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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.

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Project Engineer

Project Engineer (Vehicle Build) £Competitive West Midlands Prototype Build, Design, Development, CAD, Attributes, Fit Out, Accessories, Project, Vehicles A Project Engineer (Vehicle Build)  is required with knowledge of vehicle build and fit out, product development, project delivery and hands on problem solving skills to work on new vehicle build programmes. Candidates with experience of leading the integration of new products within vehicle build and fit out projects while sport new product development being hands on in stripping an building the vehicles would be well received. Due to continued growth this niche supplier of vehicle accessories for retrofit vehicles based in the West Midlands requires a proactive, hands on Project Engineer with exposure of vehicle attributes, strip down and rebuild of body systems for a new permanent role. As a Project Engineer you will be required to: Main engineering and technical point of contact with customers and suppliers. Coordinate RFQs from OEM customers. Support supply partners (in the UK and overseas) with quality, process, and cost improvements. Write and maintain high level design briefs for the top-level product types.  Project manage the development of all the accessories for all new vehicles as well as the current vehicles. Write the design brief for new products in house and externally sourced when appropriate. Provide regular status reports of ongoing projects and future projects. Ensure that all departments are informed about what they will be required to do for a new product launch. Responsible for trial fitting, amending fitments / products and providing feedback to suppliers to ensure the final products are acceptable for our market. Where appropriate this could involve some re-designing of the initial product. Ensure that products are economically viable. Use warranty data to improve the quality of the products. Be aware of the current and future demands of the customers. Work with the Chief Technician to ensure that technical enquiries from customers are dealt with in a timely manner. Using the information gathered to improve the products or fitting instructions. Manage the creation & amending of fitting instructions. Ensure that all processes and procedures are carried out in line with the Companies Quality Management System. The Project Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Engineering background in automotive. This could be vehicle fit out including defence, special vehicles. Good comprehension of vehicle standards. Knowledge of PPAP, REACH and FMEA Experience of using hand and power tools in a garage workshop environment. Empathy with our customer base. And this is very varied. Project management Skills Basic CAD design Good personal skills when working with a range of different cultures. Our suppliers are all over the world. Team player and good man management skills Have a good understanding of the commercial drivers of the business. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have knowledge in the vehicle fit out and build allied with product test and development and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project 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 / West Midlands

Project Manager

Project Manager (Innovation) £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits  Location: Abingdon Project, Manager, Delivery, Gateways, Development, Innovation, Performance, Leadership, APQP, PPAP anager,  Do you want to work for one of the markets most innovative organisations supply technical products and solutions into the automotive arena? We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to help grow the product range and support the delivery of strategic projects within the advanced technology sector across the UK. Due to our continued growth, our are looking for a Project Manager to join the team to take responsibility for developing and driving project plans for multiple customers through to completion. Reporting to our Head of Project Management, you will be responsible for providing the bridge between the customer and internal engineering teams for our high performance components and systems. As a Project Manager you will be charged with: Acting as the prime technical and project interface to key customers Generating realistic, achievable project plans using MS Project and driving these through to completion Ensuring design and project best practices are followed; identifying any gaps and developing processes as the company grows Working closely with cross-functional teams to ensure successful project delivery Facilitating discussions with key members of suppliers on timing costs, APQP, PPAP and delivery requirements Working with the Sales Team to realise technical opportunities with developing customers Providing updates to management on the state of projects and developing action plans to resolve issues Ensuring that development, procurement, assembly, and delivery meet project timings Motivating and driving internal teams by setting goals and direction. This is a challenging and exciting role for a forward thinking and hands on Project Manager who has led and delivered projects within the automotive arena who can demonstrate the following characteristics and experience: Proven experience working in the automotive industry within project management  A demonstrated track record of engineering ability in an electrical or mechanical discipline  A proven track record of successful project delivery Experience managing OEM customers both technically and commercially to ensure costs, delivery, and quality are clear at all times Good awareness of best practice development processes, requirements, and expectations Experienced in the use of MS Project and practical project/risk management techniques  Instinctive problem-solving skills coupled with a sound analytical approach A 'self-starter' attitude with energy and enthusiasm, with the ability to thrive in a small business environment A flexible approach to work Ability to work under pressure whilst managing conflicting demands against tight deadlines Excellent verbal and written communication skills, practiced in negotiation and presentations Experience of working within a Tier 1 environment is preferred Applications will be welcomed from Project Professionals with a practical approach to leading projects/programmes in the automotive, motorsport, EV and/or product development arena. Interest in the Project Manager position is expected to be high so if you have a proven track record of delivering technical projects from concept through all prototype stages and into production, 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 / Abingdon

Chief Electrical Engineer

Chief Electrical Engineer (Electrical Systems & Components)  £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits  Location: West Midlands  Electrical Systems, Components, Test Plans, Development, Design, Innovations, Engineering, Programmes, DFM, DFA, Delivery, Integration, Man-Management, Leadership, Problem-solver  Want to work for one of the most iconic and exciting British motoring brands, driving engineering excellence across their range of products? We are looking for an experienced and innovative Chief Electrical Engineer to help grow the product range and the design and engineering capability in the UK following a significant recent investment in the business. You will need to have experience of leading Electrical Teams with and ability to challenge mainstream thinking in a constructive and energetic way that will lift both the quality of engineering and the people to new heights. You will be responsible for the day to day management of a busy Electrical Department, leading teams to establish design solutions while working hand in hand with all engineering departments to ensure the brand remains at the pinnacle of design and engineering integration. We are seeking people with strong understanding of Electrical Systems and Associated Components within motorcycle arena, who has worked in a fast paced and innovative design-led environment, who has both the experience and a hands-on approach to positive leadership to overcome engineering challenges and to foster and lead a dynamic and creative engineering team. The role will have responsibility for all aspects of engineering from concept to production, across a wide range of programmes and will involve: Guide the team to a common and clear direction within product development arena Guide testing requirements and develop testing plans and procedures for electrical systems and components Promote the electrical requirements to the wider business and manage integration into the vehicle Guide product documentation, product planning, homologation & safety. Keeping morale high and motivating your team while providing leadership when required. Making critical decisions as required within new and existing programmes, while recognising the training needs of staff. Keeping staff working within departmental procedures and to relevant quality standards. This is a challenging and exciting role and we are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate that they have the ability and passion: An interest and/or understanding of fundamental motorcycle principles advantageous. Practical hands-on engineering and electrical experience. A minimum of 10 years automotive electrical engineering background. Proven experience in a similar role. An understanding of Electrical Systems and Electronics and their interactions within two or four wheels. A knowledge of DFM and DFA. An awareness of new technologies and how to incorporate into existing architecture An awareness of functional safety requirements So if you have a true passion for all types of motoring, and a practical approach to leading electrical systems and component development projects in the motorcycle and/or motorsport sectors, with a proven track record of leadership in a similar role, you should apply today or 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 / Solihull

Key Account Manager

Key Account Manager £Competitive Binley Automotive A Key Account Manager is required to lead the commercial activities for thermal management products developed and supplied to the customer/OEM(s). Candidates with an engineering knowledge of Thermal Management products would be well received. Due to increased workloads this client, an automotive thermal and energy management solutions supplier based in Binley, requires a proactive Key Account Manager to pursue opportunities for business development and new programme sourcing with their customers. As a Key Account Manager you will be required to: Ensure all Customer and internal milestones and financial commitments are met Develop and maintain relationships with key customer stakeholders in Purchasing, Programme and Engineering departments Lead quote process in conjunction with internal teams to ensure that all required financial metrics are achieved Project manage timely completion of Gate reviews with task completion from the internal cross-functional team and Customer deliverables, eAPQP Manage multi product/multi plant programmes covering total range of Thermal Management products Manage and improve profitability of program to financial targets The Key Account Manager should have the following skills or experience: Degree qualified, or equivalent, in an engineering or technological discipline Ability to understand performance requirements and engineering specifications for mechanical components and systems Ability to analyse financial summaries Knowledge of APQP desirable This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with excellent customer facing experience within the automotive industry to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Binley based company will offer you: £Competitive Pension PHC Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as an Account Manager or Technical Sales and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Programme and Account Manager 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 / Binley

Sheet Metal Operative

Job title: Sheet Metal Operative    Salary Range:    £9.10 per hour plus shift allowance                                   Overtime: Paid at Premium Hours:                  39 hours per week Start on days (Monday to Thursday 7.30am to 4.30 pm & Fridays 07.30am to 12.30pm) Once trained then 2 Shifts(6am – 2pm/2pm – 10pm)   Location: Sandbach, Crewe Permanent role working for a leading metal fabrication organisation.     4 Sheet Metal operatives are required with knowledge of robot or production welding. Production welding with experience of basic welding or operating robot welding machines would be well received. Due to new customers this client based in Sandbach Crewe requires 4 experienced, dynamic, leading welding operators to operate motoman robot welding machines. As a sheet metal operator you will be responsible for: Operate Motoman arc welding machinery. Prep steel using band saws and press machines Working with steel and high value components.  Working from engineering drawings Tack welding using MIG Working individually and as a team The sheet mtetal operative should have the following skills or experience: Sheet metal background At least 1 years experience within welding Must be flexible in your approach with a “CAN DO” attitude with the ability to manage your time effectively whilst working to tight targets and deadlines. Previous experience of working safely with robot machinery along with experience of operator panel layout and teach pendant layout desirable Experience of reading and working to engineering drawings is desirable. The ideal candidate is able to work as part of a team and on their own initiative and be willing to undertake other reasonable duties when required. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with knowledge of robot or production welding. In return for your experience, this Sandbach Crewe manufacturer will offer you: Permanent contract £9.10 per hour plus shift allowance 39 hours per week Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of robot or production welding with high value products and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Matt Johnson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446116 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 / Sandbach

Plant Manager

Plant Manager Dagenham Salary:  Attractive Salary Plant, Operations, Assembly, Warehouse, NPI, Quality, CI, Management, Delivery Our client is a niche automotive design and vehicle builder seeking to establish a presence in the South East.  The business is currently undergoing a huge period of growth, with the introduction of new product lines and clients and as a result is looking for a Plant Manager to help establish a new manufacturing operation in the South East to support the scale up of production and growth plans for this exciting SME. The successful candidate will be responsible for running a single site operation in a rapidly growing business, operating in a regulated market, within proximity of the customer. This is a start-up operation where you will support, and project manage the implementation of the plant with the Senior Leadership Team. Leading an onsite management team, you will take charge of all phases of plant operation, including HSE, production, quality control, maintenance, and elements of supply chain, with a focus on building close customer relations, driving and improving production efficiency and profitability, setting and managing the financial budget for the site. As Plant Manager you will: Provide support and project manage the implementation phase of the plant. Provide strong leadership and direction to create and maintain a safe manufacturing environment that produces the highest quality products based on meeting customer requirements Lead the plant operations teams, providing motivation and support across all areas, including change management with clear objectives outlined to meet deadlines Drive the sales and operations planning for the site ensuring to maximise both plant and resources efficiently, while driving continuous improvement and quality Continually review processes with site management, allowing them to contribute to the strategic objectives outlined for the business Implement performance objectives and goals for teams and manage KPI data outputs Manage the daily output with the support of all site support functions and work in harmony with the functional Directors of the business, specifically sales, purchasing, IT, finance, and HR.  Own the operational budget for the plant and drive cost reduction in line with the overall business strategy Ensure that the operation of the plant is in strict accordance with all relevant legal, statutory, and regulatory requirements, quality and environmental standards, health, safety, and wellbeing requirements. Ensure all controls, tests and technical reports are monitored and route cause analysis is carried out for any major mishaps. Skills and experience required for the Plant Manager will be: Extensive experience as a Senior Leader overseeing a team of circa 100 Experience working in a regulated industry, automotive sector experience is essential Experience of running a standalone site and working with a remote SLT Familiar with industry standards, such as ISO 9001 and IATF16949 Six Sigma, black or green belt qualified preferred Demonstrable leadership, delegation and excellent inter-personal skills with the proven ability to establish and maintain good employee and customer relations. The ability to maintain calm under pressure and work to deadlines Effective use of problem solving and decision-making skills Efficiency, planning and organisational skills                                 This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be a major contributor to the growth and success of this organisation, helping it to achieve its potential and beyond as part of the Senior Management Team. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have knowledge of Plant Operations Management, especially within a vehicle build, trim & final or niche vehicle manufacturer and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Plant Manager 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 / Dagenham

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Senior Mechanical Engineer £Highly Competitive Plus Benefits  Location: Warwick Automotive, Senior, Mechanical, Design, Development, Rotating Parts, Motors We are looking for an experienced and innovative Senior Mechanical Engineer to help develop and innovate their product range and support the delivery of strategic projects across all design and engineering in the UK. As a Senior Mechanical 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 Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for: Organise and lead mechanical engineers to fulfil numerous orders and projects. Work with Head of Engineering to continue to build and develop mechanical engineering team to fulfil company’s strategic road map. Provide technical guidance and oversight to other mechanical engineers Ensure products are developed to achieve compliance with automotive requirements. Provide technical liaison and support for customers. Participate in the creation of functional specifications, DVP, FMEA. Review and sign off reports, drawings, designs and calculations. Identify opportunities for improvements in functionality and manufacture. As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will have the following skills and experience: Degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering Proven experience of developing electro-mechanical component components within the automotive sector. Experience of Motor design: Rotor dynamics, balancing, shaft stress analysis, material selection, carbon fibre/ magnet retention Experience of DFM/DFA. Able to enthuse and lead team. Self-starter, able to prioritise and plan effectively. Excellent problem-solving skills and a creative approach for new ideas. Keen attention to detail. Applications will be welcomed from Engineering Professionals with a practical approach to leading product development in the automotive and/or motorsport arena covering mechanical engineering especially within rotating parts and equipment. Interest in the Senior Mechanical 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 Paul Robson on 01384 446146 to discuss further or email 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 / Warwick

Senior Engineer - Engine Controls

Senior Engineer - Advanced Engine Controls - Sussex / Remote working - £ Highly Competitive DOE Our client is developing a novel high efficiency / low pollution engine for heavy duty transport and power. This innovative solution is attracting huge interest as an environmentally positive and practical solution to future emissions legislation. The company is now running prototype hardware and has well-funded and ambitious plans to rapidly industrialise the technology. The company must now deliver a fast-paced program of prototype development and application, and this will be achieved by a mix of in-house teams and outsourcing to specialist engineering suppliers. The role will involve supporting control engineering aspects of both. As Senior Engineer - Advanced Engine Controls - You will be required to Contribute to engineering activities related to engine control, sensors and actuators Apply off-the-shelf supplier solutions and, where required, develop novel approaches in-house or with suppliers Specify and implement requirements of controller architectures and the delivery program. Be comfortable working with and integrating hardware and software solutions, optimised to meet demanding system requirements. Liaising with suppliers and programme partners as appropriate As Senior Engineer - Advanced Engine Controls - You will be A hands-on and experienced controls and electronics engineer, who can demonstrate a successful track record in developing engine control solutions. Be fluent in engine and engine systems technology and engineering Strong familiarity with ECU, sensor and actuator hardware and the associated supply chain. Have SME and / or start up experience and attracted by the unique challenges of a small business Suitably qualified and experienced candidates 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 / Shoreham-by-Sea

Motorbike Test Engineer

An experienced Motorbike Test Engineer is required to join an exciting new venture based in Banbury. **** To apply candidates MUST have 2 wheel / Motorbike industry experience, this is a mandatory requirement.***** Our client is looking for someone who has taken part and led vehicle level testing activities at a Motorcycle OEM. You will have: Experience in on-road testing, dyno setups, preparation of custom test setups to evaluate critical parameters (performance, cooling, NVH, durability etc.) Experience in 2 Wheel testing and motorbike racing experience is preferable. Experience with component DVP tests, system and subsystem level tests etc. is beneficial. Experience with EV motorcycles would be very beneficial. If you feel you match the above and you are looking for a new challenging career move, please contact me and send your CV to rachel.meacham@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
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