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Software Engineer (Equipment, Technology and Innovation)

Ever wanted to help make waves? We have a fantastic opportunity for a 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 within our engineering team you will collaboratively develop the solutions required by our clients. The focus of the role is on the development and maintenance of our software products, however there will also be opportunities to be involved in the selection and validation of the control systems hardware. You will also need to support our equipment in the field, most commonly via remote sessions, but some international travel may 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

You will have demonstrable experience in at least two of the core competencies listed in order of preference below and be willing to broaden your experience to cover all three as you develop within the role:

Software coding

  • Experience of developing software within a high level language
  • Familiarity with visual studio development environment.

Software management

  • Structured release and maintenance of modular, object orientated code
  • Familiarity with software version control system (Subversion or Git)

PLC coding

  • Structured text coding (e.g. Beckhoff TwinCAT, Siemens SCL or Omron Sysmac)
  • Knowledge of network fieldbus based I/O and control systems (e.g. EtherCAT, PROFINET, SERCOS III)

About us

Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre – people who have the desire and determination to succeed and be ambitious, not only for themselves but for their colleagues and clients too. We are relentless in our drive to create an exceptional working environment and we look for energy and positivity to ensure our staff remain inspired. We offer a stimulating working environment that seeks to surprise colleagues and clients with what we can achieve. We share knowledge, ideas and experience to underpin our value of working collaboratively. Our work is authentic, based on evidence and facts, and we aspire to be aware, manage, understand and master the challenges of expanding world issues and complex customer problems.

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding),
  • Life insurance x 3 salary,
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays, 
  • Permanent health insurance, 
  • Flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs,
  • Onsite restaurant, gym and nursery,
  • Active sports and social club, 
  • Cycle to work scheme,
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

Our head office is based at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnerships.

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

31 October 2019

HR Wallingford is an equal opportunities employer.


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