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Industry 4.0  

The unprecedented pace of Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), presents a steep learning curve for many UK manufacturers.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment has a focus on future skills, supporting industry and our clients in their efforts to become Industry 4.0 ready.


Digital culture and skills are critical to drive successful technological change and we are engaging with businesses of all sizes, particularly SMEs, to help simplify the journey to achieve their Industry 4.0 goals.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment can source the right experts and specialists to help plan, implement and maintain Industry 4.0 strategies, methodologies and technologies whether you need help with big data, cyber security, augmented reality, autonomous robots, additive manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing or simulation.
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Future of British Manufacturing 
​Initiative (FoBMI)

We are a core partner to The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI). Bringing a hands-on approach to helping UK design and manufacturing SMEs break through theory and embrace the digital technologies encompassed within the Internet of Things (IoT).

We bring our expertise in advanced manufacturing and engineering to provide skills advice to businesses involved with the initiative.

One of the key components of the initiative is the FoBMI readiness assessment tool. Complete the online assessment to receive a personalised report of your readiness in the five key areas critical to competitive advantage.

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All information provided will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

For more information visit autodesk.co.uk/FoBMI 

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Industry is changing, and customer expectations are evolving with smarter, better connected and customised products.


​It's about removing the jargon and buzzwords, identifying which elements of Industry 4.0 are actually relevant and providing practical help to getting started.

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Site Supervisor - Hatfield - Warehouse Automation - Career progression

Site Engineering Supervisor – Warehouse Automation £45,000 - £50,000/year starting salary Excellent pension and benefits package Days based - Monday to Friday Supported career progression opportunities within a globally innovative organisation Organisation A creative and innovative market leader in bringing new technology to warehouse logistics the world over. Working with our customers all over the world, our client develops customised solutions and are truly at the forefront of industry 4IR. Employing over 3,000 people across the planet and turning over more than €500m year on year. We believe strongly in uniting technological know-how with a long-established experience in diverse industries to be the key to delivering successful solutions for their prestigious client base. Opportunity Due to continued success, an expansion opportunity has arisen for an aspiring Site Engineering Supervisor to join a market leading, global organisation who are at the forefront of the Warehouse Automation sector at their brand new state of the art premises in Hatfield. Operating on behalf of a premium UK clothing brand. This is a multi-faceted Site Engineering Supervisor job opportunity comes with a basic starting salary of £45,000 - £50,000/year. We hope to speak to suitably skilled and career-focused Engineering management professionals living within a commutable distance of Hatfield as soon as possible. You will be customer focused, team oriented, organised with strong listening skills and self-awareness. You will also ideally possess proven experience of managing an on-site maintenance team that deal with electro-mechanical, PLC, and systems software faults conducting preventative maintenance operations on automated materials handling equipment within a warehouse environment. Overview of the role Reporting to and supported by the multi-site manager, your role will consist of the following: Carry out risk assessments ensuring the team carries out their duties within a safe environment Managing a team of approx 10 shift engineers Ensuring complete customer satisfaction Managing site budgets and associated commercial activities Ensure delivery of defined SLA Manage system improvements and installations Manage training requirements Increase the scope and efficiency of Company support solutions Be an effective manager focused on team development Reporting on commercial and technical activities Improve service level through adoption of industry best practices Manage the provision of quality support and maintenance services Implement system security policy Data analysis Qualifications/Experience required HNC/HND or above in an associated Engineering discipline Automated Systems background or similar Demonstrable experience of Lean / 6 Sigma Manufacturing management experience (preferred but not essential) Previously managed medium/large teams Technical skills to cover software systems, server architecture & networks with an appreciation of electro-mechanical installations Salary package £45,000 - £50,000/year starting salary Days – Monday to Friday (some flexibility required) Welham Green, Hatfield location Employer contributory pension up to 6% Private flexible health care plan Company mobile phone Industry leading training and development opportunities both at home and abroad Managing a team of 10 engineers (and growing) through ‘go-live’ stage within a high value, highly innovative, automated warehouse for a premium UK clothing brand Full P&L and budgetary training available towards career progression to full Site Manager status in 2 years This is an exciting job opportunity if you are an aspiring Engineering professional living within a commutable distance of Hatfield and looking to take a significant step forward with your career by joining a market leading automation systems provider with an array of career paths available both at home and abroad. Significant support and training is available over time for the right candidate here within a company with an excellent track record of training and developing their staff. If you are currently managing or supervising a team of engineers in an automated / FMCG setting, but looking to take your career to the next level, then we would love to discuss our offering here with you! If you would like more information, please 'apply' now or contact Colin Reeves on 01384 446121. Or connect with me on LinkedIn. 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 / Hatfield

Materials Engineer - 45262

Materials Engineer - 45262 Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 Location: Wiltshire , South West Posted Date: 10/07/2019 Expiry Date: 09/08/2019 A blue-chip product development company requires a skilled materials scientist to help it achieve its current and long term battery ambitions and support its RDD lab activities. The Materials Engineer will work within the energy storage research team and will be focussed on working towards innovative materials development and characterisation techniques within target specifications. Key responsibilities: Contribute and apply knowledge to lab synthesis and production of materials for batteries with targeted compositions and quality, including composites and electrochemically active materials for next generation electrochemical device Demonstrate hands-on experience in chemical reactions and process equipment used in lab towards scale up to meet target specifications such as material properties, energy density and efficiency within the planned timeline Analyse structural and powder properties, and address the impacts on structure stabilisation, impurities and crystal growth optimisation to overcome scale up issues with the development of new materials Decant key figures of merit and report on their effectiveness in a timely manner Communicate clearly and effectively the results and update project status to a broad spectrum of associated project members and senior management Work with other scientists and engineers to ensure that the product performance and reliability are met, within the planned timeline of the project Be flexible to travel between work sites Qualifications, skills and behaviours: Education and experience: Minimum MSc/MChem degree (2:1 degree or better) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Materials Physics or equivalent with a demonstrable level of experience in a related field Minimum technical experience and knowledge: Hands-on experience in synthesis, solid-state chemistry and co-precipitation of inorganic and solid-state materials Expert knowledge of x-ray diffraction with the ability to perform quantitative Rietveld analysis of XRD data Deep understanding of material structure and electronic property relationships and able to use a variety of techniques to characterise structure and materials properties Safely handle materials and good laboratory practice in compliance with corporate and chemical hygiene policies, including health and safety, COSHH and risk assessments Use of electrochemical characterisation methods for performance evaluation, including cell testing and differential capacity analysis Ability to take raw data files and process into graphs using Excel Ability to interpret recorded data and analyse trends in a useful way to guide future work Critically analyse and question all findings Contribute to the development of innovative materials and optimal composition for use in electrochemical devices Familiar with discovery and process development of new materials for performance verification and evaluation Conduct benchmark studies, organise sample, and data analyses to guide materials development Provide regular updates on progress through meetings presentations and progress reports Ability to work autonomously and across teams and keep an open mind Desirable experience: Experience with co-precipitation towards scale-up and material characterisation tools. Applications Please send your CV with salary expectations and notice period to David Powers

Permanent / Malmesbury

Power Electronics Engineer - Advanced (44071)

Power Electronics Engineer - Advanced (44071) Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 Location: Wiltshire , South West Posted Date: 10/07/2019 Expiry Date: 09/08/2019 Our client offers a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Power Electronics Engineer (BMS) based in their Technical Research Team. Accountabilities: The power electronics role will involve: The development of battery management systems and assessment of alternative battery management solutions and topologies depending on the product requirements Ensuring battery management systems meet regulatory and company requirements for safety Charger design and writing detailed charger specifications Working with the different product teams to gain an indepth product understanding, while using knowledge of the latest technologies to create innovative power electronics systems and solutions Ensuring designs can comply with relevant EMC/EMI standards and modifying design where needed to ensure this is the case Thermal management design of power electronics systems Design of both mains and battery powered electronics to meet global requirements The design of heater control hardware and associated protection hardware Power converter design Skills: Education and experience: Minimum BEng/MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or other relevant discipline Minimum technical knowledge: Power Electronics: Design of battery management systems, especially for Lithium-Ion technology Some battery application experience, specifically with regard to safety systems and determining system parameters Knowledge of heater control hardware, control schemes and heater protection approaches Thermal management approaches for surface mount and through hole devices SMPS and linear regulator power supply design Design of power electronics for both low voltage and mains voltage systems General knowledge of power electronic devices, including silicon based IGBTs and MOSFETs through to emerging wide bandgap technologies o Understanding of device characteristics and issues with switching behaviour in real circuits as well as power switch driver design Device selection - Interpretation of datasheets and knowledge of design methods to confidently select the lowest cost devices while achieving reliability targets o Knowledge and experience of using power hybrid modules and power SoC modules (e.g. drivers and power switches in one device) Design Tools: Schematic capture using Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics or other main stream tools Use of SPICE based simulation tools such as Simetrix and LTspice Design calculation tools such as Mathcad, Matlab, Excel. Design Techniques: Circuit simulation and design tolerance analysis Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation Benefits: 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays Pension scheme Performance related bonus Life assurance Sport centre Free on-site parking Subsidised café and restaurants Applications: Please send your CV with salary expectations and notice period to david. powers @jonlee.co.uk.

Permanent / Malmesbury

Shift Engineer - Burton-Upon-Trent

Organisation A truly innovative market leader in bringing new technology to warehouse logistics the world over. Working with our customers all over the world, our client develops customised solutions and are truly at the forefront of industry 4IR. Employing over 3,000 people across the planet, growing fast and turning over more than €500m year on year. They believe strongly in uniting technological know-how with a long-established experience in diverse industries to be the key to delivering successful solutions for their prestigious client base. Opportunity An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced multi skilled engineer to join this market leading, multi-national company within the residence at a UK household brand name's .com distribution hub in Burton-Upon-Trent. This maintenance Shift Engineer job opportunity comes with a basic salary of circa £40,900/year including shift allowance. We hope to speak to suitably skilled and career-focused multi skilled maintenance engineering professionals as soon as possible. Key Responsibilities: Mechanical strip-down/re-assembly, basic field wiring, machine calibration and system testing Service and repair current installed products in a timely manner Interpreting electrical circuit diagrams and work with motor controls Carrying out risk assessments Undertake breakdown maintenance of site automation as required Carry out PPM of automation equipment to the required standard Complete breakdown reports and shift reports Liaise with operations to ensure workload is prioritised correctly Assist in project installation work including cost reduction activities Operate hand tools and assemble parts onto equipment Qualification's/Experience Minimum Level 3 NVQ qualification in Electrical Engineering or equivalent Electrical/Mechanical maintenance and inspection experience. Previous experience in logistics automation engineering (beneficial) 3 phase, Single Phase, 24/48V DC knowledge. Able to read Electrical Drawings Pneumatic and Hydraulic knowledge beneficial Computer literate with basic Microsoft Office skills Salary package Starting salary of £40,900/year (inc shift allowance) Up to 6% matched company pension contribution Employee benefits package Full uniform Company mobile phone OT regularly available - not mandatory Industry leading training and career development opportunities at home and abroad 20 shifts (240 hours) of paid holiday rising with length of service and good attendance records Please note that this position will from next year involve working on a 4 on / 4 off shift pattern which includes 12-hour day and night shifts. This is an exciting job opportunity for multi skilled maintenance engineering professionals local to the Burton area to join a market leading automation systems provider with an array of career paths available both at home and abroad. If you would like more information, please 'apply' now or contact Colin Reeves on 01384 446121. 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 / Chalgrove

Product Manager - Birmingham

The opportunity Due to an ongoing commitment to cater for the needs of their prestigious customer base; a rare and unique opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and motivated Product Marketing Manager to join a newly formed team in the ‘start-up’ stage of its development. You will be responsible for over-seeing the Click & Collect business and partnering with key internal and external partners to develop and execute a new business strategy. The Click & Collect business is progressing from a Start-up to full commercialisation. We will be implementing Click & Collect lockers where consumers will be able to collect their shopping at places other than supermarkets; safe in the knowledge that their frozen, perishable or liquid purchases will all be available, fresh and easy to access at a time and location to convenient to them. This remit requires an experienced Product Manager with strong project management skills, an understanding of the consumer retail / food market with a desire to contribute to building a solution that could be a genuine game-changer for the retail consumer market in the future! Main duties and responsibilities: Build an intimate knowledge of the business's product offering in relation to: - Customers - Growth & profit drivers - Operational requirements - Innovation - Supply chain - How market dynamics drive strategy and operating results Travel to visit customers and suppliers. Work with Sales and Manufacturing team to ensure necessary lead times & expectations are set and delivered on from quotation / specification stage to through to final installation. Successfully convey Technical and Commercial material to an audience unfamiliar with the content. Influence Outlook and Product Manufacturing forecasting process through providing accurate, up to date information to the Marketing, Finance and Business Unit Manager. Contribute to strategy with management team members to drive new ideas and provide fresh insight within the business. Liaise with global partner businesses in the development & promotion of the Click & Collect business. Maintain and build effective relationships with customers. Champion the application of an 80/20 business process. Person specification Full product life-cycle experience in a market market that deals with high value capital equipment sales or rollouts Capability to deal with complex & professional customers. Demonstrable understanding of in-depth technical product knowledge and technical marketing. Ability to communicate across all stakeholders in the retail environment. Able to sift through complex information, utilise 80/20 focus model. Ability to combine analytical reasoning, creativity and judgement. A quick learner, comfortable with steep learning curves and able to handle simultaneous complex matters. The drive to make a significant personal commitment in time & energy to be successful. Package Circa £35,000 - £50,000/year starting salary (flexible dependant on experience) Annual company bonus Company car / allowance 26 days annual holiday allowance (plus bank holidays) Employer enhanced pension scheme up to 11% Relocation allowance available Opportunity to be a leading part of a growing team providing an innovative product into the consumer retail sector A wide range of career development opportunities across a diverse global group of companies The company With over 200 years of rich heritage, this specialist company has always been associated with trust and honesty. Over the years, they have proven they understand the changing nature of markets and customer needs in line with the ever-changing world around us. In doing so, we have built a reputation for constantly evolving to deliver exactly what the customer wants with visionary performance been one of industry firsts, technical advances and design triumphs. Today, this is an international business with an excellent world-wide reputation. A trusted brand name associated with making a wide range of quality, innovative products with a continually changing focus. If this sounds good to you This projects as a challenging yet highly rewarding career opportunity for someone looking to develop their career as part of a start-up business within a diverse and innovative global organisation. We are hoping to speak to driven, organised, motivated and self-aware product management or technical product marketing professionals with a background in a consumer lead retail sector living within or looking to relocate to the Birmingham area. For more information, please contact Colin Reeves in confidence on 01384 446121 or email colin.reeves@jonlee.co.uk. 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 / Smethwick

Site Engineer - Croydon

- Site Engineer – Pharmateutical Warehouse Automation - Croydon - £43,000/starting salary - Days/shifts (flexibility) - Excellent benefits package - Multi-skilled maintenance Organisation A creative and innovative market leader in bringing new technology to warehouse logistics the world over. Working with our customers all over the world, our client develops customised solutions and are truly at the forefront of industry 4iR. Employing over 3,000 people across the planet and growing fast. They believe strongly in uniting technological know-how with a long-established experience in diverse industries to be the key to delivering successful solutions for their prestigious client base which is littered with premium household brand names. Opportunity A rare career and potentially career defining opportunity has arisen for an experienced and versatile multi-skilled engineer to join our client, a market leader in the Warehouse Automation space. We are currently beginning the process of setting up a high-spec, high value Automated Warehouse system for a prestigious world-renowned client known throughout the pharmaceutical industry at their Croydon distribution hub. To oversee this growth project, we are looking to speak with experienced multi-skilled engineering professionals with relevant warehouse automation or FMCG experience (or similar) to join and play an instrumental part of this new project that will evolve into one of the most advanced automated systems in the country over time. Overview The site engineer will possess proven experience of dealing with electro-mechanical faults, repairs and preventative maintenance operations within an automated logistics environment and deliver world class maintenance processes within a highly automated logistics system, providing high standards of equipment reliability and system technical availability. Flexibility and an aspirational attitude towards your career development will be key to success within this dynamic, highly efficient, effective yet growing automation engineering site. Key Responsibilities: 1st level support – error correction within the logistics system Electrical, Mechanical, pneumatic, fault finding and repairs Planned maintenance of the automated logistic system Monitoring the technical operation of the logistic system Inspections and condition monitoring of installed equipment Efficient and effective equipment breakdown recovery Escalation management of equipment/system incidents Interaction with customer management Ability to interpret electrical circuit diagrams and work with motor controls. Ability to follow set up instructions, assembly drawings and check lists Management of spare parts Management of control systems and industrial field bus systems (e.g. ASi, Profibus) Qualifications/Experience Completed a time served apprenticeship in an Electrical/Mechanical discipline (minimum standard of NVQ Level 3) Understanding of PLC’s and their function Understanding of WMS, WCS systems (beneficial) Pneumatic and Hydraulic knowledge Computer literate Candidate Profile Reliable, responsible and organised Self-motivated Customer-focused Flexible in hours worked – predominately days based Team player Good interpersonal and communication skills Ability to work at height Salary Package £43,000/year starting salary (inc shift allowance) Excellent employee benefits package OT / TOIL available Industry leading training and career development opportunities Highly varied and autonomous position Training available both on site and across UK Scope for career development into leadership and management positions both in in the UK and globally This is an excellent company to work for, full of enthusiastic and personable, passionate, purposeful and supportive staff and management - operating in one of the most profitable and fast-growing sectors in the world of engineering today. If you feel that the above applies to and is of interest to then we would like to hear from you. Please 'apply' now with your up to date CV or for more information contact Colin Reeves on 01384 446121. 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 / Croydon
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