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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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Head of Manufacturing

An experienced Head of Manufacturing is required for a privately-owned innovative engineering company to establish a new manufacturing facility to assemble compressor products. Jonathan Lee Recruitment is working exclusively with our client Lontra in their search for this new and exciting Head of Manufacturing opportunity. Based in the rural countryside in Warwickshire, Lontra has developed a new Blade Compressor technology representing the first new, widely applicable and radical gas compressor design for nearly 80 years. This patented innovation provides industries with a clean-sheet approach to solving the problems associated with traditional compressor designs. As the Head of Manufacturing your role will be to establish a new manufacturing facility to assemble compressor products and to work with and manage the interface between Lontra and their Engineering Group partner and other suppliers, ensuring successful and timely completion according to demand. Reporting directly to the CEO you will be expected to: Drive the manufacturing strategy, consolidate the partnerships and ensure the necessary commercial agreements are in place. Providing strategic planning and leadership to ensure a sustainable cost-effective manufacturing and supply chain (with our manufacturing partner/s and suppliers) is in place with a strong focus on world class manufacturing, performance objectives and delivery of shareholder value. Working cohesively with all the other members of the executive team to collectively implement the company strategy and manage all aspects of its operational performance. Managing the creation, negotiation and closing of commercial agreements with our manufacturing partner/s, including pricing and quality agreements, as well supplier contracts. Managing the manufacturing activities of the company, including customer support and the delivery of manufacturing support to our licensees and clients where appropriate. Work closely with the Commercial Director to assure that production plan meets the sales forecast. Managing the development of the company's supply chain functions, including recruiting suitably qualified and capable staff, and developing effective processes and cost-effective organizational structures. Leading lean manufacturing principles ensuring and maximizing inventory turns while maintaining maximum production flexibility. Maintaining a team focus to assure all Health, Safety and Environment requirements and regulations are met or exceeded. To be considered for this Head of Manufacturing position you must have or be: A self-motivated individual with strong analytical, negotiation, communication, presentation, interpersonal and influencing skills is sought. You will be naturally tenacious, driven by business success, have a passion for manufacturing high quality products and services to achieve outstanding manufacturing performance. You will have the ability to quickly analyse complex situations and be an effective problem solver, whilst operating a results-focused, professional and well organised approach. Comprehensive experience of manufacturing complex industrial products into international markets is essential. A proven track record of successful negotiations with key suppliers is essential and an understanding of supply contract structures and standard terms & conditions is essential. In-depth knowledge of either the medium-pressure or low-pressure compressor markets or one of their major end-user markets would be desirable. Experience in a rapidly growing company would be desirable. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an experienced Manufacturing Manager to influence an expanding and diverse organisation by taking ownership of the manufacturing strategy and driving this forward. This will be a challenging position and you will work as part of a close-knit management team that reports directly into the CEO. In return our client is offering an attractive salary, plus incentivised bonus, share options, health care and pension. 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

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

Asset Manager Offshore Power Transmission

Asset Manager - Offshore Power Transmission - Central London Salary up to £80,000 (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 the 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

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Droitwich, Worcester Salary up to £60,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced Operations Manager is required for a SME manufacturing business involved in niche low to medium volume assemblies and components. Having invested in new plant and equipment, this company has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its innovative products. To compliment the Design & Engineering expertise within the business they are now looking to strengthen their manufacturing capability and wish to recruit an Operations Manager who will have responsibility for production, planning, continuous improvement and health & safety. As Operations 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 that will ensure OTIF delivery. To be considered for this Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working in a low to medium volume, high precision, high value, quality manufacturing environment, your knowledge should ideally include, CNC machining and assembly . An understanding of Theory of Constraints, JIT, 5S, SMED, OEE and pull systems together with problem solving tools such as 8D, 5 Why, root cause analysis and standard operating procedures. Experience of working within a precision engineering environment which may include automotive, aerospace, rail or general engineering. A strong manufacturing/production background ideally supported by qualifications to HND or degree level and post degree qualifications in management. A real passion for Continuous Improvement and implementing simple, meaningful and effective KPIs. An understanding of cell manufacturing and establishing a pull-based, kanban production system that can handle a product mix of components and assemblies 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 a good understanding of capacity planning, production scheduling and bottleneck management. 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. As Operations 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. A great opportunity to develop a class leading manufacturing operation.

Permanent / Droitwich, Worcestershire

Plant Quality Manager - Specialist Vehicles

Plant Quality Manager - Specialist Vehicles Permanent or Interim Leamington Spa, Warwickshire/West Midlands An experienced Plant Quality Manager is required for this specialist vehicle manufacturer. This will be a demanding and challenging role but also represent a great opportunity to develop and establish a quality management function that will ensure compliance and right first-time quality in a whole vehicle assembly environment. As Plant Quality Manager you must be able to demonstrate a record of achievement and quality leadership within a low volume, high value, special vehicle operation. Working as part of the senior management team you will create a working environment where quality and sustainable continuous improvement will deliver exceptional levels of quality, OTIF delivery and customer satisfaction. To be considered for this Plant Quality Manager position you must have or be: Experience working within a high value, niche vehicle assembly environment, with responsibility for component and whole vehicle quality requirements. A thorough understanding of APQP and process control using 8D investigation when required to investigate issue and concerns. Develop a robust corrective action process, with full reporting covering customer, supplier and internal concerns. A full understanding of PPAP systems and able to conduct events with suppliers ensuring all documentation is recorded and maintained in an appropriate manner. Take full responsibility for Quality Audits with an emphasis on process quality and finished vehicle inspection that complies with agreed and established customer standards. A thorough understanding of ISO9000/IATF16949 and ISO/OHSA Environmental and H&S standards. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in quality techniques at all levels across the business ensuring compliance, understanding and engagement. Dynamic, data driven and numerate using information to make informed decisions that will drive product and process improvement. A "can-do" attitude, resourceful, self-directed nature with an ability to build robust working relationships across the business, with suppliers and customers. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, able to create understanding and influence the people you work with at all levels This is will be an extremely challenging, high-profile role and you will have full responsibility for the quality of a unique high value vehicle. Working as part of a small close-knit senior management team you will be the voice of the customer and develop a culture where right first-time quality and customer satisfaction are the absolute measure of success.

Permanent / Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Technical Director - Aerospace

Technical Director - Aerospace Salary circa £80,000 - £90,000 (DOE) + Benefits General location: Coventry/Leicester, East Midlands An experienced Technical Director is required for an established precision engineering and manufacturing business which is now part of a larger corporation. To further strengthen the capability of the senior management team, this role will take full responsibility for both the Engineering and Quality functions of this highly regarded aerospace component manufacturer. With a strong heritage and reputation for innovation, their products are supplied globally to both tier one suppliers and aerospace primes. The Technical Director will report directly to the Managing Director with a dotted line into the group engineering and quality functions. This is an exciting opportunity to join a newly appointed senior management team with progressive plans tasked with delivering exceptional levels of customer service and developing class leading new products. To be successful in this role you must have a track record that demonstrates an ability to design and engineer new products that meet the engineering and quality standards expected within the aerospace sector. As Technical Director you will be familiar with the full range of accreditation bodies including UKAS, Nadcap and AS9100 quality management system. To be considered for this Technical Director position you must have or be: Significant experience working within the Aerospace sector in a senior management capacity that encompasses both engineering and quality department responsibility within a product engineering environment. A degree in mechanical, metallurgy or materials engineering ideally supported by either a post graduate technical or business qualification or be a chartered member of a recognised industry body (IMechE, IOM3, CQI) A thorough understanding of modern production processes and associated machine tools and materials that will deliver the most effective and efficient means of manufacture. Familiar with product design concepts including parametric and knowledge based CAD/CAM systems that deliver lead time improvement in the product design and development life cycle. Significant people management and situational leadership experience, able to lead by example, setting high standards with excellent project management skills. A confident and approachable personality with a real passion for coaching and mentoring with the ability to build high performing self- directed teams Strong communication skills, data driven 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 highly visible role and you will work within a close-knit team and a business that has ambition for change and growth. The ideal background for this Technical Director position will be machined precision components gained working within the aerospace, automotive, general engineering, oil or gas sectors. At present you will probably be working as an Engineering or Quality Director and looking for a challenging opportunity that will require an ability to manage sustainable change and deliver class leading products of exceptional quality.

Permanent / East Midlands, England

General Manager

General Manager - London (commutable) Salary up to £90,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced General Manager is required for an innovative SME business involved in the promotion of clean air and environmental products that deliver low emission transport systems through the adoption low carbon energy and fuel systems. Leading a small but dedicated team of professionals you will continue to raise the environmental agenda for clean air and a low carbon economy that will support the aims of the business. This will be a high-profile role that will require the ability to build relationships across all stakeholder groups, government, local councils, academic institutions and industry bodies including transportation and infrastructure. Working in a senior leadership and advisory capacity you will represent the organisation at conferences and high-level meetings that will require an ability to present information from detailed research. To be considered for this General Manager position you must have or be: Experience ideally gained working within a research, engineering or test environment as a senior technical manager involved in the development of fuel-efficient energy products or systems. This could include engine/motor/battery development, electric vehicles, fuel systems or carbon capture. An ability to influence and build collaborative partnerships or joint ventures across a wide stakeholder group with the primary aim of delivering products and systems that will transform the air quality of inner city and urban environments. A passion and interest in using technical and engineering knowledge to solve and improve major environmental problems. The credibility to lead and represent the business at the highest level within government, industry and with stakeholder partners. Qualifications to degree level in a relevant technical discipline which could include, mechanical, electrical, materials, chemical or environmental. A chartered engineer and a member or fellow of a recognised industry body (IET, IMechE, IOM3, IChemE) with evidence of continued professional development. An accomplished people and project manager that can create collaboration and engagement both internally and externally with partner organisations. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, with the ability to take on board complex technical issue but communicate these so they are understood at all levels. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a high-profile General Manager to use their technical expertise and knowledge for the greater good of society. You will need the flexibility to travel within the UK and this will involve occasional time away from home. This is a highly influential role that will require a unique combination of skills and experience. However, it offers an exceptional opportunity to influence major policy making decisions that will have a positive and lasting impact on society.

Permanent / London, England

Technical Director

Technical Director - Automotive / Transport sector London, commutable with UK travel Salary up to £95,000 (DOE) + bonus + benefits An experienced Technical Director is required for an SME business involved in the promotion of clean air and environmental concepts and systems that deliver low or zero emission transport systems. Working with a small but dedicated team of professionals you will continue to raise the environmental agenda for clean air and a low carbon economy. This will be a high-profile, challenging role and you will work closely with a broad stakeholder group that includes automotive OEMs, tier ones, government, local councils, academic institutions and industry bodies. As Technical Director you will work in an advisory capacity and represent the business at conferences and high-level meetings that will require an ability to present, educate, inform and influence a wide stakeholder base. To be considered for this Technical Director position you must have: Experience ideally gained working within an automotive research, engineering or test environment as a technical specialist involved in the development of fuel-efficient energy products or systems. This could include engines, motors, battery development, EV's, fuel, fuel cells and exhaust systems. Managed a technical department involved in vehicle specification and performance that incorporates, homologation, development, test, and certification. A thorough understanding of vehicle test and development procedures involving vehicle certification and type approval to meet fuel economy and EU emission legislative requirements. Significant automotive programme and project management experience working within an OEM, first tier or vehicle test environment. Ability to influence and build collaborative partnerships or joint ventures across a wide stakeholder group with the primary aim of delivering products and systems that will improve air quality through improved fuel economy and lower emissions. Qualifications to degree level or above in a relevant technical discipline which could include, mechanical, electrical, materials, chemical or environmental. Chartered engineer status and a member or fellow of a recognised industry body (IET, IMechE, IOM3, IChemE) with evidence of continued professional development. An accomplished people and project manager that can create collaboration and engagement both internally and externally with partner organisations and key stakeholders Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, with the ability to take on board complex technical issue but communicate these so they are understood at all levels. This is an exciting and challenging senior Technical Director position that will require significant engineering expertise and knowledge gained with the automotive, truck and bus or wider transport sector. Travel will be required within the UK and this could involve occasional time away from home during the week. This is a highly influential role that will require a unique combination of skills and experience. However, it offers an exceptional opportunity to influence major policy-making decisions that will have a positive and lasting impact on society.

Permanent / London, England

Electronics Manager

Electronics Manager - Manchester Salary circa £60,000 - £75,000 (DOE) + benefits An Electronics Manager is required for a progressive engineering & manufacturing business, part of a larger international group. As a manufacturer of electro-mechanical devices, this company has seen an increased demand for their innovative technology led products. As Electronics Manager you will play a key technology leadership role in ensuring the development of existing product platforms and create a centre of excellence for electronic product design that will encompass Analogue and Digital devices. As demand has grown for these devices, so has the need to employ connected technology and IoT applications using a range of sensors that will allow real time data collection and remote monitoring. This is an exciting time to join a business that is going through a major transformation from a traditional manufacturing business to a modern solution provider that will encompass the very latest technology in its products. A key part of this role will be developing a technology road map that will include electronic analogue and digital applications, and associated software requirements. In addition, you will develop a talent strategy that is aligned to the changing technological and skill needs of the business. Within the group there is clear policy of developing people and improving employee engagement which is supported at the highest levels of the organisation. As Electronics Manager you will: Have experience working as an Electronics Manager, designing and developing industrial or consumer networked electronic devices that incorporate Analogue and Digital technology, connected systems, sensors and software. Have a full understanding of new product development and the use of staged gateway reviews for new product introduction. Be the key contact for any equipment failures and provide immediate engineering resource to resolve technical issues. Develop an electronic engineering function capable of delivering right first-time hardware and software product enhancements that meet quality cost and delivery targets Develop a culture of continuous improvement with a focus on high employee engagement and self-directed work teams that will deliver exceptional engineering results Participate fully in the development, coaching and training of staff to ensure that people can work and perform at their full potential. Have an approachable and professional management style, results orientated with sound judgement and people skills, able to delegate and multi-task at pace. Have excellent influencing and communication skills (verbal, written and presentation), able to create understanding and a desire to change in the people you work with at all levels. This is a challenging but very exciting opportunity and you will be tasked with introducing change that will deliver a World-Class Electronics Engineering department. Qualifications for this Electronics Manager position will be to degree level in electrical/electronic engineering and ideally you will be a Chartered Member of the IET or working towards this. You will be joining a progressive business as a member of the senior management team that is tasked with providing the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction.

Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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