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Senior Control Systems Engineer

  • Job reference: AD-001326
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Epsom

About Atkins

Atkins Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T) has exciting opportunities for experienced Industrial Control and Automation (ICA) engineers, who thrive on variety, to undertake control system design services and system assessments and validation for a varied client base and across a breadth of industries including nuclear, water and manufacturing.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Control Systems engineer who can apply their enthusiasm and experience to client challenges and successfully deliver solutions. Assignments range from typical ICA system design projects, through to very unique consultancy challenges presented by some of Atkins more diverse clients.

You may be leading a team of engineers or working with a broad base of staff within Atkins. You will be collaborating with project managers, application & software engineers, GIS consultants, validation and verification experts, and engineers from across all areas of the Atkins business. Either scenario will mean you are the first point of contact for technical clarification and leadership on all matters Controls, Instrumentation and Industrial Automation related.

• Working with and leading Engineers to deliver Control and Automation projects front end design through to design and build.
• Be the lead consultant on design projects following recognised design processes.
• Supporting project managers through the design & implementation of technical solutions.
• Contribute to the development of the Industrial Control Systems capability to ensure it is capable of meeting growing client needs.
• Work with others to support bidding activity into new business opportunities.
• Cultivation of strong client relationships through technical excellence.
• Assuring technical delivery and ensuring quality throughout the project lifecycle.
• Mentor and knowledge share with engineers.
• Ensure successful delivery of client engagements.
• Report effectively to senior management and project managers about progress and workload.
• Lead by example promoting openness, honesty and integrity.

Required Experience
• Commercially aware in developing technical proposals.
• Estimating technical effort in relation to bids and ongoing design and consultancy projects.
• Adept in the design and delivery of complex EC&I solutions for major engineering works, from Scope Definition to Implementation.
• Experience in any of the following vertical markets: Defence, Petrochemical, Oil, Gas, Nuclear, Water, Manufacturing, Food, transport or any regulated industries.
• Working knowledge of PLC, SCADA, SIL, ESD, SIS Safety and Industrial safety standards.
• Experience of technical document production throughout the project lifecycle.
• A sound broad knowledge of the industrial controls marketplace, platforms and providers.
• Ability to design PLC, SCADA & industrial Network solutions to suit customer problems and specifications.
• Knowledge of structured text, function block programming and ladder logic programming to IEC 61131 standards.

Desirable Experience
• Skills in Ada, VB, .Net, C# and other similar programming languages
• Experience in requirements and design analysis, modelling and simulation, using object orientated requirements packages such as IBM DOORS and their associated design methodologies.
• Experience in critical systems modelling software solutions packages e.g. Ansys SCADE.
• Experience of security implementation utilising any of the following standards: IEC 62443/ISA 99, NIST SP 800-82, CPNI Good Practice, SANS 20 Critical Controls and NERC CIP
• An understanding of electrical standards and design such as LV motor control and control circuits, and the ability to understand electrical drawings.

Personal Qualities
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
• Pragmatic, approachable, problem solver.
• Team player and is inclusive of all members of the team.
• Able to teach and train other engineers.
• Comfortable dealing with ambiguity in a technical setting.
• Ability to be flexible and to be able to multi-task and prioritise when necessary.
• Able to lead from the front and set examples to others in project delivery and team culture.
• Ability to engage stakeholders at various levels within an organisation, building strong client relationships and engaging on a technical level.
• Able to identify and articulate technical risks and provide mitigation strategies. 
• Available for occasional temporary requirements to work away from home, both in the UK and overseas as project/client requirements dictate.

Why work for Atkins?
Today we’re a core part of SNC-Lavalin, and we’re offering employees all the benefits you’d expect from a strong global company with enhanced scale, capabilities expertise and more. You will be in a trusted, supported position, where you are able to apply both existing skills and develop new skills in complex and challenging situations. You will be able to share your knowledge and experience and learn from others within the team and you will have opportunities to become a mature, established and multi-skilled consultant. 

Rewards and benefits
Atkins recognises the importance of helping its employees manage their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements that enable them to balance their working life with parental and other caring responsibilities. For full details of our flexible working scheme and benefits package, please refer to our website.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. 
If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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