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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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Head of Airworthiness

Head of Airworthiness Munich Based in Munich, our Client has developed the future of flying with a civil VTOL aircraft. As part of this organisations continuing evolution and development of products for today and tomorrow, a Head of Airworthiness is required to further develop and lead the team through the certification process. In this position, you will report directly to the CEO and will plan, direct, control and monitor our Clients airworthiness related programs to ensure compliance with global aviation standards. Specifically, your role will include: As head of department you will handle the technical and personal leadership for the whole certification team from prototype till continued airworthiness in service Build and maintain viable relationships to the EASA and FAA staff in charge and represent our Client in rule making committees Lead the Type Investigation process, prepare certification data, plans and programs and keep track of their evolution, create internal verification and submit to the Authorities (EASA / FAA) Responsibility for and training of the responsible CVE Meet and train your team on a 1:1 basis & hold regular team meetings Coach, train, lead and mentor staff on a regular basis Work closely with HR on staff development matters Work on any ad-hoc related tasks or projects provided by management To support this role, you should have/be: A minimum of 5-years of professional experience with proven track record in certification of EASA and FAA CS-23/CS-25 aircraft Direct working experience of EASA as well as having experience working with the FAA wherever possible Proven Certification experience of whole aircraft system, not only single components Familiarity with the authorities' structures and strong skills in negotiating and executing certification paths with respect to a whole new aircraft concept Good skills in project management and team coordination Strong motivation to help build and shape your organisation, structures and processes High level of self-reliance with the ability to work in a team, as well as autonomously Target-oriented, driven workstyle with analytic problem-solving skills Fluent English language skills are essential - fluent German or any other language would be beneficial If you feel you have the expertise, vision and personal interest to support this opportunity with a forward thinking, established and entrepreneurial organisation, then please apply directly to Matthew Heath. This role is seeking candidates with direct and relevant experience.

Permanent / München (81249), Bayern

Head of Programmes

Head of Programmes - Coventry Reporting to the Vice President Program Management for this international aerospace and defence manufacturing company in Coventry, the Head of Programmes will provide oversight and leadership to a Program Management Office (PMO). The Head of Programmes will monitor the activities of the PMO, ensuring highest levels of quality as well as reporting the status and issues to the VP of Program Management. You will be the focal point of the PMO within the business unit and you will work collaboratively with the Executive Leadership Team to meet or exceed our Customer's expectations in terms of quality, cost and delivery. In addition to the above requirements this role will also require the management of programmes as required to support the programme management function. Based on our Clients' range of electro-mechanical equipment with 9 sites located in the UK, USA and Singapore, the PMO's prime accountabilities are: Member of Site Leadership Council (SLC) representing the PMO. Communicating new or revised policies, procedures or any critical information to the group Manage site PMO budgets including forecasts and approving travel plans Attends all weekly and monthly Executive meetings Supports all non-customer audits (ie: Quality, ISO, AS, Trade Compliance, etc.) Assists in the generation and modification of PMO policies and procedures as well as ensuring adherence Supports Marketing with new business opportunities for customers or programmes not assigned Monitors, manages and mentors Program Manager / Project Manager / Coordinator performance Assists Program Manager / Project Manager / Coordinator to eliminate internal constraints and prioritise tasks within the site Leads execution of production system activities for PMO to achieve and maintain high standards The roles' responsibilities will include: Supports new business activities by providing the program management section of proposals. After contract award, coordinates and works with marketing to develop plans and set strategy for achieving follow-on business Acts as a proactive company representative and prime customer contact for all assigned programs Identifies and secures program team members in agreement with SBU and Functional Heads Maintains a risk management system where risks and issues are identified, prioritised and mitigation plans and recovery strategies are defined and actioned Responsible for all facets of assigned programs working within objectives, goals and funding requirements Produces and manages the Program Management Plan, ensuring all aspects of the program, including Technical, Commercial and Supply Chain activities are integrated into a Master Program Schedule, where specific tasks are assigned to various functional organisations Allocates and controls funds and prepares reports to monitor actual verses budgeted costs. As necessary, negotiate changes in the contractual agreement due to changes in specifications, schedules, or any other element of the agreement. Participate in the resolution of technical and commercial in-service issues, especially with regards to Customer Interaction and relationship. To support this significant role level, you will need to have/be: Bachelors' degree in Engineering preferred or similar. Extensive experience in Program Management Strong aerospace background where possible Demonstrated ability to manage multiple activities, projects and personnel issues Effective motivator, mentor, communicator and problem solver Excellent leadership, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge and experience with continuous improvement techniques Able to travel If you feel you have the range of experience, skills and attributes to support this significant position, then please apply directly, or contact Matthew Heath in writing ().

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

International Sales Director

International Sales Director - UK, Europe or North America To support the further growth in supply of forgings to the international aerospace sector, our Client is seeking an International Sales Director to continue their industry focus across the UK, Europe and North America. With their head office in India and as the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of forgings, our Client supports a range of sectors including automotive, power generation, oil & gas and aerospace. Based in the UK, Europe or North America, this role will be required to: Increase sales growth with core OE and tier one organisations within the global aerospace sector, through the development and implementation of a sales / customer strategy Report to the Executive Director and be responsible for international business growth. Work remotely with a close interface with the CEO, Directors and Aerospace team based in India Be a proactive member of the senior aerospace management team and to support the strategic delivery of targets, reporting as required Use their existing and relevant industry knowledge and network of contacts to directly grow and develop customer relationships, travelling globally as necessary Develop additional new business opportunities to support our Client's growth aspirations in the aerospace sector Monitor and report on market and competitor activity Be actively involved with our Client's Engineering team to support the accurate winning of new and strategic business To support this role, you will need to: Have international direct sales and business development management experience with the supply of forging, material and/or machining services within the global aerospace sector Be able to provide examples of identifying, negotiating and winning new business with blue chip customers Have a strong and relevant network of industry contacts This is a highly strategic and senior level role, working independently in the field, but in close collaboration and partnership with the Indian based organisation. Detailed working awareness of the global aerospace sector is required along with a suitable technical awareness of metallics and engineering. If you feel you have the range of experience, skills and attributes to support this significant position, then please apply directly, or contact Matthew Heath in writing ( ).

Permanent / England, England

UK Country Manager

UK Country Manager In support of the further growth for the supply of forgings within the UK aerospace sector, our Client is seeking a UK Country Manager to continue this industry focus in the UK and NI. With their head office in India, as the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of forgings globally, our Client supports a range of sectors including automotive, power generation, oil & gas and aerospace. This role will be required to: Further develop and implement a sales / customer strategy for the UK aerospace market Increase sales growth and provide customer support to the UK and potentially some EU customers Report to the International Sales Director who is responsible for international business growth within aerospace Be based remotely in the UK but with close interface with the Aerospace team based in India Be a proactive member of the aerospace management team and to support the day-to-day activities of the company in the UK Use their industry knowledge and network of contacts to further grow and develop existing customer relations with existing customers and other tier one organisations Develop additional new business opportunities to support our Clients' growth aspirations in the UK aerospace sector Monitor and report on local market and competitor activity Be actively involved with our Clients' engineering team, completing estimating activities together with development of new business proposals Manage the quotation process as well as follow up with customers Lead contract negotiations To support this role, you will need to: Have direct sales and key account management experience with the supply of forgings and/or machining services within the UK aerospace sector Be able to provide examples of handling large scale relationships with blue chip customers Have experience of working with Rolls-Royce and other major aerospace customers Have a strong network of industry contacts This is a highly strategic country focused role and will work independently in the field, but in close collaboration and partnership with the Indian based organisation and the International Sales Director. Detailed working awareness of the aerospace sector is required along with a suitable technical awareness of metallics and engineering. If you feel you have the range of experience, skills and attributes to support this significant position, then please apply directly, or contact Matthew Heath in writing ().

Permanent / Stourbridge, West Midlands

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

Design & Development Director - Electrical Distribution Systems

Design & Development Director - Electrical Distribution Systems £90,000 - £100,000 (DOE) + Benefits Package Coventry, West Midlands An experienced Design and Development Director is required for this global supplier of Electrical Distribution Systems. Working with all the leading automotive OEMs, they are at the forefront of vehicle technology and wiring harness design, development and manufacture. As a leading innovator in the development of systems that can handle the full electrical and electronic complexity of modern vehicles including hybrid and full electric, they are seeing increased demand for their products. Having established a worldwide reputation for reliability and quality they are now looking to further strengthen their technical team by recruiting an experienced Design & Development Director. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to join a well-respected tier one supplier and take full responsibility for the design and development function of advanced Electrical Distribution Systems. To be successful in this role you must have a demonstrable track record of managing complex design and development projects from concept to realisation and start of production. Leading the design and development function will require excellen0t communication skills, both internally and externally with clients and suppliers. This will be a challenging position requiring both the technical and people management skills required to lead and manage a large engineering team. It is highly likely that you will be working within a tier one or OEM automotive business and controlling a significant engineering budget. To be considered for this Design and Development Director position you must have: Held responsibility for a research or design & development department or function A thorough understanding of advanced technology and developing technology road maps for vehicle electrical systems Significant people management and leadership experience, gained in a technical engineering environment, with excellent project management skills A passion for innovative product development, but understand the need for standardisation and the impact design for manufacture can have on time and cost A track record that demonstrates an ability to lead and build a high performing engineering function A dynamic and driven personality - confident, credible and comfortable working across all levels of an advanced engineering/manufacturing business 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, Mechatronic or Materials related discipline This will be a challenging but very rewarding role and presents a unique opportunity to lead a technically strong engineering team for a business that has huge ambition and growth potential. This will be a highly visible leadership role that will require the need to travel within the UK and overseas.

Permanent / Coventry

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

Continuous Improvement Manager

Continuous Improvement Manager Redditch/South Birmingham Salary £60,000 - £65,000 + benefits As Continuous Improvement Manager you will be working for an established manufacturing business that is undertaking a program of change focused on operational excellence. This is being supported and driven from the highest levels within the company and will require extensive experience of advanced lean manufacturing tools and techniques. As a specialist lean continuous improvement practitioner you will have a background that demonstrates an ability to impart change and deliver sustainable improvement, you will facilitate and lead improvement projects working across all levels within the business. To be considered for this Continuous Improvement Manager position you must have or be: A thorough understanding of modern Lean/Six Sigma tools and techniques, including SOP, VSM, Kaizen, route cause analysis, 5S, 5Whys, TPM, SMED, workflow analysis and Kanban. Self-motivated and confident with the ability to problem solve, think on your feet and be comfortable working on the shop floor and equally at home working with the senior management team. An ability to scope projects, analyse data and chair business improvement meetings. Commercially orientated with the ability to build robust working relationships internally and externally with suppliers and customers. A real passion for delivering sustainable improvement, lead by example, setting high standards, able to influence and motivate. Currently working as a manufacturing improvement specialist or Kaizen Manager working within a low to medium volume manufacturing environment. Excellent communication skills, interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation. A relevant degree level qualification in an appropriate technical discipline. (mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, or materials) This is a challenging and exciting role and you will be joining a manufacturing business experiencing significant growth and embarking on a major change programme. Working alongside the senior management team you will have the opportunity to play a leading role in shaping the future manufacturing strategy for this dynamic manufacturing company. Based on success there are real opportunities for career advancement.

Permanent / Redditch, Worcestershire

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
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