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engineering and manufacturing  recruitment experts, since 1978

truck & bus engineering recruitment

Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s Truck and Bus division provides best-in-class recruitment services in contract, interim and permanent recruitment in three dedicated areas: product development, manufacturing and commercial across:

Commercial Vehicles – PSVs (Bus and Coach) – Trucks – HGVs/LGVs

The sector is facing an exciting yet challenging period. Rapid technological advancements including the rise of autonomous, self-driving trucks and electric HGVs driven by ambitious fuel efficiency targets and a buoyant market are driving demand for a variety of complex recruitment solutions, which we are uniquely equipped to provide.

Working in partnership with our global clients including OEMs, 1st and 2nd Tier Suppliers, SMEs, R&D centres, design consultancies, supply chain and aftermarket businesses, we’re committed to a culture of continuous improvement, providing clients with world-class recruitment services to keep us at the forefront of industry evolution.

As many of our consultants come from relevant backgrounds including the truck and bus, automotive, manufacturing and electronics sectors, we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of the skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist roles.

EEF Advantages Partner, affiliated to the SMMT, industry supporter to the IMechE and REC accredited. Contact Mark Bignell for more information.


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Vehicle Mechanic/Technician

Vehicle Mechanic/Technician Salary Competitive Croydon Manufacturing Our customer is a global technology company specialising in zero emissions cooling systems and is based in Croydon. The purpose of the Vehicle Mechanic/Technician role is to take responsibility for the execution of work packages and tasks within the company's main projects. This will relate to engine build, overhaul, laboratory test and field trials. This role you will require you to: Test engines and their systems including learning how to interpret test results. Assembly, fitting, inspection and overhaul of engines and their systems. Supporting systems in the field including monitoring condition, servicing, repair and upgrades. Maintenance and upgrading of laboratory and other equipment. Planning own day to day activities and reporting progress. The Vehicle Mechanic/Technician should have the following skills or experience: Experience building and overhauling engines and vehicles at a practical level. Experience of computerised test or diagnostic systems. Experience or education in engineering - automotive, motorsport, electrical or mechanical. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a demonstrated engine build background, looking to work within a global company producing cutting edge technology. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Justin Wainwright at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 889267 or 07711 156281

Permanent / Croydon, Surrey

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultant £Competitive plus benefits Basildon Technical / Engineering / Manufacturing We have an excellent opportunity for Recruitment Consultants to join an established team in our Basildon office, developing business and providing recruitment support for both new and existing clients. With a fantastic reputation and track record in supporting the Technical, Engineering and Manufacturing industries, we pride ourselves on understanding our client needs and cover roles from skilled trades and graduates to executive and interim managers. As a Recruitment Consultant you will be responsible for: Developing new and existing client relationships, up-selling and cross selling our suite of complimentary services in line with agreed fee targets, utilising your negotiation skills to agree terms of business and fee arrangements. Identifying and qualifying target clients that align with our business growth strategy, attending client visits and preparing written proposals. Delivering a complete recruitment process, managing client and candidate expectations throughout and providing solutions to recruitment challenges. Attracting suitable candidates through writing appropriate adverts, utilising relevant websites/social media, utilising our internal database or using your professional network of contacts. Interviewing candidates to evaluate their suitability. Attending networking events and exhibitions to promote the Jonathan Lee Recruitment brand Successful applicants should have the following skills or experience: Proven placement ability in the Technical, Engineering or Manufacturing industries or associated commercial functions such as Purchasing, Sales etc Permanent and/or contract recruitment experience Retained or exclusive assignment experience useful Strong relationship building skills Competitive drive and determination to succeed against your KPI's and performance targets This is challenging and rewarding role with real growth potential for the right individual based on success and delivery. Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been providing recruitment and associated services to our clients who range from SME's to high profile OEM's within the automotive, aerospace, defence and aviation, general engineering, commercial and manufacturing industries for over 40 years. We are immensely proud of our highly experienced and professional team and work hard to ensure that we nurture a climate of industry excellence alongside a dedicated socially responsible framework. We want great people to join our business who share our values of quality, service excellence and team work but can also bring their own skills, knowledge and experience to the table. In return for your experience, Jonathan Lee Recruitment will offer you: £Competitive Pension Commission / Bonus Car Allowance If you have experience as a Recruitment Consultant and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Recruitment Consultant role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Basildon, Essex

Senior Engineer - Off Highway Electronics

Senior Engineer - (Job Number: 180000TO) Job Title: Senior Engineer Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Salary Range: £39,000 to £50,000 (D.O.E) Benefits: 25 days annual leave, 10-12% bonus, Childcare Vouchers, Contributory pension scheme- employer will double the employee's contribution up to 10% Contributory share scheme- employer will matched 50% of the employee's contribution Please note that visa sponsorship is not supported with this role. Relocation support may be considered. *** Flexible working maybe considered*** In addition to a very competitive benefits package we also offer the following to our employee's Annual merit salary increase based on individual performance Opportunity to request sponsorship for professional membership Continuous learning and development Long term worldwide career opportunities with an evolving and dynamic Engineering department The successful applicant for this position will join the Engine Controls team and will take a leading role in the supporting the application of small and medium engine ranges to a major third-party customer's machines and contribute to the development and testing of application level features on this range of engines. As well as focusing on the third-party customer's machines, applications may include genset, industrial and in-house machine applications. Although our product is an engine control system, including software performing complex control functions, this role is well-suited and will be of interest to any applicant with a strong technical background including engineers from a mechanical, automotive or similar background, as well as those from electronic or controls disciplines. With much of our work focused on the control of complex mechanical systems, many team members with mechanical engineering backgrounds are forging successful careers within our team, bringing skills which readily compliment those with electronic engineering qualifications and experience. We actively encourage applicants from across this diverse range of skill sets Key responsibilities: Working directly with the customer to understand and document key technical requirements. This will include direct contact with the third party customer's technical team, to provide support, technical information and answer technical queries where necessary. Development of system design and specifications to meet identified requirements, using structured tools and processes. Planning and managing feature development and implementation to meet the programme timelines. Planning and conducting verification tests to ensure quality of released software / system. Development of the dSPACE HiL test system and the automation of system level verification test plans using Automation Desk. Planning and supporting validation tests of key application features. Supporting software validation and troubleshooting on engine - getting 'hands on' with the end product. Through this role, the successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to take part in, and have significant responsibility for the application of a modern engine electronic control system to machine, genset and industrial products. Essential: Strong technical background - ideally a good technical degree in mechanical, electronic, electrical, control systems or automotive engineering - though consideration will be given to other qualifications or significant relevant experience in lieu of this. Prior experience in engine control system development (preferably in the off-highway industry) Prior experience of dSPACE, including the use of Automation Desk to automate test plan execution. Good understanding of diesel engine technology, including common rail fuel systems and after-treatment technology. Desirable: Experience of running and participating in FMEA Experience of designing and executing verification test plans for electronic engine control systems Experience of dSPACE development, including the use of plant models. Experience of electronic system development tools such as CANape, CANalyser and a working knowledge of J1939 datalink standards Experience of writing technical documents / requirements / test plans Experience of running / troubleshooting engine systems, particularly electronics related Strong interest in engine control system development, particularly for off-highway, marine and military applications. If you are interested in this role, please apply now!

Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Fleet Operations Manager

Fleet Operations Manager Salary £60,000 - £65,000 + car + benefits Location: Swindon, Wiltshire An experienced Fleet Operations Manager is required for a national fleet transportation business that is an established brand and well respected for its high levels of customer service and fleet management. Working as part of the senior management team you will have full management responsibility for a large maintenance & service team and control of a substantial maintenance budget. The role will include working with both internal service centres/workshops and third part providers on a national basis. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing people in a highly competitive and service driven industrial environment. You will need excellent communication skills, be commercially aware and have a technical/business operations background. You must have the ability to deliver exceptional results achieving the highest levels of SQCDM standards. To be considered for this Fleet Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working within a logistics, transportation, engineering environment and held responsibility for a substantial maintenance and service budget that delivered the highest possible levels of vehicle or plant availability. Commercially astute, numerate, driven by data and effective KPI metrics, you must have a track record that demonstrates year on year savings through the delivery of effective cost down initiatives. Relevant qualifications either technical (mechanical, mechanics, vehicle) or business related supported by significant people management and leadership experience gained within a fast- paced vehicle (truck, bus/coach, commercial, car) hire or rental business. A strong understanding of commercial contract negotiations that incorporate service level agreements with third party service and maintenance providers. A dynamic and results driven personality, confident and comfortable working across all levels of a business from the garage floor to senior management. A real passion for delivering exceptional levels of customer service and achieving this by creating a culture built on continuous improvement, high morale, engagement, collaboration and trust. An ability to work under pressure with the confidence and commitment to ensure that the operation is run safely, efficiently and achieves its mandatory standards and legal obligations relating to staff and its vehicle fleet. This will be a challenging and rewarding position that presents a unique opportunity to work for a well-known and respected business. Your goal will be to achieve the highest levels of vehicle uptime and availability at the best available cost through the careful management of people, resources and suppliers. At present you will probably be working as an Operations Manager, Fleet Operations Manager, Head of Service and Maintenance or Vehicle Maintenance Manager for a logistics, vehicle hire or private vehicle fleet management service business.

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire

Electronic Controls Engineer (Machines)

The Innovation & Technology Development team offers some of the most exciting engineering roles within the global organisation. Working on the integration of electronic and electrical systems within multiple Caterpillar products provides the opportunity to work with multiple disciplines within the organisation. The integration of the latest Electronics and Electrical technology helps differentiate products from its competitors by enabling exceptional performance and value to the customer. Our integrated machine systems control all aspects of construction machine operation (engine, transmission, hydraulic systems), provide the human-machine interface (operator controls and information displays), and constantly monitor and communicate position, operation, diagnostic and prognostic information to enable machine automation, improved productivity and enhanced serviceability. The successful applicant for this position will join the European Machine Systems team, who are responsible for machine control system development for all European designed machines and will be heavily involved in the design and development of the control systems. This position offers the opportunity to work on cutting edge machine control system technology for the wheeled excavator. Key Responsibilities: Development and evolution of software models using Matlab Simulink and Stateflow Development of test harness to enable automated HIL verification of control models Troubleshoot and resolve electronics / control system issues encountered during build and test of machines. Interface between user areas and electronics system development engineers to implement solutions to affected users. Conduct control system tuning/calibration activities on test bench or on machine to achieve desired system performance. 'Must Have' key skills and competencies for this role Good technical background (good technical degree preferred in mechanical, electronic, electrical, control systems or automotive engineering) though other qualifications / experience will be considered. Matlab Simulink and Stateflow experience Knowledge / experience of vehicle control systems and / or the development process for real-time control systems. Ability to translate customer requirements and objectives into production-ready software models. Ability to document complex technical concepts accurately and concisely. Excellent communications skills Strong customer focus 'Desirable' key skills and competencies for this role Autosar knowledge/experience What background would the ideal candidate have? Job titles/previous companies/industry background/technology/exposure Off-highway control system development (or comparable experience with automotive, marine or military vehicle control systems) Skills and competencies not required for this role Electronic hardware development PLC software experience Environment / Current Team Specifics? Office based role, supplemented with 'hands on' test bench and 'on-machine' activities

Contract / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Principal Electrical Engineer

Principal Electrical Engineer Location Cheadle, Staffordshire Job Code PWIL-AQGH8R Vacancy Closing Date 15/09/2018 Job Brief An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Electrical Engineer to join a motivated and focused team working on the exciting new range of the Teletruk. The successful candidate will be a key member of the Industrial team, working on a... A truly world class, family owned business. We are proud of our achievements and recognise that future growth and success is shaped by the ambition of the team. If you are looking for a career with a business where people really count, look no further. Overview of the Role: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Electrical Engineer to join a motivated and focused team working on the exciting new range. The successful candidate will be a key member of the Industrial team, working on a unique machine with new programmes planned, to develop the product further within the Industrial Materials handling market. Your Responsibilities as a Principal Electrical Engineer: Being the key member of a cross-functional team that will deliver the next generation of electronic and electrical systems for the Teletruk product range. Having full ownership and design responsibility for machine electrical and electronic systems Electrical and electronic system and architecture definition with knowledge of SAE J1939 CAN Protocol and machine systems software application. Developing concepts and existing systems. Understanding of safety critical systems and the application to electrical and electronics systems design and specification in harsh environments Specifying of electrical and electronic components for use in the vehicle system Testing and validation of machine electrical and electronic components and systems Management of technical reviews/process and adherence to the latest Group and Industry Standards Delivering machine schematic and harness drawings and liaising with the supply base to deliver these parts on time and to cost About You: The ideal candidate will: Have a formal qualification in Electrical Engineering Be able to demonstrate proven history of creating reliable, robust and innovative vehicle wiring systems - either individually or as part of a team. Be expected to be fully IT literate, with experience of working with VeSys or Zuken E3 electrical design packages Be an enthusiastic team player with a 'hands on' approach to problem solving. A positive attitude will be able to enthuse those around them to deliver innovative solutions to tight timescales What's in it for you? To say thank you for your hard work, we will work with you to support your career progression and development. We will also provide a competitive salary, company pension scheme, access to medical insurance, dental care and the company's healthy living centre and 33 days annual leave. An equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

Permanent / Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Electric Powertrain Battery Engineer

Lead Engineer - Battery Systems - Electric Powertrain - Coventry - £ Highly competitive DOE A Lead Engineer - Battery Systems is required to work on the development of new and highly innovative EV and hybrid vehicle programmes. This is an exceptional opportunity for a talented engineer to turn their ideas into reality, from blank page concepts to outstanding designs. As Lead Engineer - Battery Systems - you will be required to Lead the development of battery systems for various new vehicle platforms. Provide effective technical management, CAE analysis, planning, monitoring and battery design expertise in conjunction with other technical project leads. To provide specialist technical knowledge in the field of battery systems for hybrid and electric vehicles. Work closely with current and future collaborative partners. To be responsible for test and development activities To disseminate project output by reports, presentations and other suitable methods. As Lead Engineer - Battery Systems - you will have A degree in a relevant subject Experience of technical leadership in the battery systems field. The ability to manage multi-disciplined, complex, technical projects. The ability to supervise and support junior engineers. Suitably qualified and experienced Battery Engineers should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter .

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands


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  • Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been brilliant in finding me a new job. From applying online to the first day in my new job there has been a very personal feel about the way they work. I'd like to extend a massive thank you to everyone at Jonathan Lee, without their help and support I wouldn't have found myself in the job I am in today. From the first phone call to the start date of my new job the service has been excellent, so thank you very much.

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    Service Engineer
  • 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.

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    National Interim Membership Engagement Director
  • This time last year you helped me sort out some major issues caused by a contractor payroll service that incorrectly set up my limited company and VAT registration. Your information and input was professional and spot on. You assisted me again just before Christmas, I needed proof of income to finalise my house purchase, the same contractor payroll service charged me £30 and made major mistakes in the information they produced. Once again through one phone call you managed to sort out the problem the same day!! THANK YOU, Jonathan Lee Recruitment for doing a great job!

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    Engineering Contractor
  • Regarding the team at Jonathan Lee, all I can say is top drawer...information that flowed from the very first moment of my interview to the contacted position of myself and company. I will miss the faultless administration regarding my contract and be paid on time every time.

    Daniel McClafferty