Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Specialist recruiter spreads its wings with launch of international contracts division

Engineering and manufacturing recruitment specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment has appointed Adrian Mansfield as associate director in a move that plans to further strengthen its position in the Middle East, in its core specialisms of defence and infrastructure.

Adrian Mansfield will head up a new division within the business, dedicated to delivering best-in-class international resourcing solutions. Jonathan Lee Contracts (International) will specialise in the deployment of contracted teams to uniquely challenging environments. The company’s commitment to the ethical hiring and treatment of local and third country workers sets it apart from the competition and provides a low-risk solution to its clients.

The business will provide fully-managed recruitment services to companies requiring teams to deliver infrastructure projects such as the building of roads, airports or mass transit hubs. The division will also service clients in the defence sector, sourcing teams to support overseas operations. Adrian will lead a team that Jonathan Lee has established on the ground in the Middle East to train and vet partners, streamline recruitment processes and ensure workers are recruited ethically and effectively. 

Adrian Mansfield comments: “Businesses are increasingly realising that by working with a reputable supplier of managed recruitment services, they can avoid the well-publicised human rights issues that arise from unethical hiring practices, which unfortunately still pervade in some regions. We ensure that the workers are hired for their suitability for the role and are fully eligible to work.

“Working with a trusted and experienced third party means that businesses not only meet their legal obligations, but also adhere to core ethical principles such as the Qatar Foundation Mandatory Standards, that may become law in coming years. Businesses I’ve worked with previously have also benefited from long-term savings and efficiencies as a result of the ethical recruitment practices that we insist upon.”  

Adrian Mansfield joins Jonathan Lee Recruitment with a wealth of experience in international contracts, having worked for the past seven years providing end to end staffing solutions to NATO and other defence industry clients.

Welcoming Adrian’s appointment, David Hale, managing director at Jonathan Lee Recruitment said: “We are delighted to have Adrian on board to lead our international contracts business. The establishment of this dedicated division will support our ongoing diversification strategy and significantly strengthen our existing position in the Middle East market in our core specialisms of defence and infrastructure.

“Adrian’s proven track record in delivering ethical international resourcing solutions fits well with our commitment to being the customer’s first choice. He will be fully supported by our established teams of industry-expert consultants. We wish him every success in his new role.”