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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.

Make UK 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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Foundry Engineer

Foundry Engineer Wednesbury £35,000 per annum My client are a well established manufacturer of castings owned by an international group of companies based in the Wednesbury area. Job description: * Support the Technical Manager in attending all technical related meetings including the weekly Quality Meetings. * Report all major process or product non-conformances to the Technical Manager as soon as possible. Initiate non-conformance reports and implement investigations and corrective actions as necessary. * Prepare new or update existing work instructions within your area of responsibility to ensure work practices are documented accurately and integrated into our quality system. * Support the estimating by providing accurate proposals for tooling manufacture and methods application to aid the manufacturing cost accuracy. * Design and development of new pattern equipment for foundry use with the support of external Pattern Shops and the Foundry Manager. * Chemically bonded sand analysis. The development and improvement of existing systems and procedures. * The management of the internal samples and trials procedure including, organising and supervising trials, informing department managers of any special instructions or requirements in a timely manner, the final analysis and reporting of trials including reports if necessary and recommendations. * Daily scrap analysis and reporting. * Casting Observations. * Preparation and presentation of Technical reports including customer complaint investigations, project updates, technical developments and concession applications. Background: Ideally you will currently be working in a foundry as a Foundry Engineer, Technical Officer or Methods Engineer. Experience of steel and or iron castings is desired although an aluminium background would also be considered. Metallurgy qualifications are a nice to have although experience gained through on the job training is also acceptable. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this excellent opportunity with a company with a very high staff retention rate.

Permanent / Wednesbury, West Midlands

Internal Sales

Internal Sales - Metals - Near Birmingham - £20,000 to £25,000 per annum This is an exciting Internal Sales opportunity to join a well-established market leader in the supply of multi-metals based outside of Birmingham. We supply into high value, high specification markets. Benefits include; bonuses, continuous sales and product training, private health care, trips to European mills, fully financed qualification options. As the Internal Sales Representative your responsibilities will include; Managing a portfolio of key accounts supporting the Sales Manager and the internal/external team. Accurately take verbal enquiries. Swift and accurate turnaround from enquiry to quotation, either verbal or written. Seek out and execute 'added value' opportunities to secure profitable long term business. Excellent understanding of the full product range. This Internal Sales opportunity is a permanent position offering quick progression opportunities and a competitive starting salary. If you are interested in this exciting Internal Sales opportunity near Birmingham please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Production Planning Manager

Production Planning Manager - Central Birmingham - £40,000 to £45,000 + bonus A Production Planning Manager is required to join a well established and specialist material handling manufacturer based in central Birmingham. As the Production Planning Manager your responsibilities will include; Monitoring production outputs, liaising with customers on forecast demands and schedule changes. Managing stock forecast and supplier performance evaluation. Driving cost down activity. Production scheduling and planning end to end process. Issuing OTIF, Factory Compliance and Stock Reports. Manage Bills of Materials (BOM's) and route cards. Drive the area to meet its targets and objectives. As the Production Planning Manager you will require the following skills & experiences; Production planning experience within a manufacturing environment is essential. Knowledge of managing BOM's & route cards. Significant experience of leading a team. An ability to work effectively with customers and stakeholders at all levels. Strong commercial acumen. If you are interested in this exciting Production Planning Manager opportunity and have significant production planning/scheduling experience please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

CNC Setter/Operator

CNC Setter Operator Permanent Day shift Bridgnorth Salary - Competitive depending on experience Jonathan Lee are currently recruiting for a CNC Setter Operator for a prestigious client of ours based in Bridgnorth. This is a Permanent position with immediate starts available for the right candidate As a CNC Setter Operator, you will: Set new fixtures Set existing products on CNC machining centres, setting of tools & fixtures & making required adjustments to offsets Gauge checking Change tools, tips & reset datums to suit As a CNC Setter Operator, you will: Experience of Haas, Mazak & Matsura machining centres Experience of Fanuc and or Mazak/Mazatrol Ability to work using your own initiative Ability to train new members of the team If you are currently looking for your next role & keen to hear more about this opportunity, then please contact Kieron at Jonathan Lee to discuss in more detail.

Permanent / Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Maintenance Engineer

Maintenance Technician - Rail Sector - Permanent - Attractive - Rosyth Area A Maintenance Technician is required to join an established company with a good reputation in the Rail Sector. The successful Maintenance Technician will report directly to the Maintenance Manager and they will join the Maintenance department. The Maintenance Technician will carry out the maintenance and repair of all site facilities, plant and equipment and the upkeep of all relevant documentation. Responsibilities and Skills Required of the Maintenance Technician Working at height (Overhead cranes) and confined space. Working (inside large) machines will occur from time to time. This role is best suited to industrial biased electricians. Observe Safe Working Practices and current Health and Safety Requirements. Tasks completed must conform to the Quality Standards and Internal Work Instructions. Maintain and promote a safe and tidy working environment. Accurately and efficiently carry out all aspects of electrical maintenance tasks. Self-Inspect work prior to commissioning and after installation or repair. Ensure any plant and equipment internally or externally hired is operated correctly. Defects are reported to a Maintenance Supervisor or Production Support Manager. Co-operate with both Electrical and Mechanical Supervisors. Always endeavor to improve standards and reduce costs. Complete all Maintenance and Shift Reports as requested. Comply with the Company Code of Conduct. Any other duties deemed reasonable by the business. Experience and Qualifications Required for the Maintenance Technician A minimum of City & Guilds in Electrical Engineering. Or a similar qualification with a proven record of practical experience. Experience within and Industrial or Manufacturing environment. Time-served / qualified candidates who are electrical biased preferred. Knowledge of PLC controls would be an Advantage. An Excellent team player with a sound understanding of planned maintenance procedures. The ability to effectively analyse, record and interpret data. If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Maintenance Technician, then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line 01384 446102 or Email suitable MS Word CV's

Permanent / Edinburgh, Scotland

CNC Turner/Miller

CNC Miller/Turner - Permanent - Aerospace - South Yorkshire - Attractive An Opportunity has arisen for an experienced CNC Miller/Turner to join a leading Aerospace Manufacturing company within the Sheffield area and will report to the Production Manager. The successful CNC Miller/Turner will be machining sensitive aerospace components in line with the Master Production Schedule. The CNC Miller/Turner must have experience in aerospace machining and be able to work alone or as part of a team. This position will operate on a Continental Shift Pattern 4 on 4 off. Duties for the CNC Miller/Turner Work to close tolerances, small batch work, predominantly fixture based. Use wide range of aerospace materials such as Titanium and Nickel based alloys. Ability to learn multiple machines within the business. Ability to operate multiple machines where applicable. Understanding and ability to interpret engineering drawings. Understanding of various controls such as Heidenhein & Fanuc. Use overhead crane for fixture transportation. Understand and be able to follow Batch Card and Standard Working Instructions. Have a good level of Computer Literacy. Cover holidays and capacity issue with overtime when required. Additional Knowledge and Skills Required for the CNC Miller/Turner Experience working in an engineering environment. Experience in machining sensitive or critical aerospace components. Experience in operating and setting CNC Turning and Milling machines. Experience in self inspection and recording results of produced components. Demonstrate a good level of numeracy/literacy. Demonstrate the ability to used multiple control systems. Excellent understanding of tooling. Ability to work part of a team or individually. Effective communication skills. Have a continuous improvement thought process. This position will operate on a Continental Shift Pattern 4 on 4 off. If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the CNC Miller/Turner, then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line 01384 446102 or Email suitable MS Word CV's to

Permanent / Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Membership Development Officer

Membership Development Officer - Confederation of British Metalforming £25,000 to £30,000 + car allowance (£200-£300 per month) Our client The CBM (Confederation of British Metalforming) based in West Bromwich near Birmingham is the leading trade association for UK manufacturers of fasteners, forgings and pressings, cold-rolled and sheet-metal products. Working in partnership we are looking for a positive, supportive, inclusive and progressive individual who will be responsible for growing the membership base through pro-active lead generation, sales and referrals. New Business Development; Identifying member opportunities and promoting the CBM service offerings to on-board and build long term mutually successful relationships. Ensure potential members and clients expectations in terms of performance, deliverables and services are identified, managed and met. Cold calling as required to build a strong pipeline to achieve long term growth goals. Through industry research and knowledge identify potential new sectors/markets, Account Management and Retention; Further develop strong relationships to keep clients informed about new developments and services of CBM, it's products and services to enhance the core membership proposition. Enhance existing relationships to ensure client retention. Regular business reporting as required. As the Membership Development Officer you will require the following skills; Strong commercial mind and experience of the manufacturing sector, specifically with metals manufacturing knowledge would be of specific benefit. Excellent time management and organisation skills Have a history of sales experience with a proven record in new client/member acquisition, face-to-face sales presentations and client management. Confident in establishing new relationships with potential members, and maintaining relationships with existing. Experienced in delivering the high levels of customer service. if you are interested in this exciting Membership Development Officer opportunity please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Maintenance Engineer - DAYS ONLY

Maintenance Engineer (mechanical) - Central Birmingham - Presses/CNC's - £26k to £35k A Maintenance Engineer is required to join a well-established, successful and progressive family business which is a manufacturer of specialist material handling equipment, components and systems. The role is based in the new purpose-built manufacturing facility in central Birmingham. We are offering to financially support the candidate through electrical courses if they wish to multi-skill train. Maintenance Engineer responsibilities will include; Servicing and maintenance on CNC machines and power presses. Coordinate and deliver the TPM. Develop all plans and look to improve the general function of the maintenance department. To move away from a reactive culture to a planned maintenance approach and programme. General day to day site/facilities maintenance will also be a part of the role as required. As the Maintenance Engineer you will require the following skills & experiences; An ability to maintain plant, equipment and facilities. Experience of maintaining/servicing power presses and CNC machines is desirable. Experience of PLC fault finding (desirable). Experience of implementing TPM. The opportunity for a Maintenance Engineer with this business will suit any experienced individual who is looking for a wide-ranging role where, as part of a smaller business they can be effective and make a difference. Please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer - Dudley - Processing Machines - £30k to £45k P.A A Mechanical Design Engineer is required to join a leading manufacturer of metal processing equipment for steel and aluminium manufacturing companies. The successful Mechanical Design Engineer will demonstrate a strong engineering background with an emphasis on mechanical design and with the ability to meet deadlines as required. THE ROLE In this role as Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be tasked with:- Establishing detailed designs using company engineering methods and best-practices Create and review designs using 3D/2D CAD software programs including Inventor and AutoCAD Create and review BOM documents in MS Excel Generate/review calculations to define machine specifications Assist in specification and selection of proprietary components Liaise with all departments within the group providing technical support as required Liaise with the customers, partaking in site visits as required THE PERSON To be considered for this varied and challenging Mechanical Design Engineer role, you will have: - Experience in the design & manufacture of heavy precision machinery - steel and/or aluminium industry preferable Be educated to a minimum of HNC level Experience in the use of Inventor 3D and AutoCAD 2D design is desirable Strong communication skills Proven problem solving skills The role comes with good benefits package, if you feel that you meet the criteria of the advertisement, please apply for immediate interview.

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager Location: UK Industry/Sector: Metals/Engineering Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 plus bonus and car allowance A new Business Development Manager is required to join a well-established and growing organisation within the field of engineering and metal stamping/pressing. My client is going through exciting times, expending into new markets and opportunities where they need a highly driven and motivated Business Development Manager to grow and establish new business and customers. My client offers a unique combination of proven product design innovation led by UK based technical experts with high quality, cost-effective Asian manufacturing. Supported by customised worldwide end to end supply chain management, coordinated from UK HQ. Experts in all aspects of metal stamping/pressing and sheet metal fabrication, including in house precision mould design and production. As a Business Development Manager, you will be required to: Generate leads and keep in regular contact with existing prospects Present to senior decision makers within prospective clients (MD's and CEO's) Identify areas for expansion and development for new business Develop a targeted long-term new business strategy Work closely with senior management to refine how the business presents itself to fully explore and grow in new markets The Business Development Manager should have the following skills or experience: Proven experience within Business Development/New Business Management role Self-starter who is target-driven and motivated Excellent communication and presentation skills You will have experience of building relationships with senior commercial and technical decision-makers and ideally possess strong personal contacts with key players Excellent time management, an individual who thrives on working autonomously Experience working in similar markets/industries The ideal candidate will be determined, outgoing, positive, articulate and diplomatic Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience of Sales and Business Development and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Business Development Manager role, please contact Ed Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446133 or email .

Permanent / Sevenoaks, Kent

Quality Control Technician

Quality Control Technician - Aerospace Manufacturing - Attractive - Warwickshire A Quality Control Technician is required to join and Innovative Aerospace Manufacturing facility on a Permanent Basis. The successful Quality Control Technician will join the Quality Dept and report to the Quality Cell Leader. The Quality Control Technician will ensure that the manufactured products are compliant with the relevant technical specifications and customer drawings through inspection, non-destructive and mechanical testing and metallographic inspection Responsibilities of the Quality Control Technician To provide technical assistance on metallurgical defects and mechanical test failures Use 8D methodology to problem solve quality issues Analysis of dimensional, mechanical and metallurgical defects To provide detailed Quality Reports and analysis for the Quality Assurance Manager To carry out pre-plate and after plate inspection in accordance with work instructions To carry out Hydrogen and Oxygen analysis in accordance with work instructions To carry out 'final view' inspection, ensuring that all information is correct To check accuracy of information on test reports and Certificates of Conformance's Non-destructive tests to include Magnetic Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection Mechanical tests including: tensile, shear, fatigue, stress durability/endurance tests To carry out hardness checks and metallographic inspection on parts To review incoming raw material certificates Quality Control Technicians may also be required to perform internal audits to AS9100 Undertake any other duties/responsibilities as reasonably requested by management Qualifications & Requirements of the Quality Control Technician Effective communication skills and experience within a Quality Control role HNC/NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in an Engineering discipline Recognised qualification in Metallurgy or Material Science NDT Knowledge is required for this role Working within a Manufacturing Environment and Fluent in English Experience within a forgings and/or thread rolling Environment Customer focused, initiative, teamwork, transparency, autonomy and hands-on Must have Mechanical testing and Metallographic Inspection Skills The employee should be process driven and able to problem solve Ability to understand technical operations and processes Computer literate with a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office A good understanding of engineering drawings and technical specifications Knowledge and ability to use measuring equipment (e.g. Micrometres, Vernier's) A good understanding of supplier/customer relationships Security Clearance may be required due to the nature of the products being manufactured If you are interested in this Quality Control Technician position, then please apply directly or send a suitable MS Word Format CV directly to my Email at . Alternatively, if you wish to discuss then please contact Peter Heap on my direct line 01384 446102.

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Graduate Applications Engineer

Applications Engineer A new position is being created for a trainee Applications Engineer to support the growth of a well established supplier of special purpose machinery. Working within the sales department and reporting to the sales manager the role will consist of developing technical solutions and commercial proposals to satisfy customer enquiries including compiling cost estimates, producing project drawings and preparing technical specifications. The ideal candidate will possess a qualification such as HNC / HND or Degree in an engineering discipline and will have worked in an industrial environment. Ideally medium to heavy mechanical, electrical or process engineering. The ability to produce drawings using CAD is required with 3D experience being desirable. IT literate with experience of Microsoft Office. Good written and verbal communication skills are a prerequisite. Hold a current driving license as travel within the UK will be required as will occasional overseas travel. This role will suit someone currently working as an Applications Engineer, Sales Engineer or Internal Sales Engineer or Design Engineer with an interest in technical sales. CAD skills are strongly desired.

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands

Technical Manager - Castings

Job Title: Technical Manager - Castings Location: Wednesbury Salary: £48,000 plus Benefits This is an excellent opportunity for a Technical Manager - Castings to join a successful multi-national company who are going through an exciting period of growth. We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Technical Manager who is self-motivated, able to lead the technical department and play a major role within the Management Team. They will manage all activities of a technical nature, ensure conformance to all internal and external customers whilst adhering to the corporate vision, mission and values. Frequent communication with Sales and Product Development personnel will be required, as well as inter-department personnel on resolving issues. You must provide motivation and development for all members of your team and ensure that operations are conducted in a safe, environmentally responsible, efficient manner. Technical Manager responsibilities include: Technical capability and Reporting Report on all major process or product non-conformance. Initiate non-conformance reports and implement investigations and corrective actions as necessary. Inspection department management Quality System management - Prepare new or update existing work instructions to ensure work practices are documented accurately and integrated into our quality system. Oversee the modelling & simulation analysis for routine production and new product development. Managing internal samples and trials, including supervising all foundry trials and informing department managers of any special instructions in a timely manner. Final analysis and report to include recommendations and actions, develop procedures and work instructions to compliment new changes. Preparation of technical reports including customer complaint investigations, project updates, technical developments and concession applications. Technical audits in the Foundry to ensure that process instructions are being adhered to by operations personnel. Provide metallurgical support through your team to the foundry and heat treatment functions at the facility. Provide support for estimating. People management Chair and manage quality focus groups. Generate actions, review and close out. Champion a weekly scrap and rework focus group involving the Foundry as well as the existing members of your team. Coordinate and oversee the methods and tooling design activities and manage the team against KPI targets. Health and safety Continuously look for an opportunity to safely reduce costs in the various operations or through process reduction, but not in detriment to product quality. Maintain good employee industrial relations to promote productivity improvement, job satisfaction and a strong sense of teamwork. Oversee the development of Continuous Improvement in your areas of responsibility across the site. The candidate will need to demonstrate: At least 5 years experience managing within a foundry / castings, metals or heavy engineering industry A qualification in metallurgy or materials science is desirable Strong communication skills and be customer focused Being self-motivated and flexible Be an excellent team player Please apply as soon as possible to be considered for this exciting Technical Manager opportunity.

Permanent / Wednesbury, West Midlands


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