Ancillary Components

The Company

Based in Rushden, Northants, we are a leading edge engineering SME specialising in the manufacture of materials processing equipment and energy from waste power generation.  As a highly innovative and progressive design and manufacturing company, we have our own in-house manufacturing facility and our own energy from waste and renewable energy power plant.

Founded over 35 years ago and still privately owned, our engineering innovation has always been a fundamental part of our business.  This has helped us to establish ourselves as a major player in our key areas of expertise, namely:

  • Design and manufacture of equipment for the food and rendering industry
  • Processing waste into energy
  • Renewable energy production

The company is now launching an exciting program of new projects and initiatives for advanced engineering solutions which will take the company into cutting edge technologies over the next five years and beyond.

The Role – Controls Engineer

You will be part of a small team of cross functional engineering specialists within the Process and Controls Engineering department.  The team’s overall purpose will be to look at new concepts, introducing new technology to the company, implementing new developments, overseeing new projects and assisting the manufacturing department in Project delivery.

Reporting to the Process & Controls Manager, the Controls Engineer will be a key role and will be accountable for undertaking the full Project Life Cycle, developing PLC / HMI / SCADA software and designing control systems across a broad range of projects.

Key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Working closely with the senior stakeholders of the business, to provide Controls engineering expertise for a broad range of projects and new product developments.
  • Implement upgrades and improvements to existing Controls systems within the on-site Power Plant.
  • Implement new software developments for Projects and product developments
  • Undertake the full Project Life Cycle, including project planning, documentation, testing, customer interface and commissioning.
  • Develop and implement new Allen Bradley PLC/ HMI designs and modifications to existing ones.
  • Development and maintenance of Wonderware Intouch SCADA
  • Work closely with the Process, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering team members
  • Provide support for product implementations and commissioning of plant
  • Review existing processes and work on upgrades / improvements.
  • Display excellent analytical skills, with the ability to specify and implement new innovative Controls systems.
  • Good communication with all stakeholders ensuring full compliance to designs and budgets.
  • Identify and provide solutions that meet the highest levels of Health & Safety, Quality and Regulatory standards.
  • Provide regular and up to date reports on progress of projects to senior management.


The Candidate

We are looking for a proactive and experienced Controls Engineer who also possesses a sound electrical, process and mechanical knowledge, and is familiar with contactor logic, safety systems and inverter drives.

Ideally from a thermal, steam, pressure systems, waste energy or power plant background, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a desire for a hands on role and who can apply their knowledge across a variety of applications.

As important is the ability to be a quick learner and to analysis problems using engineering principals to present relevant ideas and solutions.

A suitable degree in electrical / controls / software engineering would be advantageous, along with project management experience, coupled with at least five years’ experience in a related field.

A hands-on approach, with the ability to liaise with all levels within the organisation, and with a strong desire to work within a dynamic team with exposure to a wide variety of projects.

Highly competent in the use of MS Word, Excel & Project (or equivalent)

Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

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