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Controls Engineering Manager

Controls Engineering Manager (SE22999 / 534) Buckinghamshire, England

Salary: GBP60000 - GBP70000 per annum + Benefits

Controls Engineering Manager

Commutable from Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Newport Pagnell, Buckingham



Benefits:-             Private Pension, BUPA Healthcare, 23 Days Holiday + Banks


Our client is a leading food manufacturer, that is part of a global group. Due to continued expansion plans and site investment into automation, they are looking for a hands-on leader to manage their controls & automation team.


Role & Responsibilities:


  • Leading a small team of controls engineers that are based across 2 sites within close proximity of each other, will be required to visit both sites when needed
  • Very much a hands-on role, carrying out the design, commissioning, installations and buying of new systems related to controls engineering
  • Support operations, optimise processes and manage all controls related projects
  • Project manage controls / PLC related projects, dealing with in-house teams and external suppliers
  • Support all engineers during breakdown situations, both remotely and on-site
  • Train and develop the controls engineering team and support the maintenance teams
  • Drive control standardisation between projects and across sites, implementing the latest technologies, new software/hardware versions & new procedures
  • Lead CI projects – involved with bigger multi-skilled projects – new equipment & production lines
  • Dealing with internal stakeholders – projects teams, operations, maintenance, administrative and external stakeholders – suppliers, contractors, design


Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


  • Ability to complete projects within design, proposals, cost, time, scope & delivery (FAT)
  • Must have PLC programming experience – ideally Rockwell Allen Bradley
  • Role will suit a hands-on manager, comfortable leading on the shopfloor – commissioning, testing & installations of new systems and upgrading existing
  • Experience of designing, implementing new control systems
  • Working with PLC’s, HMi’s, AC Drives, Servo Controls
  • Manufacturing background – ideally within food or FMCG
  • Strong leadership skills – creating training plans, upskilling teams, problem solving, attention to detail, communicating at all levels/teams
  • Experience of machinery safety regulations – BS EN ISO 13849
  • Previously have worked with Ethernet communication/network systems
  • Managed contractors and on site suppliers
  • Enjoy a mixture of office and on the shopfloor work
  • Happy with travelling to other sites in the UK and sometimes overseas
  • Must have strong electrical skills – hands-on



SE22999 / 534


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