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Head of Automation & Software

Cement and Lime

Buxton, Derbyshire
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Full Time
Closing: 02/05/2017
1 position available
Job Reference No. 50108965

Job Specification


The Automation & Systems Engineer is responsible for plant process control system [PCS] specification, application programming, testing, commissioning and maintenance. The incumbent applies the PCS as a tool for improvement of plant performance including rate, availability, OEE and MTBF.  Other responsibilities include facilitating use of the PCS as a resource for Process, Maintenance, Production, Shipping, Environmental and Quality Departments. In addition, The Automation & Systems Engineer is responsible for all technology applications, instruments, and sensors that gather data, measurements, and information that enable the plant to remain in compliance with the following:

  • Environmental regulations, approved/expected modelling, and certifications
  • Established process control, safety, stability, uniformity, and quality parameters
  • As a representative of Management, sign off on device certifications done by himself/herself, or by 3rd party contractor

Key Responsibilities 

  • Demonstrates a commitment to communicating, improving and adhering to safety policies in all work environments and areas.
  • Prevent downtime due to faults; continuous improvement to HMI and programming to both extend life of existing PCS and facilitate eventual replacement.
  • Support installation of new plant equipment from conception to operation. Assure integration of new systems into plant operations.
  • Use of the PCS to provide information for management or other reporting functions (high degree of involvement with environmental reporting and permit compliance)
  • Responsible for the revision, testing, and distribution of GFSs for new and revamped systems and user competency training.
  • Ensures the development, review and implementation of Systems Standard Operating procedures (SOPS).
  • Work closely with Process Engineers to analyze, improve and document all aspects of operations.
  • Work closely with the Process Department, Environmental Department, and the Electrical Department to establish, maintain and manage instruments, installations, standards, control programs, maintenance programs, certification cycles/programs to meet operational and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensure hi/s/her team spend at least 40% of time in the field at the Cement Plant, verifying and monitoring correct function of the technology applications and devices.
  • Execute the adjustment, tuning, calibration, and certification (when required) of all applications such that the requirements of data flow, stability, accuracy, and reporting are met.
  • Assist Maintenance Coordinator/Planner in developing schedule (manpower assignments) for routine maintenance tasks.
  • Design and maintain an on-line system to capture:
  • Instrument and device History
  • Device Certification history
  • 3rd party contractor activity and certification
  • Establish, order, and maintain a spare parts inventory for all devices
  • Enforce plant specific policies (No Smoking areas, lockout, PPE) 
  • Must be proficient in integration, maintenance and application of systems
  • Other duties as assigned.

Safety & Health

You must be able to demonstrate a good record for safety, health and environmental awareness.

Right to Work in the UK 

All applicants will be required to provide evidence that they have the right to live and work in the UK, as per the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Relocation assistance is not available for applicants from outside of the UK. Original documents that provide proof of the right to work must be produced at interview stage.

All applicants will be required to provide evidence that they have the right to live and work in the UK, as per the UK Illegal Working Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 at the interview stage.

No agencies please.

Tarmac is an equal opportunities employer.

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