Lead Controls Engineer
£48,000 - £50,000
Providing technical lead and development of the Controls Engineers on shift who support day to day reactive and planned engineering activities and improvement works at the CFC Andover.
Working closely with Operations and other support teams to optimise availability and performance of the facility, and its MHE automation. To provide cover in the absence of shift Controls Engineers to support the 24/7 operation of the CFC.
Develop capabilities and improve knowledge of controls and PLC of the shift Engineers delivered through the Controls Engineers on shift for career progression and step up duties.
This is a days based role within the Engineering Operations team to provide support to the Business ensuring that MHE control system related issues within our live operational systems are investigated and resolved in a timely manner by adequately trained high performing team members.
Carry out regular performance reviews and 1 to 1’s with the Engineering team Managers and your Controls Engineers.
Role & Responsibilities:
·Ensure that your team carries out planned maintenance across the site in an accurate, timely and safe manner.
·Where a hardware failure has been identified, to ensure that your Controls Engineers have activated a pre-defined workaround or make temporary modifications to PLC code to allow the operation to continue with the minimal possible impact while a repair is carried out.
·Where a PLC code or other control system issue is identified or suspected, to ensure that your engineers have diagnosed and rectified.
·To lead and provide front line issue investigation of live production control systems including on line monitoring of PLC code to identify and diagnose the cause of faults or failures of the equipment or code.
·To lead and provide front line investigation of non-code related issues via the use of the of relevant diagnostic tools for equipment such as bus networks, Bar Code Readers, DC motor controllers, pneumatic controllers etc.
·Where necessary to able to use the appropriate software to download configurations to non PLC intelligent devices which form part of the control system, such as Bar Code Readers, DC motor controllers, local accumulation modules.
·To work with other Ocado technical teams on the roll out and monitoring of bug fixes, tuning or code upgrades.
·To support the go live and ramp up of new production PLC and non PLC control systems.
·Keep records of work activities, tasks carried out, parts used through stores, training etc
·Work closely with other departments finding ways to increase machine reliability on existing and new equipment.
·Diagnose equipment breakdowns and action repairs where possible.
·Be available to attend training sessions and arrange resource cover for your team’s training needs.
·Supervise external contractors when in their relevant section.
·Work closely with the team to assist in developing skills and transferring knowledge across the engineering team.
·Gain knowledge from other members of the Engineering Operations Department to enable hands on Engineering Technician skills to be utilised when required
·Analyse data and find solutions to improve MHE performance.
·Work closely with inbound, outbound, and other support teams on a daily basis to ensure direction of labour, and planned activities fully support operation.
·Reporting and monitoring of data for automation and maintenance activities.
·Maintain and improve performance to maximise efficiency of operation in line with KPIs.
·Assisting in development of planned maintenance system.
·Involvement with projects within the business to develop an effective engineering install and solution.
·Support and propose innovative ideas to enhance the warehouse or engineering functions and improve the general running of the business.
·Deliver a high availability level within the operation to maximise our customer experience.
·Ensure site standards are high. An excellence approach to all activities and site standards within your area.
·Planning and scheduling planned and unplanned work.
·Carrying out quality inspections on jobs; ensuring work is completed to a safe standard.
·Arranging specialist procurement where necessary.
·Controlling maintenance tools, stores and equipment; ensuring equipment is stored and used in a safe and controlled manner
·Reporting of Hazards, Accidents and Near Misses, being involved in identification and implementation of solutions.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
·Leadership and team management skills
·Good technical ability relating to automation hardware and software
·Excellent working knowledge of Control Systems
·HNC Engineering or equivalent
·Relevant Degree coupled with relevant applied learning
·Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
·Manufacturers PLC training and appropriate experience
·PLC and Controls & Electrical and/or mechanical skills preferably gained in an FMCG background to at least NVQ 3
·Sound analytical skills, good problem solver.
·Online code monitoring / modification / development with Siemens S7 300/400 PLCs
·A good understanding of PLC control system architecture and field control devices.
·Experience in Warehousing / distribution / logistics / airports / production lines.
·Working with tote and pallet conveyors
·Good communication skills both verbal and written and good interpersonal skills, able to analyse and impart knowledge.
·Good organisational ability, able to prioritise.
·Self motivated, consistent and able to work at pace.
·Computer literate in MS office package, ability to use a computerised maintenance management system (CMMS).
·Physically fit to be safely able to carry out engineering activities at the CFC
·English Language ability such that able to read and understand safety information, technical manuals and data, and communicate clearly with colleagues to enable a safe environment.
Experience within an Engineering Service Support role in an automated production environment.