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HR Advisor

This market leading company is seeking to appoint a standalone HR advisor to carry out a broad range of HR duties on a part times basis.

As HR Advisor you will be responsible for:

  • Advising line managers across the business on employee relation issues such as performance management, probation, etc.
  • Supporting line managers with absence management, arranging and conducting home
  • Providing advice and support to line managers with disciplinary, capability and grievance issues.
  • Liaising with external payroll providers relating to monthly payroll changes
  • Conducting exit interviews: monitoring and reporting any issues/themes to the Company Director
  • Managing and maintaining HR systems
  • Updating HR policies and procedures where necessary
  • Undertaking HR administration processing for HR transactions
  • Coaching and mentoring line managers on best practice
  • Coordinating recruitment campaigns

This is an ideal role for an established HR Advisor to join a successful established business which is continuing to grow.

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HR Advisor

My client, a global manufacturing company, is seeking to recruit an experienced HR Advisor to provide a generalist HR support function for its Birmingham site. The HR Advisor will report to the HR Manager and be responsible for managing all aspects of Human Resources on a daily basis.

HR Advisor Key Performance Areas:

  • HR Support/Administration
  • Absence Management
  • Employee Relations - Managing the disciplinary and grievance process with support from the HR Manager when required - producing any necessary disciplinary or grievance letters, and providing basic advice to Line Managers as and when required. Manage and develop any potential Trade Union or Works Council activity and relationships at the Birmingham site.
  • Employment Law
  • Recruitment and Selection - To provide internal and external advertisements for vacancies and liaise with recruitment agencies as required. Coordinate applications and support Managers with short-listing process and arranging interviews. Support Managers throughout the interview process, attending interviews and ensuring correct paperwork is available. To assist in the selection assessment process where appropriate
  • Compensations and Benefits
  • Training and Development
  • Project Management
  • Kaizen
  • Health and Safety

The ideal candidate will have gained HR Advisor / Generalist experience within a blue collar manufacturing environment. Ideally CIPD qualified you will be confident, hard-working with a positive outlook.

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A large European Automotive supplier based in the Central Midlands is looking to add a new design team member to their organisation. The role is for a CAD Designer and will report to the Design Office Manager.

Duties of a CAD Designer:

  • The primary purpose of the role is to design and define the main product features based on design rules, standards and technical specifications in compliance with company and customers directives.
  • Design the product so it can be integrated into a manufacturing environment
  • Carry out dimensioning diagram and the digital definitions
  • Design and complete projects against given timelines.
  • Contribute to design review meetings and design change requirement updates

Requirements of a CAD Designer:

  • The right candidate will ideally have an automotive component design background that involves complex parts and assemblies with 3D CAD using Catia V5 R18 and plastic transformation, injection / blow moulding tool, GD&T (drawing dimensioning) and mould flow.
  • Experience with CAD tools and ISO design and drawing standards, FMECA and strong Dimensioning Drawing skills.
  • Candidates should be formally qualified in engineering HNC/ HND or above
  • Have at least 3 years recent design engineering experience
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Maintenance Electrician (Shift Work)

Salary: £31,792

Pension 6%, 33days holiday

Shift: Mornings, Afternoon, Nights 6-2/2-10/10-6

Location: Blackburn


Urgent requirements for a Shift Maintenance Electrician, ideally this individual will hold experience within Manufacturing / Textiles / Paper or Plastic environments. Flexibility is key as this individual will be working a 3 shift rota.

Full training will be provided, but key requirements for this role are below

Requirements of a Shift Maintenance Electrician:

  • Experience and knowledge of preventative maintenance.
  • Electronic Instrumentation
  • Fault finding abilities with PLC’S
  • AC / DC Drives
  • Pneumatics Controls
  • Previous experience within a Manufacturing, Textiles, Paper or Plastic’s Environment
  • Ideally, we are looking for an Apprentice trained engineer
  • HNC / City & Guilds in Electrical Engineering
  • Holding at least 5 Years’ experience within a similar role
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Structural Engineering Consultant

We are working with a structural engineering Consultancy, who advise and support the Civil and Architectural industry sectors with the latest technology and materials used in producing high performance steel.

Project design, feasibility and calculation advice of the capabilities’ and benefits of newly developed materials is becoming a major part of companies group sales growth plan across Europe and the need for additional

Consultants to join the team has become paramount to maintain this growth.

The position will be based within a research and academic environment and will either support customers projects on or off-site at key phases, but most of the average working week will be based in Coventry.

The projects will vary in technical demands, costs and size, so each week will offer different challenges and requirements.

Based within a small team the role will often operate as a sole support or part of a small team and decisions and project management will often be down to the individual to decide on.

Requirements of a Structural Engineering Consultant:

  • A suitable candidate will be an experienced Civil Engineer with 8 – 10 years in Structural Engineering, who is ideally Chartered or about to become Chartered. A strong background in design and stress calculation from software or hand calcs should also be very evident in an applicants recent career history.
  • A very strong understanding of Construction and Architectural Design is essential, along with the experience to understand the gateways within a design project.

The position will require some international travel to mainly Europe and the ability to communicate and present with different levels of management, engineers, and procurement and sales / marketing departments in different countries.

The primary purpose of the role is to offer direct technical support and advice that will lead to higher sales orders and better satisfied customers, so a perfect fit for this role would be an engineer with a commercial awareness, but this is not a Sales position.

Qualifications of a Structural Engineering Consultant:

  • A formal qualification in Civil / Structural Engineer - Degree / HND
  • CEng Status 12 months+
  • A good understanding of Structural Design Methods and Software
  • A good understanding of FEA, both Software and Hand Cals
  • Good Project Management skills
  • Experience of the Construction and Architectural Industry sectors
  • Excellent presentation skills

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Mid-level Engineer who is looking to get a step up into Consultancy.

The position is open to all EU Nationals who are happy to live and working in the UK Midlands area.

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Reporting: New Product Development Manager

We are working with a specialist manufacturing organisation that offer their services for a range of clients, who seek a method of manufacturing that is tailored and bespoke to their needs. (Low to Medium Volume).

To support the myriad of projects that the company produce each year, a small new product development team is tasked to work closely with the customer, supplier and the internal manufacturing departments to ensure the smooth delivery of projects and programmes.

The team consists of engineers with different skills sets and capabilities and a new position has been created for a more Mechanical biased Designer / Draughtsperson to join.

The role will be directly responsible for design and creating Design for Manufacture drawings, designs and models, so that tooling, prototyping and new product introduction processes can run in line with production effectively.

This will involve working with both NPD and Manufacturing teams daily, whilst also creating designs for overseas tooling suppliers.

All design work will be carried out in Solidworks and design standards and general mechanical engineering principles will always need to be adhered to.

This position will suit a either a Graduate or HND qualified engineer with at least 2 years industry design experience or a more experienced time-served draughtsperson with many years design and detailing exposure.

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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Engineer to be part of a specialist organisation with solid foundations and an exciting future for development and progression. To be accountable for assisting the Project Department / Estimating Department in initiation, planning, execution and closure of a project, utilising their technical knowledge and skills to provide advise and expertise to make decisions under pressure and manage clients expectations.

There are opportunities for progression and to mentor and support other staff members.

Are you an experienced Project Engineer wanting to work in a developing and evolving global organisation??

Are you looking for that next challenge and progression route??

Then this is the position for you!!!!


The Project Engineer’s Responsibilities are to:

  • Be accountable for the projects from cradle to grave
  • Work closely with relevant departments to ensure deadlines are adhered to
  • Have exceptional customer service skills
  • To demonstrate awareness of all matters relating to all projects
  • Communicate effectively across all departments and with Customers and Suppliers, Senior Managers and Stakeholders to ensure legal and contractual requirements are met
  • Update reports accurately
  • Ensure projects are within the timescale and budgets set
  • Negotiate sub-contractors and monitor their performance to ensure deadlines are met
  • Always look for opportunities for improvement
  • Liaise with third party inspection companies
  • Have an in-depth understanding of technical specifications and drawings
  • Work in accordance with ISO9001


The Project Engineer will have:

  • Experience as a hands-on engineer
  • Experience as a Project Engineer and evidence of successes and completed projects  
  • Technical experience and understand complex drawings, selecting the correct materials for products and assist with procurement  
  • Flexibility to visit Clients, Suppliers to ensure the smooth running of a project
  • Experience with ISO 9001 / 14001
  • Experience working in a heavy industry environment

This is an exciting position for the ideal candidate to thrive and be a part of the continued develop the growth of the business as well their career. The Project Engineer will hit the ground running and be a part of the innovative organisation, growing year on year within this industry.

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CAD Data Management Support

Reporting to the Engineering Data Manager


We are working with a large group of companies that are now migrating their CAD Data and associated documentation into a new PLM Enterprise System (Product Lifecycle Management) Windchill.

This will involve moving an obsolete unsupported matrix application to a new modern system with the latest functionality and performance software support.

Duties of a CAD Data Management Support:

  • Work with the Engineering Data Manager to identify and rectify engineering data quality issues
  • Analyse and cross reference engineering data between multiple sources to identify data quality issues (IT Systems and Excel reports)
  • Identify missing engineering data and propose a resolution for correction  Instruct the IT support team on the required correction activities
  • Track progress of corrective updates and validate quality issues resolved
  • Produce regular status updates / progress reports to project team

Skills Required of a CAD Data Management Support:

  • Good understanding of engineering concepts is essential
  • Understand how to read Engineering Drawings Understand Part and Product Bill of Materials
  • Understand product and part naming terms and conventions
  • Prior operation of PDM, PLM, MRP or ERP applications an advantage
  • Engineering / Manufacturing back ground is preferred
  • Good communication skills – written and verbal
  • Good Excel skills (Macros ideally) and the ability to manage multiple large spreadsheets
  • Ability to work independent and to deadlines

The role is for 6 months to meet project mile stone
The role is based in Peterborough but could be based out of Kent or Daventry for the right candidate.
Travel may be required within UK to work with wider project team

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Mechanical Engineer (Approvals)

Reporting to: Development Manager - Mechanical

Working hours:   37½ Hours per Week

Monday - Thursday 08:30am - 17:15pm, Friday 08:30am - 13:00pm


We are working with a R&D Technical Centre that supports an international group of companies in the development of specialist measurement equipment and devices with over 90% being exported around the world and a vast portfolio of new product development programmes that are due to be launched over the next few years.

A new position has arisen in the research department for a Mechanical Engineer to cover the Approvals and Standards part of R&D projects.

This will require a suitable applicant to carry out a number of duties that will consist of but not be limited to the following:-

  • Administrating and coordinating the compliance of a range of projects to the Pressure Equipment Directive (2014/68/EU) and other National and State Standards relating to pressurised equipment requirements.
  • Creating and maintaining all pressure related Technical Files.
  • Preparing and submitting approvals to Notified Bodies by collating the associated information in electronic and/or paper format as required.
  • Preparing and submitting Design Assessments and Material Appraisals to the Notified Body as required.
  • Preparation and maintenance of Data Plate information for the internal system.
  • Keep up to date with the requirements and any changes to the Pressure Equipment Directive and any other relevant pressure related standards.
  • Monitor the Certification status of all of the company’s pressure related approvals.
  • Reviewing non-conformance reports relating to pressure components and advising a suitable course of action.
  • Reviewing new drawings and drawing alterations with respect to compliance with relevant Directives and Standards.
  • Participation in internal and external audits relating to pressure approvals.
  • Working with the Purchasing Department to ensure all pressure related materials and material manufacturers are suitably certified and approved.
  • Working closely with and supporting other departments within the organisation and suppliers to ensure compliance with all required pressure related Directives and National Standards.
  • Performance of other tasks as detailed by the Development Manager - Mechanical and/or the Technical Director.
  • There is the scope for the role to expand in the future to incorporate other approvals such as those related to hygienic requirements of flowmeters e.g. 3A, ASME BPE, EHEDG.

This is a full Project Engineering position that requires good communication and documentation skills along with sound Mechanical Engineering ability.

Experience Required of a Mechanical Engineer:

  • A minimum of 2 years practical experience in a product approval role.
  • Excellent understanding and working knowledge of PED 2014/68/EU is highly desirable.
  • Experience of pressure equipment design would be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with pressure vessels, process pipelines and associated equipment.
  • Awareness of and general familiarity with recognised design codes for pressure vessels and piping (e.g.  EN 13445, EN 13480, ASME B31.3
  • Awareness of and general familiarity with process connections especially Flange connections is desirable (e.g. ASME B16.5, EN 1092)
  • General knowledge of engineering materials, manufacturing processes, permanent joining processes (welding, brazing) and stress analysis would be beneficial.
  • Familiar and confident working with Notified Bodies (e.g. TUV, BSI, Lloyds Register)
  • Capable of arranging and witnessing experimental testing of pressurised equipment carried out by third party organisations and the subsequent reporting of results.
  • Experience reviewing and understanding National Standards and Directives with the ability of extracting and applying the relevant information that affects all departments across the organisation.
  • Basic competency in the use of SolidWorks CAD software would be beneficial.

A suitable applicant will be formally educated in engineering (Mechanical bias) and have the following attributes:

  • High degree of self-motivation and initiative
  • Ability to work in a highly organized and logical manner under minimum supervision.
  • Excellent personal management skills.
  • Attention to detail in all areas.
  • Good interpersonal skills and team working.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines on multiple tasks.
  • Hands on approach & personality.

Please note that this position requires that all applying applicants can already live and work in the EU and are willing to travel to international locations from time to time.

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Maintenance Electrician

Shift: Rotating Days / Afternoons

Salary: £28,000 / £30,000 Depending on Experience / 15% Shift allowance on the Afternoons

Benefits: Pension, Generous holiday, Training, Development

Location: Liverpool


Job Purpose for a Maintenance Electrician:

To maintain existing preventative maintenance activities and improve the effectiveness of our maintenance department.  Target ZERO breakdowns by end of 2018 as part of the Factory Maintenance Team.  Undertake all maintenance activities in line with the Maintenance plan and ensure processes are followed correctly.  Enhance the team ethic within the maintenance team through Continuous Improvement.

Knowledge Required of a Maintenance Electrician:

  • Undertaken a recognised time served apprenticeship and gained Qualification in Electrical / electronic engineering to Level 3, ONC, HNC, along with a good understanding of Mechanical elements.
  • Experience gained in a manufacturing Environment - Ideally CNC wood-based panel machinery, extraction systems wood chippers and boiler maintenance.
  • Experience of modern control systems, PLCs AC/DC Drives, 3 Phase motors servo systems able to read and interpret electrical drawings and Pneumatics.
  • Some experience of installation projects

Ideal Candidate for a Maintenance Electrician:

  • Hardworking, conscientious, trustworthy a good team player
  • High level of numerical, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to build effective relationships with work colleagues
  • Ability to sustain and develop team working and team based problem solving
  • Able to achieve results by setting high standards and committing to clear objectives
  • Adaptable to change and varying situations
  • Demonstrate high standards of personal conduct
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong ability and understanding of interdepartmental relationships
  • A good understanding of department performance and the impact the overall impact of output.
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Maintenance Electrician

Shift: Permanent Nights: Monday through to Thursday – 9:45 till 6:15am / Friday 6pm till 12Mid-Night

Salary: £36,400

Pension, Life Assurance, 25 days holiday, Parking, Canteen

Location: Preston


This is an Exceptional opportunity for a Qualified Maintenance Electrician to join a Leading organization based in the Preston Area.

Duties of a Maintenance Electrician:

  • Performs scheduled PMs and visually inspect and test assigned machines and equipment for proper functionality against plan.
  • Daily, receives assigned work order to complete on equipment.
  • Upon completion of work, enters appropriate information onto CMMS system for filing and tracking against KPI's Helps controls unplanned downtime by informing/training production workers of routine preventive maintenance techniques; monitoring compliance.
  • Fabricates repair parts by using machine shop instrumentation and equipment as required.
  • Maintains equipment according to instructions such as replacing belts on motors, changing filters, bearings, etc.
  • Maintains parts, and supplies inventories by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed equipment, parts, and supplies; placing and expediting orders; verifying receipt.
  • Perform reactive repairs on production machines and/or equipment when a malfunction has been detected in a timely manner to minimize any associated downtime.
  • Annalise cause of any unplanned downtime and recommend any improvements/process changes to reduce recurrence.
  • Perform machine installations/moves and building maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Assist production workers in diagnosing malfunctions in machinery and equipment.
  • Ensures that a high level of safety is adhered to at all times on and off the production floor.


Essential for a Maintenance Electrician:

  • Previous tenure of a minimum of 3 years in a maintenance similar technician role with both mechanical and electrical experience.
  • Must exhibit outstanding ability to learn and comprehend the fundamentals of the functioning of all machines used within the business.
  • Excellent attendance record.
  • Capable of working a night shift and overtime when necessary.
  • Show initiative.
  • Good numerical skills.
  • Confident and a quick learner.
  • Computer literate.
  • Experience working in fast paced (JIT) working environment.
  • Good general level of education.
  • Excellent communication skills - written and verbal.
  • Ability to self-motivate.
  • Team player with excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Good problem solving and decision makes skills.
  • Must be reliable and conscientious with a flexible approach to duties.
  • Ability to follow detailed, specific instructions.

Desirable for a Maintenance Electrician:

  • BTEC certificate in operations and maintenance engineering.
  • City & Guilds Electrical and Electronic Engineering (8030) Level 2 certificate or higher in electrical installation.
  • City & Guilds Engineering Maintenance (1788) City & Guilds 17th Edition (2382).
  • PLC programming/fault diagnostic experience (Omron).
  • FLT License - Counterbalance, reach & VNA MEWP License - Scissor & articulating boom.
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£50,000 + Pension + Medical Insurance





We are looking for an enthusiastic professional to take responsibility for a busy facility in the Birmingham area. This is a wonderful opportunity for a creative and driven individual who enjoys working in a team environment and wishes to deliver constant improvement into the business.

This is a fast paced, heavy industrial type of environment and would suit an ambitious Health and Safety Manager, who is looking to really engage the work force and drive Health and Safety forward.


  • Support the Compliance Department
  • Ensure legal compliance with relevant environmental legislation in line with the Environmental Permit (IPPC)
  • Development and maintenance  of the Integrated Management System (IMS)
  • Monitor the operation of and maintain an environmental standard
  • Implement and maintain ISO14001, ISO 5001 and Mcerts management systems
  • Promote the systems
  • Management of hazardous waste on / off site
  • To take responsibility for General requirements, Documentation, Control of Documents, Evaluation of Compliance (Legal or other), Non Conformity, Correction and Preventative action, Control of Records and Internal Audit
  • Responsibility of the Environmental and Energy Policy, Environmental and Energy Aspects, Legal and Other requirements
  • Training and Awareness
  • Liaise and communicate with the EA and ensure that the Permit to Operate is relevant to business needs
  • Establish and implement OHSAS 18001
  • Promote and develop Health and Safety on site


  • You will be qualified to either NEBOSH, IOSH or IMEA
  • You will have gained relevant Health and Safety Management experience from within a manufacturing environment, preferably fast paced
  • To be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of the Environmental Permitting Regulations, ISO14001, OHAS 18001, ISO 9001.
  • Superb communication skills
  • It is essential that you have the ability to engage, and build relationships
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a unique working environment, where your long-term prospects would be assured.  You will be given the chance to truly make an impact and raise the bar across the Company concerning Health and Safety.

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