Job Title
Equipment Systems Designer


Job Description

As an Equipment Systems Designer you will operate inside the SL Controls off site projects group. You will have responsibility to mentor all resources in your local projects group based on your years of experience. You will have an elevated position of authority as Equipment Systems Designer and will be required to give direction, inspiration and technical knowledge to fellow resources.

As the Equipment Systems Designer responsible for the day-to-day running of the team, you will;

  • Be responsible for the technical issues, operational issues and management issues within your projects group. Within your role you will be required to supervise, motivate, and support the staff daily, applying a team approach and maintain open communication whilst acting in an impartial manner when reporting to SL Controls senior management.
  • Ensure that the company culture of fairness, camaraderie, respect, communication, innovation and balanced lives is fostered for all employees to promote personal and career development in conjunction with the achievement of the overall company goals.
  • Be required to work closely and co-operatively with all members of SL Controls management team to ensure that any items affecting personnel within the projects team are addressed and escalated where necessary, in a timely manner. You will be required to act appropriately as Equipment Systems Designer and deal with all managerial items in a fashion fitting to your role within the projects team.

Your role will involve the development, commissioning and support of automation, control systems and custom developed software programs. You will be responsible for automation and control systems design, specification, programming, simulation, testing and start-up assistance. You must possess the technical expertise to maintain, develop, troubleshoot and validate these systems in a compliant and competent manner.

In addition;

  • You will be required to self-manage agreed project goals and interact with the customer to achieve these goals, you must be at a sufficient level of expertise to take front line interactions with the customer for assigned project work and possess the ability to report to management on progress and any road blocks that present themselves over the course of your duties.
  • You will be required to manage the delivery of project development work and goals assigned to junior and fellow engineers if requested.
  • You will require strong software development skills across multiple platforms to accommodate the vendor neutrality that currently exists in SL Controls. Over the course of the role you will be expected to specialise in a core group of platforms to be agreed with management and to become a system expert in those platforms for the overall group.
  • You will be responsible for always representing the company in a positive light with potential and current customers and where possible interacting with the customer and management to potentially acquire and procure new work and new opportunities. You will interact with Project Group Management on any potentially identified new opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Acquire a detailed understanding of all of the different automation systems, programming languages etc. as required by assigned projects when they arise (distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers, SCADA systems etc.)
  • Ability to interact with customers on technical requirements and provide notification on assigned project status.
  • Ability to deliver technical solutions.
  • Ability to assess existing technologies and process’s.
  • Ability to design robust solutions.
  • Investigate and provide technical advice and support to customers and other engineering disciplines on automation related issues.
  • Operate according to SOP’s developed by customers as and when they arise.
  • Partner with different disciplines to deliver automation projects in accordance with GAMP guidelines.
  • Generate documentation and/or SOP’s associated with each of the Automation systems and projects as required.
  • Implementation of code changes or deployment of projects tasks under change control.
  • Manage the specification, development, installation and validation of automation projects within budget and project plan guidelines.
  • Support operations with technical queries.
  • Provide Leadership and Mentorship to fellow and more junior engineers.
  • Produce training material and conduct training courses on these topics to fellow and more junior engineers.
  • Act in an appropriate manner as Equipment Systems Designer.
  • Provide self-management ability to deliver allocated project work.
  • Report to Management on status of allocated tasks, project progress and realistic completion dates.
  • Capitalize or bring to the attention of management any opportunities which become apparent during the course of your duties which could provide revenue to SL Controls.

Person Specification

  • Demonstrated ability to become a code designer in at least one software platform i.e. LabVIEW, PLC, C# and SQL.
  • Flexible attitude to learning new technologies and software platforms as relevant projects arise.
  • Ability to identify and highlight any personal technology gaps over the course of project work that require external assistance such as formal training.
  • Required to mentor less experienced staff over the course of their duties but only in areas where you feel you can contribute.
  • Interact with and report to Project Group Management on any potentially identified new opportunities.
  • Ability to self-manage to achieve set project milestones.
  • Demonstrated proven experience in PLC logic and programming with one or more of the following PLC’s, programming languages or SCADA systems:
    • Allen Bradley (Logix 5000)
    • Siemens (Step7)
    • Elau
    • Bosch
    • Omron
    • Modicon
    • GE Fanuc
    • B&R
    • Mitsubishi
    • VB
    • SQL
    • C#
    • Wonderware InTouch
    • RS View
    • Siemens
    • Labview
    • GE Cimplicity

Educational / Experience Requirements

  • B.Sc. degree in Engineering or equivalent, with particular emphasis in electronic, automation or computer / Manufacturing software systems.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in industry and 3 years at a senior engineering role, preferably in a pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, blue chip or relevant GMP manufacturing environment.

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