Job Title: Automation & Control Engineer

Salary – Circa £40k – £46k, salary dependant on skills and experience

Location – Home Based with travel throughout our region including Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire & Essex

Permanent – 37 Hours

Do you have extensive experience of working in the water industry, utilities sector and have specialist knowledge of PLC, SCADA and Industrial Control Systems & Networks and or Process control Instrumentation experience?

Do you want to be based within a team specifically looking at the delivery of operational efficiencies and improvements through the optimisation and introduction of emerging technologies and smart water networks & systems?

This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated individual with excellent organisational and communication skills who can adopt a creative approach to problem solving and be able to work with stakeholders at all levels.

The use of Operational technology is key to the success of our business as it enables us to solve complex technical challenges and to create opportunities for delivering greater operational efficiencies.

Doing this brings together the worlds of IT, OT, TCP/IP networking, this technology convergence requires teams of people with specialist knowledge, experience and skills that must continuously evolve to meet the business requirements and challenges. 

Using specialist technical experience and knowledge, you will support the Water and Water Recycling Optimisation Teams with the design, delivery, or implementation of optimisation solutions to OT Automation and Industry Control networks across the AWS region to support the reduction of operating costs. The role will support the embedding of new and emerging technologies and solutions to support the efficient operation of water and water-recycling systems and networks.

What will you be doing?

The Automation & Control Engineer will be part of a dedicated delivery team that will undertake the Optimisation of new and existing Operational Technology hardware and process control networks/systems (Automation/SCADA/IoT/Telemetry). This is to help drive efficiencies of operational asset performance to support key ODIs, e.g., Energy, I2S, leakage and pollution reduction. They will also play a key role in supporting the development and creation of new SMART OT systems, using existing and emerging IOT technologies within the innovation Shop Window.

You will be expected to have good technical understanding of OT Automation & SCADA systems within the water industry, along with a drive to develop and adopt specialist technical skills. The OT Optimisation Engineer will also have a basic understanding of traditional Telemetry systems, communications and instrumentation e.g. outstations, sensors and protocols. These skills will all help determine how these can be leveraged to support the ongoing improvements and efficiencies within the business.

Strong communication skills will be key as you will be regularly engaging with key stakeholders, collaborating with colleagues throughout the business and working closely with the wider OT teams. As part of these essential skills you will be required to make decisions that will impact business critical processes, and therefore be required to take reactive and pro-active accountability.

Working across the whole AW region, they will be expected to travel to all types of operational sites, using their knowledge of process to understand various requirements. Excellent communication skills will be needed to understand and feedback to various types of stakeholders. The role holder will work closely with the Senior OT Optimisation Engineers to allow for greater support, knowledge transfer and greater team collaboration.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Industry experience of engineering, implementing, and maintaining OT Process Control, SCADA, PLC, and Industrial Serial/IP Networks

  • Sound technical understanding of OT architectures, experience in the application of PLC, SCADA and industrial networking for site control systems and networks

  • Knowledge of hardware and/or software manufacturer roadmaps

  • Proven troubleshooting skills with an ability to demonstrate methodical approaches to problem solving

  • knowledge of the operational environments, operator skill levels and operating cost implications of the proposed OT engineering solutions

  • Ability to write clear, concise, accurate engineering & design specifications with measurable outputs.

  • Experiencing of managing IT/OT risks and controls

  • Full driving licence

What benefits do we offer?

Our people are important to us and we want to make sure that we reward and recognise all of the great work that they do, the benefits include:

  • Bonus scheme

  • Company vehicle  

  • Private health care 

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • 23 days annual leave rising with length of service 

We are passionate and committed to the learning and development of our people making sure they have the right skills and knowledge to be successful and to help achieve their potential. We also take Health and Safety very seriously in everything that we do.  

Closing date: 31st January 2022

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