Vacancy: Lead Design Engineer – Controls/Automation

Key information

  • Salary: Up to £42,000 basic, depending on experience
  • Benefits: Attractive salary package including potential bonus, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, laptop, mobile phone
  • Reporting to: Senior Engineer
  • Sector: Controls/Automation
  • Location: Quedgeley, Gloucestershire
  • Closing: 12:00 on Friday 29 September 2017

Fairfields is looking for its next Lead Design Engineer to join our team in our South West office in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire. Our growth plans for 2017/18 are built on a track record going back 30 years, of delivering the best solutions and exceptional service. With growth, we need new talent to satisfy the demand for our services. We have a culture of developing talent and offer excellent Continual Professional Development.

The Role

Key Purpose: Designing software and hardware for control systems to meet customers’ expectations, commissioning and service support, team leadership

  • Design and commissioning of Industrial Control systems
  • The implementation of hardware and software design to satisfy the functional design specification or customer’s requirements specification.
  • Contribution to all aspects of project health and safety lifecycle including identification of hazards and evaluation of risk in all phases of the project.
  • Supervision of sub-contractors and management of their contracts and activities.
  • Software coding and configuration for PLC and SCADA or HMI interfaces.
  • Purchasing of materials and services in conjunction with the Service Director review.
  • Production and review of technical documentation, typically but not limited to, specifications, drawings, schedules, bill of materials, test procedures, operating and maintenance manuals and other documentation for the project
  • Provide pre-sales engineering support to the Sales Department.
  • Deputise for the Senior Engineer as and when required.
  • Manage the project so that it is completed within the time and cost budgets.
  • Equipment testing, commissioning and service callout support as required from time to time.
  • Supervision and coaching of junior staff, including design engineers, technicians, graduates and apprentices

The Candidate

  • Minimum 3 years’ practical experience in control or electrical engineering.
  • HND/Engineering Degree
  • SCADA/PLC/Motor Control/Drives knowledge
  • Capable of hardware and software design and testing

Must be able to demonstrate:

  • Practical problem solver
  • Customer facing with good communication skills
  • Ability to work to procedures in detail
  • High motivation and discipline
  • Willing to travel and work away from home (UK and abroad)
  • Hold a full driving licence

To apply, fill in the form below or request a printable form from

Apply for Lead Design Engineer – Controls/Automation