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Jonathan Lee Search & Selection finds and attracts the very best candidates to deliver executive, director, board level and managerial appointments.  Offering and delivering exclusive, retained search assignments and headhunt solutions, our focus lies in industrial and technical business sectors across all functional disciplines.

With an unrivalled track record in working on sensitive or confidential assignments, we always ensure that our process and communications deliver a discreet service for candidates and clients alike.

Sourcing talent on a global scale, we meet the needs of both global corporates and SMEs, utilising our international network with IMSA.

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We have a proven methodology for Search and Selection services encompassing:

  • Client site visits to fully understand the business and capture the requirements of the role.
  • Comprehensive proposal documents covering the brief, our process, timescales and costs.
  • Multi-channel sourcing from leading edge social media and technology solutions, an extensive database, targeted headhunt, networking with industry connections, advertising and referral schemes.
  • Selection interviews in person to validate candidates, using industry experience and functional expertise to assess suitability against the brief.
  • Full end to end administrative support.
  • Expert offer management and negotiation through to successful placement.
  • Confidential post-placement support to promote smooth transition for both candidate and client.

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Assistant Financial Controller

ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER To £40,000 + package Permanent Walsall Automotive The Role This position supports the Financial Controller of this well-known Automotive manufacturing business in the analysis & reporting key accounts: Prepare and adjust budgeting, forecasting and FP&A activities. Prepare monthly accounting packs with commentary. Track and report costs and spend for the engineering teams, and to report to management. Assist in the appraisal of various projects, providing financial insight into feasibility and profitability. The Person This opportunity is ideal for a Newly Qualified Finance professional, to gain commercial exposure during a mid-to-long term contract. You will possess: Previous management accounting experience, gained in the automotive or aerospace sectors. Excellent commercial accounting skills, including the ability to develop complex budgets and forecasts. Good cost accounting ability. A full ACA / ACCA / CIMA qualification. The Company Our client is a multinational manufacturer of complex components which are primarily supplied to the automotive sector. How to Apply To apply, please do so online, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your current remuneration.

Permanent / Lichfield, Staffordshire

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Hertford Salary circa £65,000 (DOE) + bonus + car allowance & pension An experienced Operations Manager is required for an established SME Manufacturing business. As a manufacturer of low to medium volume assembled products the company has seen a dramatic increase in their technology led products. With an increased sales pipeline, the future is very bright and the order book will continue to grow as the next generation of products comes onto the market. The Board, having reviewed the present production system, are looking to introduce lean manufacturing methods and an operations strategy based on rapid response, right first time, no fault forward and short lead time manufacturing principles. The role of Operations Manager will involve working with the existing production team to develop a modern responsive manufacturing facility. The position requires 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 Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working as a Manufacturing Manager/Operations Manager/Operations Excellence Manager or Continuous Improvement specialist within a manufacturing assembly environment A thorough understanding of JIT, 5S, Kanban, and pull systems is required together with problem solving tools such as 8D, 5 Why, root cause analysis, A3 thinking or DMAIC. Experience of working within a fast paced, light engineering, medium volume assembly environment that could include automotive, electronics, electronic device manufacture or general engineering. A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally degree qualified with experience of using modern ERP/MRP and shop floor data capture systems. A real passion for Continuous Improvement, establishing standard operating procedures and 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 at all levels across the business will be required. Dynamic, data driven, numerate with an excellent understanding of capacity planning and production scheduling. Excellent 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 high profile role and you will work as part of a close knit management team that will report directly into the Managing Director. The role of Operations 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 and the highest levels of customer service.

Permanent / Hertford, Hertfordshire

Human Resources Director

Human Resources Director - Manchester Salary circa £55 - £65,000 (DOE) + bonus & pension A Human Resources professional is required for an established manufacturing business, part of a larger international group. As a manufacturer of advanced electro-mechanical devices, this company has seen an increasing demand for their technology led products. As HRD you will play a key leadership role in ensuring the development of a centre of excellence for the UK regional HR Team and function. This will involve a programme of harmonisation and process improvement that will deliver a cost effective and efficient HR service in line with corporate objectives and legal requirements. A key part of this role will be the development of a talent strategy that is aligned to the increasing need to attract and develop a skilled workforce that will deliver the next generation of advanced, connected products. There is a clear focus on improving employee engagement/relations at all levels and this initiative is supported at the highest level of the organisation. To be considered for this Human Resources Director position you will: Have worked as a senior Human Resources Manager/Director within a fast paced, customer focused Manufacturing, Engineering or Technical business. Have experience of integrating and standardising HR practises and processes that are aligned both locally and at group level. Protect the interests of business and employees by ensuring that all HR policies and procedures are compliant with governmental laws and regulations. Work with site based senior management and HR leaders to develop salary, wage and bonus structures. Ensure that the HR Information System is well managed and controlled and complies to current GDPR and data regulations. Develop a culture of continuous improvement and where possible look for efficiencies that may accommodate a shared service model. Be dynamic with high energy, data driven and 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 and demanding role and you will lead a high performing UK HR Team that operate locally at site level and increasingly within the global HR structure. Qualifications for this role will be to degree or post grad level in Human Resources. Chartered Membership of the CIPD or working towards this will be required. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate continue learning and development relevant to the HR profession.

Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Managing Director

Managing Director Salary circa £95,000 (Doe) + bonus + car allowance + pension + healthcare Location: Flexible in Northern Home Counties 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, materials or metallurgy discipline, supported by further business or management qualifications 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 / North London, London


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