NP Aerospace Case Study

NP Aerospace, a world-leading armour technology manufacturer and vehicle integrator teams up with Jonathan Lee Recruitment to help recruit and build large operational teams at speed.

About NP Aerospace

NP Aerospace is a world leading armour manufacturer and vehicle integrator delivering high-performance defence and security solutions and engineering services for commercial applications.

They have over 90 years of experience, providing light weight, fatigue resistant products produced from the world’s most advanced materials.

Their mission is to protect the lives of military and security personnel through best-in-class products and services.


NP Aerospace and Jonathan Lee

The Challenge

Jay Simms, Recruitment Manager at NP Aerospace, reflects on the journey. "Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been instrumental in supporting our recruitment needs for nearly a decade. Their expertise and dedication have consistently delivered for both permanent and contract roles, fostering a strong partnership between our organisations."

In June 2020, when NP Aerospace sought a trusted recruitment partner to fulfil key supplier roles for contract positions, the choice was clear: Jonathan Lee Recruitment. The seamless collaboration between the two entities paved the way for success.

In the dynamic landscape of defence contracting, NP Aerospace faced a critical challenge in 2022: the urgent need to bolster its workforce amidst escalating demands driven by key contracts and global events, notably for the conflict in Ukraine.

Since then, Jonathan Lee Recruitment has played a pivotal role in sourcing and securing hundreds of skilled professionals across various disciplines, from Maintenance Engineers to Project Managers, and Process Operators to Vehicle Technicians. We are also now collaborating to enhance our support to the defence community through the Armed Forces Covenant.

“As NP Aerospace navigated through critical projects and emerging challenges, the unwavering support and reliability of Jonathan Lee Recruitment remained steadfast. Their commitment to our mission, particularly during crucial endeavours such as our engagements in Ukraine, has been exemplary," remarks Jay.

The Solution

Grant Nisbet, Jonathan Lee Director speaks of his pride in his contracts recruitment team, particularly Matt Johnson and Gareth Simpson in the key roles they continue to play in delivering on this project:

‘’Since 2020 we have since placed on a number of roles from Process Operator, Military Vehicle Fitter, Electrical Fitter, Project Manager, ILS (Supportability Engineer), Lead Engineer, Maintenance Engineer and Production Supervisor.

In early 2022 it was clear that volume was about to ramp up significantly with the crucial Ukraine contracts and it was here that the partnership flourished.

Interview and induction processes were agreed with NP and Matt and Gareth were afforded site access to be able to undertake on-site interviews in order to hasten the process for getting contractors in post. Being present on site has not only helped with the initial introductory meetings but has meant that we are accessible for managers and contractors alike on an ongoing basis – ensuring we can maintain a flexible approach to requirements as they arise.

On the two core projects (Helmets and Plates) we have since made in excess of 250 placements and at times had over 85 contractors on assignment. Interviews continue as new project team requirements emerge and we welcome talks with interested candidates looking to learn more.

It takes trust and open communication channels to build large operational teams at speed and we thank NP for this, appreciating fully their willingness to embrace us to enable a true partnership to form.''

The Results

Since 2020 Jonathan Lee Recruitment has supported NP Aerospace with the recruitment of hundreds of employees to fill their permanent and contract vacancies. Everything from Maintenance Engineers to Project Managers, from Process Operators to Vehicle Technicians.

Jay concludes “Jonathan Lee Recruitment are a key recruitment partner who NP Aerospace have worked with for several years and have fully supported our mission to successfully deliver on crucial contracts for Ukraine. We are now collaborating to enhance our support to the defence and Armed Forces community for current and future employees."

Jay Simms
Recruitment Manager

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