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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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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

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

Controls and Systems Integration Engineer

Background A leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Description This is a Controls and Systems Integration role within Caterpillar's European Division of the Energy and Transportation Systems Research Group based at our Peterborough Facility. This team is responsible for developing novel engineering solutions and processes working collaboratively with European Universities, internal and industrial partners as well as will our US based sister team. The team leads the powertrain research strategy and delivery within Europe, this includes global research responsibility for electrification and hybridisation systems integration and control. Key Responsibilities * Implement, validate and optimise embedded control models * Optimise and calibrate control algorithms within software and hardware * Machine electrical system commissioning and validation * Validation of implemented controls code through SiL, HiL, on test bench and with-in demonstrator applications. * Full ownership of demonstration machines and their testing - Ensuring the machine, data acquisition, drivers are ready for testing in line with requirements and that the testing is executed successfully * Analysis of data from demonstrator machine and initial investigation into issues Experience - Requires a good accredited Engineering Degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience Excellent analytical skills, a higher level degree would be advantageous. Key Competencies: Candidates must: * Demonstrate the ability to interpret data, identify quality issues and understand performance interactions * Have a high level of competency in the use of data-analysis tools (e.g. Excel, Minitab, Matlab/Simulink etc.) Candidates would ideally: * Be familiar with 1-D simulation tools (e.g. GT-Power, Wave, AmeSIM, Modelica/Dymola) Technical Knowledge Candidates must: * Demonstrate knowledge of implementation of control strategies into production systems * Have experience of electronics and electrical systems and ECM debug Candidates would ideally: * On or off-highway machine fundamentals in order to quickly diagnose and solve issues * Demonstrate in-depth understanding of engine fundamentals, air systems, fuel systems, hydraulic or electrical power systems * Have an understanding of underlying theoretical principles of Advanced Control Methods. Teamwork. Candidates must: * Have the ability contribute to multi-functional teams * Maintain effective working relationships

Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Principal Mechanical Design Engineer

Principal Mechanical Engineer - Western Australia - Competitive - Permanent A Principal Mechanical Engineer is required to join the Mechanical Design Team within a market leading innovative engine propulsion systems company and the Principal Mechanical Engineer will report directly to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The Principal Mechanical 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 Engineer is responsible for developing technical solutions and evolution of current products from an engineering full life-cycle perspective. Specifically, the successful Principal Mechanical Engineer will have experience with the Design and Development of 2-stroke engine systems and technology. This is a life changing opportunity for the successful Principal Mechanical Engineer and an opportunity to join an expanding company that has a very strong growth and development strategy. Principal Mechanical 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 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 of 2-stroke internal combustion engines (iC) air-cooled or water-cooled 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 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


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  • 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.

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