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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.

Make UK Advantages Partner, Rail Alliance member, industry supporter to the IMechE and REC accredited. 

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HR Administrator

Job Title: HR Administrator Location: Wolverton, Milton Keynes Duration: 3 month FTC A prestigious organisation within the rail industry is in search of a HR Administrator to join them on a three month fixed term contract. General Description: Reporting to the Group Human Resources Director and providing a dedicated HR support function to Business Partners in delivering both high quality HR initiatives and services Responsible for the administration of a high volume of HR transactional activities across the Group, spanning the employee life cycle from starting to leaving. Including the processing of Payroll, Benefits, in a timely and efficient manner. Responsibilities: Recruitment & Onboarding Process job offers and employment contracts Support the recruitment process with documentation including onboarding and inductions Administer the probation process ensuring Managers know when review meetings need to take place Payroll Prepare documentation for forwarding to Group Payroll Department to ensure deadlines are met, including Agency Worker timesheets General Administration Take minutes as a HR representative at investigatory, disciplinary and capability meetings Co-ordinate occupational health surveillance and referrals appointments Update HR metrics and liaise with key stakeholders on the provision of information. Ensure all HR Software systems are up-to-date Administer Group Training Needs Raise PO’s and track on SAP Produce regular stats on HR metrics and generate monthly reports Liaise with the Occupational Health provider to facilitate screening for staff. Scheduling medicals and keeping record of medical documents Administer Agency worker time sheets in a timely manner Process any/all ad hoc HR queries in a timely manner and if required escalate to the relevant Business Partner/Department Integrity: Working lawfully and in accordance with pre-defined regulatory, compliance and financial requirements e.g. Data Protection, Health and Safety, Working in accordance with procedures, company policy, processes, controls and ethical standards of conduct. Required to take reasonable care for the health and safety of oneself and other people at work. This extends to co-operating to enable the company to fulfil its legal duty. Not to interfere with or obstruct anything provided in the interests of health and safety at work. Demonstrate our core business behaviours: - Be reliable & trustworthy Collaborate Demonstrate passionate commitment Demonstrate competence Be a great professional partner Education Requirements: Ideally CIPD qualified or part qualified Experience of working within a manufacturing/engineering or industrial business where you will have dealt with a high volume of varied employee relations issues Excellent knowledge of Microsoft packages Solid HR Administration Competencies: Excellent attention to detail ensuring all correspondence includes all relevant information, is accurate and delivered in a timely manner. Proven team player with a professional attitude Constantly strives to add value to the business The ability to communicate with, and influence, a wide range of people at varying levels Maintains confidentiality and adheres to GDPR. Creative thinker who uses knowledge and technology to identify opportunities for improvement. Excellent IT skills including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint Good planning skills enabling achievement of multiple priorities within agreed timescales. Excellent written and verbal communication skills including a confident telephone manner. Ability to work with high volumes of documentation and at a fast pace Previous experience in HR administration or knowledge of HR through CIPD (or equivalent) studies is essential. If you are interested in this position, please APPLY NOW. For more information, contact Lois Weston at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384446119. 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 / Milton Keynes Village

Marketing Executive

Marketing Executive Birmingham Excellent salary package A Marketing executive is required with knowledge of Electrical equipment and electronic products for a global leading control systems provider. Based at their innovation centre in Birmingham the marketing executive will have an excellent understanding of marketing and be creative to act as the point of contact for their UK marketing function. Candidates with marketing experience within the Automotive, control systems, rail industry would be well received. Due to continued expansion this company require a Marketing Executive to lead all marketing and creative projects within the UK. Manage and process individual projects for shows and expos throughout the UK. A highly motivated and organised Marketing Executive with a passion for marketing and creativity, to act as the point of contact for our UK marketing function. The individual should have a head for strategy development with strong planning skills, exacting attention to detail and comfortable working in a technical environment. The individual will be responsible for all marketing, planning and budgeting, as well as liaising with the sales team and business leaders to develop and execute the marketing strategy required, to meet the Company’s sales goals. Key Responsibilities Act as a point of contact for all marketing activities. Coordinate marketing events within UK and Europe. Help develop sales and marketing strategies. Negotiating with external vendors. Creative design and development of marketing material and copywriting documentation. Managing and supporting customer events and trade shows. Responsible for company website, intranet, social media and publications. Managing authorised budgets for the marketing activity. Support and maintain internal quality management system. Core Skills and Education Strong communication skills both verbal and written. Self motivated and able to work as part of a team. Strong organisational skills. Positive ‘Can Do’ attitude. Flexibility and adaptability to juggle a range of different tasks. High level of computer literacy, excellent use of Microsoft office tools. Excellent copywriting and proof reading skills, with good attention to detail. A strong sense of design, with a natural flair for creativity and innovation. Content with UK and European travel with occasional overnight stay. Ability to influence others. Bachelor degree and/or Marketing qualification desirable. Minimum 5 years experience working within a marketing environment. Full UK driving license. Benefits to include: 25 Days holiday + Bank holidays Free onsite parking Free Lunch Contributory pension Life assurance Professional membership fees paid eg CIPD, IEEE Family friendly poicy Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of maketing management and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the marketing excecutive role, please contact Julie Thomas at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446168 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

Sales Manager- safety critical systems

Sales Manager (Rolling Stock) Competitive Salary + Pension + Life Assurance Lower Saxony, Germany This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Sales Manager to join a a World leader in the design and manufacture of safety critical equipment used in a wide range of applications in the Rail, Elevator and Industrial sectors. The Sales Manager will report into the UK Sales Director and will be liaising with, supporting, visiting and developing new as well as existing Rolling Stock customers, primarily across the region. What You Will Do As a Sales Manager you will be respondible for: Work with and guide sales / technical support teams based in the UK, India and China. Be the commercial frontline for all customers, offering administrative and product support. Commercially support and develop existing customers across the region. Identify, profile and develop new customer prospective business in the region. Work to existing product pricing structures. Liaise closely with colleagues in Marketing, Applications & Design Engineering, Quality, Purchasing and Production. Implement customer price reviews that have been agreed. Process and advise on the terms of contracts, agreements, NDA’s etc with customers. Regularly update the company’s CRM system (Salesforce) with all relevant customer details and market information. Periodically visit customers as part of the new business development of them Produce monthly reports regarding activity and customer development. What You Will Need As a Sales Manager you will be/have: Experience in providing customer support (commercial, technical, application engineering) within the rail, rail component or associated sectors. Possess experience working in an industrial / manufacturing sales or commercial role. An appreciation of engineering principles, along with the capacity to learn about engineered products, especially mechanics and hydraulics. Strong relationship building abilities. A proven track record in business development. Experience in liaising and working with various customer departments including engineering and purchasing. Computer literate, including competency with Microsoft Office and a CRM system. Experience with an MRP system would be advantageous. Suitably qualified and experienced Sales/Account/Business Development Managers should apply today or email their CV and covering letter to 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 / Hildesheim


Job Title: Buyer Location: Peterlee A Buyer is required to join a leading off-highways organisation based in Peterlee. This is a contract position running until at least end of March 2020. Summary: Responsible for providing purchasing solutions expertise using Quality, Cost, Logistics, Development, Management (QCLDM) to deliver maximum value in developing, communicating, and/or implementing a local or regional sourcing strategy for a specific Caterpillar business unit. Exercises independent judgment with direction from supervisor. Education/Experience: An undergraduate degree from a college or university (or equivalent) or equivalent experience. Experience leading projects as well as teams, suppliers, & customers to effective solutions. Skills and Competencies: Willingness to travel up to 50-75% of work time as needed. Fluency (able to speak, read, write, and comprehend fluently) in English. Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal, analytical, leadership, and project management skills to develop close working relationships with others both inside and outside Caterpillar - preferred. Major Job Duties and Responsibilities: Strategic guidance (understand the current supplier base, evaluating strategic options, deciding a course of action, and beginning implementations). Team leadership (guiding decisions on sourcing, logistics, and resource management, as well as continuous process improvement and team-member mentorship). Intelligent problem-solving & customer support solutions (determining how to best satisfy Critical Customer Requirements while sustaining competitive advantage). Quality supplier relationships (developing mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers throughout the organization). Managing policies, agreements, source catalos, and special purchasing programs. Supporting specific Product lines. New Product Introduction (NPI) programs. The liaison with the corresponding Category/Platform based Buyers. If you are interested in this position, please APPLY NOW. For more information, contact Lois Weston at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384446119. 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 / Peterlee

Commercial Director

Commercial Director Permanent Competitive Salary and Package Coventry T. A. Savery & Co. Ltd is a privately-owned company with Savery Hydraulics, Oleo International, Pinlok and Digital Trains as trading divisions; with sales of approximately £35m and employs over 350 staff. The headquarters and main manufacturing operations are in the UK. There are significant and growing manufacturing and sales operations in Shanghai and Bangalore. Sales and service operations in Germany, Singapore and USA. Oleo International is searching for an accomplished and experienced Commercial Director who has proven capability to lead and develop an international based sales team, with an in-depth experience of the Rail Industry. Oleo is the world leading brand for impact energy absorption for applications in Rail, Industrial and Elevator sectors. Pinlok brand represents anti-climbers, couplers and buffer stops. Digital Trains is digital twin simulation software. These are safety critical high specification products that provide complete crash energy management solutions. In particular, rail crash worthiness solutions can be configured and simulated using our proprietary software, Digital Trains. Products are validated by our unique capability to correlate test results and mathematical simulations in accordance with standards such as EN15227. Based in the Coventry HQ, reporting directly to the Managing Director, you will be responsible for a sales organisation consisting of 6 Global Sales Business Units. Your duties and responsibilities will include: Management and development of the Sales Business Unit teams. The Rail Industry worldwide is a particular focus for new products. Coordination of commercial strategy for global customers across their internationally based teams. Working closely with the Senior Management Team in the UK, particularly contributing to Sales & Operations Planning and coordination with Engineering for customer project management. The development and establishment of international sales offices, including new locations planned for 2020. Contribute to new product introduction strategy and product management. Play a major role in identifying and winning sales opportunities in order to maximise market share and secure long-term customer relationships that add value and ensure consistent growth and profitability This person will need to have: Excellent academic track record, with at least a university degree and a further qualification such as an MBA will be an advantage. Proven capability to lead and develop an international based sales team. A period being based and working outside the UK would be an advantage. There is a strong preference for an individual with experience within the rail sector, working with or for blue chip companies. Experience of developing product strategies, sales channels, distributors and key account strategies delivering growth and improved profitability. Personal qualities will include high levels of energy, enthusiasm and self-motivation with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills; with excellent leadership skills. The benefits package: A competitive salary is offered plus all the usual benefits you would expect from a leading company. Excellent Salary and attractive performance orientated Bonus Car Allowance, Life Assurance, Private Health Insurance, Contributory Pension Scheme This is a great opportunity to work for a rapidly expanding and world-renowned engineering company and there are real opportunities for the right candidate to advance in line with the business growth and development. For more information or to apply, please contact Gemma Skidmore of Jonathan Lee Recruitment. 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

Strategic Buyer

Job title: Strategic Buyer Salary Range: Competitive Location: Milton Keynes A Strategic Buyer is required for a Rail Industry company based in Milton Keynes, you will be responsible for strategic commodity management and have experience from within a highly regulated high variation manufacturing environment. Candidates with experience of strategic buying within a heavy industry environment would be well received. This Rail industry company, offering complete life cycle capabilities based in Milton Keynes, requires a motivated, dynamic, detailed and driven Strategic Buyer. As the Strategic Buyer you will be required to: Be an expert in your assigned commodities, maintaining knowledge of market and industry trends, developing technologies and alternative sourcing options. Building partnerships with key suppliers, undertaking regular business reviews. Working closely with project teams to address emerging issues and act as an escalation point. Actively seeking cost savings and contributing to a cost savings database Anticipating and actively managing risk within the supply chain Developing and overhauling GRG strategic policies and initiatives with the Strategic Purchasing Manager and ensuring adherence Negotiation and contract management. Ensuring a value-based, life-cycle approach to sourcing and supplier selection Offering key support for emerging bids to the Commercial team Management of the mobilisation phase of projects Managing and reporting on key KPIs. Actively monitoring material spend versus budget for projects The Strategic Buyer will have the following skills or experience: Educated to Degree level or equivalent and/or Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) preferable. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a manufacturing or Project based environment. Strategic commodity management skills A range of commodity experience. Strong analytical, planning and problem solving skills. Contract management and negotiation. Project management and presentation skills. Excellent attention to detail. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with Strategic commodity management skills and experience within a manufacturing environment. In return this Milton Keynes based Rail Industry company will offer you: Competitive salary and benefits. Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of Strategic Commodity Buying and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Strategic Buyer role, please contact Paul Broadhead, at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446155. 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 / Wolverton

Engineering Planning Manager (Asset Management)

Job title: Engineering Planning Manager - Asset Management Location: Manchester Up to £50,000 per annum DOE Permanent An Engineering Planning Manager for Infrastructure Asset Management is currently required for our client based in Manchester. Our client is a joint venture looking at the operation and maintenance of the Metrolink. As an Engineering Planning Manager your duties and responsibilities will include: Working with maintenance delivery teams, creating long-term maintenance plans for the infrastructure assets Ensuring maintenance plans are compliant Contributing to the annual maintenance plan. Responsible for the quarterly review and optimisation of the annual maintenance plan Leading the development and implementation of the systems within the planning team Producing and managing the access planning procedures Responsible for implementing a web-based possession planning system Reviewing and improve the works access permit procedure The ideal candidate will have the following: A degree qualification and/or relevant experience Experience in maintenance, reliability, risk management, planning management or asset management Desired sectors include; rail, utilities, airports, power and nuclear Strong stakeholder management abilities Second to non-communication skills This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your career within an exciting and developing organisation. In return, our client can offer: A market competitive salary 25 days annual leave Pension scheme Three times salary life cover Free car parking 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 / Manchester City Centre

Business Improvement Manager

Business Improvement Manager - Manchester - ERP/SAP/Manufacturing - £40,000 to £50,000 p.a Working across the entire organisation, the Business Improvement Manager will be key in implementing strategic as well as business improvement projects across the wider business. Concentrating on ERP improvements and implementations. A knowledge of SAP will be highly beneficial. As the Business Improvement Manager your responsibilities will include; Play a key role in implementing ERP improvements across the business. Project manage certain capital investments and ensure they are delivered to budget. Ensuring team adopt lean tools and techniques through workshop activities. Ensuring CI team output is consistent across the business. Facilitate deployment/training of improvement teams. Identifying cost savings. As the Business Improvement Manager you will require the following skills and experiences; Ideally educated to Degree/HNC level (or equivalent). Evidence of introducing improvements in the wider business. Evidence of improving IT systems or transactional protocols between commercial and production teams. Previous quality, lean and continuous improvement experience gained in a fast paced manufacturing environment. Proven understanding of Kaizen, Lean or Six Sigma practices. Experience of previous improvement projects, ideally within a multi process manufacturing environment. If you are interested in this exciting Business Improvement Manager opportunity please click on the link to apply. 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 / Manchester


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  • Once again, I just wanted to say thank you for all your support so far with our Head of Credit Risk role. As an agency recruiter for many years my expectations are naturally very high and you always deliver good candidates with an exceptional CV layout which stops me from having to ask multiple questions about salary, skills or location. I value your professional and warm nature in comparison to the aggressive and obtuse way other recruiters speak to me. It goes a long way and is appreciated.

    Claire Jose

    Recruitment Business Partner
  • You gave me a real insight into the company, the culture of all the personnel I was due to meet / be interviewed by, and tremendous real assistance in preparation for the interviews. The information that you gave me of the company was accurate and helped me make an impression, and you have a very pleasant demeanor and were very easy to speak to and deal with. Therefore, thank you for your help, it has been a real positive outcome for me.

    James Davies

    Maintenance Manager
  • We have been more than encouraged by the work that Jonathan Lee Recruitment has completed for the members of the EEF, their marketplace knowledge across a wide variety of engineering sectors and most importantly the strong professional culture that they work to and high levels of service they provide. We would happily recommend the Jonathan Lee Recruitment business to any engineering and manufacturing organisation looking to engage a professional, committed and quality consultancy to support their recruitment activities.

    Richard Halstead

    National Interim Membership Engagement Director
  • Very pleased and impressed with the level of service I received from Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

    Richard Hartley

    Bovis Lend Lease Ltd
  • I just wanted to thank Jonathan Lee Recruitment for the support and enthusiasm they have shown during the whole application process for my new role. It has really helped me a lot and made me wish I could work with people like you more often.

    Chris Poulopoulos

    Electrical Engineer
  • I have been working Jonathan Lee for 9 months on a contract based in Rainham Essex. At the beginning Matthew helped me through all the legal documentation and insurance requirements to be able to undertake the assignment and we have been in regular contact throughout. The assignment itself is great and I am glad to have found this through Jonathan Lee. I would and already have recommended Jonathan Lee to my friends and colleagues to use in the future.

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