Senior / Lead Control Systems and Automation Engineer



Software Engineering
Witney, UK
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024

Abbott is about the power of health. For more than 135 years, Abbott has been helping people reach their potential — because better health allows people and communities to achieve more. With a diverse, global network serving customers in more than 160 countries, we create new solutions — across the spectrum of health, around the world, for all stages of life. Whether it’s next-generation diagnostics, life-changing devices, science-based nutrition, or novel reformulations, we are advancing some of the most innovative and revolutionary technologies in healthcare, helping people live their best lives through better health.

We currently have exciting opportunities for Control and Automation Engineers to join our teams - 1 role leading a small team in our Development Engineering Department, and the other in our Operations Group, working across all aspects of the manufacturing area of the business.

The Opportunity:

In these roles, you will work as part of, or lead a team of multidisciplined senior engineers in the design, development, implementation of control systems for various industrial processes or automation projects. You will be working in an R&D or Operations Engineering environment on the latest innovative products and technologies. You will need to collaborate with cross-functional teams including mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, and project managers to ensure the successful execution of projects. Projects will vary in scale ranging from benchtop proof of principle prototypes to full scale process machinery incorporating PLC, HMI, Motion Control, Vision Systems, Instrumentation and PID control, as well as interpreting PLC codes, debugging issues and aiding continuous improvement activities within systems for motion control equipment.

The primary focus of your work will involve:

  • Taking a lead role in design, programming, installation, commissioning, debugging and testing of Control Systems used for process machinery or desktop prototypes.
  • Taking fundamental design concepts from initiation through to R&D or production equipment.
  • Leading a small team of skilled engineers, providing guidance and direction, mentoring, and development
  • Working in conjunction with cross functional teams within R&D and Operations to provide state of the art equipment solutions.

About You:

To be successful, you will be ideally be degree qualified as a minimum in an Electrical, Electronic or Control Engineering discipline or equivalent, however proven industry experience backed up by a recognised engineering apprenticeship will be considered. Extensive experience of Siemens PLC control systems, HMI Configuration, and SCADA type systems is essential. You will need to be able to demonstrate proven experience in a related role in which you have designed ground up complex engineering solutions and demonstrated a creative and innovative approach to problem solving, or bring experience of working on complex automation projects and developing solutions to complex automation needs, with a track record of fault finding and modification to PLC programs for automated machinery, The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously is key – it’s an exciting time of growth here at Abbott and you’ll be exposed to a variety of work packages. You will bring leadership skills, ideally from line management, but those with project leading experience will also be considered – we are looking for someone with passion to lead a small team, growing their individual and team success. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in a regulated environment.

Experience working with Oracle database and basic cyber security knowledge would be advantageous. In addition, some knowledge in other programming languages such as C++ or Python could make you to stand out from other applicants.

What we offer:

In addition to a competitive salary, Abbott offers a highly attractive benefits package which includes a defined-contribution pension scheme, a share ownership scheme, private healthcare, life assurance, and a flexible benefits scheme which you can tailor to your own requirements. Of course, things are a little different right now, but in general, we like to help our employees live life to the fullest, and therefore we offer a range of optional initiatives for you to get involved in, including onsite allotments, couch to 5k campaigns, bee keeping, yoga and more!

The successful candidate for this role may be qualified for relocation assistance should they need to relocate to join our team. Full details will be provided during the recruitment and selection process.

About our Diabetes Care Division:

World Leader in Glucose Monitoring, Abbott Diabetes Care designs, develops and manufactures glucose monitoring systems for use in both home and hospital settings. We have a Centre of Excellence in Witney for the development and manufacture of biosensors used by patients and healthcare professionals for the day-to-day management of diabetes. The site has been instrumental in the research, development and manufacture of the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System as well as exciting developments in the Libre family including FreeStyle Libre 2, FreeStyle Libre 3 and the Libre Sense system. We are passionate about doing work that improves the quality of people’s lives.

An equal opportunity employer - Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We politely request that agencies do not make contact in relation to this opportunity.