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engineering and manufacturing recruitment experts, since 1978

Motorsport engineering recruitment

Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s Motorsport division provides clients with innovative recruitment solutions across contract, interim and permanent roles.  We provide solutions across three dedicated divisions: product development, manufacturing and commercial throughout the entire product life cycle.

Clients include OEMs, tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers and SMEs through to teams competing in FIA F1 motor racing, F2, F3, Le Mans, IndyCar, NASCAR, BTCC, DTMs, British GT Championship, WRC and WRX.

Revolutionary technological motorsport developments from the shift towards energy efficiency and energy recovery systems (including ERS and KERs), low emissions, big data and sustainable mobility, to the birth of the all-electrical formula e and Roborace car racing series, has created a demand for a variety of complex recruitment solutions, which we are uniquely equipped to provide.

As many of our consultants are industry specialists from relevant engineering backgrounds, including advanced engineering, automotive, full-vehicle development, powertrain, electrical and electronics, mechanical engineering, quality, we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of the skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist motorsport engineering roles.

MIA partner since 2005 and winner of ‘Service to the Industry Award’ at the MIA Business Excellence Awards has secured us pole position as a leading supplier in the motorsport industry. REC accredited and Make UK Advantages partner.

Contact Paul Branton for more information.

 

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Senior Test and Development Engineer

Senior Test and Development Engineer - Oxford - £40k to £50k pa Engines, lubricants, oil, powertrain, fuel A Senior Test and Development Engineer is required to join a leading manufacturer of fuel and lubricants. You will require significant experience of base engines and/or lubricant development engineering. As the Senior Test and Development Engineer your responsibilities include; Test Process Development Generate innovative solutions for lubricant and engine testing Lead root cause analysis of test failures / unexpected results Deliver new test development projects on time and on budget Develop test methods with proven repeatability and in conjunction with outsource partners Contribute to the advancement of test methodologies for rapid product development and advantage demonstration Identify challenges and opportunities related to hybrid powertrain lubrication and other emerging applications / technologies As the Senior Test and Development Engineer you will require the following skills and experience; BEng Mechanical or Automotive Engineering with significant mechanical/automotive development experience experience of base engine or lubricant development engineering Proven track record of delivering innovative test and development methods in friction, wear, durability Strong safety culture Culture of innovation and driving change Ability and desire to learn new competencies Effective Team Player. Willingness to share, support and be collaborative Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Senior Test and Development Engineer opportunity please apply today. Alternatively contact James Tilley (james.tilley@jonlee.co.uk) or Oliver Smith (oliver.smith@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 / Oxford

Principle Test and Development Engineer

Principle Test and Development Engineer - Oxford - £50k to £60k pa Engines, lubricants, oil, powertrain, fuel A Principle Test and Development Engineer is required to join a leading manufacturer of fuel and lubricants. You will require significant experience of base engines and/or lubricant development engineering. As the Principle Test and Development Engineer your responsibilities include; Leading a small team of engineers. Designing full Test and Development Processes Generate innovative solutions for lubricant and engine testing Lead root cause analysis of test failures / unexpected results Deliver new test development projects on time and on budget Develop test methods with proven repeatability and in conjunction with outsource partners Contribute to the advancement of test methodologies for rapid product development and advantage demonstration Identify challenges and opportunities related to hybrid powertrain lubrication and other emerging applications / technologies As the Principle Test and Development Engineer you will require the following skills and experience; BEng Mechanical or Automotive Engineering with significant mechanical/automotive development experience Significant experience of base engine or lubricant development engineering Proven track record of delivering innovative test and development methods in friction, wear, durability Strong safety culture Culture of innovation and driving change Ability and desire to learn new competencies. Effective Team Player. Willingness to share, support and be collaborative Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Principle Test and Development Engineer opportunity please apply today. Alternatively contact James Tilley (james.tilley@jonlee.co.uk) or Oliver Smith (oliver.smith@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 / Oxford

Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Banbury Chief, Principal, Project, Design, Development, Engineering, Prototype, Build, Innovation, Performance, Leadership, Delivery, DFM, DFA, CAD, Manufacturing Do you want to work for one of the most iconic and exciting British Motorcycling brands, driving engineering excellence across their range of products? We are looking for an experienced and innovative Chief Engineer to help grow the product range and support the delivery of strategic projects across all design and engineering in the UK following a significant recent investment in the business. As a Chief Engineer you will need to be able to demonstrate experience in delivering projects from a new product development perspective to meet corporate objectives and targets within a highly technical and innovative environment. As a Chief Engineer you will be responsible for: Creation of technical solutions, this role also requires proven team leadership capability and offers commercial development opportunity Delivery of technical solutions (often new or novel to meet demanding client requirements) for motorcycle chassis and body system Lead cross functional delivery teams, typically encompassing; chassis design and the integration of styling, powertrain and electrical systems, calling upon domain specialist expertise support as required Provide senior input and approval to proposals, presentations and concepts / reports / drawings etc. including leading client meetings and providing significant customer management All technical and potentially commercial aspects of project delivery of self and team, as well as awareness of and adherence to common project management techniques Leading technical authority for the company in chosen area, shaping company position on subject, promotes excellence both internally and externally Project variety, encompassing many different customer markets, highly varied product sectors e.g. scooter, off-road and cruiser at any or all project phases, from clean sheet to production Managing and leading simulation, analysis and diagnosis, design, planning, implementation and evaluation of technical systems and problem root cause analysis Contributes to significant commercial and organisational planning being able to approve documents, deliverables, proposals and requisitions according to defined limits Contributes to the development of design guidelines, tools and techniques, supporting relationships both internally and externally while developing commercial opportunities customer project work As a Chief Engineer you will have the following skills and experience: Highly competent in the application of a comprehensive range of fundamental Engineering principles to generate or guide the creation of optimal motorcycle specific solutions and sufficiently flexible to adapt first principle techniques across a wide range of known and sometimes novel contexts Capable of writing technical standards and promotion of excellence in motorcycle vehicle design, through coaching of others, and engagement in technical reviews Operated within a similar role at an OEM / Tier 1 or Engineering consultancy, ideally in a design, analysis, test and development, manufacturing related discipline. Track record in delivering project and programmes within the product development arena in the motorcycle, automotive and/or motorsport sector (ideally two wheels, innovation, EV or advanced technology) is essential. Applications will be welcomed from Engineering Professionals with a practical approach to leading product development programmes in the automotive, motorsport, EV and/or innovation arena. Interest in the Chief Engineers position is expected to be high so if you have skills and experience required to deliver products from concept through all development phases and into production and are interested, please contact Mark Bignell on 01384 446167 to discuss further 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 / Banbury

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Manufacturing Operations Manager (SME) Salary: £Competitive Plus Benefits Location: Coventry Principal, Manufacturing, Production, Systems, Innovation, Digitisation, Improvements, Leadership, 8D, 5Y, automation, manufacturing systems, advanced manufacturing. We are looking for an experienced Manufacturing Operations Manager with a track record of driving and developing operational performance within an SME's environment, preferably within the automotive and/or engineering arena. As an enthusiastic and natural leader, you will be a capable individual with a hands-on approach to introducing new systems, processes and techniques into the manufacturing environment to improve efficiencies, increase productivity, eliminate waste and ultimately have a positive impact on bottom line profit. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager, you will need to demonstrate the ability to manage the identification, rationalisation and delivery of new systems, processes and techniques to target the improvements of production and manufacturing processes across the SME marketplace, being able to manage teams through effective leadership to delivery results in a quick and effective time frame and within budget constraints. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager, you will require: Support SME’s in the identification and implementation of modern manufacturing principles and practices to include areas such as digitization, automation, and modernization of the production arena. Day to day support to the manufacturing team in production of automotive and general engineering components and systems Identify wate within the manufacturing environment and make recommendations for improvements Developing manufacturing processes to support production driving continuous improvement. Optimising of manufacturing processes by improving efficiencies, reducing wastage, enhancing yield and reducing cost. Industrialisation of new products / New Product Introduction – take a design concept and find the best way of manufacturing it. Fully use the tools of APQP such as FMEA, PPAP, DFM, DFA to develop and support operations Lead teams in the delivery of effective manufacturing solutions across the SME market to positively impact operations. As a Manufacturing Operations Manager, you should have experience in the following: Driving improvements, performance and efficiencies within an SME environment from a senior managerial level to positively impact bottom line profits Deliver the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology, digitization, business transformation, automation and improvements across all engineering / manufacturing operations within the SME or 1st / 2nd Tier arena Ability to optimize manufacturing processes, equipment, and systems to increase efficiencies and eliminate waste to positively impact productivity, quality, and ultimately bottom-line profits Ability to support the development of a modern continuous improvement and lean manufacturing culture across the organization. Lead multiple manufacturing and digitization projects and programmes across various SME’s to understand needs and requirements while engaging with the organizations deliver solutions in a personal way to ensure buy in and delivery with minimal disruption Have exposure in driving change management and lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, or similar continuous improvement methods to drive effective change. So if you have a true passion for modern manufacturing, automation, digitisation, business transformation and process improvement and have exposure to driving and managing change with an SME environment having, have held a senior managerial level position (Operations, Manufacturing, General Management, CEO) with a proven track record of leadership and delivering projects, you should apply today as applications are expected to be high. For further information please contact Mark Bignell 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 / Coventry

Principal Engineer - Electric Machines and Drives

Principal Engineer – Electric Machines and Drives - Coventry - £ Highly Competitive DOE A Principal Engineer – Electric Machines and Drives is required to work on the development of new and highly innovative electric machine and drive systems for a world-renowned research group. This will involve the application of electric machines, power electronics and associated control technology. This is an exceptional opportunity for a talented engineer to turn their ideas into reality, from blank page concepts to outstanding designs with ground-breaking performance. As Principal Engineer – Electric Machines and Drives – you will be required to Lead the development of the Electric Powertrain for new vehicles, with a particular focus on delivering a high power-to-weight ratio electric drive unit. To provide specialist technical knowledge in the field of electric machines and drives for automotive traction applications. You will also guide the development of inhouse models for the electric drive unit and the associated manufacturing and in process measurements of the system. Your role will also be to maximise academic and industrial partnerships embedding the technology in UK SMEs, working closely with current and future collaborative partners. Provide effective technical management, analysis, planning, monitoring and design expertise in conjunction with all other related project areas and be responsible for test and development activities and contracts with external partners. To disseminate project output by reports, presentations and other suitable methods. As Principal Engineer – Electric Machines and Drives – you will have A degree in a relevant subject Experience of technical leadership of electric powertrain designs and deliverables. The ability to manage multi-disciplined, complex, technical projects. The ability to supervise and support junior engineers. Suitably qualified and experienced Electric Machines and Drives Engineers should apply today by contacting Dr Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to paul.robson@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

Business Development Manager - Magnetic Technology

Business Development Manager – Magnetic Technology – Home-based - £ Competitive DOE A Business Development Manager is required for a highly-respected and innovative engineering test equipment supplier and consultancy business. Operating in a variety of sectors, our client uses expert knowledge to assist the development of the latest magnetic-related engineering technology for leading high-tech companies and academic institutions. This is a significantly technical role, with the requirement for scientific discussions with clients. As Business Development Manager you will promote the class-leading magnetic test equipment range, and support and promote new business across a range of new and existing clients. As Business Development Manager – Magnetic Technology - you will be required to Be a technically credible representative of the company, by demonstrating a sound understanding of magnets, magnetic instruments and their use both in industry and scientific institutions. Represent the company at trade shows, conferences and networking events, both nationally and internationally. Qualify opportunities to Sales and Technical teams, to ensure that client requirements are accurately communicated and met. As Business Development Manager – Magnetic Technology you will have A degree in an Engineering discipline, with an enthusiasm for magnetics. Experience in engineering, manufacturing and production. Proven business development and sales achievements. What you will get: An excellent salary and benefits package. Flexible-working and the opportunity to be part of a talented and supportive team. Suitably qualified and experienced magnetics professionals should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to paul.robson@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 / Oxford

Design Engineer

Design Engineer £Competitive Thatcham Motorsport A Design Engineer is required to be responsible for the design and detail of gearbox components and complete transmission systems. Candidates with experience of using Siemens NX 3D CAD system and with previous motorsport or automotive experience would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning transmission technology specialist based in Thatcham, requires a proactive Design Engineer to work within small cohesive teams on challenging projects in a fast moving environment. The Design Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified in mechanical engineering or relevant discipline Post graduate experience in a design engineering environment Experience of designing rotating metal components is desirable Excellent organisational and IT skills (MS Office) Knowledge of manufacturing processes, procedures, controls and quality standards, together with ERP systems This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with experience of applying first principles to solve real-world problems. In return for your experience, this Thatcham based transmission technology specialist will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as a Design Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Design Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525. 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 / Thatcham

Production Engineer

Production Engineer - Thatcham - Manufacturing - £28,000 to £32,000 p.a This is a great opportunity for an experienced Production Engineer looking to advance their career within a fast paced manufacturing environment. Responsibilities: Dealing with general manufacturing queries employees, sub contract suppliers and customers. Managing multiple production engineering projects. Improving and developing manufacturing/production processes. Working as part of the Production Engineering team you will also be responsible for advising designers about relevant manufacturing issues. Requirements: Ideally qualified to HNC/HND level in an engineering related discipline. At least 3 years experience within a production engineering team. CAD skills are essential. Ability to work under pressure with a robust approach to problem solving. self-motivated team player with excellent communications skills. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Production Engineer opportunity please apply today. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Oliver Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446104 or email oliver.smith@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 / Thatcham

Quality Manager

Job: Quality Manager Location: Milton Keynes Permanent: £Competitive Plus Benefits Industry: Automotive Quality, Management, Quality Systems, Compliance, IATF 16949, ISO 14001, CI, Warranty, Auditing, MSA, Suppliers, DFMEA, FMEA, PFMEA, 8D, QMS A Quality Manager is required to manage quality processes and systems across all areas of the business within pressed and forged automotive manufacturing environment. Experience of managing quality functions, departments, and systems having the ability to drive product quality to IATF 16949/ISO 14001 standards would be well received. Due to the continued success and growth this company, a world class supplier of high precision pressed, and forged components requires a well organised and proactive Quality Manager for a new permanent role. As the Quality Manager, you will be responsible for the following: Develop and improve the QMS to support all business requirement in accordance with TS16949/ISO14001 Be focal point for all supplier/customer related quality issues to maintain effective communication on quality issues and resolve concerns quickly and effectively Champion all quality and process improvement initiatives across the business Taking responsibility for training and development of staff to ensure product quality and compliance are achieved within a high-volume manufacturing environment Liaise with all Engineering Departments and stakeholders to ensure quality standards are adhered to using effective tools/techniques such as DFMEA, PFMEA, MSA, CMM and Internal/external auditing Focus on driving forward continuous improvements and lean methodology using Kaizen, Six Sigma, 8D and 5S to eliminate waste while increasing efficiencies The Quality Manager must have the following: Engineering qualification or relevant quality manufacturing experience Quality Management or Senior Quality exposure in a manufacturing arena Conversant with continuous improvement methodologies and techniques Knowledge of quality standards, systems and procedures (TS/IATF 16949 preferable) Technical awareness of manufacturing processes and QMS Able to support customer requirements, validate auditing results, supplier performances and non-conformances In return, the Quality Manager roles offers a competitive salary with excellent career progression and development plus benefits package. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Quality Management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Quality Managers position, 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 / Milton Keynes

Test and Development Engineer

Test & Development Engineer Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex Up to £250 per day (Umbrella/PAYE) Temp to Perm Powertrain A Test & Development Engineer opportunity has become available for a company who specialise in the design and production of powertrains for a variety of engineering applications. These aspects include the performance, efficiency and durability of the engine, as observed from rigs, single-cylinder and multi-cylinder prototypes. This position will support the Chief Engineer, Development, with the next phase of prototype testing onsite and at two universities. This is a hands-on and varied role, with a mix of desktop-based development work and use of practical tools such as rigs, engine test beds and in the future, chassis dynos. This role would be ideal for someone who has worked with diesel combustion and emissions and is proactive, adaptable, decisive and autonomous in their nature. Responsibilities: Technical responsibility for test projects using rigs, single-cylinder and multi-cylinder engines Co-ordination of hardware builds, testing and validation activities and schedules, fault rectification and delivery of test results, often to demanding time schedules Optimisation of engine and subsystem performance, including fuel economy & emissions compliance Analysis of test results, development of conclusions and recommendations for development towards technical targets Supporting engineering partners and academic institutions in delivering test programs Reporting of technical progress and risk to key stakeholders Day to day management of suppliers and programme partners as appropriate To apply for this position you should have some of the following: Engineering graduate with experience of internal combustion engine testing and development and a fundamental understanding of diesel engine, combustion and after treatment calibration and control Experience of engine test bed management; Ensuring testing is executed to process and delivers QA'd results Experience in identifying and solving root cause of complex combustion or emissions calibration related problems Fluent in thermodynamics, engine and engine systems technology and engineering Experience of engine build; either hands on or managing engine builds Experienced user of engineering tools such as Matlab, Simulink, INCA & Microsoft Office Experience of using 1D & 3D CFD simulation for steering hardware & performance development is an advantage, but not essential Has SME, start-up and / or engineering consultancy experience and attracted by the unique challenges of a small business Please send your CV to James Tilley for review. 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 / Shoreham-by-Sea
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