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engineering and manufacturing recruitment experts, since 1978

rail engineering recruitment

Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been delivering best-in-class recruitment to the engineering and manufacturing industry for over 40 years including the rail sector.

We offer clients a unique level of expertise in contract, interim and permanent recruitment across all engineering and technical disciplines including design, development, maintenance, quality and RAMs within the following specialist sectors:

Rail and Metro Rolling Stock (including Freight and Locomotive) – Sub Systems and Interiors - Plant and Equipment – Railway Signalling - Permanent Way

As many of our highly-experienced consultants come from relevant engineering backgrounds including the rail, automotive, aerospace, defence, manufacturing and electronics sectors, we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of transferable skills, technical experience and personal attributes for specialist roles (both blue and white collar).

Our unique connections and close client relationships with trains operating companies, train builders, MROs and their supply chains have enabled us to recruit suitably qualified and experienced people for some of the rail industry’s leading national and international rail companies such as Network Rail, Transport for London and Crossrail across major rail infrastructure projects such as HS2 and HS3.

EEF Advantages Partner, Rail Alliance member, industry supporter to the IMechE and REC accredited. Contact Philip Delaloye for more information.

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International Project Manager

International Project Manager - Rail - UK based We are looking for an International Project Manager - Rail, for a world leader in the supply of Rail Safety Products to strengthen both their UK and international Project team. Have you Project Engineering or Project Management experience in an Electronic / Electro-Mechanical arena? Can you work with autonomy, but also be involved in a multi-disciplined and multi-national team environment within a matrix organisation internationally? If the answer is YES to these questions and you are looking for a challenge then this role could be for you! Jonathan Lee Recruitment is working exclusively for Schweizer Electronic Ltd a strategic supplier to Rail companies both in the UK and Internationally of Track Warning Systems and Level Crossings. We are looking for a customer focussed Project Manager to lead and work within various projects both in the UK, but also Europe and Australia. Responsibilities Dedicated and successful project management of the rail systems and products in the UK, Europe or Australia (Site visits and interventions as and when required) Support the development of new business assisting with Tenders and bids. Creating technical solution based and detailed offers for customers Interface with international internal staff and external contractors to achieve objectives. Act as point of contact on projects and be the technical helpdesk authority for the UK Deliver technical instruction and training to clients if necessary Represent the company at client meetings, and support the sales team when necessary. Deliver or assist in the creation of technical documentation, including safety cases, instructions and operational manuals when necessary Support and project manage the Rail approval process for products Ensure compliance with Health, Safety, Environmental and Assurance regulations Experience and Qualifications Degree or equivalent technical experience in relevant technical subject - Electrical/Electronic Engineering or similar. Experience or working knowledge of the Rail Industry or other safety critical industry Experienced in Project Engineering / Project Management of safety related applications. Experience in an Automation, Signalling, Digital or Electronic PLC based arena Good communication and presentation skills. Ability to travel within the UK, Europe or Australia. Driving Licence - Essential Language skills - desirable but not essential Benefits Salary - Negotiable dependent upon experience Company Car If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience and wish to apply please send a brief copy of your CV and a covering letter, outlining your suitability for the role, please send your CV to Philip Delaloye on or call on 01384446192

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Customer Services Administrator

Aerospace and Aviation - Permanent - Competitive Salary - West London A Customer Services Administrator is required to join an Aerospace and Aviation organisation on a Permanent basis and the Customer Services Administrator will report to the Customer Services Team Leader. The Customer Services Administrator will be responsible for providing a high quality and responsive customer service and administrative support to external and internal customers within the business. The Customer Services Administrator will give support to customers primarily via telephone dealing with inbound and outbound calls, and often complex in nature. Customer Services Administrator - Key Responsibilities Administration of customer repairs both in our repair facility and subcontracted. Quoting and pricing of repairs or sale of other goods and services. Completing approved certificates, despatch and invoice. Sourcing and raising of purchase orders in accordance with purchasing handbook. Customer delivery forecasts, reports and general enquiries. Liaising with the production areas to achieve targets. Assist with import / export requirements and support stores. Work as part of a team, act in a professional manner, and convey a positive and constructive approach. May be required to visit customers on a face to face business with field sales manager(s) Skills and Requirements for the Customer Services Administrator PC literate - Microsoft word, excel, databases and Strong administrative skills Ability to deal with high volume and complex customer queries Previous customer service experience preferably in a technical environment Import/export procedures (desirable) Experience of working in the aviation industry (desirable) Driving licence Good written and oral communication skills at all levels Good time management and Good numeracy skills Self-motivated and a Team player Flexible approach and Able to handle pressure well Methodical/Logical and Process and results driven Able to undertake travel and overnight stays if required Must be required to work additional hours at busy times Due to nature of business security clearance will be required **Security Clearance will be required for this role due to the nature of the Industry** If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Customer Services Administrator then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line 01384 446102 or Email suitable MS Word CV's

Permanent / West London, London

Lead and Design Engineers

Lead and Design Engineers - Rolling Stock - Derby We have a requirement for 3 contract Lead and Design Engineers for an initial 12 month contract for a leader in engineering services and solutions who partner with the most trusted names in Rail and Aerospace Engineering, to deliver solutions across the complete product life cycle, in the fastest and most valuable manner, spanning complex systems, platforms and products. This role will be based in Derby. Role: The Lead Design Engineers will lead a team of Senior Designers, working 'onsite' within a Customer's facility in Derby, helping to identify, specify and facilitate the transfer of work off-shore. This would be for either: Roof & Underframes Interiors Electrical Installations Responsibilities: The Lead Design Engineers will: Assure Concept design, preliminary design and detailed design development the required system / sub-system. Mange the technical relationship with the Customer and the company's Off-Shore delivery team, to deliver solutions to time, cost and quality. Work independently making reasoned and justifiable decisions with respect to developing concept designs based on inputs received from the Customer and Verify the functionality/ feasibility of the solution. Have a current working knowledge of Rail industry standards across different European regions - Desirable. Explain & propose design solutions across the Mechanical - Electrical interface. Professional experience and/or qualifications: Degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent practical industry experience. Practical experience in the railway rolling stock industry delivering design solutions for passenger rail vehicles, preferably for a major OEM. Good experience in one or more of: Roof & Underframes / Rail Interiors / Electrical Installations. Rate: Negotiable dependent upon experience. If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience and wish to apply please send your CV to Philip Delaloye at or call 01384446192.

Contract / Derby, Derbyshire

Production Cell Lead

Aerospace Manufacturing - Permanent - Attractive - Warwickshire - Cell Lead A Production Cell Lead is required to join and Innovative Aerospace manufacturing facility on a Permanent Basis. The successful Production Cell Lead will join the Production Department and report to the Cell Production Departmental Manager. The Production Cell Lead will implement agreed production plans to achieve the required level of customer service and quality whilst assisting the Cell Production Manager in the operations management. The successful Production Cell Lead will develop their team using Continuous Improvement Methods to identify, resolve and improve HSE, quality and production issues. Responsibilities/Experience Required of the Production Cell Lead Adhere to all company Health and Safety Policy's and Regulations Manage production to ensure that quality is maintained to company standards Manage rework and screening of rejects in collaboration with the Quality Support function Co-ordinate quality resource to complete root cause and corrective actions Maintain, analyse and interpret data held within production quality systems Organise resources (machines, tooling, people) and conduct briefings at shift hand-over Ensure team members complete all relevant manufacturing documentation Achieve weekly and monthly KPI's and business goals and Operate across all production cells Ensure first line maintenance in carried out in line with Preventative Maintenance Report all breakdowns to maintenance using the maintenance breakdown system Deputise for Cell Production Manager as and when required Maintain an awareness of operational issues, working to resolve these in a timely manner Provide feedback on general issues affecting the cell operations Conduct Problem Solving Management processes Work with Quality Cell Engineers, and Cell Engineers to implement improvement plans Implement 8D's, 4D's, 5S's & Lean Workshops as required Contribute to maintaining and developing effective interdepartmental working relationships Implement production procedures and policies and communicate to the rest of the team Control of absenteeism, time and attendance, disciplinary interviews and recruitment Authorise overtime as agreed with the Cell Production Manager Manage the performance of the team, including conducting appraisals and setting targets Maintain a direct shop floor presence, operate machines / processes as and when necessary Qualifications & Requirements of the Production Cell Lead Knowledge of ISO Standards 9001/2000 Educated to BTEC HNC Level or Equivalent and Six Sigma Green Belt Qualified An IOSH Managing Safety Qualification and ILM Accredited would be desirable Demonstrate customer focus, initiative, teamwork, transparency, autonomy Demonstrate leadership, communication, negotiation and delegation skills Demonstrate process driven characteristics with a good approach to problem solving Ability to understand technical operations and manufacturing processes Possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to coach and mentor a team Computer literate with a working knowledge of Microsoft office suite A good understanding of supplier/customer relationships and a strong customer focus Security Clearence may be required due to the nature of the Products being Manufactured If you are interested in this Production Cell Lead 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

HSE Trainer

HSE Trainer - Cheshire - Aerospace Manufacturing - Attractive - Fixed Term A HSE Trainer is required to join an Aerospace Manufacturing company based in Cheshire. The Company has an immediate vacancy within its HSE Team for a HSE Trainer. This is an excellent and exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to join a large and well recognised company within the Aerospace Sector on a Fixed Term basis. The HSE Trainer will work with key leaders, in a collaborative manner to develop risk management and the safety performance throughout the business. The HSE Trainer will report into the Health, Safety and Environmental Manager. The HSE Trainer will be an Experienced Risk Assessor/Instructor to assist and mentor the current leadership team and hence will have a strong knowledge of Health, Safety and Environmental systems, technical knowledge of chemicals and COSHH, coupled with strong engagement and leadership skills. The HSE Trainer will be strategic rather than reactive, assessing the skills and knowledge within each department and determining what training and coaching is required to grow and retain these skills. HSE Trainer - Key Tasks Assisting the leadership teams to Identify, analyse and classify Health, Safety and Environmental risks Planning, designing and implementing an overall risk management process Support and mentor leaders in the risk assessment process Risk evaluation, which involves comparing estimated risks with criteria established Provide support, education and training to staff to build risk awareness Draw an overall or individualised training and development plan Deploy a wide variety of training methods Conduct effective induction sessions Monitor and evaluate training program's effectiveness Provide opportunities for ongoing development and resolve any specific problems Maintain a keen understanding of training trends, developments and best practices HSE Trainer - Qualifications and Experience Required Hold the NEBOSH certificate (or equivalent) as a minimum qualification Proven experience, within a HSE role Experience in a manufacturing environment is required Excellent people skills and the ability to influence others Proven work experience in a training/coaching capacity Track record in designing and executing successful training programs Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods Excellent communication and leadership skills Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively Strong writing and record keeping ability for reports and training manuals Good computer and database skills If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the HSE Trainer for our client then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line 01384 446102 or Email suitable MS Word Format CV's to

Permanent / Cheshire, England

Strategic Buyer

Strategic Buyer - Castings / Forgings / Machined Parts Salary Range: £34,671 - £49,440 + Benefits Location: Melksham, Wiltshire Industry: Rail and Commercial Vehicles A Strategic Buyer is required by the world's leading safety systems manufacturer and supplier of additional sub-systems for rail and commercial vehicle industry. With a proven track record of strategic procurement. I am seeking a senior procurement professional who will lead the strategic and technical purchasing of castings / forgings and machined parts. A Senior Buyer with proven experience of purchasing within a manufacturing or engineering environment is essential. Procurement professionals with experience of working within a safety critical environment would be well received. Due to continued growth this company, requires a proactive Strategic Buyer with a strong technical understanding and strategic procurement experience. As a Strategic Buyer your responsibilities will include: - Purchase new and existing parts across castings / forgings and machined parts commodity areas. - Release first article purchase orders at approved suppliers. - Negotiation of framework and delivery contracts, price negotiation of specific products and suppliers. - KPI responsibility for nominated suppliers and product portfolio. - Supplier Management - Engineering and technical know- how for specific products and suppliers (cost structure, technology and manufacturing). As a Strategic Buyer, you will offer the following skills or experience: - Strategic procurement experience gained in an engineering or manufacturing environment. - Experience of procuring castings / forgings and machined parts. - Ability to read engineering drawings. - Experience of SAP or similar. This is an excellent opportunity for a procurement professional to lead the strategic and technical purchasing of a range of key commodities. In return for your experience, this global safety systems manufacturing company will offer you: - £35,000 - £49,500 per annum - Benefits - Career development and the opportunity to work with a major global manufacturing / engineering organisation. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are a strategic purchasing professional with a strong engineering background and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Strategic Buyer role, please contact Lisa Osborne at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446162.

Permanent / Melksham, Wiltshire

Night Warehouse Operations Controller

Night Warehouse Operations Controller - Doncaster We are looking for a Night Warehouse Operations Controller / Supervisor, for a third-party logistics (3PL) company, at their brand new facility in Doncaster. The Night Warehouse Operations Controller will be responsible for the efficient running of the operation throughput of parts, ensuring best practice is followed at all times. The ideal candidate will: Demonstrate their attitude and ability to excel at ensuring the end clients targets and standards are met or exceeded. Ensure that all Quality and Health and Safety standards are adhered to. Control, manage and lead the operational night shift and a team of warehouse operators To ensure that all stock (Engineering parts) is moved using correct Manual Handling procedures. To ensure that all documentation and information is handled and completed as required. Support & be part of "On call" (1 weekend in 4) service for "Out of Hours" operational demands received from the client. Experience: Prior Logistics / Warehouse supervisory experience (ideally in a 3PL environment). Proficient at using appropriate warehouse / logistics systems. Customer facing experience Benefits: Salary - negotiable dependent upon experience Night Shift allowance Plus over time On call payment per weekend (1 in 4) If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience and wish to apply please send a brief copy of your CV and a covering letter, outlining your suitability for the role, please send your CV to Philip Delaloye on or call on 01384446192

Permanent / Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Senior Electrical Systems - Lead Engineer

Aerospace - Attractive Salary - Senior Electrical Systems Engineer - Buckinghamshire - Permanent A Senior Electrical System Engineer is required to join the Electrical Systems Department within an International Aerospace Company. The Senior Electrical System Engineer will lead the activities on a military aircraft programme. The Senior Electrical System Engineer will be the primary interface between the UK and France Based delivery teams and the customer. The Senior Electrical System Engineer will be the lead engineer for the overall project/programme activity. Senior Electrical System Engineer - Key Responsibilities Leading the development and testing of an electrical power subsystem This project is within an aerospace environment Acting as the primary technical interface with the customer Ensure that requirements are clearly understood Feeding correct information back to the off-site team Be the focal point for the off-site delivery team Provide technical oversight of their deliveries Managing the technical aspects of new requirements Scoping work and writing the technical responses Identifying, managing and escalating risks and issues as appropriate Technical Skills and Experience Required for Senior Electrical Systems Engineer A Bachelor's degree or better in an engineering discipline Demonstrable experience of electrical systems engineering in an aerospace environment Experience with analogue and digital electronics Experience with electronic boards and embedded equipment Experience of environmental qualification, including climatic, vibration and EMC Strong written and verbal English language skills A people person with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely Ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels would be desirable A background in an engineering consultancy environment An understanding of how work package deliveries are structured Knowledge of any of the following tools: Cadence, NX or DOORS An ability to speak French would be a bonus and an advantage ** Security (SC) Clearance will be required for this position and only applications from candidates that have or able to obtain the necessary clearance will be considered** If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Senior Electrical Systems Engineer then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line 01384 446102 or Email suitable MS Word CV's

Permanent / Buckinghamshire, England

Reliability, Maintainability and Safety (RMS) Engineer

Safety and Reliability Engineering - Permanent - Aerospace - Competitive Salary - West Midlands An RMS or RAMS Engineer is required to join an innovative Aerospace and Defence company on Permanent and Long Term Basis that specialises in advanced products primarily for the Aerospace industry. The RMS or RAMS Engineer will report directly to the RM & S Manager and provide technical expertise and leadership to support the optimisation of systems and equipment reliability, maintainability and safety parameters. The RMS or RAMS Engineer will provide systems that meet their safety objectives, that are reliable and which require minimum expenditure to support throughout its operational life. The RMS or RAMS Engineer will not have any direct reports although will provide Technical Leadership to the business and the company Project Teams Responsibilities of the RMS or RAMS Engineer Take a role in developing the technical capability of the RM&S department Develop state-of-the-art processes for RM&S work flow Conduct technical RM&S work to support both mechanical and electronics equipment Provide detailed knowledge of Reliability, Maintainability, Safety & Testability Work towards becoming our RM&S technical authority Prepare and review Reliability documentation, FMECAs, Testability Documentation Prepare and review Flight Safety Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Hazard Analysis Documentation Prepare and review System Safety Analysis, and Maintainability Analysis Documentation Liaise with internal and external customers and suppliers including internationally Specific emphasis to be placed in support for the development of programme teams Be able to review and understand external Technical Specifications Be able to review and understand RM & S contractual requirements Be able to review and understand Technical Drawings and Design Reports Be able to review and understand system schematic diagrams Plan, organise and control activities to ensure on-time delivery Technical Requirements of the RMS or RAMS Engineer IEng or CEng accredited prefeered University degree in Aerospace Technology / Systems / Aeronautical / Aero-Mechanical Engineering or other relevant technical discipline Relevant Industrial and Safety Enginenring experience can be considered also Knowledge of RM&S standards, e.g. MIL-HDBK, DEF-STAN and MIL-STAN, ARP4671 Good planning, organisational, analytical, leadership, and interpersonal skills Good decision-making, problem-solving, oral and written communication skills A knowledge of Mechanical, Electroinc and Systems engineering principles An understanding of Aircraft Systems development Knowledge of the Microsoft office suite at intermediate level. Security Clearance will be required for this role due to the nature of the products involved. If interested in this role then please contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment by calling my direct line on +44 (0) 1384 446102 or apply directly. Alternatively, please send suitable MS Word Format CV's directly to this Email for review.

Permanent / West Midlands, England


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