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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 Sales Manager - General Manufacturing

Senior Sales Manager Off-Highway, Rail, Marine £65,000 - £75,000 + car allowance, 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 Off-Highway, Marine, Rail 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

Head of Operations

Head of Operations Competitive Salary + Benefits General Manufacturing Northampton My client is a niche plastic injection and rubber moulding manufacturer with an enviable reputation in their market. Supplying quality products on a tier one basis, they work with global customers through the General Manufacturing and Automotive market. They are looking to recruit a forward-thinking Head of Operations to define and deliver a sound operational strategic vision, drive excellence and to lead as a true figurehead within the business. Your duties & responsibilities will include the following: Define, implement and sustain a cost effective and appropriate operating model Ensuring that production culture, processes, equipment, facilities and the working environment are all conducive to delivering high quality products You'll ensure that non-value-added activity is reduced in all manufacturing processes by using lean techniques Promoting a culture of high employee engagement and motivation Be able to delegate efficiently Deliver operational KPIs whilst simultaneously further developing a culture of continuous improvement that demonstrate their value to the business Leading by example, managing, training and developing people Suggest innovative ideas to the board on improvements that can lead to greater efficiency and business growth We are looking for the following: A dynamic leader who has experience of leading Operations within a fast-paced manufacturing environment Your knowledge through management and operations should include Design, Engineering, Production, Planning & Supply Chain A thorough understanding of modern lean manufacturing principles, evidenced by a track record of OTIF delivery and outstanding quality The ability to engage the team by introducing effective visual management systems and meaningful KPIs Significant people management and leadership experience with a real passion for coaching, training and mentoring A driven individual who is comfortable working across all levels of the business in order to make things happen This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity to join an ambitious company during a period of growth and change. As a member of the senior management team you will play a leading role in shaping the future direction of the business and developing a sustainable culture of continuous improvement.

Permanent / Northamptonshire, England

Technical Manager - Plastic Injection Moulding

Technical Manager - Plastic Injection Moulding £60,000 - £70,000 General Manufacturing Northampton My client is a niche plastic injection and rubber moulding manufacturer with an enviable reputation in their market. Supplying quality products on a tier one basis, they work with global customers through the General Manufacturing and Automotive market. The appointment of a high calibre Technical Manager is fundamental to the growth of the business, as someone who can offer true leadership capabilities as well as the technical expertise needed. Your duties & responsibilities will include the following: Demonstrating first class leadership by managing and developing people within the technical team Creating and developing innovative new product designs Improve the reliability and performance of tooling through planned and reactive maintenance programmes To support other areas of the business such as Quality, using efficient problem-solving techniques that address customer concerns in a timely manner Assisting Production with process and operational challenges to ensure the business meets customer demand Closely work with Sales team to support key technical requirements You will support continuous improvement initiatives to drive efficiency through the business We are looking for the following: An innovative Technical Manager with strong plastic injection moulding experience A leader, someone who can demonstrate effective management and development of people You'll be a critical thinker, able to proactively achieve results A thorough understanding of modern production processes and associated machine tools and materials that will deliver the most effective and efficient means of manufacture Excellent communication skills; able to influence people from shop floor to boardroom level High level of commercial acumen, which is imperative when customer facing Ideally degree qualified This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business with an already sterling reputation in the markets they're in. If you're someone who can confidently lead a team of 6-7 people, whilst setting a solid structure and process, then this could be the job for you. A business with a great culture that encourages creativity and innovative thinking.

Permanent / Northamptonshire, England

Key Account Manager - Düsseldorf Area

Key Account Manager €75,000 - €85,000 + car, bonus General Manufacturing Düsseldorf Area, Germany My client is a niche manufacturer of specialised components servicing a range of markets and customers. My client offers bespoke products and solutions to key customers on a global scale. They are currently seeking a talented Key Account Manager to focus on maintaining and developing relationships with key OEM customers in Germany. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: To understand and respond to technical sales enquiries relating to products and solutions, often being the first point of contact for the customer Following up on sales leads and proposals in relation to the company's products, which will involve preparing and sending detailed quotations for customers You'll be able to provide professional demonstrations of product systems that match customers technical requirements Maintaining existing customer relationships is vital in order to identify repeat business opportunities You'll also play a key part in competitor analysis, monitoring the market and playing a key part in ensuring that your company's product offering remains ahead of the curve Efficient communications with internal stakeholders is also key, whether that would be in a commercial or technical context We are looking for the following: An experienced Key Account Manager with experience of working within a fast-paced tier 1 environment An excellent communicator who is able to build relationships with key customers As this role will be predominantly home-office based, you should be able to work autonomously and be able to self-motivate You'll be able to plan and prioritise work using your own initiative as well as being an active team member You'll have a high degree of commercial acumen and an engineering background would be advantageous Being degree educated is essential

Permanent / Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen

Commercial Manager

Commercial Manager £75,000 - £85,000 + car, bonus Capital Equipment/Distribution Staffordshire My client, a global leader in the Off-Highway industry, is now recruiting a key position within their Power Products division. A strong Commercial Manager is needed to develop a long-term strategy for growth. Your duties & responsibilities will be the following: Drive growth of diesel generator products within dealership network Develop a long-term strategy to ensure profitability Work with key internal stakeholders including Marketing, Product Specialists and Commercial Analysts You will stay close to new product introduction programmes, ensuring a competitive market position To manage and develop a small team To develop and maintain dealership network and distribution Work on pricing strategy to maximise profitability We are looking for the following: A strong Commercial leader with experience within the Diesel Generation or Engine product range You'll ideally be familiar with the Off-Highway industry Experience of developing distribution through dealerships is imperative in order to understand and to be successful in this position Ideally experience of man management Degree educated

Permanent / Stafford, Staffordshire

Sales Manager

Sales Manager $120,000 - $140,000 + bonus & benefits Automotive - New Technology San Jose, California My client is seeking a talented Sales Manager to build relationships with key Automotive OEMs with their innovative product offering. Pioneering Fuel Cell Technology, they've also developed ground-breaking Electric Superchargers and Turbochargers that will change Automotive Technology & Engineering for years to come. With headquarters in the UK, they are looking to establish a key base in North America, moving into state-of-the-art offices in the San Jose area. Your duties and responsibilities will include: Developing a strategic business plan to support Company objectives, including sales targets Strategic commercial planning and implementation for existing products Target, win and manage key OEM customers Provide feedback from customers to the engineering team to define and ensure right products are being developed Develop long-lasting customer relationships and act as account manager for major customers Maintain and develop relationships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally We are looking for the following: An experienced Automotive Sales professional with a demonstrable track record of success Excellent understanding of OEM Engineering and Purchasing Previous experience within New Product Introduction/New Technology would be preferable Entrepreneurial in nature with a high degree of commercial acumen Effective communication and negation skills Degree qualified ideally within an Engineering discipline

Permanent / San Jose, California

Sales Director

Sales Director Competitive Salary + Package Automotive Aftermarket West Midlands My client, a leader in Automotive Accessories, is searching for a high calibre Sales Director who will ultimately be responsible for driving the growth of the business through effective leadership, setting sales strategies and developing their people. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following: Implementing a range of strategies and new business initiatives to drive sales Being an active member o the Senior Management Team, with input on budgeting and planning This individual will manage a sales team and will be responsible for the training and development of their people They will implement and execute strategies to drive revenue in line with the Company's ambitious growth plans Being responsible for all sales channels from OEM to e-commerce Ensuring that high customer service levels are maintained Making sure the CRM system is being used effectively and provides a competitive advantage We are looking for the following: A natural leader with a demonstrable track record of achieving sales growth High level of commercial acumen, able to make swift decisions that have a positive impact upon the business Excellent communication and negotiation skills Experience of working within Automotive Aftermarket across multi-channel will be highly advantageous Analytical, able to understand basic financial accounting You'll need to have a passion for developing people and creating a dynamic working culture Ideally degree educated This is an excellent opportunity to join a business that has experienced several consecutive years of record growth. The person that will be appointed as Sales Director will hold a senior position within the business that will inevitably lead to further progression opportunities.

Permanent / West Midlands, England

Engineering and Quality Director

Engineering & Quality Director Salary circa £90,000 (DOE) + Benefits Leicestershire, East Midlands An experienced Engineering & Quality Director is required for a precision machining business that supplies globally into both aerospace first tiers and primes. This newly created position, part of a company-wide reorganisation, will take full responsibility for both the Engineering and Quality departments of this highly regarded aerospace component manufacturer. As a company with a strong heritage and loyal client base they are investing in new technology that will further enhance their capability and reputation for product innovation and reliability. As a member of the senior management team you will play an important role in creating a programme of change within engineering and quality that will support the development of new products delivering high levels of customer satisfaction. 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 Engineering and Quality Director you will be familiar with the full range of accreditation bodies and standards associated with UKAS, Nadcap and AS9100 quality management system. To be considered for this Engineering and Quality Director position you must have or be: Experience working within the aerospace sector in a senior management capacity that includes both engineering and quality responsibility within a product engineering environment. A degree in mechanical, manufacturing, metallurgy or materials engineering ideally supported by either a post graduate technical or business qualification. A thorough understanding of 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 reduction in product design and development. 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 highly visible role and you will work as part of a close-knit team for a business that has real ambition for change and growth. The ideal background for this Engineering & Quality Director position will be experience of mid to high volume precision machined components gained working within the aerospace, automotive or general engineering sector. At present you will probably be working as a Senior Technical Manager looking for a challenging opportunity to create an effective Engineering and Quality function.

Permanent / Leicestershire, England

Electronics Engineering Manager - Connected Device Technology

Electronics Engineering Manager - Connected Device Technology Salary up to £75,000 (DOE) + benefits Manchester An Electronics Engineering Manager is required for a forward thinking, dynamic business that design and manufacture a range of advanced industrial connected devices used for commercial transactions. These are sold world-wide to many commercial organisations and used by millions of people every day. Their innovative range of products are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and incorporate contactless systems and sensor technology that can operate across multiple client platforms. As Electronics Engineering Manager, you will lead a skilled team of Electrical, Electronic Design and Software Engineers involved in developing the next generation of innovative connected products. Your experience could include commercial or industrial automation, IoT applications, sensor technology, telecommunications, intelligent devices or consumer electronic products that are at the forefront of technology. It is likely that you will currently be working as an Electronics Engineering Manager, Technology Manager, Electronics Manager or Electronics Development Manager As Electronics Engineering Manager, you will: Have experience working within advanced electronic product design that incorporates full lifecycle development of Hardware and Software/Firmware for diverse embedded electronics products. This will include analogue and digital technology for IoT applications, networked electronic devices, connected systems, sensors and associated control software. Have a real passion for advanced technology with a full understanding of IoT, connected devices, sensors, contactless systems and the successful integration of these applications. Have full management responsibility for existing and new product development that covers hardware and software applications for products used across the globe. Be degree qualified in a relevant technology-based discipline, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Physics, Telecommunications or Advanced Automation. Have experience of working on Electronic, Electro-mechanical R&D projects that require staged gateway reviews and management of key stakeholders both internal and external. Create a culture of continuous improvement with a focus on high employee engagement and self-directed work teams that will deliver exceptional engineering results. Have a track record that clearly demonstrates an ability to manage, coach and train technical staff, approachable and professional management style, results orientated with sound judgment and people skills, able to delegate and multi-task at pace. Have excellent influencing and communication skills (verbal, written and presentation), able to create understanding and a desire to change in the people you work with at all levels. This is an exciting opportunity to join a business going through a technology and people transformation that will deliver a range of exciting new products. As Electronics Engineering Manager, you will be tasked with delivering a world class Electrical Engineering Department that will provide the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction through the development of people and application of advanced technology.

Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Health, Safety & Environmental Manager

Health, Safety & Environmental Manager Salary circa £50,000 + car + benefits Location: Home based (Midlands/Yorkshire) covering multiple sites An experienced Health, Safety and Environmental Manager is required for an established business - part of a larger group involved in the refurbishment, replenishment and supply of specialist containers. This is a business at the forefront of automated maintenance, repair, clean and supply that works with a wide range of leading brands. The operation runs on an industrial scale with automated processes that include conveyor systems, robotic handling, abrading, steam cleaning and pressurised systems. As Health, Safety & Environmental Manager you will have an in-depth understanding of recent HSE legislation and more importantly a track record that demonstrates best practise HSE. In this role you will champion, introduce and develop a safety-based culture across all levels and areas of the business where all employees understand their obligations and responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act. To be considered for this Health, Safety & Environmental Manager position you will have: Experience working within an industrial, fast paced manufacturing or process environment as a Health and Safety Manager and ideally be a chartered Member or Fellow of IOSH. Qualifications to a minimum of NEBOSH National General Certificate level or above will be required. An environmental qualification IEMA would be useful but is not essential. Experience working across all levels, from shop floor to Director, that demonstrates an ability to deliver and sustain a behaviour-based safety culture. A broad understanding of Health, Safety and Environmental legislation related to a fast paced industrial/manufacturing workplace. This will include Manual Handling, RIDDOR, near miss reporting, PUWER, Fire, DSE, COSHH and Risk Assessment. Experience of OHSAS:18001 and ISO:14001 standards with the ability to audit against these requirements. Developed meaningful Health, Safety and Environmental KPIs that are supported by coaching and training that will deliver a zero-harm environment. Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentation, with the credibility and ability to influence across the business. This will be a high-profile position and you must have the credibility and management ability to deliver a programme of change that will deliver a behaviour-based safety culture that is supported at the highest levels of the business. This is a home-based role that will require travel to sites across the UK. The Ideal location would be North Midlands/Yorkshire and it is likely that occasional time will need to be spent away from home during the working week.

Permanent / Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Birmingham, Kings Norton, West Midlands Salary up to £50,000 (DOE) + benefits An experienced Operations Manager is required for an established SME Manufacturing business involved in medium to high volume processing of industrial components. Having moved to new purpose-built facilities and with a growing order book, the company are now looking to strengthen their management team. The role will hold responsibility for the Production Team and support staff that include planning, quality and maintenance personnel. 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. To be considered for this Operations Manager position you must have or be: Experience working as a Production/Operations Manager within a fast-paced manufacturing environment. 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 a light engineering business which may include automotive, aerospace, 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 staff in modern manufacturing techniques, able to develop a high-performance culture focussed on delivery and customer service. Dynamic, data driven, numerate with a strong 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. Based on success, the role has the potential to develop into a full Operations Director position. As Operations Manager you will have strong leadership, management, planning and decision-making skills with a focus based on Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery that will give the highest levels of customer service.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands


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