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Truck & bus

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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Senior Engineer - Off Highway Electronics

Senior Engineer - (Job Number: 180000TO) Job Title: Senior Engineer Salary Range: £39,000 to £50,000 (D.O.E) Benefits: 25 days annual leave, 10-12% bonus, Childcare Vouchers, Contributory pension scheme- will double the employee's contribution up to 10% Contributory share scheme- will match 50% of the employee's contribution Relocation Support: May be considered Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire *** Flexible working maybe consider*** 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 Electronics is responsible for electronic and electrical systems development across all engine and machine platforms. Based in Peterborough, the European Division of works with all European facilities to develop and apply advanced technology to the control of our highly integrated engines and machines. With unrivalled levels of vertical integration within the industry, Electronics systems help to maximise the customer value and efficiency of end products, whilst minimising owning and operating costs. 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 aftertreatment technology. Strong team player Excellent communications skills Strong customer focus 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. Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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

Autonomous Vehicle Research Engineer

We are currently seeking an experienced Autonomous Vehicle Engineer to perform research into new Technology and Trends in Automotive Industry. The role is working for a Highly respected organisation who provide Market Intelligence to both the Financial sector and other organisations throughout the world. Responsibilities: * Conduct research (both primary and secondary) to build in-depth understanding of OEM strategies on autonomous driving, enabling sensing technologies, the emerging supply chain as well as various drivers and constraints to technology deployment such as regulatory and costing aspects * Support the company's intelligence database which encompasses forecasting intelligence on autonomy and other inter-linked electronics areas * Respond to client product inquiries and support them with email, telephone and face-to-face meetings * Present research findings at conferences/ tradeshows/client events/webinars Project work involvement, including cross-regional and cross-team projects as needed Requirements * Proven understanding of current and future trends in autonomous driving/ADAS * Work experience on the topic of Autonomy or ADAS is essential either in an Engineering/R&D or market analysis capacity is essential * Engineering background is highly desirable, OEM and/or Tier-1 relevant experience is a plus. * Fluency in English, additional language skills an added bonus. * Passion and knowledge of automotive industry as well as proven connections/entry points in the automotive industry Proficiency with MS applications required (Excel, Word and PowerPoint); understanding of database mechanics helpful but not essential (e.g. Access, SQL) * Accurate Analytical and Data interpretation skills Strong presentations skills and comfortable in client interactions This is a an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about the Automotive Industry and who enjoys Researching new Technology. There is an excellent package on offer for the right person.

Permanent / City of London, London

Development Engineer - Engine Systems

Development Engineer - Engine Systems - West Midlands - Attractive - Permanent An Engine Systems Company is looking for a Development Engineer due to a new programme. You will be joining a great company and team managing Performance and Engine Development projects and programmes. The successful Development Engineer will need to have experience of engines and ideally the electronics and ignition systems behind the engine technology. The Engine Development Engineer will have a proven background in calibration of either Gasoline or Diesel engines and background in working closely with customers on engine development projects. The Responsibilities of the Development Engineer will include Testing and development of engines, transmissions, complete drivelines or components Engine research & development in line with project requirements Ensure projects are completed to the customers standards Develop improved methods and tools for engine testing Develop and maintain relationships with engineers, suppliers and client engineers Deliver timely solutions to any technical issues arising regarding engine development Design, plan and organise test programmes to meet regulatory requirements Supervise engine development testing, analyse data, ensuring data quality Work collaboratively with other departments on the integration of system Execute tests to evaluate and validate component/system performance Designing dynamometer and rig based engine test engineering Conduct post processing data and post-test evaluation Skills and Qualification Requirements for the Development Engineer HND or ideally Degree qualified within Mechanical Engineering or equivalent Effective communication and people skills with practical hands on approach Capable of working efficiently as part of a small team to tight deadlines Capable of leading a project element with support from senior staff when necessary Effective team member contributing to improvements and high customer service. Engine testing experience and working knowledge of Gasoline and / or Diesel engines Detailed knowledge of engine mechanical development, Knowledge of combustion analysis or engine performance validation. Knowledge in Power conversion, Lubrication systems, Cooling systems, and Rotating parts Test cell and engine control familiarity Knowledge of fault tree analysis (FTA) / FMEA and practical problem-solving techniques Good report writing and presenting skills. Strong general knowledge of diesel/gasoline/gas engine fundamentals Knowledge of after treatment systems and their application **Due to the products being manufactured - Security Clearance and ITAR Restrictions will apply to this vacancy** If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Development Engineer then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line +44 (0) 1384 446102 or email suitable MS Word Format CV's to

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Principal Mechanical Design Engineer

Principal Mechanical Design Engineer - Australia - Competitive - Permanent A Principal Mechanical Design Engineer is required to join the Management Team within a market leading innovative engine propulsion systems company and the Principal Mechanical Design Engineer will report directly to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The Principal Mechanical Design Engineer will be responsible for and have ownership of the detailed mechanical design and engineering process through to integration, test and verification. The Principal Mechanical Design Engineer is responsible for developing technical solutions and evolution of current products from an engineering full life-cycle perspective. Specifically, the successful Principal Mechanical Design Engineer will have experience with the Design and Development of Base Engine systems and technology. This is a life changing opportunity for the successful Principal Mechanical Design Engineer and an opportunity to join an expanding company that has a very strong growth and development strategy. Principal Mechanical Design Engineer - Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities Team management of design leads and analysis engineers Liaison with external customers and suppliers as required Technical authority and approval of mechanical designs Detailed design of new products and evolution of existing products Provide expert mechanical knowledge to project team Provide direction on mechanical design and analysis activity Meet project design and customer requirements and lead mechanical design reviews Engage with customers and provide on site support as required Contribute to the preparation of proposals and quotations Manage projects to deliver on time and to budget to meet customer specifications Coordinate resources as required to progress project and proactive risk management Manage material selection according to design specifications Establish and implement component testing requirements Technical Skills and Experience Required for Principal Mechanical Design Engineer Degree Qualification in Engineering and a background within a relevant industry Experience within the area of engine design and analysis Engine design experience and detailed knowledge of mechanical systems design Knowledge Base Engines and internal combustion engines (iC) A working understanding of engine electrical and engine electronic systems Detailed knowledge of engine and engine component manufacturing techniques Detailed knowledge of materials used with internal combustion engines (iC) applications Knowledge of hardening steels & heat treatments prototype manufacture & development Experienced with engine mechanical components and systems through to production Supplier selection and technical development through component Knowledge of system requirements from concept, development phase and production An in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry related testing standards Strong analytical skills, with capability to design and execute performance testing **Due to the products being manufactured - ITAR restrictions will apply to this vacancy** If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Principal Mechanical Design Engineer then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line +44 (0) 1384 446102 or email suitable MS Word Format CV's

Permanent / Western Australia, Australia

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


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