cross functional teams (purchasing, manufacturing, sale, suppliers) to ensure RFQ’s are delivered within time and budgetary constraints - Ability to represent the company at client and supplier meetings to ensure that the project and proposals are delivered on time This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge in the design of process flow equipment and pump systems within the Food, FMCG, Water and/or Chemical industries looking to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Dudley based company will offer you: - £Competitive Plus Benefits - Career progression and development within a world class organisation - The opportunity to work on some exciting project in the development of new products, equipment and processes Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge in the design and development of process flow equipment and pumps systems and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design/Proposal Engineer role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email mark.bignell@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 / Dudley

Human Resource Business Partner

Human Resource Business Partner Competitive salary + benefits Permanent, full time position based near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire A Human Resource Business Partner is required for a global FMCG business involved in the processing and blending of specialist products. Based at the regional HQ you will work alongside the senior management team of this forward-thinking organisation and play a leading role in major change programmes that will deliver operational excellence. As a group that have acquired many businesses and invested heavily in new technology, they are now looking to create a culture of continuous improvement based on engagement, empowerment and high performance. With an extensive product range of well-known brands and reputation for innovation and new product development this is a business experiencing growth and transformation. To be considered for this role you must have a track record of delivering sustainable change programmes across all levels of business. To be considered for this Human Resource Business Partner you must have experience of: Working within a fast paced FMCG, Food, Chemical, Automotive, or Pharmaceutical business in a senior HR Manager or HR Business Partner position. Playing a leading role as part of a senior management team responsible for business transformation and creating a culture based on operational excellence, employee engagement, empowerment and ownership Commercially and politically astute with the emotional intelligence to work within a regional HQ operation and all the challenges that can bring. Developing human capital strategies that support business growth, building capability, through collaboration and partnerships. Familiar with working in a matrix management and HR shared services business. Delivering an effective communication strategy for HR, working with peers on resourcing plans, recruitment and succession planning to ensure operational objectives can be met. Full UK employment legislation, providing guidance and interpretation across the business. Excellent communication skills with an ability to influence across all levels of an organisation. This is a permanent full time HR Business Partner position that will require strong leadership and change management skills gained within a fast-paced manufacturing or processing environment. The role will report into a regional HR Director who is creating a HR team tasked with delivering cultural change. This is a dynamic and challenging environment where HR is truly valued and seen as a key enabler for business transformation. 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 / Aylesbury

Interim Human Resources Manager

Interim Human Resources Manager 3 - 6 month assignment, immediate start Aylesbury An Interim Human Resources Manager is required for a global business involved in the manufacture of specialist products used across the process and food sectors. Having invested heavily in new technology centres across Europe they are now looking to hire a proactive HR business partner who has a strong track record of change management and the development of a Continuous Improvement based culture based on, engagement, empowerment and high performance. This this is a fast-paced process manufacturing business with a product range sold across the globe with a reputation for innovation and new product development. Industry experience considered for this role could include Pharmaceutical, Food, Process, Automotive and Aerospace. However, of equal importance will be your ability to deliver sustainable change and work as an effective partner to the senior management team. To be considered for this interim Human Resources Manager position you must have experience of: Working within HR in a Business Partner or Manager position within a volume manufacturing processing environment Working as part of a senior management team responsible for business transformation and creating a culture based on operational excellence, employee engagement, empowerment and ownership Providing generalist HR support and familiar with working in a matrix structure, developing relationships and giving specialist HR help and advice Developing an effective communication strategy for HR and working with peers on resourcing plans, recruitment and succession planning to ensure operational objectives can be met Full UK employment legislation, providing guidance and interpretation across the business Excellent communication skills with an ability to influence across all levels of an organisation This is an immediate appointment and the role will require excellent change management skills and HR knowledge. It is essential that you can hit the ground running and have the credibility to make a positive impact from day one. This is an exciting business going through a programme of cultural change that will deliver a high-performance culture, based on self-directed work teams that will require full employee engagement that will deliver customer service excellence. 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 / Aylesbury

Customer Support Engineer

Role: Customer Support Engineer, Field Based Location: Swindon Region Salary: £29,000 - £33,000 (+ Company Car), overtime potential, medical, pension, 25 days holiday, bonus and commission scheme Permanent We are recruiting a Customer Support Engineer on behalf of our client. This global business is a leading manufacturer of coding and printing technologies. They are an established company with a client base that covers over 120 countries. They are seeking a Customer Support Engineer to work with their service team, technical support team and sales team to ensure the highest service level is provided to all customers, crossing several industry sectors including FMCG, Pharma, and general engineering. As Customer Support Engineer your role will involve carrying out field servicing, installations, repairs and preventative maintenance on the full range of company products. You will also maintain service and test Records along with providing technical support to UK customers as and when required. Further duties will include, but will not be restricted to: Providing feedback to assist the company in maintaining good customer relations and improving product design. This will include raising complaints where necessary and feeding back sales opportunities Producing a monthly report in the format determined by your Regional Service Manager. Ensuring continual accuracy of data in-putted in the PDA system. Attending regional service meetings. Experience, Skills and Qualifications Excellent technical ability Strong communication and interpersonal skills Professional customer care skills Ability to apply an analytical and logical approach to fault finding and problem solving. Working knowledge of electronic principles and circuit theory Understanding of microprocessor based products and software driven systems Basic understanding of fluid/hydraulic systems and/or printing technology Good understanding of customer satisfaction skills and techniques Practical knowledge of PC's and their application in an industrial environment We are seeking candidates that have been used to working in a field based role, where you are the "company ambassadors" within your clients. We are therefore looking for candidates who have excellent professional and technical communication skills, who can work within a client to provide a first class service at all times. This position will suit candidates who may be working in a high tech, electronic field base role, for example, medical devices, photocopying or electronics where you are providing an expert engineering service. If you feel you can add value to the position, please apply or email dan.plimmer@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 / Swindon

Management Accountant

Management Accountant Cheltenham £35,000 plus bonus Jonathan Lee Recruitment has partnered with a niche consulting business in Cheltenham to appoint a management accountant. Based in Cheltenham this business supports its customer nationwide with the prevision of consultancy services, working with those customers to increase production and yield in their markets. The role As part of a larger team, your role is to support the day-to-day activities of the Finance Department, including: Month end reporting Statutory accounts submission Cash flow reporting and daily sales reports Reconciliations and ad-hoc reporting The candidate You will be a part / newly qualified accountant with an eye for detail. Meticulous in your approach but able to deliver reporting to deadlines, you will enjoy being part of a team where your input is valued. You will have previous experience delivering month end reporting. If you're a technically minded professional looking for your first role post qualification, please apply. 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 / Cheltenham
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