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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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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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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Consultant

A CFD Engineer is required for a leading consultancy based in Bristol to join an already established team. Our client supports organisations to manage risks that could affect life, the environment, or asset performance by providing safety and risk management analyses and engineering solutions. This senior level engineer will support clients across a range of industry sectors including Water, Nuclear, Power and Oil & Gas. The work would involve: business development; client contact & establishing clients' needs; preparing proposals; undertaking calculations; supervision of staff; interpretation and presentation of results to our clients. To be considered for this CFD Engineering position we will be seeking an individual with the following experience: Successful candidates will possess a degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences, preferably with a higher degree which involved Numerical Modelling (CFD). Candidates should possess good knowledge of commercial CFD tools, ideally ANSYS Fluent or CFX. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and several years' CFD experience in a consulting or industrial role. Experience of office software tools and operating systems (Linux and WinXP) and programming skills with FORTRAN, C and MATLAB or other scripting tools are essential. Previous experience meeting clients and developing their needs would be an advantage; however, candidates interested developing into this role will also be considered. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer to join an expanding organisation that can offer real commitment to your professional growth. In return our client can offer a market competitive salary, pension, private healthcare, 25 days holiday plus statutory leave, a non-guaranteed bonus and profit share scheme. If you would like to discuss this role in more detail then please call 01384 397555 and ask for Les Hines or send an email and CV.

Permanent / Bristol, England

CNC Programmer / Development Engineer

An experienced CNC Programmer/Development Engineer is required for an exciting new business that is building a brand new facility near Southam in Warwickshire. Our client is a leading component designer, manufacturer and supplier, specialising in the machining and assembly of a number of product ranges for the compressor market. This flagship project will be committed to building a cutting-edge manufacturing facility with the creation of over 75 jobs. With a total investment of £65m this development is the coming together of the UK's most innovative R&D Compressor Technology company and one of largest manufacturers in the UK to spearhead a new wave of precision manufacturing. As the CNC Programmer/Development Engineer you will be reporting directly to the Engineering Manager to support, grow and continuously improve the manufacture of world class products. This role will be a critical team leader in developing new methods of manufacture for machining of internal components to drawing specifications. You will be working very closely with the Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing teams to influence the Design for Manufacture on existing products and NPI. Your duties and responsibilities for this critical role will include the following: Programme Mazak machines for various components on various machine platforms, during the start of setting up this new business. Be the hands on part of the NPI / design team introduction. Work closely with quality during 1st off to production. Lead process improvements and NPI projects to the shop floor. Develop the machining cells to ensure they are world class. Support the production team on a day to day basis to ensure timely delivery of customer expectations. Support the machining cells on real time problem resolution and technical issues. Be proactive in the recommendation of new or improved manufacturing techniques. Supply cost down analysis and project plans to reduce prime costs. Identify waist and define methods of reduction within the process to allow continual improvement. To be considered for this CNC Programmer/Development Engineer position we will be seeking an individual with the following experience: A proven track record within Production / Manufacturing Engineering or similar. CNC machine tool programming (3, 4 & 5 axis machines). Setting up of new processes - 1st off production, tooling, programming etc. Able to read and interpret 2D drawings and models. Strong knowledge of machining techniques. A good knowledge of castings. A good knowledge of cutting tools. Familiar with Quality Systems / PPAP & Environmental Issues. This is a wonderful opportunity to join an organisation right at the start of a journey that will allow individuals to develop their careers at the forefront of engineering technology. Ideally our client would like to see applications from individuals that have a recognised technical apprenticeship, HNC level equivalent qualification in manufacturing engineering or time served industry experience. CADCAM experience and knowledge of Mazak controls and machines would also be viewed advantageously. We would also expect a proficient knowledge in the use of MS Excel, Word & PowerPoint. In return our client can offer a competitive salary up to £40,000pa dependent on experience, contributory pension, death in service and a total 33 days holiday per annum. The working hours for this role will be 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am to 12.30pm on Fridays. If you would like to discuss this fantastic opportunity in more detail then please call Les Hines on 01384 397555 or send your CV .

Permanent / Southam, Warwickshire

CMM Programmer / Quality Engineer

An experienced CMM Programmer/Quality Engineer is required for an exciting new business that is building a brand new facility near Southam in Warwickshire. Our client is a leading component designer, manufacturer and supplier, specialising in the machining and assembly of a number of product ranges for the compressor market. This flagship project will be committed to building a cutting-edge manufacturing facility with the creation of over 75 jobs. With a total investment of £65m this development is the coming together of the UK's most innovative R&D Compressor Technology company and one of largest manufacturers in the UK to spearhead a new wave of precision manufacturing. As the CMM Programmer/Quality Engineer you will be reporting directly to the Quality Manager to support, grow and continuously improve the manufacture of world class products. This role will be a critical team leader in developing new methods of checking and validation of internal components to drawings specifications. You will be working very closely with the Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing teams to influence the Design for Manufacture on existing products and NPI. Your duties and responsibilities for this critical role will include the following: Programme CMM machines for various components. Capable of using more traditional checking equipment, height gauges, micrometers, verniers, gauging (hard & electronic) etc. Understand & interpret 2D drawings and models. Control & influence quality procedures. Be the hands on part of the NPI / design team introduction. Work closely with engineering during 1st off to production. Support the production team on a day to day basis to ensure timely delivery of customer expectations. Support the machining cells on real time problem resolution and quality issues. Be proactive in the recommendation of new or improved quality techniques. Identify waist and define methods of reduction within the process to allow continual improvement. To be considered for this CNC Programmer/Development Engineer position we will be seeking an individual with the following experience: A proven track record within quality department / role. CMM Programming & setting up of new checking processes. Able to read and interpret 2D drawings and models. A good knowledge of castings. A good knowledge of machining. Good communication skills. 1st off inspection & reporting. Familiar with Quality Systems / PPAP & Environmental Issues. This is a wonderful opportunity to join an organisation right at the start of a journey that will allow individuals to develop their careers at the forefront of engineering technology. Ideally our client would like to see applications from individuals that have a recognised technical apprenticeship, HNC level equivalent qualification in manufacturing engineering or time served industry experience. CMM programming experience and a Quality department background would be required. We would also expect a proficient knowledge in the use of MS Excel, Word & PowerPoint. In return our client can offer a competitive salary up to £40,000pa dependent on experience, contributory pension, death in service and a total 33 days holiday per annum. The working hours for this role will be 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am to 12.30pm on Fridays. If you would like to discuss this fantastic opportunity in more detail then please call Les Hines on 01384 397555 or send your CV .

Permanent / Southam, Warwickshire

Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) Consultant - EAM

A Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) Consultant with a deep understanding of asset intensive industries is required by one the world's leading engineering organisations. Our client is at the forefront of complex asset performance analytics and has been providing unrivalled support to customers for over 25 years. With a deep understanding of technology integration, infrastructure management, and specialist training, they improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the key market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. This exciting opportunity will be to provide consultancy support and carry out analysis/studies in the discipline of RCM to client organisations and internal projects/business processes. Based at our clients Lichfield office, as the RCM Consultant you will be responsible for: Establishing and managing the RCM study. Acting as focal point and area expert for RCM across the business. Establishing work interfaces. Data extraction and interpretation. Developing RCM input to solicitation documents. Creating RCM Management Plan. Carrying out RCM analysis from FMECA outputs. Determine maintenance task frequencies. Packaging the tasks to produce desired maintenance schedules and documenting the results. Periodic reviews to ensure optimisation of RCM Presenting findings to stakeholders. The successful candidate will have a detailed knowledge of any of the following RCM standards and the understanding of Moubray methodologies: Mil Std 2173 (RCM) AP100C-22 (RCM RAF) Def Stan 02-45 (RCM WSA) Mil Std 1843 (MSG3) ASD S4000P Experience of working within a Consultancy across multiple industries would be very desirable and knowledge/experience of Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) would also be viewed advantageously. In return our client can offer a salary up to £40,000 dependant on experience with an excellent pension scheme and healthcare. Due to the nature of this role some travel across the UK will be required so a full driving licence and car is essential. Successful applicants will also need to satisfy the UK Security Clearance requirements for this position. If you would like to discuss this role and our client in more depth, then please call 01384 397555 and ask for Les Hines or send your CV .

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Jonathan Lee Recruitment is working exclusively with our client Lontra in their search for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to join this established innovative engineering company based near to the town of Southam in Warwickshire. Lontra is a growing technology company based in the rural countryside and they offer an excellent working environment to support a work/life balance whilst giving their staff the opportunity to develop their engineering careers. This SME sized organisation is developing revolutionary new air and gas compressor designs bringing innovation to established industries across the energy and utility sectors. Due to continued growth and significant investment our client is seeking a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to support demand for ever increasing projects. We are seeking an individual that is not fazed by a clean sheet approach to design and can offer innovative and logical thinking in their work. You will have an excellent grasp of engineering and design principles but you'll be given the freedom to research idea's and implement the best whilst focusing on product optimisation and delivering high quality, highly efficient compressor designs. The core responsibility of this role will include: Identifying design solutions and prioritising work Creating CAD schemes, detail models, FEA and drawings Support and develop junior members of the design team Liaising with suppliers and clients Controlling design documentation Supporting and contributing to the technical excellence of the design team The successful candidate will have a proven track record in innovative design involving both creative design solutions and practical hands-on design work. You will be degree qualified within a relevant engineering specialism and ideally have knowledge and experience of Pro/ENGINEER however this is not essential. Knowledge of casting, machining and fabrication processes would also be viewed very advantageously. Due to Lontra's continued growth they have attracted worldwide market interest and their unique designs on offer are applicable across multiple industries. Considering this our client encourages their designers to harness their talent, can offer support towards achieving Chartered status and provide you with the opportunity to apply your engineering skills to the fast-growing field of clean technology. If you would like to discuss this role and our client in more depth, then please call 01384 397555 and ask for Les Hines or send your CV

Permanent / Southam, Warwickshire

Senior Asset Integrity Engineer

Senior Asset Integrity Engineer is required for a leading consultancy based in Warrington, Cheshire. Our client supports organisations to manage risks that could affect life, the environment, or asset performance by providing safety and risk management analyses and engineering solutions. This innovative and growing organisation currently supports a diverse customer base across Defence, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Conventional Power, Clean Energy, Water Utilities and Infrastructure sectors. Due to continued company growth our client is expanding their Asset Integrity team to provide services and technical due diligence to clients. This senior level engineer will possess several years' experience in either the Oil & Gas, Nuclear or Power Industry delivering structural or safety engineering or asset management projects, preferably with a consultancy or EPC background. This Senior Asset Integrity Engineer role would have the following responsibilities: The ability to interface with clients and internal project delivery teams Review ITT (invitation to tender) documents and prepare project cost and time estimates Lead and deliver project studies in accordance with contract requirements, meeting time, cost and quality imperatives Prepare and present project reports including identification of recommended courses of action. Candidates will ideally hold a degree in an appropriate engineering discipline and applicants of Chartered status would be viewed advantageously. Relevant skills and expertise will also include: Engineering design and assessment (fitness for service, root cause assessment) Computational analysis (finite element analysis, impact assessment) Engineering substantiation Fracture mechanics assessment Technical and operational due diligence Risk-based methodologies (RBI, RCM, SIL, RAM) Structural codes R5, R6, RCC-M or API 579 This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Asset Integrity Engineer to join a growing organisation that can offer on-going career progression. In return our client can offer a competitive salary, non-contributory pension, medical insurance, permanent health insurance and life insurance. If you would like to discuss this role and our client in more depth, then please call 01384 397555 and ask for Les Hines or send your CV .

Permanent / Warrington, Cheshire

Engineering Director

Engineering Director Salary circa £75,000 + bonus + car + pension + private health Location: West Midlands, South Birmingham An experienced Engineering Director is required for this manufacturer of metal formed products. Working across a range of industry sectors they are at the forefront of advanced component and complex piece part production. Now widely recognised as a leading innovator in the field of advanced forming lightweight metal products, the business has seen a significant increase in its order book. To further strengthen their technical capability, they are now looking to recruit an experienced and dynamic Engineering Director. This is a technically challenging role that will require expertise in CAE, DFM and new product introduction. In addition the role will hold responsibility for production engineering and maintenance. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing an advanced CAE department involved in the manufacture of complex lightweight metal products in a low volume, high variety environment. As Engineering Director, you will need excellent communication skills, be commercially aware and have a strong engineering and manufacturing background. Your process knowledge could include pressings, forging, casting or lightweight material product production gained in the automotive, aerospace or general engineering sectors. To be considered for this Engineering Director position you must have: A thorough understanding of CAE tools and techniques used in the production of complex tooling and assembly An excellent understanding of NPI gained in a fast-paced complex engineered product environment that involves developing close client relationships Significant people management and leadership experience, gained in an advanced engineering department working with a wide variety of demanding clients A strong understanding of modern maintenance techniques including TPM and condition based monitoring used on complex automated production equipment Experience of design for manufacture and continuous improvement including the rigorous application of SMED techniques, cycle time reduction and the elimination of waste A dynamic and driven personality with excellent communication skills, confident and comfortable working across all levels of an engineering / manufacturing business A real passion for advanced engineering and track record that demonstrates an ability to lead and build a high performing engineering team An ability to build robust working relationships both internally and externally with clients and suppliers A relevant engineering degree gained in either a Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Materials related discipline This is a challenging Engineering Director position and presents a unique opportunity to develop and lead a technically strong engineering team for a business that has huge growth potential. In particular, your knowledge and experience of NPI and project management gained within a gateway process will be essential. This role will involve travel and close contact with clients in support of new business development and product launch activities.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Interim or Permanent Manufacturing Manager

Interim/Permanent Senior Manufacturing Manager - Automotive OEM West Midlands An experienced and senior automotive Manufacturing Manager is required for a prestigious automotive brand. Due to increased demand for new models they are looking to implement new ways of working across their current and future production lines. The senior management team have developed a business strategy based on fast reaction, no fault forward, short lead time manufacturing principles and are now looking to recruit a Manufacturing Manager to facilitate this programme of change. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce TPS into a traditional manufacturing plant and transform it into a modern lean whole vehicle production facility. The position requires an in-depth understanding of TPS and its application from first principles. As Manufacturing Manager, you must have a track record of achievement gained within an Automotive OEM that demonstrates an ability to work with people, challenge tradition and create a sustainable continuous improvement culture that can deliver against exacting Health & Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery targets. To be considered for this Manufacturing Manager position you must have or be: Significant experience as a Manufacturing or Assembly Operations Manager working within an automotive OEM vehicle assembly environment. A thorough understanding of TPS, Policy Deployment, JIT, OEE, 5S, Kanban, and pull systems is required together with problem solving tools such as 5 why, root cause analysis, 8D, A3 thinking and DMAIC. Experience of working within a fast paced automated, semi-automated and manual assembly environment covering new model introduction incorporating the use of modern ERP systems. A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally to HND level or above with a good understanding of APQP A real passion for continuous improvement, leading by example, setting exacting standards and not accepting second best. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques at all levels across the business will be required Dynamic, data driven, numerate and prepared to do what it takes to get the job done. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create understanding and influence the people you work with at all levels This is a challenging high-profile role and you will take full responsibility for the manufacturing and assembly areas. Reporting directly to the Managing Director you will work as part of a close knit senior management team that are "doers", that make things happen and get involved. This team and the work force are fully committed to a business transformation and you will play a leading role in delivering and developing a world class vehicle manufacturing assembly operation. The role of Manufacturing Manager will be a catalyst for change and require strong leadership, management and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery that ensures the highest levels of employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Head of Operations

Head of Operations - Fabrication & Assembly Salary £80,000 - £90,000 (DOE) + Benefits Package Location: South West Birmingham, West Midlands An experienced Head of Operations is required for this bespoke design/engineering vehicle assembly business. This is an established low volume business with a diverse product portfolio and loyal customer base. With an enviable reputation for innovation and product reliability the company has ambitious growth plans and are now looking to recruit a forward-thinking Head of Operations. As part of a business strategy to strengthen the senior management team your knowledge and experience will be crucial in developing a high-performance team based culture operating on modern lean manufacturing principles. To be successful in this Head of Operations role you will have a demonstrable track record of operations or general management that includes the deployment of modern manufacturing principles within a heavy fabrication / assembly environment. The role will require effective communication an ability to work under pressure and excellent planning skills. This is a highly visible role that will require a hands-on approach with the drive and determination to ensure that exacting QCD targets and high levels of customer satisfaction are achieved. To be considered for this Head of Operations position you must have: Significant experience working in a senior manufacturing or operations management role in a heavy fabrication or manufacturing assembly environment Operations management experience that includes responsibility for Design, Engineering, Production, Planning & Supply Chain A thorough understanding of modern lean manufacturing principles, evidenced by a track record of OTIF delivery and outstanding quality The ability to introduce simple but effective visual management systems and meaningful KPIs A degree in a relevant engineering/manufacturing discipline or equivalent qualifications backed by experience Significant people management and leadership experience with a real passion for coaching, training and mentoring A dynamic, driven personality confident and comfortable working across all levels of a manufacturing business and happy to get out on the shop floor get involved and make things happen This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity to join an ambitious company during a period of growth and change. As a member of the senior management team you will play a leading role in shaping the future direction of the business and developing a sustainable culture of continuous improvement. The ideal background for this Senior Operations Management role could be; vehicle conversion, truck & bus, specialist vehicles, military vehicles, yellow goods, automotive or general engineering. At present you will probably be working as an Operations Manager, Head of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Director or General Manager.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Head of Manufacturing Operations - Vehicles

Head of Manufacturing Operations - Specialist Vehicle Fabrication & Assembly Salary £70,000 - £80,000 (DOE) + Benefits Package Location: Redditch, Worcestershire An experienced Head of Manufacturing Operations is required for this bespoke vehicle conversion design/engineering and assembly business. This is an established medium volume business with a diverse product portfolio and growing customer base. With a reputation built on innovation, quality and product reliability, the company is looking to recruit a forward-thinking Head of Manufacturing Operations to strengthen the senior management team. This is a hands-on management position and your knowledge and experience will be crucial in developing a high-performance team based culture operating to modern lean manufacturing principles. To be successful in this Head of Manufacturing Operations role you will have a demonstrable track record of operations or general management that includes the deployment of modern manufacturing principles within a vehicle fabrication and assembly environment. The role will require excellent communication skills and an ability to plan and work at pace under demanding time pressures. This is a highly visible role that will require a hands-on approach with the drive and determination to ensure that exacting QCD targets and high levels of customer satisfaction are achieved. To be considered for this Head of Manufacturing Operations position you must have: Experience working in a senior manufacturing or operations management role in a vehicle assembly or general manufacturing assembly environment Operations management experience that includes responsibility for Design, Engineering, Production, Planning & Supply Chain A thorough understanding of modern lean manufacturing principles, particularly "5S" and root cause problem solving analysis. The ability to introduce simple but effective visual management systems and meaningful KPIs A degree in a relevant engineering/manufacturing discipline or equivalent qualifications backed by experience Significant people management and leadership experience with a real passion for coaching, training and mentoring and developing a sustainable culture continuous improvement culture. A dynamic, driven personality confident and comfortable working across all levels of a manufacturing business and happy to get out on the shop floor get involved and make things happen This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity to join an ambitious company during a period of growth and change. As a member of the senior management team you will play a leading role in shaping the future direction of the business. The ideal background for this Senior Manufacturing Operations Management role could be; automotive, vehicle conversion, truck & bus, specialist vehicles, military vehicles, yellow goods, or general engineering. At present you will probably be working as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, Head of Manufacturing, or General Manager within an SME.

Permanent / Redditch, Worcestershire
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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 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

    Candidate
  • 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'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