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Control Systems Software Engineer – Equipment, Technology and Innovation

Ever wanted to help make waves? We have a fantastic opportunity for a Control Systems Software Engineer to join our team and help us drive forward our thriving wavemaker, equipment and technology business.

As a specialist water-focused consultancy, we build and test scale models to help us explore developments on the coastal and marine environments and our facilities are some of the largest in the world. To support this work, we develop specialist equipment, software and instrumentation for our engineers and scientists, and we also supply these to other facilities around the globe.
Join our Equipment, Technology and Innovation group – a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers – and help us to develop and deliver our class-leading portfolio to international clients.

About the role

Our software is fundamental to delivering high quality wave generation and data acquisition systems and you will play a key role in its development and maintenance. Working with our mechanical engineering team you will collaboratively develop the solutions required by our clients. You should be able to demonstrate experience developing software to be deployed on third party PLC’s (Beckhoff, Siemens, National Instruments) to control electromechanical systems. In addition there will be opportunities to develop hardware dedicated to our own needs. You will also need to support our equipment in the field, most commonly via remote sessions, but some international travel will be required.

We are proud of our reputation for quality, and we’ll expect you to work to our high standards, delivering solutions on time and within budget. You will work directly with both our suppliers and our clients, so where possible we’d like you to demonstrate experience in a customer facing role.

Innovation and customer focus are the keys to our success. You’ll work with the team on product development to allow us to continue to offer cutting edge technology, whilst also providing our clients with first class service.

About you

Applicants who are likely to be successful for this role may have a background in: test engineering, academic research, instrumentation and electronics.

We are looking for someone who is: 

  • Technically inquisitive: you will help our team to innovate and deliver novel solutions for our clients 
  • Electrically biased: you will primarily support / develop our software packages 
  • Hands on: you will need a practical approach to help us resolve technical issues and meet deadlines. 
  • A great communicator: you will be dealing with project teams and clients at all levels around the world. 
  • Flexible: you will be able to respond positively and adapt to changing priorities

Pre-requisite qualifications and experience for this role are: 

  • A post graduate qualification: MEng / MSc / PhD in a scientific subject matter where coding has been undertaken in a testing environment. 
  • Software coding using some of the following: .NET, Python, Visual Basic, C, Fortran. 
  • Good with numbers: you will need to perform calculations to demonstrate the software design.

While not essential, strengths in the following areas would be a real bonus:

  • Knowledge of EtherCAT and TwinSAFE control systems.
  • Background knowledge of wave theory. 
  • Language skills: excellent spoken and written English will be the minimum requirement. As we work all over the world, other languages would also be welcome.

About us

Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre. We offer a stimulating working environment with competitive salaries commensurate with experience. We also offer an excellent benefits package that includes: a generous defined contribution pension scheme with a minimum 10 per cent employer contribution; at least 22 days holiday plus three discretionary days company holiday plus eight bank holidays, permanent health insurance; flexible working hours which allows for leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs; and access to a staff restaurant, as well as an on-campus sports and social club.

How to apply

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter, clearly stating the vacancy of interest, to:
Sharon Draper, Personnel Advisor, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BA, United Kingdom, or email s.draper@hrwallingford.com.

Closing date: Friday 22 February 2019.

HR Wallingford is an equal opportunities employer.

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