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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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Senior Product Manager

Senior Product Manager Competitive Salary + bonus Aerospace & Defence - Radar Electronics Milton Keynes My tier 1 client is a specialist high tech solutions provider, serving key players in the Aerospace & Defence markets. They are seeking an experienced Senior Product Manager who will be ultimately responsible for the management of the Product Life Cycle for a range of products within the company's portfolio. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: To help define long-term strategies consistent with business and corporate objectives To understand, articulate and capture market trends opportunities and turn them into requirements for New Product Development Maximise profitability of products, and be responsible for delivering profitability in line with strategic and operational targets Manage the product life cycle and recommendations for product deletions Look for continuous reductions in product costs taking into account relevant manufacturing and other overhead costs Ensure all products comply with relevant standards/legislation in all markets and be aware of changes that may impact the product portfolio Help to define product pricing strategies, ensuring future costs and pricing meet market and internal margin demands Work with marketing function to develop marketing and communication strategies We are looking for the following: Significant experience and knowledge of RF Microwave engineering Radar system knowledge required to include Mono Pulse and eScan Conversant of aperture Vs range and application Strong financial and commercial awareness Good written, verbal and interpersonal skills Possess a strong analytical and technical skill base Knowledge of electronics advantageous Missile system knowledge should include Seeker, Fuze and Data Links

Permanent / Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Senior Sales Manager

Senior Sales Manager General Manufacturing £70,000 - £75,000 + car, bonus West Midlands My tier one client is seeking a high calibre Senior Sales Manager who will prove to be a key leader in driving through new business across a range of sectors whilst managing and developing a cross functional team of Key Account Managers. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: Driving best practice of key account management Delivering on revenue targets and business growth Managing new projects whilst setting long-term sales strategies You will develop business plans, policies and programs associated with the business unit Working closely with Engineering and New Product Development Develop and maintain direct customer relationships at high strategic levels to keep informed of market issues and opportunities Competently manage programs across the organisation Frequent European travel to develop strategic accounts You'll coordinate with Marketing to identify growth opportunities in relevant sectors We are looking for the following: An experienced technical sales professional with a demonstrable track record of effective man management Experience of working within an engineering environment with a good understanding of manufacturing process Sector experience can include Automotive, Aerospace, Off-Highway, Marine and General Manufacturing You'll be an excellent communicator and relationship builder This person should enjoy the challenge of leading and developing a team Ideally degree qualified

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager Advanced Engineering £35,000 - £40,000 + bonus Birmingham My client is seeking a consultative Business Development Manager who will be responsible for securing inward investment and business expansion projects from the advanced engineering (including automotive) sector, leading to sector growth and job creation across the West Midlands region. Your duties and responsibilities will include: Taking a key role in implementing programmes of focused business development and marketing activity to promote advanced engineering and automotive inward investment within and to the region Take a particular focus in account management and investor development of strategic businesses specific to these sectors Work closely with the Department of International Trade and their relevant sector teams Proactively lead on identifying and effecting new revenue opportunities and platforms Forge and develop relationships across and between the public and private sectors to send out a coordinated message to potential investors in the region Build influence across the sector through it's inward investment programmes We are looking for the following: Experience within an engineering & manufacturing environment within the area of Business Development or Account Management Excellent communication skills Highly developed negotiating skills with the ability to influence decision-makers at the highest level Commercially aware, able to build relationships with senior staff across the private and public sector Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Human Resources Director

Human Resources Director - Greater Manchester (North) Salary circa £75,000 (DOE) + car allowance + bonus & pension A Human Resources Director is required for an advanced technology Manufacturing business, part of a much larger Engineering Group. As a manufacturer of increasingly complex connected devices, this company has experienced huge growth across multiple sectors and this trend seems set to continue. To strengthen the senior management team, this newly created HRD position will play a key role in further developing a responsive, continuous improvement-based culture that will be delivered through employee engagement and collaboration. Working closely with the local Plant Director and Group HR Director you will be responsible for developing an effective, business focussed HR function. A key part of this role will be the development of a talent strategy that is aligned to the increasing need to attract, retain and develop a skilled workforce that will deliver the next generation of advanced, connected products. To be considered for this Human Resources Director position you will: Have worked as a Human Resources Manager or Director within a fast-paced Manufacturing, Engineering or Technical business. Have experience of integrating and standardising HR practises and processes that are aligned at Group, National and Local 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. Have a dynamic and driven personality, organised, data driven, and results orientated with sound judgement and people skills, able to delegate and multi-task at pace. Have excellent leadership, 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 operates 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 continuous learning and development relevant to HR and wider business.

Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Operations Excellence Director

Operations Excellence Director Salary: Competitive + full benefits package. Location: Gloucester An experienced lean manufacturing professional is required for a specialist manufacturing company that produces bespoke items of exceptional quality and value. With a truly global reach this business works with high net worth individuals on complex special products that require the highest levels of care and attention. These products are unique "one offs" that are taken from concept to manufacture and full installation. Operating from a semi-rural location the aim will be to establish a centre of excellence applying the latest lean manufacturing concepts to create an environment that embodies the concept of the "Factory as a Showroom". To achieve this, the owners have recognised the need to recruit a talented Operations Excellence Director who can deliver their vision. This will not be easy and will require the careful management of a highly skilled, talented and long serving workforce. The aim will be to take a cottage-based industry and deliver a World Class Manufacturing facility where clients will want their products made. This is an exciting opportunity to join a very special and unique business and guide it through a period of change requiring exceptional management and leadership skills. 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 excellent customer service. As Operations Excellence Director you will need excellent communication skills be commercially aware and have a strong manufacturing and operations background. You must have the ability to deliver exceptional results achieving the highest levels of SQCDM standards. To be considered for this Operations Excellence Director post you must have: Significant experience working within a low volume/high value bespoke or project-based manufacturing environment that has embraced and integrated a culture of continuous improvement. A thorough understanding of modern lean manufacturing principles including, JIT, 5S, SMED and problem-solving techniques, 8D, 5why, root cause analysis. A degree in a relevant engineering or manufacturing discipline ideally supported by a post graduate qualification and a genuine interest in advanced technology, laser scanning, robotics, additive manufacturing, CNC profiling, vision systems and the connected factory. Significant people management and 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 and happy to get down on the shop floor and get stuck in when required. A real passion for coaching and mentoring with the ability to build high performing teams. An entrepreneurial and engaging nature, highly credible and professional, able to build robust working relationships internally and externally with suppliers and clients. This will be a very interesting, challenging and rewarding position that presents a unique opportunity to work with a close-knit team making truly exceptional products. Your goal will be to achieve this while delivering the vision of the owners and creating a World Class production facility. At present you will probably be working as an Operations Director, Head of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Director, General Manager or Operational Excellence Director in a bespoke high value, project-based manufacturing environment.

Permanent / Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Senior Supply Chain Manager

Senior Supply Chain Manager Salary: Competitive + full benefits package Location: Gloucester An experienced supply chain and supplier relationship specialist is required for this bespoke manufacturing company that produces unique high value items of exceptional quality and value. The business has built its reputation by using only the finest quality materials that are sourced worldwide. To further develop its products the company will need to source new materials and suppliers and further develop its relationship with current key strategic suppliers. To achieve this critical business objective, you will have a track record that clearly demonstrates and ability to build robust working relationships and collaborative partnerships. This is a new position within the business that will require a resilient and tenacious approach but represents a great opportunity to create a professional and highly effective supply chain management function. To be considered for this Senior Supply Chain Manager position you must have or be: Held a Senior Supplier Relationship Manager or Supply Chain Manager position working within a low volume/high value, project-based, multi-material, manufacturing environment. Excellent supplier development experience with a thorough understanding of value/cost and able to negotiate the very best commercial terms. Established KPIs and SLAs that actively promote collaboration and support supplier relationships. A good understanding of lean manufacturing and lean supply chain methodologies that will ensure QCD are achieved. A degree in a relevant engineering, manufacturing or purchasing discipline ideally supported by professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). A real passion for building relationships with the ability to influence and negotiate sound contractual agreements that secure the highest levels of service, quality, cost & supply. A confident and professional approach, a strong communicator with a real eye for detail that is supported by excellent analytical and reporting skills. A team player, self-directed, who will make things happen with strong influencing skills, with the ability to bring people on the journey, create understanding and desire to change. This will be a challenging and interesting position that presents a unique opportunity to work with a range of diverse material and service suppliers on a truly global basis. You must have the flexibility to travel internationally with the drive and tenacity to develop an efficient and effective supply chain function from first principles on your own. At present it is likely that you are working as a Supply Chain or Client Relationship Manager and looking for a role that has both challenge and variety.

Permanent / Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Manufacturing Director

Manufacturing Director Salary: Competitive + full benefits package Location: London An experienced Manufacturing Director is required for a specialist digital, print, and publishing business that works on a wide variety of prestigious projects. These unique projects require a fast response, but also a great deal of care and attention. Quality is absolute and due date delivery must be achieved. This is a fast paced, high variety environment that handles both volume production runs and bespoke one-off projects. This business, based in London, has a growing reputation for delivering exceptional products of the highest quality within the digital, print and publishing sector. To handle an ever-growing order book, they are now looking to recruit a proactive and forward thinking Manufacturing Director who has an exceptional understanding of digital technology used in print, reproduction, publishing & photography. This is a high-profile position that will require an engaging and approachable personality and involve close customer contact with high profile suppliers and clients. To be successful in the role you must be comfortable and confident working in a pressurised environment with the ability to impart change and deliver a culture of continuous improvement based on solid lean manufacturing principles. To be considered for this Manufacturing Director position you must have: Significant experience working within a digital production environment with a strong understanding of reprographic technology and how this can be applied to deliver exceptional customer service. A thorough understanding of lean manufacturing methods and how these can be applied within a digital, print, reproduction, reprographics and publishing environment. A degree in a relevant engineering or manufacturing discipline ideally supported by a real interest in 4IR technology and its application and suitability within a fast-paced production environment. Excellent people management and leadership experience, lead by example, setting high standards with the ability to deliver a great customer experience that exceeds expectation. The confidence and credibility to deliver a programme of change that will overcome traditional ways of working and deliver a culture based on high performance and customer first. An ability to engage with people and build relationships based on trust and commitment across the business and with suppliers and key stakeholders. This is a very high profile and pressurised role that will require excellent leadership skills and a real understanding of how you can apply advance manufacturing technology to a traditional working environment with minimal disruption but maximum benefit. It is likely that you will currently be working in the digital print, publishing sector or an advanced manufacturing environment that employs 4IR technology.

Permanent / London, England

Supply Chain Manager - Digital Print Technology

Supply Chain Manager - Digital Print Technology Salary: Competitive + full benefits package Location: London An experienced Supply Chain Manager with experience of supplier relationship management is required for a specialist digital, print, and publishing business that produces high quality, high value work. This unique production facility requires a fast response but also security of supply to achieve absolute quality and due date delivery. This is a fast paced, high variety environment that requires the collaboration and commitment of everyone throughout the supply chain. With a growing reputation and ever-increasing order book, the business is looking to recruit a proactive and forward thinking Supply Chain Manager who understands the use of digital technology used in print, reproduction, publishing & photography. This new high-profile position is necessary to establish a successful supply chain activity that will build close relationships with key strategic suppliers on a global basis. To be successful in the role you must have the flexibility to travel globally and be comfortable and confident working in a pressurised environment. Your objective will be to develop collaborative partnerships based on sound contract and commercial terms that will ensure the highest level of supply with an emphasis on quality, cost and delivery. To be considered for this Supply Chain Manager position you must have or be: A strong background in Supply Chain & Client Relationship Management gained within a print or publishing environment and able to demonstrate improvements based on effective supplier management. An understanding of lean supply chain methods and how these can be applied within a digital, print, reproduction, reprographics, and publishing environment. Established KPIs and SLAs that actively promote collaboration and support supplier relationships. A degree in a relevant purchasing, digital or supply discipline ideally supported by professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). A real passion for building relationship, with the ability to influence and negotiate sound contractual agreements that secure the highest levels of service, quality, cost & supply. A confident and professional approach, a strong communicator with a real eye for detail that is supported by excellent analytical and reporting skills. An ability to engage with people and build relationships based on trust and commitment across the business and with suppliers and key stakeholders. Self-directed, driven with strong influencing skills and the ability to create understanding and desire to change. This is a very interesting position that will have a high degree of autonomy and touch a wide range of suppliers. The impact of success in this role will be significant and deliver real bottom line results. It is likely that you will currently be working in the digital print, reprographics, publishing sector or within an advanced manufacturing environment that employs advanced digital technology.

Permanent / London, England

Operations Manager Director Designate Automotive

Operations Manager (Director Designate) - Automotive Salary range £80,000- £100,000 Doe Warwickshire - South Midlands An experienced and senior automotive Operations Manager is required for an SME automotive business involved in the manufacture of hand built automotive vehicles. Due to increased demand for their latest vehicle concept they are looking to develop new manufacturing systems that will deliver improved quality, cost and delivery targets. The senior management team are keen to develop a lean manufacturing strategy that can be applied to a low to medium volume, hand built, vehicle assembly environment. To achieve this, they are looking to recruit a proactive, hands on Operations Manager to facilitate this programme of change. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small business with an exciting product concept and play a leading role in the development of a manufacturing strategy that will deliver exceptional vehicle build quality based on right first time, no fault forward and standard operating principles. The position will require an in-depth understanding of whole vehicle build assembly processes that include BIW, trim & final assembly and paint. As Operations Manager, you will have responsibility for Planning/Scheduling, Purchasing, Quality & Manufacturing departments and must have a track record of achievement that demonstrates an ability to work with people, challenge tradition and create a sustainable continuous improvement culture that can deliver the highest levels of vehicle build quality. To be considered for this Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience as a Manufacturing or Assembly Operations Manager and worked within an automotive OEM or bespoke whole vehicle assembly environment. A thorough understanding of advanced manufacturing assembly systems, that includes tolerance and dimensional stability, build standards and change control. An ability to problem solve using tools such as 5 why, root cause analysis, 8D, A3 thinking. Experience of working within a high quality assembly environment with experience of new vehicle/model introduction through to full volume production. A strong manufacturing assembly background ideally qualified to HND level or above in an automotive, manufacturing or mechanical engineering discipline. A real passion for continuous improvement, leading by example, setting exacting standards and not accepting second best. A full understanding of automotive quality standards and in particular APQP and managing suppliers. An ability to coach, train and educate employees in modern manufacturing techniques at all levels across the business. 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 will be a challenging and high-profile position that will have full operational responsibility and report directly into the Managing Director. The senior management team and employees are fully committed to achieving a world class vehicle manufacturing assembly operation. Based on success in the role there will be an opportunity for progression and promotion to Operations Director. The position will require strong leadership, organisation, planning and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery that will ensure the highest levels of employee engagement and vehicle build quality.

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Fleet Operations Manager

Fleet Operations Manager Salary £60,000 - £65,000 + car + benefits Location: Swindon, Wiltshire An experienced Fleet Operations Manager is required for a national fleet transportation business that is an established brand and well respected for its high levels of customer service and fleet management. Working as part of the senior management team you will have full management responsibility for a large maintenance & service team and control of a substantial maintenance budget. The role will include working with both internal service centres/workshops and third part providers on a national basis. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing people in a highly competitive and service driven industrial environment. You will need excellent communication skills, be commercially aware and have a technical/business operations background. You must have the ability to deliver exceptional results achieving the highest levels of SQCDM standards. To be considered for this Fleet Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working within a logistics, transportation, engineering environment and held responsibility for a substantial maintenance and service budget that delivered the highest possible levels of vehicle or plant availability. Commercially astute, numerate, driven by data and effective KPI metrics, you must have a track record that demonstrates year on year savings through the delivery of effective cost down initiatives. Relevant qualifications either technical (mechanical, mechanics, vehicle) or business related supported by significant people management and leadership experience gained within a fast- paced vehicle (truck, bus/coach, commercial, car) hire or rental business. A strong understanding of commercial contract negotiations that incorporate service level agreements with third party service and maintenance providers. A dynamic and results driven personality, confident and comfortable working across all levels of a business from the garage floor to senior management. A real passion for delivering exceptional levels of customer service and achieving this by creating a culture built on continuous improvement, high morale, engagement, collaboration and trust. An ability to work under pressure with the confidence and commitment to ensure that the operation is run safely, efficiently and achieves its mandatory standards and legal obligations relating to staff and its vehicle fleet. This will be a challenging and rewarding position that presents a unique opportunity to work for a well-known and respected business. Your goal will be to achieve the highest levels of vehicle uptime and availability at the best available cost through the careful management of people, resources and suppliers. At present you will probably be working as an Operations Manager, Fleet Operations Manager, Head of Service and Maintenance or Vehicle Maintenance Manager for a logistics, vehicle hire or private vehicle fleet management service business.

Permanent / Swindon, Wiltshire
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