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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.

A corporate member of the REC, we work on both UK and international assignments.

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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 Key Account Manager - Aerospace - Europe

Senior Key Account Manager Aerospace - Europe Our client is a globally recognised in the supply of added-value CNC based equipment across a range of sectors, in particular aerospace. To provide further leadership and direction to the overall marketing and sales activities across Europe including the continuation of the successful business development strategy within the European Aerospace sector, our Client is seeking a European (non-UK) based Senior Key Account Manager. The role will include developing and retaining long-term relationships with major aerospace supply chain manufacturers by serving as the top-level liaison between the Customer and our Client to ensure timely implementation of all customer activities including proposal, development projects, OEM and end user support as well as liaison. The Senior Key Account Manager will have significant revenue generating responsibility for capturing new business and capitalizing on existing business. Working in a matrix structure to develop close working relationships with sales, service and engineering staff in the regional operational divisions, to promote company technologies, products, and services to expand customer needs. Responsibilities: Serve as the Aerospace sector expert, maintaining and utilising extensive sector experience and knowledge of current and future trends to provide leadership and direction to regional sales teams as well as the corporate Application, Services and Engineering functions. Serve as the liaison and facilitator at all levels to ensure a structured and strategic market penetration, resolving issues and assuring customer satisfaction. Provide proactive internal and customer-focused capture strategies to align multiple divisions in the pursuit of new opportunities. Encompasses pricing, competition, SWOT analysis and taking responsibility for the actions to position operational regions for wins. Develop program and market objectives by reviewing customer requirements and conferring with regional and corporate teams. Evaluate and provide region/corporate with performance feedback to ensure goals and results meet schedule, cost, and technical expectations. Develop and maintain extensive industry contacts (suppliers, customers, competitors) at all levels to support market awareness and the generation of opportunities. Identify business development opportunities by studying competitor products, technical problems, market intelligence and trends. Develop specific plans with Regional Sales for effective prospecting in the sector in a way that is aligned to agreed strategies and sales processes. Acts as primary consultant to manage significant customer issues, including training and mentoring accordingly. To support this strategic position, you should have detailed experience in technical sales, marketing and customer interaction within Aerospace manufacturing including high-level marketing and program management for major customers. In addition, you should have detailed awareness of relevant industry specifications and programmes as well as an ability to develop and lead strategic sales activity. An in-depth understanding of contractual terms and financial modelling is required along with operational management exposure in production of structural components and/or engine parts using machine tools. You will need to be multilingual preferably English, French or German and be able to travel through Europe. If you feel you have the experience and direct sector awareness required, then please apply directly or contact Matthew Heath () in confidence.

Permanent / Germany, Germany

Production Manager

Production Manager - Aylesbury Based in Aylesbury and in support of our clients manufacture and global supply of equipment to support the power generation, marine, engineering and processing sectors, we are seeking a Production Manager to effectively manage, maintain, lead and develop the production and stores functions to achieve the relevant targets of performance and objectives set out by management. Reporting to the Managing Director, this confidential role is directly in support of business growth for this fabrication and welded products manufacturing company. With a range of manufacturing processes on site to support their customers bespoke design and applicational requirements, the Production Manager will specifically: Plan and execute production requirements to meet/exceed our customers Quality and delivery requirements Ensure that adequate resources are available and controlled to meet customer's demand including the control and use of overtime Monitor all production operating costs in line with set budgets and ensure that these are adhered to Ensure that all resources are utilised in the most effective manor to maximise throughput and achieving build times Develop processes that enable us to meet operation times or better to ensure that our efficiency targets are achieved Ensure that robust processes exist and that employees are suitably trained Adequately drive and communicate priorities with all line Supervisors to achieve delivery dates and company turnover expectations Develop employee training and development plans in line with business and process needs Ensure that the company's facilities are adequately maintained and managed to meet the business needs Continually strive to develop and improve upon current performance by enhancing and implementing lean initiatives Ensure adequate stock management systems and procedures are managed If you feel you have the experience and production management expertise to support this role, then please apply directly.

Permanent / Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Head of Quality - Worcester

Head of Quality - Worcester The Head of Quality will be responsible for leading and managing our Clients' quality engineering and systems approach in supporting for their continuing growth in the manufacture and supply of aerospace components. The Head of Quality will further develop the strategy and culture for Quality across our Clients' organisation as well as focus on sustained quality product and systems management. As a key member of the Executive Team, you will also help develop and set the wider Company quality strategy and policy focus for all aspects of a manufacturing organisation with a global customer base within the aerospace sector. As specialists in the manufacture and supply of cast and machined/processed components, our Clients' extensive facilities and experienced personnel provide a strong engineering and manufacturing focused base. Reporting to the General Manager, your outline responsibilities will include: Manage the quality department in support of accurate product delivery performance and problem resolution Manage, develop and confirm the quality strategy and systems for the organisation Support customer liaison and management Ensure the integration of Quality as a focus into daily business operations Help develop and set Company strategy and policy as part of the Executive Team Key success factors will involve: reduction in cost of non-quality; manage and deliver the highest possible level of product and service quality; maintain and develop Quality systems; maintain customer and sector recognised accreditations; identify and implement key business milestones to measure people performance against quality criteria; customer satisfaction. To support this role, the Head of Quality will need to have comprehensive knowledge of 8D, FMEA, APQP, control plans and other quality tools and techniques; good understanding of ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 and NADCAP; experience in auditing. Wherever possible, you will have a background in Aerospace or Automotive Manufacturing preferably with in a similar engineering environment. Experience of auditing and operating at an executive level would also be desirable for this role. Suitable and relevant qualifications would be sought along with a focus on delivery. If you feel you have the skills and expertise to improve the overal quality culture, then please apply directly or contact Matthew Heath ()

Permanent / Worcester, Worcestershire

Lean Six Sigma Expert Practitioner

Lean Six Sigma Expert Practitioner Salary £50,000 - £70,000 DOE + bonus + car allowance West Midlands A Lean/Six Sigma Consultant is required for this established consultancy practice based in the West Midlands. With a proud heritage of undertaking award winning transformation projects they are now looking to the future and planning for succession. This is an extremely interesting position and a great opportunity to join a progressive business with real plans for growth. To be successful in this role you will have a strong background in Lean Six Sigma improvement techniques supported by a minimum of two years line management experience. As a degree qualified business improvement professional you will have significant experience of undertaking sustainable performance improvement projects. Industry sector knowledge could include Automotive, Aerospace, Rail, Utilities, Construction, Infrastructure or financial services. In addition you must have a real aptitude for people management and the ability influence and work with clients to develop a culture based on continuous improvement and teamwork. To be considered for this Lean Six Sigma Expert Practitioner role position you must have or be: A thorough understanding of modern Lean improvement techniques. Extensive project management experience with a real eye for detail and a good understanding of collaborative planning. Self-motivated and confident with the ability to problem solve and think on your feet. Commercially orientated with the ability to build robust working relationships with client teams. Lead by example, setting high standards being able to influence and motivate. A real passion for delivering sustainable improvement, a hands on "doer" not afraid to lead from the front. Currently working as an internal business improvement specialist or consultant Excellent communication skills, interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation. A relevant Engineering, Business or Management qualification to degree level or above. Undertaken a recognised programme of Lean or Six Sigma training and put this knowledge into practice. This is a challenging and exciting home based role and you will work alongside and learn from experienced performance improvement professional. The work you undertake will generally be within the UK so a great deal of flexibility is required as you can expect to be working away from home during the week. As a small but well regarded consultancy business you will be involved in many exciting projects, based on your success the opportunity for progression to partner level is a distinct possibility.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Design Engineering Director Automotive (EDS)

Design Engineering Director - Automotive (EDS) Salary range £100,000 + Bonus + Car + Pension Location: West Midlands An experienced Design Engineering Director is required to lead and manage a new research and development centre. Working globally with leading automotive OEMs and research establishments this business is at the forefront of Electrical Distribution Systems design and development. The challenging technical requirements of this role will require significant OEM or Tier 1 experience and you will be recognised as an expert within EDS and advanced wiring harness design and development. To be considered for this Design Engineering Director position you must have: Considerable experience working with automotive OEMs and be comfortable in a customer facing role collaborating on future EDS strategy and technology road maps. The ability to plan and resource a new facility with regards to skills, equipment, capacity, training and cost. The credibility to represent the business internally & externally, with the confidence and technical acumen to become the subject matter expert for advanced automotive Electrical Distribution Systems. A passion for product development and innovation, but also a clear understanding of the need for design for manufacture and product standardisation. An in-depth understanding of advanced design tools, managing innovation and product realisation. Establish clear process KPIs and coordinate activities in order to achieve specific project objectives. Commercially astute, ensuring that financial targets and results are achieved. Excellent communication skills with the ability to build robust working relationships and foster collaborative working with customers and suppliers. A relevant engineering qualification to degree level or above in either an Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical, Mechatronic or Materials related discipline. This technical leadership position will be challenging and rewarding with the opportunity to establish a facility and technical team that will be at the forefront of advanced EDS research, design and development. As a senior leadership role there will be a need to represent the business at both national and international events within the UK and overseas.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Engineering Director

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

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Interim or Permanent Manufacturing Manager

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

Permanent / West Midlands, England


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