interim management

Jonathan Lee Interim Management successfully places interim managers across a broad range of industrial sectors and management disciplines, helping clients fill critical skills gaps with experienced managers. 

We have developed a readily available portfolio of specialist interim managers covering a wide range of disciplines. Many of these are industry leading experts who can deliver exceptional results from day one and continue to deliver over the duration of the assignment until they exit the business. The results achieved often allow businesses to reap benefits long after their departure.

Corporate member of the REC.  Please contact Simon Roberts to discuss your interim requirements.

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Interim Management


the right experience when you need it most

Working closely with our industry focused teams and Jonathan Lee Search and Selection for executive recruitment, we’re uniquely equipped to provide your business with the right expertise when you need it most. 

Our Interim Managers are catalysts for change and will typically be involved in a range of interventions that could include:

  • Change Management
  • Improvement & Efficiency
  • Turnaround Specialists
  • Consultancy, Advice & Implementation
  • Business Divestiture & Integration
  • Due Diligence
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Short Term Cover
  • Transition Management
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Programme & Project Management

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Digital Asset Management Practice Director

Jonathan Lee Asset Management are working as an exclusive partner to one of the world's leading engineering and project management consultancies in their search for a Digital Asset Management Practice Director. This exciting opportunity as Practice Director will define and deliver a business plan for the Digital Asset Management practice that will enable our client to deliver rapid growth in asset management across the highway and rail sectors in the UK. Our client is a leader in the transportation sector supporting clients to develop and implement end-to-end asset delivery models, making best use of data and digitally-enabled decision-support tools and refining operating processes. As the Practice Director you will provide a key leadership role for the Digital Asset Management practice. This will comprise of technical leadership, ensuring that you are continually developing the best tools, processes and methodologies, that you're striving for technical excellence whilst enthusing and developing your staff so that you retain our clients market leading position. The Digital Asset Management Practice Director will work closely with market and client directors accountable for key partnerships with Highways England, Network Rail and local authorities to develop a wider business strategy for these clients. Driving rapid growth in management services is a key priority for our client's UK and European operations. The Practice Director will also work collaboratively with colleagues from other UK divisions and infrastructure sectors to support business development, develop technical propositions and prioritise the practice's work winning and work delivery activities to align with the strategic framework. This key business role will have specific objectives and responsibilities to include: Securing new revenue from clients - including key clients such as Highways England and Network Rail - in line with wider business revenue growth aspirations. This will require taking roles leading bids and working with the wider market teams in business development activities and maintaining pipeline of future revenue opportunities. Ensuring the practice delivers technically excellent projects on time and on budget for our clients, taking responsibility for the overall technical quality of work delivered by the practice. This is expected to include taking roles as Project Director or Technical Reviewer on our most strategically important commissions. Ensuring that the practice meets budgeted performance targets which will include revenue, operating profit, staff utilisation, headcount and customer satisfaction. Lead the Digital Asset Management Practice, building on the reputation for technical excellence and ability to flexibly respond to business needs. Implement the delivery of the strategy for growth in Digital Asset Management, working in conjunction with the Transportation Strategy Director. To be considered for this role you will be a recognised leader in the asset management community with a proven track record of growing a business in a consultancy environment. You will have the capability to lead the Digital Asset Management Practice that has a reputation for technical excellence and quality of delivery whilst ensuring excellent customer focus and relationship management skills. This post will require an individual with a strong business acumen, demonstrated knowledge of identifying potential value creation and an ability to adapt to different cultures, working environments to build rapport with both clients and practice teams. You will be of Degree level or hold an equivalent professional qualification and ideally have an affiliation with the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) and the wider asset management community. This is a fantastic career opportunity to work within one of the world's leading consultancies in their drive to establish themselves as a market leader in Digital Asset Management. In return our client can offer an excellent Director level salary and extensive benefits package to include a Bonus, Car/Car Allowance, Pension and Private Healthcare. This role will require extensive travel across the UK however as a base location our client can accommodate this senior level role to be situated at either of their Birmingham, London or Manchester offices. If you would like to discuss this role and opportunity in more detail then please call 01384 397555 and ask for Les Hines or send your CV .

Executive / Birmingham, West Midlands

Production Manager

Production Manager - Birmingham, West Midlands Salary up to £50,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced Production Manager is required for an established SME Manufacturing business involved in medium to high volume processing of industrial components. Having recently moved to new purpose-built facilities the company has seen a dramatic increase in demand from new customers. With an increasing order book, the company are now looking to recruit a forward-thinking Production Manager who will take responsibility for the direct Production Team and a small team of support staff including quality and maintenance. As Production Manager you will have an in-depth understanding of lean manufacturing and more importantly a track record that demonstrates an ability to train, coach and work with people to create a sustainable continuous improvement culture that can deliver against exacting SQCD targets. To be considered for this Production Manager position you must have or be: Experience working as a Production Manager within a fast-paced component processing environment, which could include industrial coatings, paint or plating An understanding of JIT, 5S, SMED, OEE and pull systems is required together with problem solving tools such as 8D, 5 Why, root cause analysis and standard operating procedures. Experience of working within light engineering which may include automotive, electronics, electronic device manufacture or general engineering A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally supported by qualifications to HNC, HND or degree level A real passion for Continuous Improvement and implementing simple but effective KPIs An understanding of cell manufacturing and establishing production systems that can handle a product mix based on Runners, Repeaters and Strangers An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques, able to generate a high-performance culture focussed on delivery and excellent customer service Dynamic, data driven, numerate with an excellent understanding of capacity planning and production scheduling Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to motivate create understanding and engagement This will be a challenging position and you will work as part of a close-knit management team that reports directly into the Managing Director. Based on success, the role has the potential to develop into a full Operations Manager/Director position as the company grows. As Production Manager you will have strong leadership, management and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and giving the highest levels of customer service.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Building Services Engineer

Building Services Engineer/Snr Engineer. Salary up to £50,000 (DoE) + car allowance & pension Location: Birmingham A Building Services Engineer is required for this established firm of Consulting Forensic Engineers they offer a worldwide service in all technical aspects of legal, insurance and commercial investigations. With a long history they are market leaders in this highly specialised field. As part of an ongoing expansion and succession plan, the business is now looking to recruit an experienced Building Services Engineer to cater for a wide range building services and related electrical work. As a Building Services Engineer you will be given full training that will enable you to investigate serious incidents that require forensic analysis. This information will be used to provide expert witness reports concerning a wide range of incidents, accidents and disputes. To be considered for this interesting Building Services Engineer role you will ideally be qualified to degree level in a related discipline and have or be working towards membership of an appropriate professional body (CIBSE, CIOB, IMechE, IET, IOSH, IAM, BIFM). At least 5 years practical experience post qualification in building services or closely related disciplines such as construction, facilities management or asset management will be required. A working knowledge and understanding of the following building services would be useful: Acoustics Health & Safety Heating Fire Safety Systems Lifts & Escalators Lighting Power & Supply (Electricity, Gas, Water) Security You may also have specialist knowledge within: Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Heating, ventilation, refrigeration & air conditioning Lighting Façade Engineering Energy As a well-qualified Building Services professional, you will have a working history that demonstrates continued professional development. It is essential that you can explain and present technical information and concepts in a format that is easy to understand. As such you must have excellent report writing and presentation skills, full training (legal and expert witness) will be given. Based on success promotion to Partner level is realistic and will be actively encouraged.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Asset Manager Offshore Power Transmission

Asset Manager - Offshore Power Transmission - Central London Salary circa £62,000 (doe) + bonus and benefits Are you a Chartered Electrical Engineer with experience of power transmission projects and associated equipment assets? As a valued member of a small but highly effective team you will play an active part in the day to day management of an impressive asset portfolio and ensure business objectives are achieved. This will be an interesting and wide-ranging opportunity that will require significant industry, engineering and commercial knowledge. In addition, you will assist in the development of new tenders and due diligence activities related to new investment. As Asset Manager you will have regulatory, engineering, and asset management experience and have shared responsibility for the life cycle management of the company's extensive transmission assets. This business specialises in undersea electricity power transmission and is highly successful with an excellent reputation. The role of Asset Manager will require: An electrical engineering degree Membership of a recognised professional body ideally the IET Working towards or hold full Chartered Engineer status Knowledge and experience of power transmission assets and business issues that can impact their effectiveness An understanding of condition monitoring, asset databases and reporting systems A strong understanding of Electricity regulations and standards You will join a small but highly professional technical team and work closely with the Technical Director and Senior Asset Manager. This is a very successful operation that has demonstrated a capability for managing high value offshore transmission assets. This will be a rewarding and challenging position that will present interesting work and a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals.

Permanent / London, England

Managing Director

Managing Director Salary circa £95,000 (DOE) + bonus + car allowance + pension Location: Rainham, Essex An experienced Managing Director is required for an established manufacturer of specialist metal processing equipment, ancillary items and consumables. This SME business has established itself as the go to brand and has a product portfolio built on a reputation of quality, reliability and excellent customer service. With ambitious plans for new product development and services they are now looking to recruit a dynamic, driven and commercially focussed Managing Director to lead the company through a challenging period of growth. With full P&L responsibility you will direct the business through an exciting period of expansion that will include a heavy emphasis on developing the UK market in line with national infrastructure growth and regeneration. To be considered for this Managing Director position you must have or be: Working as a Managing Director within a technical product engineering and manufacturing process environment An entrepreneurial nature with a keen eye for business development, collaboration and cross selling of products and services Experience of competitive tendering, bidding and contract negotiation within both the private and public sector Excellent HR and people management skills, a proven leader who can manage change and deliver organisational growth A solid understanding of manufacturing and production, with hands on experience of metal processing (welding, casting, metallurgy) including plant layout, 5S, root cause analysis, quick changeover and problem-solving techniques Commercially aware and financially astute, having held responsibility for P&L, cashflow management, budgets and forecasts Strong project management skills, with the ability to deal with suppliers and customers to ensure the highest levels of customer service and delivery are achieved A clear commercial focus with an eye for detail that will ensure robust standards are in place to deliver accurate sales, contract, design and BOMs information that will enable effective production planning and scheduling using MRP/ERP systems Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create ownership, understanding and a desire to succeed across the business at all levels A degree in a relevant engineering, manufacturing, materials or metallurgy discipline, supported by further business or management qualifications (MBA) This is a challenging Managing Director position that represents an opportunity to work for a forward-thinking business with real ambitions for growth. The role will require frequent travel in the UK and the ability to build robust working relationships with key clients and industry decision makers is important. In addition, you will work with research establishments and represent the company at trade fairs, conferences and become an active member of relevant industry bodies and committees. This is an exciting opportunity that will require a hands-on approach and you will take full responsibility for the strategic management, day to day running and control of a well-respected and profitable business.

Permanent / Rainham, Essex

Operations Director

Operations Director - Aerospace Salary circa £80,000 - £90,000 (DOE) + Benefits General location: Coventry, West/East Midlands An experienced Operations Director is required for this established aerospace manufacturing business. With an established brand and a strong reputation for innovation and engineering excellence, this business supplies products to specialist aerospace part manufacturers and primes. As part of a programme of change, the business is now keen to recruit a forward-thinking Operations Director who will report directly to the Managing Director. This is an exciting opportunity to join a well-respected aerospace engineering and manufacturing business and establish sustainable world class manufacturing principles through the development of people, a culture of continuous improvement and full employee engagement. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing transformation projects that include the deployment of lean manufacturing and the development of a high performing culture that can deliver exceptional products and excellent customer service. The Operations Director will require good communication skills, be commercially aware and have a strong manufacturing/operations background that can deliver against exacting client QCD targets. To be considered for this Operations Director position you must have: Experience working in a senior production or operations role in a medium volume precision manufacturing environment with a good understanding of cell manufacturing (runners, repeaters & strangers) within a CNC machining and processing environment. Establish visual management systems, simple but effective KPIs and measures with Health and Safety being at the top of the agenda. A thorough understanding of modern lean manufacturing principles including TPM, JIT, 5S, SMED and problem-solving techniques particularly DMAIC, 5why and root cause analysis. A degree in a relevant engineering or manufacturing discipline ideally supported by a post graduate management qualification or membership of a professional body, IMechE or IET. Significant people management and situational leadership experience, lead by example, setting high standards with excellent project management skills. A dynamic and driven personality, confident and comfortable working across all levels of a manufacturing business. Happy to be out on the shop floor supporting managers and teams involved in value adding production processes. A real passion for coaching and mentoring with the ability to build high performing self- directed teams Strong communication skills with an ability to build robust working relationships across the business and work effectively at all levels from the shop floor to the boardroom and across the wider group. This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity and presents a unique chance to work within a close-knit team and a business that has ambition for change and growth. The ideal background for this Operations Director role will be machined precision components within aerospace, automotive, general engineering, oil or gas. At present you will probably be working as an Operations Director, Head of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Director, General Manager or Operational Excellence Director.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

SAP Implementation Specialist Interim or Permanent

SAP Implementation Specialist - Warwick, Warwickshire Interim or Permanent An experienced SAP configuration and implementation specialist is required for an immediate start with this specialist engineering & manufacturing assembly business. With an exciting new product launch planned this is a great opportunity to be involved in a full SAP implementation roll-out that will translate business processes into effective SAP functional configurations. In particular, you will have a strong technical knowledge of the Production Planning and Material Management (PP/MM) modules and the configuration of Bills of Material (BOM). Ideally you will have worked in a low volume high value complex engineered product environment. You must have: Worked on a full SAP lifecycle implementation project that includes full roll-out. A good understanding of Production Planning (PP), Materials Management (MM) modules, Sales and Operations Planning (SOP), Master Production Scheduling and Materials Requirement Planning Created BOMs, process routings and understand standard operating procedures Worked with a complex engineering JIT supply chain management. This is an exciting project that will be extremely challenging with an implementation phase having tight deadlines. You will be joining a close-knit management team and your expertise will be crucial to the success of this project and bringing this exciting new product to market.

Permanent / Warwickshire, England


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  • The communication, professionalism and competence of Jonathan Lee Interim Management staff has been exemplary in all respects. Their starting point is to gain a clear understanding of customer wants and needs, matching the correct candidates with proven capabilities, abilities and track records who can deliver speedy and effective solutions to clients’ challenges. Having first-hand experience of both the recruitment and interim services I can highly recommend Jonathan Lee Recruitment for the provision and execution of your recruitment solutions.

    R Cowley

    Interim Manager
  • I have been working with Jonathan Lee now for about a year, and in that time, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. They are quick and efficient dealing with queries, diligent in making sure that paperwork is up to date and always prompt in processing invoices! In short, I would have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan Lee to any client, contractor, or interim manager who is looking for a top-quality partner in the recruitment marketplace.

    Fiona Humphries

    Director and Lead Consultant
  • I'd like to highly recommend Jonathan Lee Interim Recruitment for their professionalism and tenacity. Whilst an initial opportunity did not translate into an assignment, Jonathan Lee Recruitment kept in contact were aware of my competencies and strengths and when another suitable opportunity came up in a different sector they were able t identify an ideal 'fit' and put me forward for the assignment - which I was subsequently awarded.

    D Gibbs

    Interim Manager
  • You gave me a real insight into the company, the culture of all the personnel I was due to meet / be interviewed by, and tremendous real assistance in preparation for the interviews. The information that you gave me of the company was accurate and helped me make an impression, and you have a very pleasant demeanor and were very easy to speak to and deal with. Therefore, thank you for your help, it has been a real positive outcome for me.

    James Davies

    Maintenance Manager
  • I would like to say it has been a pleasure working with Jonathan Lee and the support I have received from the team has been excellent. Thank you all and I hope we can do business again in the future.

    Kevin Hills

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