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High precision CNC sheet metal stamping and punching machinery.

Metals industry

engineering and manufacturing recruitment experts, since 1978

metals engineering recruitment

Jonathan Lee Recruitment's Metals division provides best-in-class recruitment services in contract and permanent recruitment in three dedicated areas: product development, manufacturing and commercial, across industries that include:

Steel Manufacturing - Steel Processing - Steel Stockholding - Mixed Metals Manufacturing - Pressings - Roll Forming - Extrusion - Laser Cutting - Welding - Castings - Forgings - Turned Parts - Precision Engineering / Machining - Plating - Metallurgy and Inspection

Working in partnership with our global client base, who range from prestigious global blue chip clients through to SMEs, covering metal manufacturing, stockholding and distribution including steel, aluminium, copper and exotic metals, we identify and attract the best talent available. Our professionalism and integrity mean that we take the time to listen to your requirements to find the perfect candidate for your specific role.

As many of our metal consultants are industry specialists from relevant engineering backgrounds, including automotive, aerospace, defence, electronics and manufacturing sectors, we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of the skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist roles.

EEF Advantages Partner, member of the Confederation of British Metalforming, industry supporter to the IMechE and REC accredited.​  Contact Scott McIntee for more information.

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Operational Excellence Manager - Manufacturing

An Operational Excellence Manager is required for a £muilti-billion global manufacturer. As Operational Excellence Manager you will be required to: Assess and drive operational improvements across multiple manufacturing sites across the UK and several sites within Europe. Work with local teams to develop operational frameworks to improve manufacturing quality, cost reduction and ongoing continuous improvement. Engender a lean culture by training and coaching the site management teams to deliver training throughout the rest of the company. Drive financial improvements through cost reduction activities, investment to optimise production and look at supply chain improvement programmes. This role of Operational Excellence Manager will need to possess the following skills and experiences: Proven Lean/Six Sigma champion with a proven background in implementing operational improvements within high volume manufacturing/engineering. Strong leadership skills with the ability to drive change. Previous global experience is desirable but not essential although the role will require 60% international travel. Experience with industrial or automotive coating is desirable. Language skills - English - essential, German - desirable, Czech - desirable, Hungarian - desirable. This is a permanent role supporting manufacturing operations within UK, Hungary, Czech Republic and Germany. If you have the required skills and experiences for this role of Operational Excellence Manager and you are looking for a global position working for a large multinational business then please click on the link to apply or contact The salary is flexible based on experience.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Production Planner

Production Planner - Metal Forging - West Midlands - £22,000 to £28,000 P.A A Production Planner is required to join a well established SME forgings business based in the heart of the West Midlands. As the Production Planner your responsibilities will include; Assistance in Planning function and interaction with department heads Printing and issue of department plans Active involvement in Quality improvement, Cost Reduction and OTIF Performance Involvement in stock control activities Organisation of transport activities (In-house and Sub-con) Co-ordination of sub-contract activities (Machining, Heat Treatment- inc test bars, Painting etc) As the Production Planner you will require the following skills and experiences; Experience of working in a similar Manufacturing environment. High level of attention to detail Able to work on multiple tasks concurrently Able to perform well under pressure Able to work well as part of a team If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Cradley Heath, West Midlands

Head of Operations

Due to continued growth this global metals manufacturer is actively seeking a dynamic Head of Operations. Suitable for: Operations Manager, Operations Leader, Operations Director, Manufacturing Manager The Role Reporting in to the Plant Manager the Head of Operations is required to provide day to day operational leadership and strategic planning for the site which has a large number of employees ensuring compliance with all legislation and best practice. Support the Plant Manager on both operational activity and strategic planning. To deliver on KPI targets, to drive a culture of ownership within the company. Identify opportunities for making efficiency improvement utilising lean manufacturing methodology. To ensure the quality, safety and reliability of all production processes. Responsible for developing tools for accurate and on time reporting of KPI's The establishment of Quality, Cost and Delivery indices and definition of performance targets in line with the company expectation and industry standards. Comply with the Health and Safety Policy and procedures in accordance with Health and Safety legislation. The Person Ideally you will have a metals manufacturing or automotive manufacturing background Currently operating at Operations Manager level in a medium to large manufacturing organisation Strong people management skills to ensure development and support to direct reports. Team player motivated by success of the company, goal oriented, excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Would suit an ambitous individual capable of progressing up to Plant Manager level in the future A degree qualification is highly desirable This role offers an outstanding opportunity to join a global manufacturing business and offers an outstanding career development opportunity. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this exciting Head of Operations opportunity.

Permanent / Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Tooling Engineer

Tooling Engineer - Metal Forging - West Midlands - £38,000 to £42,000 per annum A Tooling Engineer is required to join a well established SME forgings business based in the heart of the West Midlands. As the Tooling Engineer your responsibilities will include; Experience of technical drawing and design (dies and tools) Purchasing die blocks and tooling material Ensuring readiness of dies/tooling for production CAD/CAM and Simulation experience is essential Management of die costs It is essential the candidate has experience of designing, costing and purchasing of die and tools in a metal manufacturing environment. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Cradley Heath, West Midlands

Interim HR Manager

My client are a global manufacturer of precision engineered components supplying into the power generation and automotive industries with approximately 150 personnel at the Telford site. They are looking for a high calibre Human Resources Manager for approximately 12 months to cover maternity leave. You will ideally have experience of human resources in an engineering or manufacturing environment. Responsibilities: Assisting with the recruitment process ensuring compliance and legal requirements are met. Creating and implementing policies and procedures for a global company. Playing a pivotal and leading role in all grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures. Collaborating with managers to develop and design policies and procedures around absence, sickness and all HR related subjects. Assisting all department managers, giving advice and assisting understand of all implemented policies and procedures. Ensuring the provision of HR is consistent and of the highest level. Negotiating with staff on issues relating to pay and conditions. Interpreting and advising on employment law. Reward advice and support expat employees on company benefits. Reporting and analysis of HR data. Required experience: HR Manager experience ideally in a manufacturing or engineering environment. CIPD qualified. Ideally you will have worked in a medium to large organisation previously. Hands on individual as well as strategic when required Able to commence the role in June 2018 Please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this attractive HR Manager opportunity with a global organisation.

Permanent / Telford, Shropshire

Junior PLC Controls Engineer

A Junior PLC Controls Engineer is required for a locally based systems integrator. The role of Junior Controls Engineer will consist of the following: To specify and design the control system for bespoke automation projects working with customer specified equipment or in-house specified controllers. Integrate robotics, pneumatics, motors, sensors, vision systems, safety PLC's using motion controllers, PLC's and HMI's. Once fitted you will be required to program the machine so that if functions in sequence as intended. As a Junior PLC Controls Engineer you are not expected to possess all the skills from day one. Training will be provided however experience of the following is essential. Technical qualification in control system engineering, mechatronics or electrical engineering is essential Experience with basic programming of plcs or micro controllers is essential Knowledge of fluid power is advantageous although training will be provided for using pneumatics. Experience as a multi-skilled maintenance engineer of electrical engineer with fault finding experience seeking a career change in to controls engineering. This is a wonderful opportunity to train as a Junior PLC Controls Engineer in a very technical and financially rewarding discipline. If you have the required skills and aspirations for this role of Junior PLC Controls Engineer, then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer a competitive salary with comprehensive training working in a modern sate of the art manufacturing facility, supplying automated solutions in to many sectors such as automotive and aerospace.

Permanent / Worcestershire, England

Lean Manufacturing Manager

Due to continued growth this global manufacturing and engineering business is actively seeking a dynamic Lean Manufacturing Manager Salary: Circa £50,000 + 14% bonus, 7 % Pension + family health cover and life insurance Suitable for: Lean Manufacturing Manager, Lean Manufacturing Lead, Continuous Improvement Manager The Role Reporting directly into the Plant Manager you will provide real leadership, direction and support to the local Senior Management Team as they start their cultural transformation to embed an improvement culture at all levels within the business. The CI Specialist is responsible to identify and improve the outcomes of manufacturing and operational processes to improve efficiency's, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction. Plans, runs and controls strategic high impact improvement projects, focusing on simplification and performance improvement of productive and administrative processes. Supports the Value Stream management to define and select projects for execution. Acts as change agent and leads project teams to reach agreed process improvement targets; ensures that process improvements are maintained over time. Effectively applies lean methodology and enforces project standards leading to performance optimisation. Evaluate current business practices, looking for ways to improve practices, reduce costs, and make best use of the business resources. Develop plans, schedules and budgets for projects to improve existing processes. Identify and deliver service improvement activity across the business through employing process improvement methodologies and the application of innovative thinking. Work with key stakeholders and Lean Champions to build sustainable change The Person You are likely to be working in a senior Lean Manufacturing or Continuous Improvement role currently Experience in manufacturing and engineering is essential. Ideally heavy manufacturing industry. Strong knowledge of modern lean manufacturing techniques based on Toyota Production System or other equivalent system Able to influence others both at shop floor and senior management level Degree qualified This role offers a great opportunity to join a well respected global manufacturing business and offers an outstanding career development opportunity. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this exciting Lean Manufacturing opportunity.

Permanent / Warrington, Cheshire

Maintenance Engineer - Electrical

Maintenance Technicians/Engineers - £30k to £46k + including 30% shift allowance Metals Industry - Wolverhampton - 24/7 shift rotational pattern Maintenance Technicians/Engineers D.O.E (electrically biased) are required to join a globally recognised steel manufacturer based in the Midlands. Company benefits include; 30% shift allowance 20% bonus potential 10% Pension contribution Training - ABB and Siemens As a Maintenance Technician/Engineer you will require the following skills and experiences; Completed an engineering apprenticeship, NVQ/City & Guilds or time served Knowledge of electrical installations including single and three-phase fault finding in a manufacturing environment. Repair/modification/fault finding experience on PLC's Experience of fault finding, stripping and reassembling component parts. Experience with slitting machines, profiling and laser welding machines is highly desirable. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please click on the link to apply or alternatively send your CV direct

Permanent / Wolverhampton, West Midlands


Metallurgist Hertfordshire Manufacturing Permanent Salary negotiable. Working in a small team of Metallurgists and Engineers, you will provide technical support to the production departments. This will include reviewing and improving existing processes to ensure the manufacture of high quality compliant products whilst minimising cost and waste. Evaluating new technologies to extend and improve manufacturing capabilities. Duties of the Metallurgist: Undertake production trials, define specifications and produce process instructions. Provide metallurgical technical support to production to resolve issues and improve processes. Advise and apply knowledge of metallurgy to make and inform decision making. Provide technical support to the commercial team advising on capabilities and customer technical queries. Analyse and report on customer rejections and returns. Undertake process development for new alloy and product variants of existing products. Prepare works costings and quotations. Skills and experience required - Metallurgist. This is an excellent opportunity for a driven individual who is looking for a career path with progression. Degree qualified in a Materials Science, Metallurgy, Engineering or relevant industrial experience. Experience in structured problem-solving techniques. The ability to plan and organise work schedules to meet deadlines.

Permanent / Hertfordshire, England


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