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 Kate Barnard or call us for a confidential chat. For more information about our excellent recruitment process click here and to view our FAQs click here.

Jonathan Lee's JL logo on a grey background

Vision, Mission & Values


To be the customer first choice.


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

  • 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.


  • 2005


    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


    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


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.

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Instrument Project Engineer

Job title: Instrument Project Engineer Salary Range: £35,000 to £40,000 Location: Birmingham, West Midlands Industry: Chemical Manufacturing Jonathan Lee Recruitment has engaged with a key client and well-established Chemical Engineering & Manufacturing business based near Birmingham, West Midlands. Due to company growth a new opportunity has risen for an Instrument Project Engineer on a permanent basis. As the Instrument Project Engineer, you will join the Instrumentation Department reporting to the Instrument Development Engineer. This is an excellent opportunity to work as part of a highly skilled installation, maintenance and calibration team within a lower tier COMAH facility. The ideal candidate will have the experience listed below and must have the ability to perform with minimal supervision. The full life-cycle management of chemical plant instrumentation projects from design through to commissioning involving all different types of instrumentation. E.g. level, flow, temperature, pressure and mass instrumentation, safety instrumented systems & intrinsic safety etc. The ability to manage the modification of instrumentation plant via a management of change system. The ability to create and use/understand CAD drawings including all types of Instrumentation drawings and P&ID's. Maintaining records on all items including modifications, repairs, specifications etc. Have experience working within the chemical process or other similar regulated industries. E.g. Pharmaceutical, Petro-chem, Food, or Oil & Gas Experience of and a good understanding of the instrumentation aspects of DSEAR/ATEX compliance. Good understanding of control, safety systems and functional safety standards IEC61508 & IEC61511 and be able to manage proof tests along HSE guidelines. Sound knowledge of HSE requirements. A good knowledge of Planned Preventive Maintenance, Total Productive Maintenance and continuous improvement will be highly beneficial. Experienced in working to ISO 9001 standards. Possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Qualifications/Training Recognised Instrument apprenticeship and educated to HNC level as a minimum. Experience with the management of instrumentation projects. Salary is circa £35k to £40k dependant on experience plus 25 days paid holiday (and all UK Bank Holidays), a 36.25 hour working week, paid sick scheme, free life assurance and access to a stakeholder pension scheme, based in West Midlands. Sound interesting? Please contact Daniel Warby at Jonathan Lee Recruitment for more information and apply! 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.

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