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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.

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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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MP&L Manager

MP&L Manager Competitive Salary Automotive Warwickshire My Automotive client is embarking upon an exciting new project and is looking for a high calibre MP&L Manager to be based at their facility in the Warwickshire region. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: Developing a robust material labelling, racking, picking and kitting process in a compact plant warehouse layout. Work with the Quality Manager to ensure only quality parts are delivered from the suppliers and then to line side within the assembly plant. Experienced in handling and managing complex complete vehicle Bill of Material Maintain and control appropriate inventory levels within the business and with a significant European Logistics provider. Follow up on correspondence with suppliers either verbally or in writing. Assist in the sourcing of all materials, components, outside processes and contracts. Work in compliance with TS16949 Standards and ISO 14001. We are looking for the following: A Materials Manager/MP&L professional with strong experience within the Automotive sector Excellent problem-solving techniques and methods Ability to interact with all levels of employees both within the organisation and with customers, suppliers, sub-contractors etc Good working knowledge of Purchasing and MRP systems Supervisory skills in the area of, interaction and communication, company policies, negotiation You'll be used to working within a high pressured, fast paced environment Strong knowledge of SAP would be highly advantageous Ideally degree qualified

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Sales Manager

Sales Manager - Capital Equipment Competitive Salary + package SMT - Automation/Automotive Midlands Area - Home Based My client, a globally renowned brand, is seeking a high calibre Sales Manager to sell their Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment into a range of customers, primarily the Automotive sector. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: Actively manage existing accounts and responding to any technical/commercial enquiries Devise a business development strategy in line with company objectives Selling SMT equipment to clients across a range of sectors, demonstrating your commercial and technical expertise Liaising with high-level internal stakeholders across Europe Working closely with new and current customers to identify future strategies We are looking for the following: Someone with experience of selling manufacturing equipment with the electronics industry Knowledge of SMT would be advantageous Experience of quoting complex solutions with an understanding of full process optimisation Excellent communication and negotiation skills Team player Degree educated

Permanent / West Midlands, England

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 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 Director

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

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Manufacturing Assembly Manager

Manufacturing Assembly Manager - whole vehicle Leamington Spa, West Midlands An experienced Manufacturing Assembly Manager is required for this specialist vehicle manufacturer. With a unique vehicle concept this established business is moving into the production phase of a niche electric vehicle. As a member of the senior management team you will have full responsibility for planning this new assembly operation and creating a world class production facility based on a JIT, no fault forward, short lead time manufacturing principles. As part of this activity you will play a leading role in recruiting, coaching and training a team of assembly technicians and creating a culture based on engagement, self-directed work teams and high performance. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce lean manufacturing principles into a final vehicle assembly operation. The position requires an in-depth understanding of TPS, layout and facilities planning and a proactive make it happen attitude. As Manufacturing Assembly Manager, you must have a track record of achievement gained within an Automotive OEM or low volume, high value, special vehicle operation. Your must demonstrate 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 standards. To be considered for this Manufacturing Assembly Manager position you must have or be: Experience as a Manufacturing or Final Assembly Manager working within a high value 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, semi-automated and manual assembly environment covering new model introduction incorporating the use of a modern ERP systems. A strong engineering or manufacturing background ideally to HND level or above with an absolute belief in quality. 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 final assembly of a unique vehicle. Reporting directly to the Managing Director you will work as part of a small 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 delivering and developing a class leading vehicle assembly operation. The role of Manufacturing Assembly Manager will 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 / Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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
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