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Why Jonathan Lee?

With 40 years of working with global industry leaders, we are immensely proud of our history. Our reputation for excellent service has allowed us to continually achieve strong year-on-year growth.

It takes a dedicated team of brilliant people to make our vision possible. We’re always looking to improve and to do this we need great people who share our values of quality, excellence and teamwork. Here at Jonathan Lee, there are no boundaries for people with ambition and enthusiasm - we’re committed to providing all employees with learning and development opportunities to support career development. 

If you’re looking for a new challenge where you’ll be encouraged to develop and learn, in a professional yet friendly environment, Jonathan Lee is the place for you.  

Send your details to Theresa Durham or call us for a confidential chat. For more information about our excellent recruitment process click here and to view our FAQs click here.

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Jonathan Lee's JL logo on a grey background

Vision, Mission & Values

Vision

To be the customer first choice.

Mission

To provide the best resourcing solutions through fully understanding, communicating and meeting the needs of our clients, candidates and colleagues.

Values
  • To create an environment where professionalism, friendliness, openness, honesty and mutual support flourish.
  • To engender a creative and entrepreneurial approach, well controlled but not stifled by procedure.
  • To recruit, develop, train and retain people of high calibre and high potential.
  • To recognise and reward both effort and results.
  • To have a style which allows people the maximum amount of self expression and flexibility of operating to realise their full fee earning potential whilst working hard for each other in a teamwork environment.
  • To continue to be a caring employer striving to provide a secure future.
  • To contribute to the welfare of the community.

Company Timeline

Our Story

  • 1978

    Jonathan and Lindy Lee establish Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

    Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment fist logo in 1978

  • 1978

    First major assignment won, working with GKN Technical Centre in Wolverhampton. 

    GKN Technical Centre in Wolverhampton

  • 1979

    The business begins to grow, taking on first Sylvia Wall and soon afterwards Jenny Oakes to support the recruitment administration activities and to ensure high quality service to the growing portfolio of clients.

  • 1980

    Knighton House in Stourbridge - Jonathan and the expanding team in the 1980's

    Jonathan buys Knighton House in Stourbridge as a new home for the technical recruitment business. Over the 1980s, the team grows to around 20, with industry experts recruited from aerospace, automotive and general engineering. 

  • 1987

    Major assignment won with Eaton Group for a senior management role, which led to our first display advert run nationally in the Sunday Times to attract candidates.​

    The Sunday Times

  • 1989

    Land Rover engages Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment to hire an entire product engineering and development team in Solihull for the first generation of the Discovery model.

  • 1990


    To start the decade, we won a major project to support all of the management and engineering recruitment for the start-up of Toyota Manufacturing UK. 

    Having received more than 15,000 applications, the Jonathan Lee team interviewed 2,000 candidates eventually placing 178 of the first people to join the operation.

  • 1993

    Jonathan Lee Contracts Limited was formally incorporated to support the increasing need for more flexible workforce in the engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors. Our first contract placement was made at Ford Motor Company the same year.

  • 1995

    With the business growing, Jonathan invested in the renovation of a local derelict malting house in Stourbridge. The office opened in 1995 and is still our headquarters today.  

    The local derelict malting house in Stourbridge, which has become the Company's headquarters   ​​The Maltings today

  • 1996

    News article highlighting the Company's growth

    ​The team grows to 48 and the business begins offering executive search services, opening two new offices; in Basingstoke, Hampshire and Leeds, Yorkshire. 

  • 1998

    Jonathan Lee Technical Recruitment rebrands to become Jonathan Lee Recruitment Limited.  

    Newspaper Article

  • 2001

    In 2001, the strategic acquisition of XR Associates in Basildon helped us further support our clients in the South East and lead to the award of a Managed Service for Visteon UK. 

    Jonathan Lee Recruitment's Basildon office back in 2001

  • 2002

    Factura Logo

    On the back of considerable growth in demand for our executive search services, a new brand Factura was established in 2002, occupying a new office premises in Bromsgrove.

  • 2003

    In June 2003, the Directors and staff celebrated the 25th anniversary of the business with a gathering of new and old faces in Birmingham.

    Singer

  • 2005

    Offices

    The business continues to thrive and as part of our growth, we acquired recruitment firm PHDS Group, with offices in Wakefield and Leicester giving wider geographical reach.

  • 2006

    In August 2006, Jonathan Lee collaborated with another business under the banner of the Alpha Consortium and was awarded Master Vendor status for Smiths Aerospace UK.

    Smiths Aerospace Logo

    This arrangement lasted for more than 6 years, through their corporate aqcuisition from GE Aviation and Moog Aerospace, delivering more than 300 permanent placements and 500 contract assignments.

  • 2011

    Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc (TMETC) selected Jonathan Lee to be the master vendor for permanent and contract recruitment for all UK locations.   

    James Billingham of TMETC and Jonathan Lee, Chairman
    James Billingham of TMETC and Jonathan Lee, Chairman

  • 2012

    Consolidation of group brands all under the name of Jonathan Lee, including the rebranding of the executive search business Factura to Jonathan Lee Executive Search.

  • 2013

    Dubai

    Established our Consultancy Services business in Dubai offering offer knowledgeable and professional advice to companies intending to set up operations in the UAE, as well as to companies already established in the region.

  • 2015

    Jonathan Lee Design Services incorporated, based from an office in Warwick, offering digital modelling, design and styling expertise to industry.

    Jonathan Lee Design Services incorporated

  • 2018

    Our 40th anniversary year, with exciting events and articles to come throughout the year.

    Jonathan Lee Logo

    JL Anniversary Logo

Charity

Jonathan Lee ladies at a charity event

At Jonathan Lee, we are really proud of our team’s enthusiasm to support and live our values, “to contribute to the welfare of the community”. We have great fun organising and taking part in a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, promoting team work and participation to support good causes both locally and nationally.

Work For Us

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Finance Manager

FINANCE MANAGER To £46,000 + Bonus + Benefits Permanent Technology Engineering Conwy / Llandudno, North Wales - Relocation assistance offered The Role We are recruiting on an Exclusive and Confidential basis on behalf of our client, who are looking to appoint a number 1 in finance, reporting to the MD. Partner with the rest of the Senior Management Team to direct the business at strategic and operational levels. Manage budgets & costs for multiple workstreams and projects. Develop tools to improve forecasting and budgeting activities. Produce standard financial reports around month-end and year-end statutory accounts for entities in the UK, USA, and Hong Kong. Produce quarterly VAT and sales tax returns. Operate as a key contact for external relationships for all aspects of finance. The Person This opportunity is ideal for an experienced & qualified accountant to play an important part in the development of a well-established business, to lead and have input at a managerial level. Key requirements include: Previous experience in a senior finance capacity, capable of compiling reports whist thinking commercially across several workstreams. Knowledge of group consolidations and reporting, ideally for US and Asian subsidiaries. Experience in an SME engineering or manufacturing setting. Possession of a full ACA / ACCA / CIMA accounting qualification. Advanced Excel and knowledge of a range of IT systems. The Company Our client is an SME Technology Engineering business, located in north Wales, on the doorstep to Snowdonia National Park. They seek an experienced finance professional to lead the finance function, implement business change, and operate as part of the senior management team at strategic and operational levels. How to Apply To apply, please do so online, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your current remuneration.

Permanent / Llandudno, Conwy

Management Accountant

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT £28,000 - £32,000 + Benefits inc' Study Support, plus Pay Rise after 6 months Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands Automotive Permanent The Role This position plays a key part in the finance team of a profitable £100m T/O site, reporting to the Finance Director and corporate offices abroad. Partner with engineering and procurement departments to calculate existing and predicted cost reports. Liaise with commercial and sales colleagues to analyse sales revenue and profit margin by product line. Produce month- and year-end packs along with associated commentary. Assist in the development of budgets and forecasts. The Person This opportunity is ideal for an Accountant who is actively studying towards a professional accounting qualification. To be successful in this position you will: Demonstrate good understanding of Cost & Materials Accounting and Profit Margin Analysis, as well as standard period-end management accounts. Have experience working in the Automotive industry, or wider manufacturing sectors. Be working towards an ACCA or CIMA qualification. Be educated to degree level, in a Finance related field. Communicate in a clear and credible fashion. The Company Our client is a global Tier 1 Automotive supplier. The group offers assistance with continued professional development and opportunities for secondments in the UK and abroad, for those who seek it. This assistance includes full Study Support towards a professional qualification, and a significant pay rise following a six month probation. How to Apply To apply, please do so online, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your current remuneration.

Permanent / Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT - Payables & Receivables

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT - Payables & Receivables To £27,000 + Benefits Permanent Finance Solihull The Role This position sits in a team that is responsible for accurately maintaining the Accounts Payable & Receivable of the business's UK & Ireland division. Key activities will include: Maintaining and updating the Purchase Ledger; processing high volumes of supplier invoices, ensuring existing controls are met. Maintaining and updating the Sales Ledger; processing high volumes of customer payments. Processing BACS and manual payment runs. Reconcile the ledgers in preparation for month-end accounting. Investigate and resolve queries in a professional manner. The Person This opportunity is ideal for an Accounts Clerk who is seeking their next challenge in a large and supportive business. You will possess: Experience in both Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable during your career. Familiarity in a high-volume accounts department. Good basic accounting ability; being able to reconcile the general ledger and report information to management. Good ability in Excel, experience with Oracle software is an advantage. AAT qualifications are desirable. The Company Our client is a large manufacturer and supplier of components to off-highway vehicles and heavy machinery. They now seek a capable and dynamic Clerk to maintain the Accounts Payable and Receivables for the UK&I. How to Apply To apply, please do so online, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your current remuneration.

Permanent / Solihull, West Midlands

Interim Financial Controller

INTERIM FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Competitive Daily Rate ASAP until End of Year Automotive Sutton Coldfield The Role We are recruiting on an Exclusive basis on behalf of our client, who are looking to appoint an interim Financial Controller to cover a period of absence. Key activities include: Overall responsibility for the finance team and associated activities. Oversee and undertake month-end, financial reporting, costing & margin management. Reporting and presenting key financials to stakeholders in the UK and abroad. Working with the senior management team, being involved in decision making in order to identify successful commercial opportunities. The Person This opportunity is ideal for an experienced qualified accountant to play an important part in the development of a well-established business, to lead and have input at a managerial level: Previous experience in a senior finance capacity, capable of directing others. Experience in the Automotive industry is desirable, though the wider manufacturing sector would be perfectly suitable. Possession of a full ACA / ACCA / CIMA accounting qualification. Advanced Excel and use of SAP. The Company Our client is an Automotive Tier 1 manufacturer, with operations across Europe and North America. They seek a finance professional who is available at short notice, to run the finance department during a period of absence. How to Apply To apply, please do so online, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your current remuneration.

Contract / Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Strategic Category Lead - IT/Software

Strategic Category Lead - IT/Software Financial Services West Midlands £45,000 to £50,000 Are you currently working as a Buyer or a Senior Buyer in the Financial Services sector? Do you have experience of buying IT systems & Software? Would you like to join the other 7,500 employees across 75 countries around the world? This could be the role for you… Our client is the largest bank in the Eurozone and a Top 10 global banks operating in two core businesses, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Retail Banking and Services. We are now looking for a Strategic Category Lead who will focus on the purchasing of IT systems and Software in the Personal Finance department. This ranges from sourcing and on-boarding through to the day-to-day management of the contractual and commercial relationship. The Strategic Category Lead will work with senior stakeholders and the Procurement team to conduct procurement activities in line with internal Policy, best professional practice and agreed contracts. About the role Support key stakeholders and Contract Managers in a program of continuous improvement with suppliers, focusing primarily on cost reduction, innovation, risk mitigation and regulatory and legislative compliance Lead RFx processes from end to end; draft and review contracts, working closely with the business and with the Legal and Finance teams Develop supplier relationships to ensure best value is delivered and unlocked from existing contracts; directly manage contract delivery Support stakeholders in the management of key contracts and suppliers, in accordance with company policies, providing appropriate advice and support to the senior management team About you RFx process Strong experience of licensing procurement IT/Software Category Management Practice of procurement in an FCA-regulated context Performance KPI and SLA industry standards Commercial acumen Good knowledge of contract law Negotiation and problem-solving skills Ability to liaise and influence all levels of management and work with other departments Direct or Indirect Category Management Cost reduction and value improvement Procurement in the Financial Services sector or within other technically driven sector Educated to degree level (or with commensurate experience) MCIPS or equivalent, or working towards - Desirable Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of IT/Software Procurement in a FCA regulated environment and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Strategic Category Lead role, please contact Scott Williams at Jonathan Lee Recruitment PSC17

Permanent / Solihull, West Midlands

Embedded Software Engineer

Embedded Software Engineer £Competitive plus benefits Greenford Automotive An Embedded Software Engineer is required to improve existing software designs to upgrade a current product, followed by the designing and implementation of future generations of software solutions. Candidates with experience of embedded software applications and firmware algorithm development would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning personal mobility manufacturer based in Greenford requires a proactive Embedded Software Engineer to support and improve existing software designs. As an Embedded Software Engineer you will be required to: Develop, prototype and test future software developments Ensure the optimal integration into the product Assist with the improvement of software design practices and processes within the business The Embedded Software Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Ideally degree qualified in related subjects (software / firmware engineering) Strong background in embedded software applications Firmware algorithm development This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with general software fault finding and testing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Greenford based personal mobility manufacturer will offer you: £Competitive Pension Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as an Embedded Software Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Embedded Software Engineer role, please contact Paul Branton at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01268 455525.

Permanent / Greenford, Middlesex

Property Project Manager

Property Projects Manager Person specification We're seeking someone with strong technical project management skills who can support the our property portfolio of depots, stations, head office and support accommodation. Projects will range from smaller scale maintenance upgrades, to planned maintenance projects and remedial works, and coordinating & controlling major construction projects. The role will also include the line management of the direct labour team who provide operational support to our West Midland portfolio of bus depots with line marking, pothole repairs and general maintenance activities. The successful candidate will have extensive property / construction project management and delivery experience, both hands on and through consultant or contractor teams, developing product and build specifications and supporting & delivering the end to end tender process. A good knowledge of CDM regulations together with detailed understanding of project management and construction related legislation and codes of practice is essential. Experience in managing directly employed teams as well as managing contractor and consultants is key, together with strong communication skills and the ability to explain and demonstrate understanding of technical project elements to those without the technical knowledge. Budget, performance and quality management skills. Managing data and information to produce project and technical reporting where required. Working alongside the Business Excellence team to support and inform the overall project sponsor where required, following the National Express group processes. Qualifications & Experience A formal project management qualification (APM / Prince 2 etc) would be preferred, supported a training record demonstrating relevant experience, ideally in a transport related sector. Ideally IOSH / NEBOSH, but essential to have a solid track record in safety management and compliance. Knowledge of industry standard compliance & legislation requirements including control & management of asbestos, water quality management, electrical test and inspection requirements and CDM & design responsibilities. It is expected that only applicants with at least 7-10 years' project management experience (at least 2 of which have been at a senior PM type position) would have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience required for this role. Specific Responsibilities Managing DLO team of four, coordinating the site activities across the WMT (Bus) portfolio, and supporting ad-hoc works across the wider sites if required. Providing cost and quality assurance of medium and higher value minor works that are delivered through CPL or the framework contractors, validating specification and coordinating delivery with the relevant business units if required. Ownership of projects delivered outside of the CPL framework agreement via direct orders. Managing the end to end process of CAPEX projects where required, including developing the specification with the end user, appointing specialist consultants if required, managing the design and tender process, securing CAPEX approval and delivering the project within the agreed parameters. Ownership of the stakeholders management process throughout the design & development of major projects, and managing the change control process for larger projects in line with the National Express project management process. Carrying out post investment appraisals and quality audits for completed projects and ensuring lessons learned are fed forward to future projects. If you are interested in this position, please apply now! For more information, contact Lois Weston at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384446119.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Assistant Financial Controller

ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER To £45,000 + package Permanent Walsall Automotive The Role This position supports the Financial Controller of this well-known Automotive manufacturing business in the analysis & reporting key accounts: Prepare and adjust budgeting, forecasting and FP&A activities. Prepare monthly accounting packs with commentary. Track and report costs and spend for the engineering teams, and to report to management. Assist in the appraisal of various projects, providing financial insight into feasibility and profitability. The Person This opportunity is ideal for a Qualified Finance professional, to gain commercial exposure during a mid-to-long term contract. You will possess: Previous management accounting experience gained in the automotive or aerospace sectors. Excellent commercial accounting skills, including the ability to develop complex budgets and forecasts. Good cost accounting ability. A full ACA / ACCA / CIMA qualification. The Company Our client is a multinational manufacturer of complex components which are primarily supplied to the automotive sector. How to Apply To apply, please do so online, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your current remuneration.

Permanent / Walsall, West Midlands